Dates: Now through June 2022. Duration of this position will be determined by scope of research and related activities to be identified.

Salary: Salary ranges from $18.00 – $25.00 per hour depending on experience.

Hours: Approximately 10 hours per week to be determined by workload.

Job description: The Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program is seeking a Student Research Assistant (RA) beginning in February 2022.  The RA will work with the Assistant Director and under the direction of the Executive Director to provide research and administrative/operational support to the Ministerial Program in developing materials for and delivering the principal activities of the Program. Specific activities would include updating data for the Program’s Human Development Dashboard which allows participating Ministers to track their country’s progress in key health, education, and economic indicators. This will involve pulling data from a number of identified sources and updating the master spreadsheet for the dashboard. Additionally, the RA will be expected to research and prepare background documents as directed for the annual Ministerial Forums for Finance Ministers (April) and Education, Health and Social Sector Ministers (June). The RA will also assist with the planning and preparation for the Forums including staffing events and administrative work as needed.

Skills required: Strong research, writing and data analysis skills, and attention to detail are necessary, as well as professional working habits including ability to meet tight deadlines. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience of Africa, as well as an interest in human development, government and leadership development. Doctoral or advanced master’s students preferred. Fluency in French or Portuguese a plus.

The Ministerial Program: The Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program is an invitation only program for a select number of government Ministers annually mainly from Africa. The Program is designed to enhance leadership effectiveness and political acumen, inform human development policy and investment priorities, and develop planning and execution capacity among Ministers. Participating Ministers have a unique opportunity to step back from their daily duties to reflect on and re-evaluate their priorities in an environment of constructive challenge and peer interaction, and to map their legacy contribution to advancing human development and economic progress in their country. 

If you wish to be considered for this position, please submit a resume and coverletter through the Student Employment Office: before February 4.

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