Title Postdoctoral Fellow - Human Rights and Transitional Justice
School Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Department/Area Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) in the Department of
Global Health and Population (GHP)
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a university-wide academic and
research center in humanitarian crisis and leadership. HHI is based at the
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) Department of Global Health
and Population and is an affiliated program with the International Division of
the Brigham Health Emergency Department. As an Inter-Faculty Initiative, HHI
collaborates closely with all Harvard Schools and Harvard Teaching Hospitals
and is the primary humanitarian outreach arm of Harvard University. The
mission of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is to create new knowledge and
advance evidence-based leadership in disasters and humanitarian crisis. HHI
was founded in 2005, currently operates 20 projects, and consists of 60 staff,
faculty, visiting scientists, students, and collaborators. HHI's aim is to
promote interdisciplinary dialogue in pressing humanitarian issues, advance
the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide, and improve the
lives of communities in war, conflict, and natural disasters.
About the Position
HHI is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in human rights and transitional
justice (TJ) with strong analytical and statistical skills. This one-year
fellowship is expected to begin on or around January 1, 2022 with the
possibility of extension.
The fellow will work with Prof. Phuong Pham and Prof. Patrick Vinck at HHI and
a joint Harvard-Tulane program, Transitional Justice Evaluation Tools
(TJET), evaluating the effectiveness of transitional justice policies such
as prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations, and vetting and lustration.
The data and evidence generated by this project will serve to design better
policy to address the complex needs of survivors of violence and conflict for
accountability, with particular emphasis on the need to prevent, respond to,
and end impunity for sexual and gender-based violence in conflict and mass
atrocity. The grant focuses on the following case countries: Cambodia, Central
African Republic, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Guatemala, Iraq, Mali, Sri Lanka, Haiti, and Myanmar. The fellow will report
to Prof. Pham and Prof. Vinck.
The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to work in collaboration HHI lead faculty
Analyze existing data
Collect additional data when needed
Produce peer-reviewed publications
Support the overall development of the Global TJ Index
Attend workshops and meetings organized by the Global TJ program
Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, but expected to
be in Fall 2021, the interview process and fellowship opportunity will take
place virtually—including remote onboarding and remote work.
A doctoral degree in a discipline related to transitional justice,
political science, statistics, or data science
2+ years of relevant work experience
Strong quantitative and qualitative research background
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Fluency in English
Additional language competencies (e.g., French, Spanish, Arabic, etc.)
This is a 12-month position based in Boston with possibility for
extension; working virtually internationally may be allowed until
conditions allow for relocations to the Boston area.
Preference will be given to applicants from the post-conflict case
countries that are the focus of the grant, and/or who have considerable
work experience in transitional justice in the case countries: Cambodia,
Central African Republic, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of
the Congo, Guatemala, Iraq, Mali, Sri Lanka, Haiti, and Myanmar.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should apply via
the Harvard Academic Positions system.
Three letters of reference. Applicants will be asked to provide the names
of three referees.
Three writing samples or manuscripts
A research proposal/statement of research (maximum 2 pages) outlining a
topic of inquiry for a policy brief relating to transitional justice in
your country (or country of interest), which the candidate aims to write
during the fellowship.
Administrative questions regarding this position can be sent to Tanya Shpigel.
Please include Transitional Justice Postdoc: YOUR NAME in the subject line.
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Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity,
sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other
characteristic protected by law.
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Maximum Number of References Allowed 3
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Statement of Research
Writing Sample 1
Writing Sample 2
Writing Sample 3