Coordinator II (Senior Program and Research Coordinator)

Updated: 5 months ago


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Job Summary

The Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program is a joint initiative of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in collaboration with Big Win Philanthropy and with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the GE Foundation. The Program is designed to stimulate transformative vision, enhance leadership effectiveness and political acumen, and develop planning and execution capacity among education, health, and finance ministers from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  It supports them to pursue ambitious human development goals, particularly where these leaders represent geographies that are experiencing large growth in their child and adolescent populations.

Position Description

The Senior Program and Research Coordinator for the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program will provide research and programmatic support to the Program as needed to ensure the effective organization and presentation of all aspects for the Program and its activities.  These duties will include:

  • Research and develop case studies and conduct other research required to inform the Ministerial Forum curricula and in support of the Forum resource Ministers, faculty and other contributors.
  • Develop country-specific background data (scorecards) as well as more general information on countries participating in the Program.
  • Maintain and help further develop the Program’s Human Development Dashboard.
  • Update and maintain the Program’s database tracking Ministers participating in the Ministerial Program, including their continuing role in and/or outside of government.
  • Support, promote and generally oversee use and further development of the Program’s Virtual Implementation Platform (VIP).
  • Track upcoming elections and outcomes, as well as general political developments across target countries.  Update the Program’s invitation database with current minister information and contact details.
  • Support administration of the annual Tessa Jowell Fellowship for Doctoral Research including the recruitment and performance of Fellows.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for the annual Ministerial Forums and all other Program activities as needed. This includes meeting and escorting participating Ministers on arrival from the airport and throughout the Forum; providing technical support to presenters; responding to participants’ questions and other needs during the Forum; helping ensure smooth running of event catering, on-time arrival of ground transport and all other logistics.
  • Serve as a liaison between Program and government ministers and former heads of states.
  • Travel to Africa to monitor and document progress of Ministers participating in the Program.
  • Assist in processing Concur and reimbursement payments to participants.
  • Provide oversight and guidance to part-time student research assistants.
  • Provide French language support as needed.

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of 1 year from date of hire with the possibility of extension. This is a hybrid position and this position will be based in Boston, MA.  Additional detail pertaining to this position will be discussed during the interview process.  All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California (exempt staff only), Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington).

PLEASE NOTE: International travel, specifically to Africa will be required.

Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years of relevant experience is required; a combination of education and experience may be considered.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Masters Degree in public health or related field
  • 3+ years of  experience in program management and research related projects; experience working internationally and with high-level officials from other countries; in depth knowledge of Africa
  • Facility with Microsoft Office Suite; strong analytical skills; strong research skills and data management; fluent in the French language
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; attention to detail; interpersonal skills; customer service focused; work independently and as part of a team

The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
  •  Experience fostering and reinforcing an environment that values unique experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and goals

Additional Information

Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!


  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers. 

Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage . Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University’s COVID-19 Information Website .


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function

General Administration

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

403040 Coordinator II

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)


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At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

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