Research and Program Manager

Research and Program Manager

  • Full Time
  • Boston

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Job Summary:

The Nutrition and Global Health Program in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is seeking a highly motivated Research and Program Manager with a public health background to join its management team and contribute to the strategic development of the program’s research, training, and regional partnership activities including the Africa Research, Implementation Science, and Education (ARISE) Network. The program is conducting several global health research and training projects with partners in resource-limited settings in sub- Saharan Africa and Asia, primarily Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and India.

The program’s research focus includes maternal and child health, and infectious diseases, with emphasis on nutritional factors. Working closely with the Program’s team and in coordination with program faculty and partner institutions, the Research and Program Manager will be supporting a wide range of activities within the program including proposal and new initiative development and managing programmatic aspects of existing projects and global collaborations. The position reports directly to the Faculty Director and will work closely with the senior staff to manage all administrative and programmatic project activities. 

Job-Specific Responsibilities:

Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advance the strategic planning and success of the program
  • Contribute to development and implementation of research and training activities
  • Support and lead with the faculty director the development of proposals to funding agencies.
  • Provide overall oversight to the program budget and liaise with key internal stakeholders to ensure spending is planned, executed, and managed as appropriate
  • Manage programmatic aspects of relations with international and domestic partners.
  • Work closely with the management and finance team in Boston and at the sites to ensure objectives of the trial are met on schedule and within the approved budget
  • Advise and assist faculty and researchers with getting regulatory permits, import/export permits, and Data Transfer Agreements, etc
  • Facilitate and undertake a range of written and impactful communications to disseminate findings from the program and ARISE Network, including blogs, op-eds, power point presentations and scientific papers
  • Oversight of subcontractor spending to ensure consistency and compliance with the budget and reporting requirements  
  • Other duties as assigned    

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term date of one year from date of hire, with possibility of extension.

PLEASE NOTE: Short-listed candidates will be required to submit a writing sample (e.g. published or unpublished articles, op-eds, PowerPoint presentations) as part of the selection process.

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, or MD. We are also working primarily remotely at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until our return to campus, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required as a condition of continued employment once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will support flexible work schedules upon this return, subject to individual departments’ business needs. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3+ years of related experience required

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Master’s degree in Public Health or related discipline preferred
  • Work experience in similar academic or research setting
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills to prioritize competing tasks and deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, cross-cultural communication, and demonstrated experience in collaboration and building strong working relationships with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and levels of expertise.
  • Experience working independently, under supervision, and as part of a team; strong attention to detail; excellent time management skills
  • Strong research skills including understanding and synthesis of research and translation to written material
  • Strong skills in designing graphic visuals and power point presentations 
  • Experience with submissions to Institutional Review Boards (IRB), and other research regulatory requirements
  • Commitment to global health and impact in Africa and other global settings

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

Additional Information:

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee’s start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
  • Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events — and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.

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.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging:

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.

Learn more about the School’s mission, objectives, and core values and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.

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