DR Congo Project Coordinator (service contract)

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Miss Anupah Makoond



1.    Background on HHI

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is an academic research center based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that focuses on humanitarian relief worldwide. HHI conducts interdisciplinary, practice-based research that can be used by scholars, policymakers, NGOs, and others to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian strategies for relief, protection, and prevention. HHI has major programs in four key thematic areas:  Populations in Crisis, Humanitarian Data and Technology, Disaster Resilience, and Humanitarian Policy and Evaluation. HHI has established substantive collaborations with NGOs, UN agencies, governments and universities to improve the quality, accountability, and effective of humanitarian aid in war, conflict and disaster.


2.    Project Context

Since 2014, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and its partners, the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the UN Stabilization Mission in Congo (MONUSCO), has implemented in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo a project entitled “Collecte de données sur la consolidation de la paix et la reconstruction en RDC” (CDCPR). The objective of this project is to produce and disseminate relevant and reliable data on the local population’s perceptions of security, justice and social cohesion in the eastern provinces of South Kivu, North Kivu and Ituri, in order to inform partners’ peacebuilding interventions in the region.

In concrete terms, HHI, in collaboration with local universities, manages large quantitative data collection efforts every three months across all territories in these eastern provinces, to which will also be added the provinces of Kinshasa, Kasaï Central, and Tanganyika in 2021. After each survey is completed, HHI produces public reports highlighting major findings, which it then disseminates to the project’s partners as well as to local authorities throughout the targeted provinces. For the proper utilization of this data in policymaking at the regional and local level, HHI is also committed to training partners on data collection and data analysis methods.


3.    Scope of Work

For this project, HHI is seeking to hire a DR Congo Project Coordinator who will have the following tasks:

·     Act as a liaison and lead communicator between HHI and its partners in DR Congo (UNDP, MONUSCO, Congolese government, INGOs, etc.)

·       Oversee and Manage HHI’s fieldwork supervisors (one in each of the three eastern provinces)

·     Ensure the preparation and implementation of each survey: this includes oversight of budgeting, finances, logistics, operations, security, training of enumerators, and data quality control

·       Assist in data cleaning, data analysis and report-writing for each survey

·       Present and disseminate survey findings to local partners and authorities

·       Conduct trainings for local partners and authorities on data analysis and survey methodologies

·       Support the writing of articles in peer-reviewed journals as appropriate

·       Assist with other support activities connected to the project as needed


4.    Requirements

HHI seeks an experienced project coordinator with the following qualifications:

·       Master’s degree in conflict resolution, international relations, a related social science field, or statistics.

·       Demonstrated capacity to manage multiple stakeholders and partnerships.

·       Ability to present quantitative data in both English and French to a variety of audiences.

·       Broad quantitative and qualitative research skils

·       Strong communication and writing skills

·       Fluency in both English and French (speaking and writing)

·       Prior experience working in the DRC will be an asset.

·       Experience in human rights, violence prevention, peacebuilding or conflict resolution

·       Ability to take initiative and lead a team.

·       Flexibility and Adaptability are essential. A good sense of humour is welcome.



5. Terms and Conditions

This position will be for an initial period of 6 months, including a 1-month probation. The position is based in the DRC and could be extended after the initial six-month period. 

How To Apply

Please send your CV , cover letter and 3 references to by January 22, 2021.

Type: Contract

Start date: 02/15/2021

Application Deadline: 01/22/2021