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Prof. Sikkink seeks RA for Human Rights/Transitional Justice Project

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy invites candidates to apply for a research assistant position in human rights/transitional justice in post-conflict and post-autocratic societies. This part-time, hourly position will begin in fall semester 2022 and continue for one year from the date when the position is initiated. The position is open to graduate and undergraduate students.

The researcher will work with Prof. Kathryn Sikkink and the research team on a joint Harvard-University of Toronto grant project focused on evaluating the effectiveness of transitional justice policies such as prosecutions, truth commissions, and reparations. 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.

Preference will be given to applicants from and/or with expertise on the case countries that are the focus of the grant: Cambodia, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Iraq, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Ukraine.

The Research Assistant is expected to work in collaboration with Dr. Sikkink and the team to:
– Perform research and writing for articles, blogs, and op-eds in English (and possibly other languages in which the applicant has proficiency) to share research findings with policy makers and broader publics.
– Conduct research on transitional justice trends in the case country and other countries to contribute to the team’s writing and knowledge.
– Build the team’s social media presence and reach and post to social media about the team’s events and publications.
– Help build the team’s web page and create content.
– Attend workshops and meetings with the team, including the weekly Friday morning meetings.

The interview process and Research Assistant position will take place at the Harvard Kennedy School campus, with hybrid work options available.

Basic Qualifications
– Qualitative research and writing skills.
– Some relevant work and academic experience, e.g. in the areas of transitional justice, conflict and post-conflict studies, and/or human rights. Undergraduates welcome to apply.
– Technology proficiency, with experience building and maintaining a web page preferred.
– Familiarity with social media content creation (especially Twitter and LinkedIn) and building an online following.
– Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
– Fluency in English.

Additional Qualifications
– Additional language competencies (e.g., French, Spanish, etc.) are preferred.
– Quantitative research skills are welcome but not required.
– Experience with Open Scholar and website design and maintenance.
– Applicants from, or with experience working in, one of the case countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

Special Instructions
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning in September 2022.
Submit your application to Helen Clapp (

Applications should include:
– Cover letter
– Curriculum Vitae
– The names of two referees
– Two writing samples

Salary and Benefits
This is a paid hourly position at $23/hour, 15 hours per week.