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The Animal Law & Policy Program is seeking to hire a paid Research Assistant to work on a collaborative research initiative studying global policy responses to animal markets for both domestic animals and wildlife––sites that have been known to
facilitate the transmission of zoonotic diseases like avian flu, SARS, and COVID-19. Familiarity with the Arabic language or prior experience with the Middle East is preferred but not required.

The goal of the project is to examine in greater detail the nexus between animal markets and zoonotic transmission, as well as to bring clarity to the public policy discourse surrounding animal markets by providing a comprehensive assessment that will aid policy makers considering regulatory decisions, contribute to public education about these issues, and serve the human health and animal protection NGO communities. The study will provide a comparative, in-depth assessment of the policy challenges surrounding animal markets, both in the U.S. and internationally, identifying best practices and offering system-wide recommendations. Over a dozen institutional partners are collaborating on the project representing a broad range of regions and cultures.

The RA will work directly with the Project Research Fellow, Ann Linder, under the supervision of Professor Kristen Stilt. Work on the project will commence right away and continue through the next 2-3 months. Hours are flexible. Pay for the position is $16/hr. Candidates must be located and eligible to work in the United States. Interested candidates should send a resume and a short writing sample to Program Administrator, Ceallaigh Reddy, at creddy@law.harvard.edu.