Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School Non-Resident Fellow Position (Paid)

Call for Applications: Rolling deadline beginning October 1, 2021 until the position is filled.

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy invites candidates to apply for research fellowship position in human rights/transitional justice in post-conflict societies. This one-year fellowship will begin in fall semester 2021 and continue for one year from the date when the fellowship is initiated.

The researcher will work with Prof. Kathryn Sikkink and research team on a joint Harvard-Tulane grant project focused on evaluating the effectiveness of transitional justice policies such as prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations, and vetting and lustration. 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 the case countries that are the focus of the grant, and/or who have considerable work experience in transitional justice in the case countries:  Cambodia, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Iraq, Mali, Sri Lanka, Haiti, and Myanmar.


The Research Fellow is expected to work in collaboration HHI lead faculty to:

  • Conduct research on transitional justice trends in the case country and other countries in the region
  • Analyze existing data
  • Collect and code additional data when needed
  • Co-author articles, blogs, and op-eds  in English and in Spanish to share research findings with policy makers and broader publics.
  • Support the overall development of the Global TJ Index
  • Attend workshops and meetings organized by the Global TJ program

Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, the interview process and fellowship opportunity will take place virtually—including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work.

Basic Qualifications

  • 2+ years of relevant work experience
  • Strong qualitative research background
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Fluency in English

A non-resident fellow must have some practical experience working in the field of transitional justice in their home country. A completed graduate degree in political science, law, or a field related to transitional justice is valued but not required for application.  Candidate must speak and write in English and have research and writing skills.  Applicants from Colombia, Guatemala, or Haiti, or with experience working in transitional justice in these countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

Additional Qualifications

  • Additional language competencies (e.g., French, Spanish, etc.) are preferred.
  • Quantitative research skills would also be welcome but are not required.
  • This is a 12-month position.  Working virtually  (nationally or internationally) is allowed until conditions allow for in-person meetings and work environment.
  • Preference will be given to applicants from the post-conflict case countries that are the focus of the grant, and/or who have considerable work experience in transitional justice in the case countries, especially Colombia, Guatemala, or Haiti.

Special Instructions

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning in October 2021. Applications should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Applicants will be asked to provide the names of three referees.
  • Two or three writing samples.
  • A research proposal (maximum 2 pages) outlining a topic of inquiry for a policy brief relating to transitional justice in your country (or country of interest), which you would like to write during the fellowship.

Please submit all application materials to Laryssa Da Silveira ( with the subject line "Transitional Justice Research Fellow".

Salary and Benefits

This is a paid position including fringes.  If non-resident, fringes will be paid according to national legislation in the country of residence.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  Because of our interest in working with fellows from the post-conflict case countries of the grant, however, national origin may be one factor considered in hiring.

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