We’re hiring! Program Manager, Harvard China Health Partnership

Job Summary 

The Department of Global Health and Population, Health Systems Group at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health seeks to hire a Program Manager for the Harvard China Health Partnership (HCHP) under the supervision of Dr. Winnie Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics and Faculty Director of HCHP.

The Harvard China Health Partnership (HCHP) is the School-wide nexus for scholarship on health care in China, building on the Chan School’s long history of collaboration with China and supporting the goals of the Department of Global Health and Population (GHP) to improve global health through education, research, and service from a population-based perspective. The Program Manager will help HCHP advance relationships with over a dozen collaborating academic institutions and government agencies in China through a wide range of activities such as research projects, executive training courses, forums/seminars, and exchange of scholars. The Program Manager will have stellar language and cultural skills in Chinese and English and the ability to coordinate with academic and government entities in China in order to maintain and advance the decades-long relationships of HCHP. The ideal candidate will also have some prior experience researching China’s health systems, health policies, and eldercare systems. More details can be found on the HCHP website.

Position Description

The Program Manager will serve as the principal programmatic and administrative liaison with HCHP partner institutions and collaborators in China and will be responsible for smooth implementation of HCHP research activities in Boston. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Administration of China Health Partnership

  • Liaise with external partners in China—key universities, think tanks, government agencies, and philanthropic foundations in China—to maintain relationships to successfully execute current projects as well as develop proposals for future research.
  • Provide smooth day-to-day flow of communications between counterparts in China and the Harvard team in Boston. Facilitate regular meetings and the flow of information in both directions about research program updates.
  • Supervise and manage logistical support for HCHP meetings, events, and trainings conducted in online, hybrid, and/or in-person formats, including synchronizing schedules of multiple team members in different time zones, formalizing agenda, and preparing materials.
  • Assist partner institutions in China to promote the HCHP Visiting Scholar program and to identify possible candidates.
  • Facilitate the integration of HCHP visitors into the Harvard academic community.
  • Contribute to goals of HCHP by accomplishing other related duties as required.

Research Coordination and Development

  • Work with team leadership to develop and manage project implementation plans, ensuring that deliverables (e.g. reports, policy briefs, publications, dissemination) are produced on time and of good standards; confirming scopes of work for China partners and the Harvard-based research team; and confirming the overall division of labor to meet programmatic and research objectives outlined by the Faculty Director.
  • Assist in the day-to-day workflow of the overall HCHP team, including Harvard-based team members.
  • Work with team leadership to identify and develop new opportunities of partnership in China.
  • Draft and edit concept notes and proposals for new areas of research. Coordinate applications for Institutional Review Board (IRB) for HCHP research.

Event Planning and Implementation

  • Work with team leadership to design research workshops, seminar series, and other events in line with the objectives of HCHP.
  • For HCHP training events, assist team leadership to design session topics, identify speakers, and oversee other pre-training planning and post-event closeout activities.
  • Supervise and manage logistics for HCHP events including invitations, registration, presentations, audience engagement, digital media interface, and post-event dissemination.
  • Monitor costs in relation to budget for events and ensure that financial matters such as invoices and reimbursements are handled accurately and in accordance with relevant University and funder policies.

External Communications

  • Work with team leadership to maximize the impact and visibility of research findings, both for policymakers and within the academic community.
  • Disseminate HCHP activities, news, and findings to HCHP’s growing audience on social media in China on platforms such as WeChat.
  • Maintain content on HCHP website, including dissemination of research findings, academic publications, and event summaries.
  • Draft HCHP reports and newsletters for different sponsors, donors, and stakeholders.
  • Draft progress reports and other communications to sponsoring organizations.

The Program Manager will perform other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required
  • 3+ years of related experience required
  • Fluency in written and spoken Mandarin and English required

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Advanced degree in economics, health policy, or social sciences.
  • Familiarity with scholars, practitioners, and organizations currently working to improve health systems performance in China
  • Prior experience, through coursework or employment, related to China’s health system and health policies, including eldercare policies and systems
  • Prior experience disseminating professional information via social media in China
  • Stellar written and oral communication skills including a record of successfully using written communication to enhance relationships within a team and between organizations

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

  • This position is a term appointment through June 30, 2023, with strong possibility of renewal subject to funding availability and performance.
  • Please apply on-line via https://hr.harvard.edu/search-jobs, using Requisition #59890BR. The job advertisement will be open to external candidates on/about September 22, 2022.