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Script Writer: Building a Better Response Project, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

By February 1, 2024No Comments

About Us

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a university-wide academic and research center in humanitarian crisis and leadership. HHI is an affiliated program with the Division of Global Emergency Care and Humanitarian Studies at the Brigham Health Emergency Department and based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) Department of Global Health and Population. As an Inter-Faculty Initiative, HHI collaborates closely with all Harvard Schools and Harvard Teaching Hospitals and is the primary humanitarian outreach arm of Harvard University. The mission of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is to create new knowledge and advance evidence-based leadership in disasters and humanitarian crisis. HHI was founded in 2005, currently operates 20 projects, and consists of 70 staff, faculty, visiting scientists, students, and collaborators. HHI’s aim is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue in pressing humanitarian issues, advance the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide, and improve the lives of communities in war, conflict, and natural disasters.

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About the Position

HHI is seeking a Script Writer who will work on providing technical expertise for Building a Better Response (BBR) e-learning course on Humanitarian Education. The Script Writer will work with Prof. Phuong Pham, the Senior Instructional Designer, and the program manager at HHI. Building a Better Response program has a userbase of approximately 97,000 e-learners and has been in operation since 2013. The BBR program is implemented in partnership with the International Medical Corporation and Concern Worldwide. It is funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). During the current iteration of the program, the current BBR e-learning course scripts will be revised, and a new capstone module will be produced.

The Building a Better Response Script writer will:

  • Create comprehensive storyboards that outline the structure, flow, sections, and interactivity of eLearning modules and case studies, ensuring a seamless and engaging learning experience.
  • Format eLearning scripts in adherence to industry standards and style guidelines, guaranteeing readability and compatibility with various eLearning authoring tools.
  • Contribute to the research process by gathering and integrating relevant information intoe Learning scripts, ensuring the content remains aligned with educational objectives.
  • Collaborate effectively with instructional designer, program manager, and subject matter experts to collect and incorporate feedback, continuously refining and enhancing eLearning scripts to meet learner needs and objectives.


  • Master’s degree or someone who is enrolled in a Master’s degree
  • Highly motivated and organized
  • Can work independently in a remote capacity
  • Familiarity with Dropbox
  • Interest in public health, humanitarian applications, and e-learning
  • Basic understanding of learning management systems (e.g., Brightspace) and eLearning authoring tools (e.g., Articulate 360)
  • Basic knowledge of Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English is preferred but not required

Required documents to apply

  • CV/resume
  • Statement of interest

Compensation/Hourly Rate

Student Hourly Rate: $25-30
Non-student Hourly Rate: $40-45

Number of Hours per Week

8-14 hours per week

Job Start Date

Onboarding: June 3rd to June 14th

  • During this period, script writer will be introduced to BBR staff, attend one to two in-person
    meetings and complete the BBR e-learning course.

Time Frame

End Date: May 31st, 2024, with a possibility of extension

Title of Position

BBR Script Writer

Work Format

The script writer is welcome to work remotely. They will be required to attend two to three in-person
meetings per month at the HHI office (Office location: 14 Story Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138)

Number of Openings


To Apply

Please send a CV and a statement of interest to Senior Instructional Designer, Rodger LeGrand
( & Program Manager Karima Rehmani
( with the subject line BBR Script Writer & YOUR FULL NAME.

  • Harvard students, please be sure to indicate whether you have Federal Work Study funding.
  • Harvard students can also apply through the website of the Harvard Student Employment Office (SEO) at