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India Country Director

Location: New Delhi, India

Job Summary

Shall be responsible for all duties associated with the employment. Also may be required to perform other duties that may reasonably be expected or required of you from time to time, and you hereby agree to do so. Your specific job duties, reporting responsibilities, and performance expectations shall include, but not be limited to:

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Increasing Harvard LMSAI Visibility in India: The Country Director will assist with building bridges between Harvard and India related to research and teaching in and about this region. Part of this effort will involve coordinating LMSAI and Indian stakeholder’s efforts in increasing LMSAI’s presence in India. Activities include maintaining current partnerships and securing new connections through the Harvard Club of India in Delhi and Mumbai, and reputable academic and professional institutions in India.

Administrative Functions: Manage the in-region administrative and financial functions from the LMSAI Delhi office, including budget management, reconciliation, and payment of all bills in India through Harvard Global and HBS IRC systems. Manage files in accordance with audit principles, and handle all day-to-day administrative tasks of office. Supervise in region program coordinator, and consultants hired by LMSAI and coordinate and communicate this with LMSAI Executive Director on a regular basis.

Communication with LMSAI: Country Director will be available for a bi-monthly conference call with LMSAI Executive Director, to give updates on status of various activities and to assure that all activities are in compliance with LMSAI standards. You will be responsible for providing LMSAI with in-region news on a regular basis for the LMSAI newsletter and in-region section of the website.

Support Ongoing Harvard faculty Research: The Country Director will work closely with the Harvard LMSAI office to support Harvard faculty visiting India to make connections and build partnerships with academic institutions and think tanks across South Asia. Support for Harvard Students in India: The Country Director will work closely with the Harvard LMSAI office to facilitate connections and make arrangements for Harvard graduate students who travel to India for research and internships.

Support for LMSAI Fellowships: The Country Director will facilitate outreach for LMSAI’s fellowships, which strive to bring scholars from the region to Harvard for a term or academic year.

Grant related work:

  • Provide oversight and guidance of post award administration of grant funded projects to LMSAI Executive Director and Grants PIs, service providers, consultants, internal and external partners;
  • Ensure compliance with grant terms and conditions as they related to the funded projects and work on the grant;
  • Overall post award communication, including guiding PIs and awardees on various issues or challenges;
  • Monitor payments against awarded funds;
  • Sub–grants: In conjunctions with LMSAI Executive Director, will review all project budgets prior to commencement of work to ensure they correctly outline program expenditures and comply with requirements;
  • Create system to certify time and effort reports related to the projects as required, certifying that labor distributions are in direct proportion to effort expended on the project.


Basic Qualifications



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Financial Associate

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Summary

The Financal Associate will be responsible for financial and human resource processing for the Mittal Institute’s Cambridge Office.


Job-Specific Responsibilities

Manage financial transactions and processes for Mittal Institute’s Cambridge office, including reimbursements, corporate card payments, honoraria vendor setups, journals, petty cash, PCard approvals, cross-validation requests, faculty grants, student grants and check deposits.

Manage HR transactions and processes for Mittal Institute’s Cambridge and Delhi offices for all appointments – staff, academic, temps, students, LHTs. This includes hiring paperwork, Aurora actions (hires, transfers, terminations, salary changes, coding changes, etc.), POI forms.

In coordination with Finance Manager, work on payroll for all staff, fellows and students in US and Delhi – run, review and sign off on reports. Approve time and absences. Maintain and track employees in Aurora and Peoplesoft

Manage multiyear cross-tub interfaculty initiative grants for Institute – gather award letters and information from Associate Director, collaborate with departments and schools on fund transfer, request cross validation for funds, track spending, follow up and reclaim unspent funds.

Work with sponsored accounts at the pre- and post-award stages, including providing assistance with grant proposal submissions, preparing budgets, tracking expenditures and preparing interim and final financial reports in conjunction with FASRAS and OSP

Serve as point person regarding financial policies and transactions for the Institute. Attend meetings regarding financial policies and communicate back to Institute staff.


Basic Qualifications

Minimum of three years of financial or accounting work experience required.


Additional Qualifications and Skills

Experience with Harvard Financial systems, including Oracle applications, GMAS, PeopleSoft and B2P. Experience with gift, endowment and sponsored accounting. Intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and Word. Strong written and oral communication skills and attention to detail. Strong commitment to team and excellence in customer service. Ability to successfully manage and meet competing deadlines. Ability to handle complex and confidential information with discretion.




Internship with the Aspire Institute

Location: Cambridge, MA

Faculty Supervisors: Tarun Khanna and Karim Lakhani, Professors at HBS.

Organization Name: Aspire Institute Inc. 

Job Summary

Vision: Finding and nurturing lost talent from under-privilege backgrounds and raising their aspirations through continuous learning.

Mission: The Aspire Institute’s mission is to transform the lives of youth worldwide at scale who are currently in marginalized situations and enable them to make a positive impact in all aspects of human endeavor. 


Aspire Institute is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization headquartered in Cambridge, MA. While only four years old, it has rapidly developed a global presence, sourcing hard-to-reach talent from 135 countries primarily across the so-called Global South.  These talented but disadvantaged youth (first-in-family-to-college) have typically been unable to access the social and economic mainstreams of their societies, let alone opportunities globally. Our aim is to use our scalable, global technology platform to identify, expose, inspire, and connect the most talented among these to give them a helping hand on to the first rung of the proverbial ladder to fulfilling careers and lives.


We need assistance with building a research and data analytic capability, as well as help building the organization, depending on the interests and capabilities of the applicant.  The applicant would be part of a dedicated team working out of an office in Allston, just outside the HBS campus, and would liaise also with the analytic team at LISH, Laboratory for Innovation Science@ Harvard, with offices in the new SEAS building in Allston (Engineering).


More details on Aspire Institute


1.       Raise aspirations and proavide inspiration: Encourage youth to aspire towards heights of achievement and impact they may not have thought possible in their context and inspire them to achieve those heights by exposing them to leaders worldwide.

2.       Transform through a world-class learning curriculum: Expose youth to the best teachers (faculty and practice) to give them the practical knowledge, personal insight, communication, and leadership capabilities to transform their aspirations into actions.  Leverage existing world-class assets at top universities and companies to create a leadership curriculum that can scale and is not bound by time or location.

3.       Connect to the world: Youth become part of a lifelong community of global leaders guided by world-class mentors who are committed to providing and supporting the next generation of leaders.  The program will allow for the sharing of best practices and increase value for all members of the network. Connecting will yield opportunities for internships, new project creation, and scaling of existing action projects.

4.       Bias for action: The program will inculcate its members to orient themselves towards creating action in the world. The curricular journey will seek to embed acting in the world as a core outcome. The program will also fund (some of) its participants to generate and create ambitious projects in all aspects of human endeavor. Give tools to students to make a change in their communities.

5.       Leadership signal: Participation in the program will generate concrete and valuable leadership signals for its members to enable them to overcome the disadvantages of coming from marginalized communities. Program participants will be recognized as “certified” and capable leaders who have the background, training, and ability to make a difference in the world.

Interested applicants should get in touch with Meena Sonea, Executive Director of Aspire Institute,

Communications and Outreach Intern

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job-Specific Responsibilities:

The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute seeks a communications and outreach intern for the 2021-2022 academic year. The intern would be responsible for making updates on the website, advertising events to the Harvard community, gathering photos, developing social media campaigns and other projects to help expand the visibility of the Institute both internally at Harvard and externally. Applicants should have outstanding writing and editing skills, a familiarity with WordPress, and a good understanding of the different departments and groups on campus. Experience with photo and video editing would be a plus. Must be a current Harvard undergraduate or graduate student to apply. 

To apply, please send a resume and brief cover letter outlining your related skills and interest in the job to: Carlin Carr, Communications and Outreach Manager at by Wed. October 20, 2021.