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Research Associate – Humanitarian Logistics The INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group


Department: Faculty & Research
Location: Europe Campus
Status: Manager
Contract: Temporary - Full Time
Contact: Harwin Devries at

Posted on: 14 January 2019

Job Description

Over the past 17 years, INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group (HRG) has been one of the world-leading research groups on humanitarian logistics. We actively collaborate with major humanitarian organizations to profoundly analyse logistical challenges and propose solutions. Key collaborators include UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR, the Red Cross Movement, MSF, OXFAM, World Vision, Plan International, North Star Alliance, and Marie Stopes International. We are specialized in five key areas:

  • Disaster Preparedness & Response
  • Access & Equity in Healthcare
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Asset Management & Deployment
  • Environment & Waste

The group consists of 7-12 researchers and has a collegial and constructive working environment. HRG is also connected to a vast network of world leading experts in fields like strategy, logistics, marketing, and health policy, and many humanitarian organizations.

Role description

As a research associate, you will participate in research and consulting projects on real and urgent challenges in the humanitarian sector. In small research teams, you will closely cooperate with humanitarian organizations to analyse their problems, gather data, perform the analyses, and present and/or implement results. Projects may offer the opportunity of doing field trips to do research “on the ground”.

The position provides a unique opportunity to work with a team of passionate experts at one of the most renowned business schools in the world, to start a career in the humanitarian aid sector, and/or to pursue a career in academics or consulting.


  • Master degree in operations management, supply chain management, logistics, operations research, econometrics, industrial engineering or a similar degree preferred
  • Fluency in written and oral English
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Knowledge of an analytics software package like Matlab or R is preferred
  • Knowledge of qualitative research techniques is a plus
  • Ability to work independently and in small teams
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Excellent organizational and oral/written communication skills

Preferred Start Date: February 2019 and September 2019

Conditions: one year contract. Renewable


Please send your CV, list of grades, a cover letter describing your interest in this position, and a sample writing (e.g., your MSc thesis or an essay) to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


The INSEAD School of Business is consistently ranked among the leading business schools in the world. It has strong research and education programmes in many domains of business. Its MBA programme is ranked first globally by the Financial Times in both 2016 and 2017. INSEAD also ranks number 1 in terms of the number of CEOs of Europe's biggest companies “delivered”.

INSEAD Europe Campus is located in Fontainebleau, 55 kilometres southeast of the centre of Paris. The campus resides on the edge of the renowned Forest of Fontainebleau, and is just a stone's throw away from the historic town centre and the “Château de Fontainebleau”. It lies within easy reach of all major airports and rail systems connecting Paris with the rest of the world.

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