The Harvard Business School (HBS) Africa Research Office (ARO) is seeking candidates for a Senior Researcher to focus on research and case writing and expand the scope of other work of the ARO in sub-Saharan Africa. The role is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and will report to the ARO Director. Please see the job description here that captures the kind of individual we seek and follow up as indicated therein at firstname.lastname@example.org with appropriate candidates.
Work of the Africa Research Office
The ARO provides support to HBS faculty conducting research and case writing in the region. This work has addressed a number of interesting topics, including: the unlocking of pension fund investments for infrastructure finance in Nigeria; competitive challenges facing a manufacturer in Kenya; industrial parks strategy in Ethiopia; corporate governance in South Africa; e-commerce in Nigeria; and the contribution of African business leaders to the creation of emerging markets.
In addition to supporting faculty research, the ARO has been instrumental in the development of the new MBA elective course Doing Business in Africa taught for the first time this past spring semester. The Office has also provided research and writing support for the Short Intensive Program (SIP): Africa Rising taught at HBS this January. The ARO partnered with the MBA Global Experience Office in identifying local companies as Global Partners for the approximately 80 MBA students in Johannesburg and Cape Town for the FIELD Global Immersion this month. The ARO has also worked with MBA Admissions and Career & Professional Development in organizing visits to Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda. The ARO has also provided support to the highly successful Africa Immersive Field Course (IFC) for second-year MBA students in Dar es Salaam and Addis Abba, and the Senior Executive Program for Africa (SEPA) last held in Kigali, Rwanda.