Thursday, April 28, 2016

Research Assistant – Development Policy/Finance/Energy for May or Recent Grad

The Center for Global Development, an independent, non-profit policy research organization in Washington, DC seeks a Research Assistant to provide research and organizational support to two senior researchers.
General Responsibilities:
  • Conduct literature reviews and data compilation and analysis for ongoing and frequently-evolving research projects. Potential areas of focus include political economy of oil-dependent countries, electricity markets, multilateral development banks, private investment, Sub-Saharan Africa, G20, and US development policy.
  • Perform analysis of complex datasets in Excel. This includes foreign assistance data from the OECD DAC, US 150 Account,[[|]], among others.
  • Provide other research, writing and editing support as needed. Perform duties requiring independent judgment and analysis related to data gathering, report preparation, and special projects.
  • Collaborate with senior staff and members of the CGD communications team to draft blogs, policy briefs, notes, and reports.
  • Organize and attend meetings/conferences related to research priorities.
  • Perform other duties as necessary in support of senior research staff.


  • BA in economics, international affairs, or other development-related field. Familiarity with development economics, foreign policy, international finance, and related topics.
  • 1-2 years relevant professional experience.
  • Essential software skills: MS Excel to construct spreadsheet models and publication-quality graphics. MS Word competence including page formatting. MS PowerPoint.
  • Basic knowledge of econometrics and familiarity with Stata a plus.
  • Clear and concise writing
  • Creativity
  • Confidence and can-do attitude. Ability to advance projects with hands-off supervision.
  • Healthy sense of humor!

Application instructions

Interested candidates should email their cover letter, CV and a short writing sample. Please indicate "Research Assistant - Policy" in the subject line of all email correspondence to