Temporary Program Assistant Position for Recent Grad with The German Marshall Fund of the United States
GMF’s Asia Program addresses the implications of Asia's rise for the United States and Europe and aims to strengthen transatlantic Asia policy through research, commentary, conferences, and publications. Covering an expansive area — from the Hindu Kush to the Pacific — the program has region-wide projects as well as specific initiatives related to China, India, Japan, and Taiwan. The Asia Program’s fellows and staff manage an active set of policy programs, conduct in-depth research, and frequently contribute articles and commentary to a wide range of publications and news outlets both in the United States and internationally.
The Program Assistant will support GMF’s Asia program with administration and a variety of convening activities that foster transatlantic cooperation related to Asia. Work will be conducted remotely, as until further notice, the GMF office will remain closed due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Assist the program with the Fall calendar of small- and mid-size convening. First responsibility will be DC programming, followed by Brussels and Berlin programming.
Responsibilities for convening involve assisting with invitations, tracking responses, and coordinating logistics. When projects conclude, s/he will be expected to support any necessary financial or reporting paperwork.
Provide research and editorial support for GMF’s Asia-related publications and digital content.
Managing and updating the contact database, including event working lists and the program master list for team members in DC, Brussels, and Berlin.
Administrative support for DC operations, like maintaining program materials, team calendars, potential social media tasks, and meeting support for senior team members.
Knowledge and Skills Needed:
Bachelor’s degree in International Relations or Affairs, Political Science, Economics, History, Asian studies, or another related field.
A demonstrable interest or background in contemporary East, South, or Southeast Asian politics and policy – particularly related to China, India, Japan, Taiwan, or Korea – or a familiarity with U.S.-European policy issues and global strategic debates about American foreign policy and rising international powers
Prior work or internship experience (approximately six months to two years) in a think tank, public sector, or non-profit setting
Excellent writing and editing skills in English; proficiency or familiarity in Asian (e.g. Mandarin, Hindi/Urdu, Japanese, Korean) or European (e.g. German, French) languages a plus
Strong event organization and management skills, with superb attention to detail and an ability to meet rapid, multiple deadlines in a fast-paced team-orientated environment
Solid research and analytical capabilities on matters of contemporary policy relevance