Thursday, October 29, 2020

International Program Research Assistant Position for Recent Grad with the Migration Policy Institute


Position description

MPI’s International Program is a friendly, tight-knit team of researchers who are passionate about all things migration and committed to being essential partners to policymakers and other stakeholders working on migration, asylum, and integration policy worldwide. We are looking for an integral team member to help us in our mission of promoting better understanding of migration, thus supporting evidence-based and effective policymaking that works for all elements of society.

As a Research Assistant, you will be expected to jump right in and quickly ramp up on the array of projects that our senior staff are leading, bolstering the brainpower of the team through your strong writing and analytic skills. Public events and private roundtables are also a big part of what we do to facilitate critical discussions. You will play an important role in mapping key policy networks and identifying the policymakers, thought leaders, and organizations to connect with, as well as ensuring events run smoothly, from sending out virtual meeting coordinates to following up with potential speakers. If you are organized, proactive, curious, an avid reader, have strong research and writing skills, and want an organization that you can spend the next several years of your career growing with, you have come to the right place. 

If you are a true researcher and writer at heart, with a passion for migration policy, then keep reading, we want to talk to you.

About MPI

The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute seeks to improve immigration and integration policies through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Contribute to drafting explanatory and analytical reports, policy briefs, and other research materials, both independently and with supervision. 
  • Carry out literature reviews, gathering both quantitative and qualitative data, to contribute to analytical research products, ensuring timeliness and accuracy in reporting.
  • Contribute to and/or co-author MPI publications.

Project Coordination & Administration

  • Offer support to the MPI International team with project management and other tasks where necessary.
  • Routinely draft official correspondence and develop project materials.
  • Prepare commissioned papers, including background papers, memoranda, reports, and articles, with guidance of senior staff.
  • Contribute to the organization of public events and private roundtables under the supervision of senior staff. 
  • Organize logistics of national and international meetings and workshops (including preparing invitations, travel arrangements, site logistics, and materials).
  • Assist in scheduling webinars, briefing calls, project meetings, and other appointments.
  • Assist in hiring and supervising International Program interns


  • Assist senior staff in fundraising duties, including writing sections of grant proposals and reports, and conducting research on prospective funding opportunities.
  • Actively monitor current migration debates and developments.


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least one year of work experience. Candidates without a degree who can demonstrate significant work experience will also be considered. 
  • Excellent English writing skills.
  • High motivation and initiative; ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work both independently and as a part of a team.
  • Proven research and analytical skills.
  • Strong interest in and/or professional background in migration policy or related field.

Preferred Skills

  • Additional foreign language capability.
  • Ability to effectively collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data through both primary and secondary sources.
  • Strong knowledge and application of data and statistical analysis, with a high proficiency in Excel and related software packages.

Application instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and an unedited, sole-authored writing sample. Please reference “Research Assistant INTN” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position.

 Applications are due by close of business on November 16, 2020 but interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the large number of applicants expected, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No direct phone calls or emails to MPI staff, please.  To apply please send an email to: