Research Assistant, Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy 2019-04-06T14:38:39+00:00

Job description:

The Center for Global Development (CGD), an independent, non-partisan, non-profit policy research organization in Washington, DC seeks a Research Assistant to support the work of CGD Senior Fellows Cindy Huang and Michael Clemens, and the broader program on Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy (MDHP). Key areas of focus include protracted displacement situations, economic inclusion and self-reliance of refugees, social cohesion among forcibly displaced and host populations, the effect of migration on local economies and societies, drivers of migration, and policy tools for managing future migration flows. The successful candidate will have 1-4 years of substantive professional experience with research and program coordination, preferably on displacement and/or migration issues. The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding analytical, qualitative, writing, and communication skills.

General ResponsibilitiesUnder the direct supervision of the Senior Fellows, the successful candidate will perform a range of project research, coordination, and other duties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct qualitative research, analysis, and writing for multiple large-scale research projects on displacement and migration topics;
  • Provide substantive oversight and coordination of research projects, to include overseeing consultants contributing to research and policy writing;
  • Coordinate across two senior fellows on complementary and joint research and policy writing projects;
  • Manage potential and ongoing research and policy partnerships by leading on email, phone, and in-person discussions;
  • Organize and attend meetings/conferences related to research priorities; and
  • Perform other duties as necessary in support of the Senior Fellow.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Demonstrated interest, and preferably experience, in issues relating to forced displacement, migration, and international development and humanitarian response;
  • Undergraduate degree in International Relations, Economics, or a related field;
  • Training and demonstrable professional experience in qualitative research and project coordination is required;
  • Communication and writing skills in English is required;
  • Detail-oriented and adept at managing multiple deadlines and projects;
  • Confidence and can-do attitude; ability to advance projects with hands-off supervision;
  • Comfort working independently, with small groups, and across senior staff with multiple supervisors;
  • Experience managing consultants is preferred;
  • Experience with policy writing and training in qualitative methods is desired;
  • Interest and experience in behavioral economics and/or social psychology is a plus, as are quantitative skills; and
  • Flexibility and a collegial spirit are essential.

CGD offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an outstanding benefits package.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and short writing sample (5 pages maximum). No phone calls please.