Research Assistant-Data Governance and Economic Development in Center For Global Development ,2020


The Center for Global Development, an independent, non-profit policy research organization in Washington, DC seeks a Research Assistant to support a new initiative that will examine how policymakers can strike a balance in creating data governance frameworks that support innovation, development, and growth while safeguarding against the misuse of personal data. The ideal candidate will have a deep interest in technology policy, as well as experience with research in economics, public policy, political science, or a related field. The candidate must demonstrate strong analytical, writing and communications skills, as well as a track-record and capacity for teamwork.


The Research Assistant will support and participate in a collaborative research effort to generate new policy options and contribute to CGD’s work through a mixture of research, data analysis, writing, and organizational activities.


General Responsibilities:

  • Conduct literature reviews, data compilation and analysis for ongoing and new research.
  • Provide other research, writing and editing support for various reports and documents.
  • Organize, coordinate, and attend various internal and external meetings, events and conferences.
  • Perform duties requiring independent judgment and analysis related to data gathering, report preparation, and special projects.
  • Perform analysis of datasets. Knowledge of Excel required; STATA knowledge desirable.
  • Collaborate with senior and program staff and members of the CGD communications team to draft reports, correspondence, documents, blogs, policy briefs, notes, and other web and social media content, report periodic findings, and provide outreach support.
  • Support team logistics and engagement with the CGD Institutional Advancement team and assist with proposal development, grant management and production of deliverables.
  • Perform other duties as necessary in support of senior research staff.


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics, public policy, political science, or a related field. Familiarity with issues related to technology policy.
  • 1-2 years professional experience in related field.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (especially Office, Excel and PowerPoint) required. Basic knowledge of econometrics and familiarity with STATA and other statistical packages a plus.
  • Outstanding communications and writing skills.  Ability to independently draft correspondence, documents and reports.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills required.
  • Flexibility, confidence, sense of humor, and can-do attitude; ability to advance projects with hands-off supervision, to work independently and with teams, and to prioritize work between multiple supervisors.

Starting salary for this position is $47,500/year.


Candidates must have and maintain valid US work authorization to be considered for this position. CGD is not able to sponsor work authorization for this role.


CGD celebrates fostering a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, parental status, or veteran status.

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