Research Assistant – Econometrics and Data


The Center for Global Development, an independent, non-partisan research organization in Washington, DC seeks a Research Assistant specializing in econometrics and data analysis. The successful candidate will have experience with research in economics, public policy, political science or a related field.  The RA must demonstrate strong quantitative, analytical and communications skills. The position is well-suited to those who are considering doctoral study.

The research assistant will perform a range of project research, policy analysis and other duties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct statistical analyses and econometric modeling using Stata, R, ArcGIS, Excel, and other software tools, and prepare tables and graphs to convey those results.
  • Conduct literature and data searches for ongoing research projects.  Potential areas of focus include poverty, impact evaluations, gender, corruption, procurement, and health.
  • Collaborate with senior staff and members of the CGD communications team to draft blogs, policy briefs, notes, and reports.
  • Provide other research, writing and editing support for various reports and documents.
  • Organize and attend meetings/conferences related to research priorities.
  • Perform other duties as necessary in support of senior staff.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related field.
  • Essential software skills: Stata for the descriptive and econometric analysis of cross-section and panel data. Other technical knowledge, especially R, Python, and/or ArcGIS, is a plus.
  • Training in econometrics and development economics, and experience in applying econometrics are required. 
  • One to two years of experience in international development is preferred but not required.
  • Outstanding communications and writing skills.
  • Confidence and can-do attitude; ability to advance projects with hands-off supervision.
  • Comfort working independently, with small groups and interacting with senior staff.
  • Good humor and collegiality are essential.

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

Applicants for this vacancy should send a short cover letter, a CV, a short writing sample (preferably a piece of original research) and a sample Stata .do file which displays knowledge of Stata and of some basic econometric applications to Please use the title "Research Assistant – Econometrics” in all e-mail correspondences. No phone calls please.

CGD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All persons regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation shall have equal access to positions, limited only by their ability to do the job.