Research Assistant – Health – Europe


The Center for Global Development’s office in London is hiring a Research Assistant to work with Director of Global Health and Senior Fellow. The successful candidate will have experience with research in health economics, health finance, public policy or a related field, and have strong quantitative, analytical and writing skills. This challenging position is a chance to study and influence development policy by working alongside researchers and policy professionals in a non-hierarchical atmosphere that requires you to take initiative and tackle tough, unstructured problems. The position would be well-suited to Bachelor’s or Master’s graduates who are interested in pursuing rigorous research and policy outreach.

The Research Assistant will be based in London, and should be eligible to work in the UK.

What you’ll be working on:

Providing research assistance to Director of Global Health and Senior Fellow.

Areas of focus will likely include:

  • Global health

Research activities will likely include:

  • Finding, cleaning, merging, and analysing complex datasets (in Stata and Excel).
  • Preparing data visualisations, blog posts, presentations, draft research papers and policy notes.
  • Setting up an online data archive.
  • Reviewing literature and fact checking.
  • Liaising with external partners regarding research, including colleagues in Washington, DC.
  • Organizing and attending meetings/conferences in the UK and overseas.
  • Performing other duties as necessary in support of the staff and the CGD team in London.

Qualifications and skills we’re looking for:

  • Self-confidence, a can-do attitude, the ability to work with little supervision, a love of teamwork, a willingness to turn your hand to anything, the ability to multitask, and a good sense of humour.
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline such as Health Policy, Economics, or International Development.
  • Strong quantitative and analytic skills, including some experience with data manipulation and econometric and statistical analysis.
  • Excellent writing skills, with a flair for communicating research clearly, thoughtfully, and without jargon.
  • Proficiency in word processing software, Excel and Stata.
  • Specific experience with or study of the topic areas mentioned above is an advantage.
  • Proficiency in English. Fluency in another language would be an advantage

Where you’ll work:

CGD is a think-and-do tank with offices in London and Washington, DC that works to reduce poverty in developing countries by improving the policies of industrialised countries and global institutions. We do world-class research and develop politically-savvy policy ideas. CGD Europe is a UK-registered charity.

How to apply:

CGD Europe offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should forward their CV and cover letter covering the above qualifications and skills, along with a sample piece of writing, to Please use "Research Assistant - Health, CGDE” in the subject line of email correspondence. CGD Europe is an equal opportunities employer.

Application deadline:

12 noon BST time; 23 August 2017