Research Assistant – Technology and Development Program


The Center for Global Development, an independent, non-profit policy research organization in Washington, DC seeks a Research Assistant to provide a broad array of research and organizational support functions to the team working on technology and development.

General Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will perform a range of research and coordination duties in support of the program, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct literature reviews, data compilation, and analysis for ongoing and new research projects focusing on the role of technology in development.
  • Support the management of working groups organized by the program.
  • Collaborate with researchers and members of the CGD's communications team to draft blogs, policy briefs, and notes on research findings.
  • Analyze and translate data into insightful visualizations for CGD publications.
  • Assist with proposal development, grant management, and production of deliverables.
  • Maintain and update CGD’s Technology and Development webpages.
  • Work with the events coordinator to schedule internal and external events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, international affairs, or other development-related fields. Familiarity with issues related to development. Interest in the role of technology.
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills.
  • Outstanding organization and time management skills, with an attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to be a team player and to successfully manage multiple and changing priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Essential software skills: Microsoft Office (specifically Excel), Stata proficiency a plus.

CGD offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an outstanding benefits package. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States as a precondition of employment. CGD is unable to sponsor employment visas for this position.

Applicants for this vacancy should send a short cover letter, a CV, and a brief writing sample to Please use the title "Research Assistant – Technology and Development” 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. Finalist(s) for the role may be subject to a pre-employment background screening as a condition of employment.