The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) strives to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis. CNS at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies is the largest nongovernmental organization in the United States devoted exclusively to research and training on nonproliferation issues.
Location: Washington, DC
Under the general direction of a Senior Research Associate in the Washington, DC office of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the Research Associate will collect and analyze data to measure the effectiveness of threat reduction programs. This is a full-time, term-limited staff position, running from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017. Renewal of position is contingent on funding.
Note: this position does have a specific Arabic emphasis.
Position Roles & Responsibilities
- Conduct research using internet databases and other sources to collect and analyze data that documents the status of countries regarding the security and security culture surrounding high security-risk nuclear, biological, and chemical materials and facilities.
- Gather, under the direction of a Senior Research Associate, data about the security culture of nuclear, biological, and chemical facilities in select countries by interviewing individuals who have worked extensively with nuclear, biological, and chemical facilities in select countries.
- Ensure that all data collected is recorded, coded, and organized in databases that can be queried by category of metric, individual metrics, discipline, and country.
- Assist in preparing report graphics, prose, and briefings that present the data and analysis on the effectiveness of nuclear, biological, and chemical projects within each country and comparatively across countries, disciplines, and years.
- Contribution to other research and outreach activities of CNS, as assigned.
- Assist in preparing grant proposals, quarterly reports, and a large-scale final report.
- Assist in preparing briefing materials to update project sponsors and other interested parties.
- Conduct research on monitoring and evaluation.
- Other duties, as assigned.
Eligibility & Qualifications
- M.A. in international policy studies, political science, economics, statistics, or related field or a B.A. with equivalent experience is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Excellent interpersonal skills to support the conduct of interviews, including cultural awareness.
- Foreign language skills, in particular in Arabic, French, and/or Portuguese strongly preferred.
- Well-honed analysis and writing skills.
- Excellent research skills.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and formula writing to assist in data coding and ability to use data visualization software is desirable.
- Knowledge of surveys, quantitative and/or qualitative methodology preferred.
- At least one of the following is required: previous experience working on or researching nonproliferation issues in non-profit organizations or in government, experience with interview-based research, monitoring and evaluation experience, or ability to apply statistical methods to quantitative data.
- General knowledge of other nonproliferation initiatives (e.g., United Nations Security Council 1540) and nuclear, biological, and chemical arms control and nonproliferation treaties preferred.
- Experience living and working outside the United States a plus.
- The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey maintains a smoke-free workplace and complies with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and Drug-Free Workplace Act.
- Position requires light to moderate physical effort, the ability to travel domestically by plane, a driver’s license suitable for domestic US driving, and the ability to work at a computer keyboard for extended periods of time.
How to Apply
Apply online; be sure to include all required documents (i.e. cover letter, resume).