20AUG - Research Assistant, Africa Growth Initiative, Brookings Institute - Deadline: N/A


Organization Description

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:

  • Strengthen American democracy;

  • Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and

  • Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.

Brookings is proud to be consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank.


1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW,

Washington, DC 20036

Job Description

  • Supports Senior Fellows with research relating to issues of comparative economic development, social urbanization policies, and finance in Africa and Latin America, helps obtain, manage, organize, and analyze large datasets. Conducts research to support the work of the Senior Fellows; and provides administrative support.


Job Responsibilities

  • Conducts data analysis, utilizing econometric and other statistical tools, compiles and organizes large datasets, and presents the results of empirical analysis in table and graphical formats.

  • Writes high-quality summary documents; briefing memos; reports on forums, symposia, and conferences; compiles abstracts, summaries, and analyses of books and articles, including in French and Spanish.

  • Researches data sources, updates and checks existing data; masters underlying methodologies and concepts of key economic data; prepares databases for computer analysis; presents results in a final, professional format; explains all facets of data along with implications for ongoing research.

  • For data-based projects, prepares and revises programming code, simulation macros, database files, and regression estimates; prepares tables and graphs output from model simulations.

  • Conducts research on economic growth-related issues, which includes carrying out bibliographical searches, summarizing research papers, and contributing content and analysis, including French and Spanish

  • Monitors and summarizes current developments in relevant research areas, relying on effective Internet searches.

  • Updates and checks existing data and footnotes; helps with editing and proofreading of publications.

  • Attends events, project workshop conferences and seminars as needed and prepares presentations, summaries, and blogs.

  • Collaborates with research team to prepare weekly news summaries for blogs and internal news briefings.

  • Supports ad hoc requests for policy support, preparing fact sheets, briefing notes for internal and external trends, supporting Congressional testimonies, and other impromptu program needs.

  • Assists Fellows with the organization of meetings and conferences related to their work.

  • Supports annual processes such as Foresight Africa, with social media, event planning, and logistical assignments as needed.

  • Works with the Web Content and Digital Media Manager to oversee content of project specific web pages.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

Education/Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in economics, mathematics, or statistics required. Master’s degree preferred. Minimum one year of experience in research support and quantitative data analysis. Strong academic record. Experience in handling large datasets is essential (with governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on international development and economics issues) is highly desirable. Knowledge of Latin American and African related information sources highly desirable. Experience working with governmental and NGOs on international development and economics issues is highly desirable. Qualitative research experience and/or regional expertise also preferred.


Knowledge Requirements

Knowledge of STATA and/or related econometric packages is required. Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills and fluency in English, French and Spanish required. Knowledge of African and Latin American economic issues highly desirable. Good computer skills and experience required. Team player and fast learner; Ability to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment. Strong work ethic and ability to support a variety of tasks based on the need of the program, staff, and scholars. Competence to undertake research assignments with minimal supervision. Professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with high-profile individuals from government/international sector. Ability to work well under pressure with discretion and mature judgment.


How to Apply

Please visit http://www.brookings.edu/about/employment/position/2015/gbl15150 and follow instructions under Apply Now.


Deadline -  Open until filled


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