Program Coordinator and Research Assistant - Russia and Eurasia Program


The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers concerned with global security and prosperity.  Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

Position Description 

CSIS is seeking a Program Coordinator/Research Assistant to join the Russia and Eurasia Program. The Program Coordinator/Research Assistant is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the program and supporting the program’s research. The role will involve supporting the planning and implementation of a Eurasia-focused research project, and an in-depth understanding of the Central Asia and Eurasia region is highly desirable.

Roles and Responsibilities 

Administrative (75%):

  • Maintains the Program Director’s calendar, correspondence, and travel itineraries
  • Assists the Program Director with maintaining financial oversight of the Program through budget analysis and review
  • Assists in preparation of fundraising proposals and reports to funding sources of the Program
  • Coordinates event logistics for Program meetings, activities, seminars, and briefings
  • Drafts and edits publications, correspondence, memoranda, and reports
  • Assists with Program outreach activities and contacts management
  • Updates web and social media content to reflect project developments
  • Hires and supervises interns for the Russia and Eurasia Program

Research (25%):

  • Conducts topical and regional research in support of Program publications and briefings
  • Monitors news and developments in the region using English, Russian, and other regional-language sources
  • Assists in conceptualizing new project ideas

Eligibility and Requirements 

  • B.A. in International Relations, Russia and Eurasia Studies, Economics, or related field required; 
  • At least two years of professional experience;
  • Must possess strong interest in Eurasian affairs and policy-related research;
  • Fluent or advanced Russian language skills are required;
  • Working knowledge of one or more Central Asian languages and field experience in Central Asia/Caucasus is highly desirable;
  • Superior writing and analytical skills;
  • Ability to operate under pressure and in a fast-paced environment;
  • Must possess strong communication skills including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from constituency groups, media, governmental entities, and the general public;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Candidates should possess sound judgment and impeccable integrity, positive attitude and creative outlook;
  • Ability to interact with and respond to questions from a range of individuals with diverse interests, backgrounds and dispositions.

Application Instructions 

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to: