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Research Associate, Global Health, Economics, and Development

June 30, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Posted: April 2016Location: Washington
Salary Rate: Based on education and experience
Type: Full Time
Department: David Rockefeller Studies Program


CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks, with a widely respected and influential research staff.  The Studies Program’s aim is to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

As part of the Studies Program, the Research Associate will support the work of the Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development.

The major responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct research on emerging issues at the intersection of global health, international trade, and economic development for articles, book chapters, and CFR publications
  • Assist fellow in research for a book, which traces demographic and epidemiological changes sweeping low- and middle-income countries and examines their implications for those countries and the rest of the world
  • Track news, policy developments, and data sources
  • Collaborate on policy briefs, blogs, and assist with the editing and proofreading of articles, book chapters, and other written material
  • Manage budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement
  • Regularly update a program webpage and coordinate with CFR’s Communications team to publicize publications
  • Provide administrative support, handling correspondence, scheduling media interviews, and responding to requests for information
  • Provide support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request
  • Coordinate events, including preparing invitations, travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Assist fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, policy briefs, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc., as needed


Perform duties requiring independent judgment and analysis related to:

  • BA or MA degree in public health, international affairs, economics, trade, or related field, with excellent academic credentials
  • One or more year(s) related experience preferred but not required
  • Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Good judgment and an ability to complete projects independently or with limited supervision
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, the Internet, and a familiarity with social media

The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including generous leave policies and health insurance programs, and an on-site fitness center.

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR’s 4,900+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website, CFR.org.

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address.  PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL.  The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.   

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490

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June 30, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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