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The Institute for State Effectiveness, a Think (and Do) Tank that provides proven tools to help states deliver services to citizens through more accountable and effective governance, is looking for a research assistant to join our team. All assignments given to the research assistant will add value both to ISE and to the research assistant’s development as a professional in the field. This is a great early-career opportunity in the international relations and development fields, gaining first-hand experience on how to identify global challenges and implement solutions.
The position offers you the opportunity to:

  • Gain hands-on experience working in the field of international relations, development, policy, and research
  • Work on exciting projects that are anticipating next generation challenges and the cutting-edge solutions that will be needed to address them
  • Collaborate with an experienced and fun team of professionals
  • Grow your network and build future relationships by meeting a variety of professionals during the course of the internship

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Conduct research and analysis on cutting-edge issues in international policy, governance and development
  • Assist with conducting literature and evidence reviews on key functions of governance (human capital, disaster readiness, market engagement, rule of law, etc.)
  • Support on research tasks related to insights analysis and ISE’s country programs
  • Develop policy memos and concept notes on issues of pertinence to governments and country operations
  • Support ISE-hosted events and institutional and program fundraising, including by researching potential funders, drafting grant proposals, and drafting reports to existing donors
  • Attend relevant lectures, workshops and conferences to distill information and convey lessons learned to the organization
  • Assist in other tasks to support the work of the research and programs teams as required, which will involve some administrative duties

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, ideally in Political Science, History, Law, Economics or related similar discipline
  • Experience in the following fields: International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Data Science and International Development
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with a general understanding of data analysis techniques
  • Ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team as well as working individually as appropriate
  • Excellent research skills with an attention to details, accuracy, and good organizational skills
  • Strong analytical and quantitative abilities with excellent written and verbal communications
  • Academic and/or work experience related to the field of research
  • Highly motivated self-starter, with ability to work successfully in a hybrid team environment
  • Passion for international development issues
To Apply:

Submit your resume, cover letter and writing sample (either combine in Word or PDF) in BambooHR.
No phone calls, please. Interviews are ongoing. We will accept applications until we fill the position.
ISE is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.