Research Assistant, Middle East and Central Asia Region / Development Financing


This position has been filled. Thank you for your interest.


The Center for Global Development (CGD), an independent, non-partisan, non-profit policy research organization in Washington, DC seeks a research assistant to provide support to the President in the areas of economics, financial policy, and current affairs relating to the countries of the Middle East and Central Asia; as well as supporting a Visiting Fellow in his research on development financing.

General responsibilities:

  • Compile and synthesize data from various sources, including multilateral institutions, financial institutions, and country websites;
  • Follow academic and policy literature on development financing and provide periodic updates on current trends;
  • Track and analyze development financing data;
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations;
  • Prepare meetings, including issues briefs, background materials and talking points;
  • Deliver thoughtful, insightful summaries of important developments and trends in the Middle East region;
  • Assist with other research, writing, and analysis tasks as assigned.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in economics or related discipline;
  • Minimum of a 3.5 GPA on a U.S. scale or equivalent;
  • Strong demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the Middle East;
  • Demonstrated research skills;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills;
  • Arabic or French language skills are a plus.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three professional/academic references to Please use the title "RA – Middle East/Development Financing” in the subject line of all responses. No phone calls, please.

CGD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All persons regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation shall have equal access to positions, limited only by their ability to do the job. Finalist for the position will be subject to a pre-employment background screening as a condition of any offer.