Research Assistant and Program Coordinator - Russia and Eurasia Program

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Apr 07

Position description

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 decision makers 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


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 variety of research projects focused on Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. An in-depth understanding of these countries and the region and working proficiency in the Russian language is highly desirable. 


Administrative (75%):

  • Manages the Program’s research portfolio, including direct oversight of interns;

·        Drafts and edits reports, publications, memoranda, and correspondence;

·        Prepares all Program budgets, contracts, memoranda of understanding, and reports to funding sources;

·        Manages and tracks program finances; 

·        Supports development of new project ideas;

·        Contributes to the grant proposal process in order to secure support and funding for new project initiatives;   

·        Represents the Program at internal and external meetings and events;

·        Plans and coordinates roundtables, meetings, briefings, and other events as related;

·        Manages event logistics for Program meetings, conferences, seminars, and briefings;

·        Acts as the primary point of contact for the Program with other CSIS departments; 

·        Maintains the Program Director and Deputy Director’s calendars, correspondences, and travel itineraries;

  • Assists with any special tasks, presentations, projects, reports. Performs a variety of other related duties as assigned.

Research (25%): 

·        Monitors trends and developments in program interest areas, and provides updates to program staff;

  • Contributes to the overall research agenda through research, data and trend analysis, and project development; 

·        Drafts and edits reports, publications, memoranda, and correspondence;

·        Provides written analysis for project areas, reports, occasional commentaries, and multimedia products;


 ·       B.A. in International Relations, Russia and Eurasia Studies, Economics, or related field required; 

·        At least one-two years of professional experience;

·        Must possess strong interest in Russian/Eurasian affairs and policy-related research;

·        Fluent or advanced Russian language skills are required; proficiency in other regional language(s) desirable but not necessary;

·        Strong research and strong writing skills are required, including the ability to write, assess, and edit analytical reports, policy recommendations, commentaries, etc.;

·        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;

·        Experience with social media in a professional setting preferred;

·        Ability to interact with and respond to questions from a range of individuals with diverse interests, backgrounds and dispositions.

An understanding of the Washington policy community is highly desirable as is the ability to work collaboratively with other programs in a think tank institution.

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