Program Coordinator/Research Assistant

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 24

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 International Development (ID) program. The PC/RA will support both the Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) and the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development (USLD). The ID program studies the central role of the private sector, private actors, and emerging actors in development with the U.S. Government. Trade and free enterprise are the engines of prosperity and development. Governments play an essential role in providing public good provisions that underpin freedom and prosperity. The majority of products and services, however, will be and are delivered by an increasing number of non-state actors.  This program provides recommendations to ensure that the United States possesses the tools necessary to remain the preeminent player in global development in the 21st century and, by extension, is better positioned to achieve its foreign policy and national security goals.    


The PC/RA is responsible primarily for event management and administrative support. There is also an expectation that the PC/RA will support full-time research staff with publications on topics related to international development, the role of the private sector in development and how public-private partnerships can work to deliver innovative strides in development work. The ideal candidate will be well-versed on and have an interest in global development issues.


Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans and executes program events and conferences
  • Supports the program’s research agenda through research and writing support
  • Assists with publication layout and dissemination
  • Assists with management of program interns
  • Regularly updates website and contact database
  • Other administrative tasks as needed




  • B.A. in International Relations, International Development, Political Science, or related field.
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct rigorous research and present information clearly and efficiently.
  • Internet and Microsoft Office skills.
  • Previous experience with contact databases such as Salesforce strongly encouraged
  • Superior writing and analytical skills.
  • Ability to operate under pressure and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interest in development issues, as demonstrated by previous coursework and experience.
  • Sound judgment and impeccable integrity, positive attitude and creative outlook.
  • Ability to write, think, operate, and follow up both independently and on a team.
  • Ability to interact with and respond to questions from a range of individuals with diverse interests and backgrounds; and a sense of humor.
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