The Research Assistant provides research and administrative assistance for two scholars in the Foreign Policy program’s Center for Middle East Policy (CMEP). The Research Assistant conducts research on Middle Eastern politics and U.S. policy toward the Middle East, including topics such as Iran, the Palestinian territories, regional geopolitics, and regional conflicts; assists with posting materials to the Brookings website; and provides general administrative support to the Center and scholars for events and programs.
Research Assistance (50%)
Administrative Support (50%)
Bachelor’s degree required (degree in international affairs, political science, or related area with emphasis on Middle East politics preferred). Master’s degree in relevant field preferred. Minimum two years of relevant work experience required. Must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.
Fluent English speaking, writing, and reading skills required. Strong research and analytical skills required. Outstanding writing and editing skills required. Superb organizational and interpersonal skills; poise, tact, discretion and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in high-pressure atmosphere while multi-tasking and completing tasks in a timely manner required. Ability to work independently or as part of a team required. Ability to effectively utilize the Internet, as well as demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, required.
Knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs required. Proficiency in regional languages preferred, especially Persian or Arabic. Knowledge of datasets relevant to Middle East policy, and the ability to download, clean, and merge data reproducibly preferred. Familiarity with Stata, Python, or R preferred. Ability to produce graphic representation from raw data preferred, including charts and tables, GIS maps and plots, or interactive graphics, using Tableau, ggplot, or d3.js.
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