Program Coordinator (PPD)

Center For Strategic And International Studies
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Sep 26

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 (PC) to support both the Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) and the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development (USLD). These programs study the different roles of the private sector, U.S. Government, foreign governments, and non-government organizations (NGOs) in emerging markets. 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. These programs provide 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 is responsible for organizing events, meetings, and seminars on topics related to international development and the role of the private sector in development. They will provide administrative support in the day-to-day operation of the program. They will also be responsible for conducting extensive research and writing on topics related to international development like domestic resource mobilization, development finance institutions, governance and rule of law, quality infrastructure, and migration. 


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

  • Organizes events and conferences to launch project-end reports and share findings and policy recommendations, as well as extensive research and travel.
  • Conducts outreach with stakeholders through mailings, newsletters, and the Building the Future: Freedom, Prosperity and Foreign Policy podcast series
  • Supports the program’s research agenda through research and writing
  • May also travel internationally for fact-finding trips in order to complement program’s written products


  • B.A. in International Relations, International Development, Democracy, Governance, and Corruption studies, or a related field.
  • Superior writing, analytical, and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct rigorous research and present information clearly and efficiently in English. A second language is preferred but not necessary.
  • Ability to operate under pressure and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interest in international development issues, as demonstrated by previous field work, coursework, and other experience.
  • Ability to write, think, operate, and follow up both independently and on a team.
  • Internet and Microsoft Office skills.
  • 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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