Research Assistant - Middle East Program

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jul 30

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 220 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

The CSIS Middle East Program seeks a creative, hard-working, and energetic research assistant to work on a range of substantive and administrative activities in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment. The successful candidate will be a team player, possess excellent communication skills, and have a keen interest in and aptitude for the Middle East and public policy. The position reports directly to the Director of the Middle East Program.

The successful candidate for this position will have a superb grounding in Middle East studies and strong interest in supporting a broad regional portfolio, exceptional analytical skills, and an entrepreneurial bent. She/he will have robust research and writing skills, including resourcefulness and creativity in identifying sources and the ability to process large amounts of information in order to discern what is important. She/he will also be proactive and goals-oriented in balancing a diverse array of tasks.


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

  • Supporting the work of the Program through independent research for research projects, publications, multimedia, and speaking engagements
  • Editing and fact-checking program materials with a critical perspective and strong attention to detail
  • Contributing to the planning, execution, and follow-up for all program events and special projects
  • Leading the design, layout, copyediting, and distribution of monthly newsletters and program publications
  • Maintaining the Program’s social media presence on Twitter
  • Updating and managing the Program’s webpages


Required qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Middle East Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, or a related field and a strong demonstrated interest in the Middle East
  • 1-2 years related research and administrative experience. Internships may be counted towards this experience. 
  • Demonstrable and strong research, writing, and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, as well as an ability to work well independently and in groups
  • Eagerness to be part of a hard-working team that is passionate about the Middle East
  • Demonstrable working proficiency (reading, writing and listening) in Arabic

 Strongly preferred qualifications:

  • Experience studying or working in the Middle East
  • In-depth knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern country, combined with an ability to look broadly at the region
  • Experience in a research support role, editing role, or similar substantive support role


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application instructions

Interested applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, 500-1000 word writing sample, and college transcript at

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