Program Assistant

Center on International Cooperation
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 05

Position description

Program Assistant (NYU internal Designation: Researcher)

The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies is a group of member states, international organizations, global partnerships, and other partners committed to accelerating the delivery of the 2030 Agenda targets for peace, justice and inclusion (SDG16+).  The Pathfinders is co-convened and supported by the New York University Center on International Cooperation (CIC).

Pathfinders is seeking to hire up to three Program Assistants. As part of the Pathfinders team, the Program Assistant will support CIC’s contribution to the Pathfinders and to implementation of the 2030 Agenda targets for peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG16+). This role will provide support to one of the following Pathfinders workstreams: international/national delivery, Pathfinders for Justice (which is following up on our report of the Task Force on Justice), or the grand challenge in inequality and exclusion.

This role will work closely the Pathfinders team and CIC staff. It is a unique opportunity to be part of a global policy research initiative with the potential for meaningful impact in people’s lives. In an expanding program, there will be opportunities for career development and progression.


  • Support research and writing for Pathfinders reports, including but not limited to running scans of existing literature, distilling summaries of books and papers, suggesting new evidence sources, and examining linkages across research fields.
  • Research and write blogs, newsletter items, and website content to promote key findings from Pathfinders policy research and recommendations; assist with promotion on social media and in other communications activities.
  • Support overall research management of the Pathfinders program, working within the team for international and national delivery, justice, or inequality and exclusion on policy research initiatives; attend and report on meetings relevant to Pathfinders research, ensuring appropriate representation of CIC and the Pathfinders.
  • Assist the director and the rest of the team with researching, scheduling, organizing, and executing policy-related meetings, events, and conference calls, taking notes and drafting summaries, invitations, and agendas.
  • Maintain and update internal processes and systems, including timely entry of partner contacts and activity information.
  • Complete other tasks as required.


  • Bachelor degree, with a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant research support experience or equivalent work experience preferred;
  • Strong organizational skills and experience in scheduling, correspondence management and task management.
  • Excellent time management and detail orientation.
  • Training or experience in research, analysis, and policy writing with a track record of producing documents such as concept papers, project proposals and research or policy analysis.
  • Knowledge of the United Nations system, diplomacy and interest in International Development, International Affairs and/or the non-profit sector preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to liaise with high-level diplomats and other prominent partners. Demonstrated experience in this area an asset;
  • Ability to develop, maintain and enjoy effective working relationships with people from a wide variety of organizations and with a wide variety of functional expertise;
  • Familiarity with research related operational policies and procedures and operating within them;
  • Proven ability to prioritize a wide range of assignments and consistently deliver at a high level of quality in high pressure, fast-paced environments;
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly in CRM software (e.g. Mailchimp, Nimble, Salesforce).

Application instructions

All applications must be submitted through NYU's online Interfolio portal. For further information and to submit an application, please follow this link.

Deadline for applications is September 16, 2019

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