Research Assistant, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative

The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Sep 09

Position description

The Research Assistant (RA) will play a critical role in DIDI’s work to research and track developments in technology policy.  This includes contributing to the development of analysis and written products, providing research support to DIDI Director and other team members, conducting independent research and data collection, and producing shorter analytical pieces under the supervision of the Assistant Director. 

The Research Assistant will support program communications and convening as well as a small percentage of administrative activities (e.g. preparation of public documents and communications, event coordination,   fundraising support, and database management).  

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provide research assistance to the Director including preparation of materials for outreach and other events.
  • Provide research and editorial support for DIDI’s publications; edit and fact check DIDI publications; contribute to DIDI’s newsletter
  • Publish blog posts and short analytical papers
  • Support other DIDI staff in preparing for briefings, presentations, and other outreach events
  • Maintain media database and tracking of relevant press coverage
  • Assist with external media requests, including by conducting research, responding to press queries, and providing multimedia products for publication and special events
  • Support fundraising activities, including developing and editing proposal narratives, researching prospective funders, and drafting grant reports
  • Track emerging trends and technologies; conduct literature reviews and track work being done by partners and other related organizations
  • Organize roundtables, briefings, and events
  • Minor administrative duties: prepare and coordinate events, coordinate financial reimbursements and invoice processing, and organizing the program’s contacts database.

Knowledge and Skills Needed:

  • A demonstrated interest or background in technology policy
  • Prior work experience (not less than 2 years) in a think tank, public sector, or non-profit setting
  • Exceptionally strong research skills, plus knowledge of the tech sector and social media platforms
  • A familiarity with U.S.-European policy issues
  • Strong qualitative research and analytical capabilities on foreign policy/international affairs
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including skillful representation of DIDI externally
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and editing skills in English
  • Strong event organization and coordination skills, with superb attention to detail and an ability to meet rapid, multiple deadlines
  • Ability to travel occasionally
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines, and to operate with minimal guidance
  • Keen attention to details, deadlines, and internal communications
  • Entrepreneurial, hard-working self-starter


  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or other liberal arts field, as well as other degrees relevant to technology policy; master’s degree preferred.

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