Research Assistant, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative

German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Oct 15

Position description

The Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative harnesses GMF’s extensive networks across the US and Europe to bridge the gap between 20th century policies and 21st century technology. We foster best practices to ensure that the next waves of innovation will strengthen democratic values. The Initiative will contend with challenges that disinformation and emerging technologies such as 5G and Artificial Intelligence pose in the areas of competitiveness and jobs, democratic values, and security. The Initiative will develop new agile, open, and accountable approaches by bringing together policymakers, civil society, technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors from both sides of the Atlantic to identify improvements in policy, institutions, business models, and practices. Initiative staff carry out research and analysis, produce events, participate in conferences. Program staff will draw on entrepreneurial spirit and energy to build something new at GMF.

Job Summary:

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.


  • 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. 

The Organization:  

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a private, non-partisan, American, public policy and grant making institution dedicated to promoting understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.

GMF does this by:

supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere

convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, 

contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, 

providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. 

Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. 

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