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Research Assistant/Program Coordinator (US)

The Center for Global Development, an independent, non-partisan research organization in Washington, DC, accepts applications for Research Assistant and Program Coordinator roles on an ongoing basis. Research Assistants at CGD support and participate in collaborative research projects and contribute to our work through a mixture of research, data analysis, writing, and organizational activities. Program Coordinators support our program teams through grants and financial management, operational activities, project management, and some substantive research support.

Research Assistants and Program Coordinators are typically recent undergraduates with an interest in gaining research, policy, programmatic operations, and project management experience before going on to graduate studies. Candidates with master’s degrees may apply with the understanding they will accept an entry-level role that includes administrative responsibilities. CGD provides Research Assistants and Program Coordinators an opportunity for a promotion to associate after two years in the role.

Applicants should have interest in economic development research and policy, be highly organized and motivated, and be flexible enough to adapt to changing workstream priorities. Candidates with interest or experience one of CGD’s core areas of research are encouraged to apply:

  • Education
  • Global Health
  • Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy
  • Sustainable Development Finance
  • Technology and Development
  • Governments and Development


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong analytical, organizational, writing and communications skills
  • Some related work experience or experience supporting academic research (internship experience counts)
  • Intrinsically motivated to learn and grow
  • Willingness to pitch in wherever needed, including administrative tasks

Bonus Points for:

  • Quantitative analysis skills and experience using data visualization tools/techniques; experience with Stata, R, Python
  • Economics or related degree with an interest in pursuing a PhD
  • Experience living/working/travelling in developing countries

How to apply:

  • Attach a short cover letter and CV/Resume


The starting salary for these positions is $48,000. CGD offers a full benefits package which includes six weeks paid time off per year plus Federal holidays, comprehensive health/dental and vision insurance at low cost, fully paid parental leave, a public transportation subsidy, and much more.

Applications will be kept on file for 120 days. After four months, interested candidates should reapply.

This posting is not for a specific job opening. CGD seeks to build a candidate pool of potential Research Assistants/Program Coordinators we can reach out to in the event a position becomes available. If your skills and interests match our needs, you will be contacted by the hiring team. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries about status. Please no phone calls, emails, or outreach about potential openings, as we are not able to respond.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our organization continues to work remotely. CGD has implemented a fully virtual onboarding process, and candidates should be comfortable working productively in a remote environment. Flexibility to adapt to shifting priorities and tasks will be key. CGD is registered to employ staff living in DC, Maryland, or Virginia. Candidates who cannot relocate to the area, even while the office remains closed, cannot be considered at this time.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document upon hire. CGD is unable to sponsor work authorization for this position.

CGD celebrates fostering a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, parental status, or veteran status.

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