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Research Assistant/Programme Coordinator (UK)

Location: London

Closing date: Rolling - Applications will be kept on file for 120 days. After four months, interested candidates should reapply.

Starting salary: 30,000 - 33,000 GBP

CGD Europe, an independent, non-partisan research organization in London, UK accepts applications for Research Assistant and Program Coordinator roles on an ongoing basis. Research Assistants at CGD Europe support and participate in collaborative research projects and contribute to our work through a mixture of research, data analysis, writing, and administrative activities. Program Coordinators support our program teams through grants and financial management, operational activities, project management, and some occasional 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 graduate degree or PhD
  • Experience living/working/travelling in developing countries

CGD Europe celebrates fostering a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive work environment. Due to the volume of applications received, we are not able to respond to individual inquiries about status.

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