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Research Assistant – Data and Econometrics for Global Education Team (London)

The Center for Global Development, an independent, non-partisan research organization, seeks a full-time Research Assistant for its new global education program, based in its London office. Under the supervision of the co-directors in global education, the Research Assistant will perform a range of project research, data analysis, policy analysis and other duties.

The successful candidate will have outstanding quantitative skills and experience doing data cleaning, collation, and statistical analysis in Stata and/or other software packages. Strong analytical, writing and administrative skills will also be required, and the best candidates should demonstrate interest and research experience on policies and practices relating to international development. Experience in global education is a plus, but not a requirement.

Salary: up to £40,000


  • Assist with research/conduct literature searches and data analysis for ongoing CGD global education initiatives and projects.
  • Conduct data analysis using Excel, STATA, or R; clean data sets, prepare tables, and make graphs to present results.
  • Organize and attend meetings/conferences/other events related to research priorities.
  • Provide other research, writing, and editing support for various reports and documents.
  • Provide administrative and programmatic support to include managing logistics for program-related activities; assisting with event and meeting organization and other administrative tasks as required
  • Perform other duties as necessary in support of senior research staff.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Undergraduate degree in economics, development economics or a related field.
  • 1-2 years of professional experience in research.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Professionalism and comfort interfacing with senior stakeholders.
  • Outstanding writing and other communication skills in English.
  • Interest in global education policy.
  • Solid research and data analysis skills using Excel, Stata, or R.
  • Confidence and comfort working independently, in small groups, or interacting with senior staff.
  • A positive attitude and great sense of humor.

Applicants must have the right to work in the EU.

Applicants should submit a short cover letter, a CV, and a short writing sample. No phone calls please.

CGD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation shall have equal access to positions, limited only by their ability to do the job. 

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