Research Assistant, Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy– Washington DC

  • Washington, DC
  • Full Time
  • Entry Level

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.

The Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy (MDHP) Program is seeking a new Research Assistant to work on our displacement portfolio. In particular, they will conduct quantitative and qualitative for two large, multi-year, projects which are exploring policies that can support better and more sustainable livelihoods for refugees and displaced people around the world. They will also support on other MDHP projects and program needs.

Ideally, we are seeking a recent undergraduate 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, with an opportunity for a promotion to associate after two years.

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. They must be proficient with Stata and econometric techniques, and ideally have some experience with qualitative research such as literature reviews.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in Stata
  • 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:

  • Other quantitative analysis skills and experience using data visualization tools / techniques
  • Qualitative analysis skills, including conducting literature reviews and writing blogs / other short research pieces
  • Economics or related degree with an interest in pursuing a PhD
  • Experience living/working/travelling in low-income countries


A competitive compensation package including full benefits is offered. The starting salary for this position is $48,000.

Application procedures:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume.

CGD is registered to employ staff living in DC, Maryland, or Virginia. Candidates who are unable to relocate to the area 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. We are 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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