Research Assistant (Part-Time)

Institute for Peace & Diplomacy Research assistant
Location Washington DC, U.S.
Application deadline 25 December 2022
Contract type Consultancy
Hours Part-time
Salary $18-20 per hour
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The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD) is a non-profit and non-partisan North American international affairs think tank operating in the United States and Canada dedicated to promoting dialogue, diplomacy, prudent realism, and military restraint—principles which we believe are the four cornerstones of sustainable peace in an increasingly complex and dynamic international system.

The role

This part-time contract position will hold a range of responsibilities including research support for IPD’s recently launched project on Europe’s Security Order. The successful candidate will directly work with IPD’s research fellow Dr. Zachary Paikin and research director Dr. Arta Moeini. The successful candidate will be able to work remotely for most of the duration of the contract.

However, they should be available to help with in-person events IPD is planning to host in Washington, D.C. Successful candidates will acquire valuable first-hand experience working for a non-profit, non-partisan, and start-up think tank in a high-profile environment with domestic and international stakeholders in defence and international affairs.

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Communicating with project stakeholders and participants.
  • Conducting original research on foreign policy developments in Europe, European security and/or Russian foreign policy, and strategic debates in international affairs.
  • Taking notes and preparing meeting summary reports during project meetings and roundtables.
  • Assisting the IPD team in organizing in-person and virtual events and seminars.
  • Drafting and editing policy briefs and research reports.
  • Assist with general administrative work as required.

Experience and skills

  • Must have a relevant educational background in political science, international relations, or a related discipline — graduate studies preferred.
  • Strong command of English (French or Russian language skills desirable).
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Demonstrated interest in European politics, European security and/or Russian foreign policy (interest in US foreign policy debates desirable).
  • Strong research skills.
  • High level of integrity and track record in handling confidential matters.
  • Demonstrable ability to pay strong attention to detail and can ensure accuracy of documents and communications. Must work well with others and independently.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite and Google Suite.
  • Previous experience in planning academic or think-tank events and conferences would be an asset.
  • Keen interest in the restraint-oriented mission of IPD with a familiarity with realist thought, peace studies, and/or diplomacy.