September 22, 2022

Job Posting

Project Coordinator and Research Assistant

The Brookings Institution – Washington DC, United States
Date added: September 22, 2022 Application deadline: October 19, 2022 Contract type: permanent Hours: full-time Salary: USD $50,000 - $53,000

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The Global Economy and Development (Global) program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on improving global economic cooperation and fighting global poverty and sources of social stress. Founded in 2002, the Center for Universal Education (CUE), under the Global program, is a leading policy centre focused on universal quality education and skills development worldwide.

The centre is critical in accelerating education change so all learners can thrive in a rapidly changing world. CUE helps inform the development of policy related to global education and promotes actionable strategies for governments, civil society, and private enterprises. Position Location: This position is a hybrid. Hybrid positions combine regular in-person presence at our Washington, DC, office with the option of at least two days of remote work each week.

The role

A Senior Fellow within CUE is seeking a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant (PCRA) to support the team’s overall work on themes of costing and financing effective education and other social service interventions.

This position has a dual role of providing project coordination and stakeholder engagement support and undertaking research and writing support to the Senior Fellow. In collaboration with the Senior Fellow, the PCRA supports plans for the CUE data and impact finance team’s portfolio of work, including assistance with strategy, research approach, fundraising, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and communications.

The work will focus intensely on data, including cost data and real-time data for managing results. These two components are closely related to the team’s research on results-based financing, including social and development impact bonds. While there will be some sectoral breadth, the work will mainly centre on education and early childhood development (ECD) and the challenges to achieving equitable access at scale in those sectors.

Project Coordination and Support (70%):

  • Supports overall management of the projects led by Senior Fellow.
  • Provides administrative support and coordinates the planning, execution, and follow-up related to virtual and/or in-person meetings and workshops.
  • Conducts outreach and builds relationships with external groups and researchers to contribute to research and develop channels for dissemination.
  • Manages and maintains relevant project databases and trackers, including for research applications (e.g. Global Impact Bonds Database) and team management (e.g. deliverables/milestones, impact, and contacts).
  • Reviews and coordinates work with consultants and partner organizations to advance projects.
  • Supports in organising relevant conferences, meetings, and briefings initiated by CUE and other partner organizations; contributions ranging from co-presenting to management to project liaison and note taker, writing summary reports as necessary.
  • Participates in monthly CUE and Global all-staff meetings, reporting on the team’s work and activities where applicable, and making connections between the work of the CUE data team and others in CUE and Global.
  • Drafts key takeaway notes from virtual and/or in-person meetings and workshops for review by the team.
  • Closely monitors and adjusts project timelines and work plans, communicates upcoming deadlines and priorities, and works closely with the Senior Fellow to ensure smooth, on-schedule implementation of project activities.
  • Manages the project’s events calendar, including proactively identifying relevant virtual and/or in-person global education events through which the project could share findings, connect with other actors, etc.
  • Regularly tracks and inputs relevant data into project monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plan and trackers.
  • Serves as a primary point of contact with global partners and colleagues of the team, regularly communicating via email and related platforms about relevant project activities, deadlines, events, etc.
  • Coordinates with internal colleagues from finance, administration, development, and communications departments.
  • Contributes to the project’s social media presence, including making postings on relevant social media sites and proactively identifying and carrying out innovative strategies using social media to amplify the visibility of research insights.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.

Research Assistance (30%):

  • Researches, reviews, compiles and processes data and information on a broad range of human development topics, focusing on evidence related to early childhood development and education interventions in developing countries and innovative finance.
  • Assists with the drafting, editing, and/or proofreading briefing documents, project reports, concept notes, and other internal and external written research documents.
  • Proactively provides suggestions and content for blogs and other communications pieces and drafts or contributes to communications pieces under the guidance of the Senior Fellow.
  • Monitors and summarizes current events, debates, policy analysis, and research related to the Senior Fellow’s field of research.
  • Serves as a project liaison and note-taker during frequent calls and exchanges with partners and colleagues related to the data and impact finance project.
  • Other research assistance duties as assigned.

Experience and skills

Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in sociology, economics, international affairs, education, political science or social science. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Strong academic record.
  • Minimum of two years of combined work experience in project coordination and research support and in an academic, think-tank or NGO environment.
  • Prior experience organizing high-level events and meetings with senior stakeholders.
  • Experience living, working and/or studying abroad is a plus.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are vital to this position’s success, including editing and proofreading.
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office Suite programs required.
  • Cooperative attitude and flexibility with the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Administrative experience and sharp attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with qualitative research methods such as literature reviews, web research, case study research, and qualitative coding.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines promptly within a fast-paced work environment.
  • Professional demeanour and level of comfort working with individuals from government and international sector.
  • Ability to work well under pressure with poise and discretion and to exercise mature judgment.
  • Knowledge of global education issues, including family engagement, is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Complete fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.