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Project Coordinator and Senior Research Assistant, ESCI

Project Coordinator and Senior Research Assistant, ESCI

Foreign Policy
Job Function 
Research Project Management
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Commensurate with experience

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The Project Coordinator and Senior Research Assistant in Foreign Policy’s Energy Security and Climate Initiative (ESCI) works under the day-to-day supervision of the ESCI Fellow to provide research and writing assistance and coordinates with the Co-Chairs of the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate (CBI) to manage CBI research and activities. The Project Coordinator and Senior Research Assistant coordinates day-to-day activities of the group, involving scholars from multiple research programs. The Project Coordinator and Senior Research Assistant assists the ESCI Fellow with research for and drafting of publications on a broad range of energy and climate issues, assists the ESCI Fellow and development staff with stewardship of donors, and is responsible for coordinating and executing meetings and events as directed by the Fellow and Co-Chairs.


Project Management (50%)

  • Under the guidance of the ESCI Fellow, CBI Co-Chairs, and Brookings Development Officers, and in coordination with the Assistant Director of FP’s Governance and Global Issues team, communicates with external stakeholders on CBI activities and developments.
  • Works with the ESCI Fellow, CBI Co-Chairs, Assistant Director of Governance and Global Issues, and Brookings Development officers to craft and submit funding proposals and reports and maintain relationships with donors.
  • Liaises with other groups within Foreign Policy and within Brookings to ensure full cooperation and communication of CBI research, events, and activities.
  • Under the direction of the ESCI Fellow and CBI Co-Chairs, manages and executes internal meetings of CBI.
  • Works with Brookings offices including conference services, communications, and other research programs to plan, coordinate, and execute private and public meetings and conferences.
  • Manages public outreach; assists in updating website; communicates CBI research and events with government, industry, and media.
  • Maintains and expands CBI’s contact and media list databases.
  • In collaboration with Assistant Director of Governance and Global Issues, manages the hiring, training, and supervision of ESCI interns.

Research Support (50%)

  • Supports the ESCI Fellow in policy research and writing on a broad range of issues in energy and climate change.
  • At the direction of the ESCI Fellow, may support other CBI scholars working on aspects of policy research in energy and climate change.
  • Works closely with the ESCI Fellow and CBI Co-Chairs to manage research and activities on energy and climate change across Brookings research programs, including CBI paper and event series.
  • Collects data from various sources including the Internet, libraries, government sources, and personal contacts; read sources for relevancy to research themes; assembles unclassified government data, documents, and reports.
  • Compiles bibliographies and chronologies; writes briefing memos; prepares notes on meetings and conferences; creates and maintains spreadsheets and databases.
  • Updates and checks existing data and footnotes; provides fact-checking, editing, and proofreading of publications.
  • Works with the ESCI Fellow and CBI Co-Chairs to design and implement new research projects for CBI.


Education/Experience Requirements: 


Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred; focus on international relations, political science, economics, public policy, or sciences related to energy or climate change is preferred. Minimum three years relevant work experience required (including prior administrative and/or project management experience). Must also have strong academic record and proven outstanding writing skills. Must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. 


Knowledge/Skills Requirements: 


Demonstrable knowledge in one or more of the following fields is required: energy markets and systems, international climate change negotiations and mitigation efforts, and the broader climate/energy/food/water/land nexus. Excellent organizational skills required; must be able to work independently and prioritize accordingly.  Knowledge of Microsoft (MS) Office Suite required (particularly with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Knowledge of social media and digital outlets required. Must be flexible, able to participate in several diverse projects at the same time, must be a congenial team player, and able to work in a fast-paced environment.  Complete English language fluency required. 


Additional Information:


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