Research Assistant, Brookings Doha Center

Posted Date 2 months ago(12/4/2017 10:59 AM)
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Note: This position is based at the Brookings Doha Center in Doha, Qatar. Office hours of the BDC often require an evening segment for coordination with Washington, DC events, and other purposes.


About the Brookings Doha Center


Based in Qatar, the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is an initiative of the Brookings Institution that advances high-quality, independent policy analysis and research on the Middle East. The Center enjoys an outstanding reputation for policy impact and cutting-edge, field-oriented research on socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing the broader Middle East, including relations with the United States. Open to a broad range of views and disciplines, the BDC is a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region.


Research Assistant


The research assistant provides research assistance and administrative support to the Brookings Doha Center (BDC). 


Research Support (80%)


  • Conducts research as requested under the direction of BDC fellows
  • Provides qualitative and grammatical input on scholarly drafts and articles; assists in ensuring the professionalism and accuracy of publications; updates and checks existing data and footnotes; and copyedits and proofreads as needed
  • Keeps abreast of literature on social-economic and political issues facing countries of the Middle East, including their relations with the United States, and other issues as requested
  • Monitors and summarizes current developments in relevant research areas, and prepares reports for scholars on the latest news
  • Collects, analyzes, and writes summaries of relevant material, including books, academic publications, press reports, interviews, government data, seminars, and reports from a wide variety of sources
  • Drafts abstracts, briefing memos, and event summaries
  • Attends and summarizes conferences and seminars when required
  • Conducts other research work as requested

 Administrative Support (20%)


  • Provides a wide range of logistical and administrative support: maintains files; responds to information requests; performs clerical duties; and composes, types, and edits memos.
  • Works with BDC staff and the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy to help arrange events; assists with logistical arrangements for BDC forums, seminars, and conferences.
  • Assists with screening calls and e-mail inquiries about relevant events, meetings, conferences, etc., in coordination with other BDC staff.
  • Helps identify possible candidates for nonresident and visiting fellowships.
  • Conducts other work, as requested.


* Note: Actual percentages of time may vary


Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, development studies, Middle East studies, or related disciplines with an emphasis on social, political, and economic issues facing countries of the Middle East. Master’s degree strongly preferred. Strong academic record, with evidence of outstanding qualitative research, writing/editing, and analytical skills. Minimum two years of relevant experience (or Master’s degree).


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Professional level writing and editing skills in both English and Arabic. Background in and understanding of social and political issues facing the Middle East; knowledge of political transitions and development issues preferred. Excellent organizational and communication skills, with the ability to prioritize in a heavy-workload environment.


Additional Information:


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.







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