Project Coordinator and Research Assistant, Center for Universal Education (Job ID 2021-2653)

Posted Date 1 month ago(7/2/2021 3:44 PM)
Global Economy and Development
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Commensurate with experience


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The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.


We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.


The Global Economy and Development program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress. 


The Center for Universal Education (CUE), founded in 2002 as part of the Global Economy and Development program, is one of the leading policy centers focused on universal quality education across the world. We develop and disseminate effective solutions for quality education and skills development. We envision a world where all children and youth have the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. The Center plays a critical role in influencing the development of policy related to global education and promotes actionable strategies for governments, civil society, and private enterprise.


Please note: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire. Additionally, this is a one-year termed position. 


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Millions Learning team within the Center for Universal Education (CUE) is seeking a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant to support its work. Reporting to a Senior Fellow at CUE, the Project Coordinator and Research Assistant will work on projects associated with the Millions Learning Real-time Scaling Labs, Research on Scaling the Impact of Innovations in Education (ROSIE), and other related research initiatives.



Project Coordination and Support (50%)


  • Supports overall management of the projects led by both Senior Fellows of the Millions Learning team;
  • Provides administrative support and coordinates the planning, execution, and follow-up related to virtual and/or in-person meetings and workshops;
  • Drafts key takeaway notes from virtual and/or in-person meetings and workshops, for review by the Millions Learning team;
  • Closely monitors and adjusts project timelines and work plans, communicates upcoming deadlines and priorities, and works closely with members of the Millions Learning team 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) plans and trackers;
  • Serves as a primary point of contact with global partners and colleagues of the Millions Learning team, regularly communicating via email and related platforms about relevant project activities, deadlines, events, etc.;
  • Coordinates with internal colleagues from finance, 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; and
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.

 Research Assistance (50%)


  • Researches, reviews, compiles, and processes data and information on scaling-related issues and themes from various sources related to the work of the Millions Learning Real-time Scaling Labs and the ROSIE project;
  • Assists with the drafting, editing, and/or proofreading of 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 Millions Learning team members;
  • Monitors and summarizes current events, debates, policy analysis, and research related to the field of scaling in education;
  • Serves as a project liaison and note-taker during frequent calls and related exchanges with partners and colleagues related to the Real-time Scaling Labs and the ROSIE project;
  • Other research assistance duties as assigned.


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 international affairs, education, political science, or related social science field required. Master’s degree preferred. Minimum of two years of work experience in project coordination and research support 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 key to this position’s success, including editing and proofreading. Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of programs is required. A cooperative attitude, the ability to work well as part of a team, and sharp attention to detail are key traits for success in this role.


Familiarity with qualitative research methods such as conducting literature reviews, desk research, case study research, and qualitative data coding. Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines in a timely manner, within a fast-paced work environment.


Professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with individuals from government and international sector. Knowledge of global education issues, including scaling and systems change, is strongly preferred. Ability to work with minimal supervision.


Complete fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in Arabic, French, and/or Spanish is preferred.


Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.



Additional Information:


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment.


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Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms.  We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.







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