Research Analyst, CUE (Job ID: 2021-2745)

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/21/2021 9:10 AM)
Global Economy and Development
Job Function
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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 (“Global”) 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. 


Position Location: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. 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.  


Operating status: Brookings eligible employees are currently authorized to work remotely but will be moving towards a hybrid plan later this year, which will require working both in the office and remotely. All vaccinated Brookings employees who wish to work from the office can do so. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.  


Vaccine Policy: Brookings has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, Brookings recently announced that staff on Brookings campus this fall are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Brookings will require all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings. 


As a visitor and/or a new employee at Brookings, you will be required to comply with the vaccination policy. Individuals invited for an in-person job interview or hired as an employee that (i) have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation.     


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


Research analysts in Global’s Center for Universal Education support scholars by providing research, writing, data and statistical analysis related to global education policies and trends affecting developing countries. As an integral member of the research team, this research analyst performs analysis with limited supervision, delivers high quality output in a timely manner, participates in the development, dissemination and presentation of research findings; assists in the organization of meetings and events; and provides administrative assistance as needed.   


Please Note: This is a one-year termed appointment, subject to extension if funding is available 


Research Analysis (80%)

  • Conducts empirical research and policy analysis on select global education policy issues
  • Performs advanced, complex quantitative data analysis of large datasets and trends, utilizing econometric and other statistical methods.  
  • Creates and manages large datasets within Stata or R; writes complex code in Stata or R to operationalize analysis methodologies.
  • Creates tables, graphs, and other data visualizations that clearly communicate research findings using primarily Stata or R.
  • Writes high quality drafts of working papers, policy briefs, and presentations based on the data work.
  • Documents data methodologies in detail for both internal use and publication.
  • Conducts literature reviews of material from conferences and seminars, government documents, academic journals and policy publications, institutional databases, and reports.

Research Support and Project Coordination (20%)

  • Contributes to grant-writing activities, in coordination with program staff and scholars.
  • Corresponds with collaborating researchers in other institutions.
  • Assists with the organization of meetings and conferences related to the scholars’ work.
  • Works with the program’s web site coordinator to maintain strategic oversight of the content of project-specific web pages and publications.
  • Other administrative 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 Economics, Statistics or social science field required.  Master’s degree in Economics, Statistics, Global Development, International Affairs or Public Policy, or related field strongly preferred.  Strong academic record. Minimum two years of work experience in empirical research and quantitative data analysis.  Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. 



Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Proficiency in Stata and R, with experience and confidence in manipulating and analyzing large datasets.  Knowledge of SPSS, LaTeX/LyX, Python, Matlab and ArcGIS is a plus.  Successful candidate must have capacity to connect details and data and bring them to a larger conversation; can build on methods, and build tool sets and techniques.  Knowledge of and keen interest in international development and global economic issues.  Outstanding oral and written communication skills.  Ability and willingness to undertake research assignments with minimal supervision, work well under pressure with discretion and mature judgement, and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.  Professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with high-profile individuals from government/international organizations. 


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.


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


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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