Research Analyst, Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) (Job ID: 2021-2758)

Posted Date 2 months ago(10/15/2021 3:11 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 (“Global”) program at Brookings aims to offer innovative policy solutions and tools to help global, national, and local policymakers build more inclusive and sustainable economic systems that deliver prosperity for all. The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), housed within Global, generates leading research and practical insights to advance global sustainable development and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within and across all countries.


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 CSD support scholars by providing research, writing, data, statistical, and geospatial analysis related to policies and trends pertinent to global sustainable development. Focus areas of research include topics such as extreme poverty, inequality, the geography of deprivation, the global middle class, globalization, global public goods, SDG benchmarking, SDG implementation, technology for sustainable development, multilateral policymaking, fragile states, and sustainable development finance.   


As an integral member of the CSD research team, this research analyst will work with the Senior Fellow, the CSD Director, and other Center scholars to perform analysis with limited supervision; deliver high quality outputs in a timely manner; participate in the development, dissemination and presentation of research findings; assist in the organization of meetings and events; and provide administrative assistance as needed. 


This is a one-year termed appointment, with the potential for renewal.


The below allocation of duties describes the average division between tasks. The actual work will vary depending on the particular project needs of the scholars with whom the research analyst may be assigned to work at different junctures.


Research Analysis (75%)

  • 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.
  • Write high quality drafts of working papers 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.
  • Supports with drafting, editing and proof reading of research reports, policy briefs, articles, blogs, and other published materials.


Research Support and Project Coordination (25%)

  • Assists with the successful organization and execution of meetings related to the work of the Senior Fellow and other CSD scholars
  • Contributes to grant-writing activities, in coordination with program staff and scholars.
  • Corresponds with collaborating researchers in other institutions.
  • Works with the program’s web site coordinator to maintain strategic oversight of the content of project-specific web pages and publications as needed.
  • 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, natural science, or social science field required.  Master’s degree in Economics, Statistics, Global Development, Sustainable Development, International Affairs, Public Policy, or related field strongly preferred.  Strong academic record essential, having excelled at econometrics and statistical coursework. Minimum two years of work experience in empirical research and quantitative data analysis, potentially including previous experience working as a research assistant with a professor. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.



Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Proficiency in Stata required, with experience and confidence in accurately manipulating and analyzing large datasets.  Expertise with ArcGIS and R highly desirable. Knowledge of SPSS, LaTeX/LyX, Python, and Matlab a plus.  Successful candidate must be detail-oriented with a passion for precision, in addition to the capacity to connect data insights and bring them to a larger conversation. Ideal candidate can build on methods to advance tool sets and techniques.  Candidates should also be knowledgeable of, and have keen interest in poverty reduction, global sustainable development, and global economic issues.  Outstanding verbal and written communication skills are important for the role.  Ability and willingness to organize information, undertake research assignments with minimal supervision, work well under pressure with discretion and mature judgement, collaborate with diverse colleagues, and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment are all essential.  Successful candidates will have a professional demeanor and be comfortable working with high-profile individuals from academia/civil society/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.


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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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