Research Assistant, Climate – Center for Global Development


The Center for Global Development, an independent, non-profit policy research organization in Washington, DC seeks a Research Assistant to provide research and organizational support to the climate change team, including three senior researchers.

  • Conduct literature reviews and data compilation and analysis for ongoing and new research projects. Potential areas of focus include forests and climate change, including, REDD+, climate finance, energy and adaptation.
  • Perform analysis of complex datasets in Excel.  Knowledge of GIS tools highly desirable.
  • Provide other research, writing and editing support for various reports and documents. Perform duties requiring independent judgment and analysis related to data gathering, report preparation, and special projects.
  • Collaborate with senior staff and members of the CGD communications team to draft reports, correspondence, documents, blogs, policy briefs, notes and report periodic findings.
  • Organize and attend meetings/conferences related to research priorities.
  • Perform other duties as necessary in support of senior research staff.
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, international affairs, or other climate, forestry and development-related fields. Familiarity with issues related to development and climate change, development economics and related topics. 
  • 1-2 years professional experience in related field.
  • Essential software skills: MS Excel to construct spreadsheet models and to make publication quality graphics.  MS Word competence including page formatting.  Outstanding MS Powerpoint to make effective presentations. 
  • Basic knowledge of econometrics and familiarity with STATA and other statistical packages a plus.
  • Outstanding communications and writing skills.  Ability to independently draft correspondence, documents, reports.
  • Confidence and can-do attitude; ability to advance projects with hands-off supervision.
  • Ability to work independently and with small groups.

Interested candidates should email their cover letter and CV to  Please indicate “Research Assistant – Climate” in the subject line of all e-mail correspondences. No phone calls please.

Read more about the position here.