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Program Coordinator & Research Assistant - Reconnecting Asia

Research Programs & Projects

Washington, DC
ID: 996-233



The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan policy research organization. CSIS was founded in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of foreign policy and international economics across the globe.

CSIS is seeking a full-time program coordinator and research assistant (PCRA) to support the CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project–an initiative that analyses the evolving digital, transport, and energy connectivity of Eurasia, including China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The team’s research has been featured in The New York Times, The Financial Times, and other leading international outlets.
The PCRA will be responsible for a wide range of project components, including overseeing research tasks for the intern team, managing the project website and publications process, coordinating events and mailings, and providing research and analytical support for the project’s director. Previous members of the team have gone on to win prestigious scholarships, enter top graduate schools, and secure full-time positions in the public and private sectors.


Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:
•Coordinate key activities, including managing interns, social media accounts, drafting mailings, editing publications, overseeing the budget, and performing other administrative functions as needed.

•Managing virtual and in-person public and private events, including speaker recommendations, scheduling, agendas, tracking RSVPs, and liaising with the audio-visual and events teams.

•Conduct research, including collecting data and performing analysis related to China’s infrastructure projects and other foreign economic activities, especially in emerging markets, and formulating policy options for U.S. policymakers.


•Bachelor’s degree required.
•Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and communication skills, including the ability to effectively coordinate with project stakeholders in the public, academic, and private sectors, and coach a diverse team remotely and in-person.
•Background in foreign policy, economics, technology, and familiarity with key policy issues related to China’s Belt and Road Initiative and digital connectivity.
•Experience performing quantitative analysis in Excel, managing data, and overseeing budgets preferred.



The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample at References will be requested directly.