Research Assistant

The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Date: Sep 23, 2022
City: Washington, DC
Contract type: Full time
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Department/Program Summary:

The Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative (DIDI) leverages GMF\'s global, multi-sector network, reputation, and the sum of its substantive expertise to help shape a future in which technology strengthens rather than undermines democratic values. This program contends with the challenge of online disinformation, as well as other technology policy issues. In addition, it develops a framework for global transatlantic leadership on norms and policy relating to these fields. Aligning Europe and America on these issues is essential to ensuring the democratic values GMF represents: international cooperation, human rights, and rule of law.

Program staff implement the vision for technology policy and carry out related research, analysis, and programming. Program staff draw on entrepreneurial spirit and energy to build this new GMF program.

Job Summary:

The Research Assistant (RA) will support the program with a variety of research, communications, convening, and administrative activities. S/he will assist with the day-to-day administration of the Program, including preparation of public documents and communications, event coordination, financial and funding reporting, fundraising support, and database management. As the incumbent gains knowledge of tech policy issues, s/he will contribute increasingly on research and track developments in technology policy. This is likely to include contributing to the development of analysis and written products, providing research support to DIDI Director and other team members, and conducting independent research and data collection.

The Research Assistant will support program communications and convening through preparation of public documents and communications, event coordination, fundraising support, database management, social media and other activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (in order of importance):
  • Draft and send out DIDI newsletters and press releases
  • Manage DIDI\'s social media account, drafting content and posting
  • Organize roundtables, briefings, and events by coordinating with outside partners, drafting and sending out invitations, preparation of materials, managing RSVPs, and working with events to execute the event
  • Support other DIDI staff in preparing for outreach events
  • Support fundraising activities, including developing proposal narratives and researching prospective funders
  • Provide research assistance to the Director and other members of the team
  • Provide research and editorial support for DIDI\'s publications
  • Administrative duties: coordinate financial reimbursements and invoice processing, and organize the program\'s contacts database, calendar, and tracking lists.
Additional Duties/Responsibilities (in order of importance):
  • Assist other DIDI team with policy and programmatic tasks and other GMF projects as assigned.
  • Engage other institutions and experts and attend conferences and events on behalf of the Program
Knowledge and Skills (Required):
  • A demonstrated interest or background in technology policy
  • Prior work experience (approx. 2 years) in a think tank, public sector, or non-profit setting
  • Exceptionally strong research skills, plus knowledge of the tech sector and social media platforms
  • Strong qualitative research and analytical capabilities on foreign policy/international affairs
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including skillful representation of DIDI externally
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and editing skills in English
  • Strong event organization and coordination skills, with superb attention to detail and an ability to meet rapid, multiple deadlines
  • Ability to travel occasionally
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines, and to operate with minimal guidance
  • Keen attention to details, deadlines, and internal communications
  • Entrepreneurial, hard-working self-starter
Knowledge and Skills (Highly Preferred):
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, growing, and team-based environment.
  • An aptitude to learn new software skills, including database management.
  • A familiarity with U.S.-European policy issues.

Bachelor\'s degree in social sciences or other liberal arts field, as well as other degrees relevant to technology policy; master\'s degree preferred.

GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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