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This position is a contractual position based in Doha, Qatar. Because of its location and the requirements of the job, a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive is required. Office hours of the BDC often require an evening segment for coordination with Washington, events, and other purposes. To apply, candidates must submit materials via e-mail to including a cover letter with full contact information and a resume. Please state “Research Assistant”? in the subject line of the message.


Provides research assistance and administrative support for the Brookings Doha Center (BDC).


M.A. in international affairs (preferred), development studies, Middle East studies, conflict or humanitarian studies or related area with emphasis on social, political, and economic issues facing the countries of the broader Middle East. Must have strong academic record, with evidence of outstanding qualitative research, writing/editing, and analytical skills.


Professional level English-language writing and editing skills required; advanced proficiency in written and spoken Arabic strongly preferred. Must have a background in and understanding of social and political issues facing the Middle East; knowledge of political transitions, reconstruction and development issues is preferred. Excellent organizational and communication skills required, with proficiency in use of database programs, and the ability to prioritize in a heavy-workload environment. Willingness to travel internationally is required.


* Note: Actual percentages of time may vary. 80% *Research Support: Conducts research as requested under direction of BDC scholars. Provides qualitative and grammatical input on scholarly drafts and articles, assists in ensuring the professionalism and accuracy of publications, updates and checks existing data and footnotes, copy edits and proofreads as needed. Keeps abreast of literature on social and political issues facing the countries of the Middle East, including their relations with the United States, and on other issues as requested. Monitors and summarizes current developments in relevant research areas, prepares reports for scholars on latest news. Collects and analyzes information, assembles relevant material including press reports, interviews, government data, documents, seminars, and reports from a wide variety of sources including library and Internet searches, the local media, NGOs, journalists, diplomats, and others in the field. Writes event summary reports and grant proposals; briefing memos; reports on forums, symposia, and conferences; compiles abstracts, summaries, and analyses of books and articles. Attends conferences and seminars when required; attends and writes summary reports of outside policy briefings, forums, and symposia. Conducts other research work as requested. 20% *Administrative Support Provides a wide range of logistical and administrative support; maintains files; responds to information requests; performs clerical duties; composes, types, and edits letters and memos from verbal instruction. Works with BDC staff, the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy (CMEP), and the Energy Security and Climate Initiative (ESCI) to help arrange various events, including the Doha Energy Forum and the annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum; manages logistical arrangements for other BDC forums, seminars, and conferences. Assists with screening calls and e-mail inquiries about relevant events, meetings, conferences, etc., in coordination with other BDC staff. Helps identify possible candidates for nonresident and visiting fellowships. Conducts other work, as requested. Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings. No phone calls please.

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