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Website: http://www.brookings.edu/about/employment/position/2015/fp15130
BASIC FUNCTION
The Research Assistant, Islamic World conducts research for the Director of the Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World (IWR) at the Center for Middle East Policy on emergent issues in relations between the U.S. and Muslim world. Provides general administrative support to IWR and scholars for events and programs, including the annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum. Assists with producing IWR publications and posting materials to Brookings website.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Master’s degree in area studies, political science, international affairs, public policy, or related social science. Minimum of two years relevant work experience. Background on salafi-jihadi and mainstream Islamist movements strongly preferred. Strong academic record; outstanding research, writing, and analytical skills. Must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. Priority given to candidates with background in U.S. relations with the Muslim world.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS
Excellent organizational and research skills; project management experience; ability to work independently and prioritize accordingly. Demonstrated experience in online or other publications & publishing, with social medial knowledge. Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Must be flexible, diplomatic, a good team-player, and able to work in a fast-paced environment. Complete English language fluency required. Spoken and written Arabic fluency strongly preferred.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
60% Research Assistance
  • Supports the Director and Fellows of IWR in all aspects of their research.
  • Collects and analyzes information from various sources including online resources, libraries, unclassified government documents and reports, personal contacts, interviews, meetings and seminars.
  • Compiles and drafts summary reports, briefing memos, analyses of books and articles, bibliographies and chronologies.
  • Attends meetings and writes summary reports of outside policy briefings, conferences, forums, and symposiums.
  • Updates and checks existing data and footnotes.
40% Administrative Support
  • Works with IWR, CMEP, FP, and Central Communications Department to support events, including the annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum.
  • Provides administrative, communication, and logistical support to Fellows as assigned.
  • Supports the publications process for IWR, including editing and copyediting; assists in ensuring the professionalism and quality of IWR publications.
  • Coordinates the editing, formatting, production and publication in English and Arabic of printed materials related to the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, including the Forum program and bio book, working group papers, and other related documents.
  • Maintains paper and electronic files and databases of materials on relevant topics.
  • Assists with posting IWR content on the website, including publications and event summaries.
  • Assists in updating IWR social media accounts.
 
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  • Posted: July 10, 2015
  • Reference Number: 15130
  • Salary: Low to mid $40’s
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