Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Job Opening: Southeast Asia Research Associate at Council on Foreign Relations

Title: Research Associate, Southeast Asia 
Salary: Based upon education and experience

The Council's Studies Program is one of the country's largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program's aim is to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.
The Council also publishes Independent Task Force reports. Task Forces are convened to examine issues of current and critical importance toU.S.foreign policy. Chaired by prominent Americans, and diverse in backgrounds and perspectives, Task Forces aim to reach a meaningful consensus on policy through private and non-partisan deliberations. Task Force reports provide policymakers with a coherent framework for thinking about an issue, and a set of concrete judgments and recommendations.

The Research Associate will primarily support a fellow whose work examines U.S.policy toward Southeast Asia, in addition to CFR's Task Force Program.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):
  • Providing administrative support to senior staff, including answering telephones, handling correspondence, filing, and responding to requests for information, and helping with media requests.
  • Coordinating events, including roundtables and high-level Task Force meetings, by arranging mailings, preparing invitations, making travel arrangements, scheduling, corresponding with speakers, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support.
  • Researching specific areas as requested.
    • Assisting with the drafting, proofreading and editing of articles, book chapters, Task Force reports, and other written material, as requested by the fellows and Task Force project directors.
    • Tracking news and data sources on major issues related to Southeast Asia. .
    • Managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, creating and updating Excel spreadsheets, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement.
    • Assisting fellow with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, Google+, etc., as needed

Preferred Qualifications:
  • BA degree in International Relations or a related field, with high academic credentials and coursework in Southeast Asia (preferred), Human Rights, Democratization, Development, or Economics.
  • 1+ years related administrative and/or internship experience
  • Travel or work experience in Asia, particularlySoutheast Asia
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong research, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Email, including advanced functions such as mail merge

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
1777 F St. NW, Washington DC,20006
FAX +1 202.509.8490

For more information, please visit http://www.cfr.org/about/career_opportunities/openings.html#1009

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