Research Analyst, Center for Universal Education – Brookings – Washington, DC

The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions. Established in 1916, Brookings analyzes current and emerging issues and produces new ideas that matter – for the nation and the world.

Brookings seeks to fill the position of Research Assistant/Analyst, Center for Universal Education.


Support Fellows with research relating to policies and trends affecting education in developing countries, and its relation to broader economic and social development. Assist with obtaining, managing, organizing, and analyzing datasets on these issues, in addition to assisting with the preparation of working papers, presentations, and blog posts. Aides in the organization of meetings and events; assist with outreach activities; and, as needed, provide administrative assistance.


Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, education, or related field required. Master’s degree preferred. Minimum one year of experience with empirical and quantitative analysis and research. Demonstrated experience in working with governmental, NGOs, and international/multilateral organizations on international development issues preferred.


Knowledge of international economics, development, and education required. Strong computer skills and experience required; knowledge of quantitative data analysis packages such as SPSS, STATA, and related econometric packages required. Superior writing and research skills; excellent oral, written, and communication skills. Excellent attention to detail. Competence to undertake research assignments with minimal supervision. Ability to work well under pressure and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment, with discretion and mature judgment. Professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with high-profile individuals from government/international sector. Team player and fast learner preferred.


90% Research Assistance

  • Conduct research assignments on a broad range of topics related to global education and learning, and its relation to broader economic and social development, including but not limited to education financing and aid effectiveness, monitoring and evaluation of education programs and outcomes, strategies for reducing national inequalities in access to education and learning, successful models of education delivery and the post-2015 development agenda.
  • Collect and synthesize existing literature on topics mentioned above. Collect, monitor, and analyze relevant information from conferences and seminars, government documents, legislative activity, academic journals and policy publications, institutional databases, and reports from a wide variety of sources, including development organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
  • Collect, assemble, and maintain datasets for quantitative analysis within STATA and Microsoft Excel.
  • Conduct quantitative data analysis and present the results of empirical analysis in table and graphical formats to complement published material and present via Microsoft PowerPoint slides.
  • Write background policy and research summary reports, chronologies, and briefing memos. Report on forums, symposia, and conferences. Compile summaries, and analyses of journals, abstracts, books, and news articles.
  • Help with editing and proofreading of publications.
  • Participate in relevant conferences, meetings and briefings as needed.

10% Administrative and Communications Assistance

  • Assist with the organization of meetings and conferences related to the research work, in collaboration with program staff.
  • Work with the program’s website coordinator to oversee content of project-specific web pages and publications.
  • Provide administrative support as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. No phone calls and no employment agencies please.


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