Position Detail Research Assistants - China-Africa Research Initiative

IDEV - CARI Program
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  • Position Details:

    Hours/Week: 8 HRS
    Hourly Rate: $18.00
    Expires: Feb 15, 2019

    Campus : Washington DC
  • Job Contact Info:

  • sais-cari@jhu.edu

Research Assistants - China-Africa Research Initiative Position

Job Description

The China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies invites applications for the position of Research Assistant. Reporting to the Director of CARI through the CARI Research Manager, research assistants will work on a number of tasks, notably on collection, cleaning, tracking and analysis of Chinese finance/loan data across Africa. The research assistants will participate in drafting papers, analyzing the data, maintenance of databases and data archival system. Other China-Africa-related tasks may be assigned.

Successful candidates should have some knowledge of China as well as be able to read Chinese. Ability to work in French, Portuguese, or Arabic would be a further asset. The candidates' computer needs to have Chinese-input system. Research Assistants will be responsible for extensive liaison with external sources of information, and other researchers. Candidates should be skilled at using Google search engine, Nexis-Lexis, and Chinese websites. Knowledge of STATA, Excel, and econometrics would be an advantage but are not required.

We seek creative individuals with the skills of a detective or an investigative journalist, organized and cheerful perfectionists, quick learners, and nuanced researchers. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills, the ability to multitask, to keep regular working schedules, and strong critical thinking and writing skills. Experience with China Development Bank or China Export-Import Bank would be an asset. This will be primarily desk research, but may involve extensive follow-up by telephone and other means, and candidates should have the ability to contact sources overseas in Chinese. There is some possibility of field research.

The role will require at least 5-8 hours per week with flexible hours for a 4-month commitment and an extension into the following academic year contingent upon performance. Ph.D. students will earn $20.00/hour and MA candidates will earn $18.00/hour. Applicants must be Johns Hopkins University students and eligible to work in the United States. International students are welcome to apply. 

We expect to have all our RAs able to start work by end of February 2019 at the latest. CARI is accepting applications immediately until Friday, February 15, 2019. Short-listed candidates will be contacted to complete a short research test. Interested candidates should include in their application a CV and cover letter (as a single file), attention of Jordan Link.