Research Assistants - China Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) Position
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.
- Identifying, confirming, and tracking Chinese loans to Africa and associated infrastructure projects with official sources via open source research in multiple languages;
- Entering loan data into Excel database;
- Writing short narratives on Chinese loans to Africa;
- Ad-hoc research tasks to support Professor Brautigam’s research and other CARI projects.
Successful candidates should possess many of the following experiences and/or skills:
- Familiarity with and interest in China-Africa relations, Chinese foreign policy, African politics, international finance, and international development. Demonstrated coursework or work experience in one or several of these fields preferred.
- Working knowledge of Excel, Google Drive and Google Sheets. Familiarity with Excel formulas for data aggregation and visualization preferred. Data analysis and econometrics skills are also a plus.
- Open-source research abilities. Familiarity with Chinese and African government, corporate and media sources, as well as online research tools such as LexisNexis and Google search operators preferred.
- Ability to conduct research in multiple languages. Foreign language proficiency preferred (Chinese, French, Portuguese, Arabic, etc); proper utilization of online translating tools also encouraged.
- Tenacious attention to detail, excellent oral communication and writing skills, and critical thinking and multitasking abilities.
The role will require at least 10-15 hours per week with flexible hours. 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.
Applicants must be available to attend a mandatory virtual training session on Friday, September 4, 2020 and start work shortly thereafter. CARI is accepting applications immediately until Friday, August 21, 2020. 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 PDF file), attention of Kevin Acker.