Council on Foreign Relations

Research Associate, Africa Policy Studies

David Rockefeller Studies Program


CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions. Current opportunities are on a fully remote basis through the end of calendar year 2020.


The Research Associate will work under the direction of the Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, focusing on U.S. foreign policy with respect to political and security issues, conflict resolution, disease, and civil society in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Researching specific areas as requested by the fellow for articles, book chapters, long term research goals, and other publications. Tracking news and data sources
  • Handling writing assignments, summarizing research findings, and business writing
  • Assisting with the proofreading and editing of articles, book chapters, and other written material
  • Identifying potential research opportunities, projects, and contacts for the Africa program
  • Coordinating events, including preparing and sending invitations, making travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Providing administrative support to the fellow, including handling correspondence, scheduling, and responding to requests for information
  • Assisting in managing finances, 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 in editing and updating CFR’s Africa program page and the Africa in Transition blog
  • Organizing, editing, and promoting department reports and publications
  • Assisting fellows with social media outreach, including publishing a blog, website, video, and/or using social media applications such as Twitter, etc., as needed
  • Providing support across departmental lines and for other fellows, upon request


  • Bachelor’s degree with academic credentials in an aspect of African studies and/or in a related field
  • 1+ year(s) related administrative and/or internship experience; experience coordinating events strongly preferred
  • Outstanding research and writing skills
  • Strong organizational, representational, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Email
  • Some budgetary experience preferred
  • Experience with blogging, social media, and data visualization preferred

About CFR

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,


The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program, an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.


The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.


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