Call for Applications: Research Assistants, The Africa Center at the Atlantic Council

November 7, 2022


The Africa Center at the Atlantic Council in collaboration with the Harvard Center for African Studies is pleased to invite current graduate students to apply for a Research Assistant position. The Africa Center at the Atlantic Council is seeking self-motivated and experienced individuals with proven writing, editing, research, and organizational skills to serve as Research Assistants to our Fellows working on the New Africa Business Strategy project that will generate thought leadership and research around:   

  • Innovative finance for sustainable development in Africa

  • Supporting the informal sector to champion SMEs expansion

  • The Future of US Africa Trade

  • Launching an African Green Bank

 The Atlantic Council produces action-oriented thought leadership through research reports, issue briefs, and op-eds feature specific recommendations tracked for implementation. The research assistants will work closely with Africa Center Fellows to provide research and help write these reports and editorial projects. The position requires researching and writing with meticulous attention to accuracy, clarity, and grammar. The research assistants may also be involved in the events that launch the reports and advance their recommendations. 

 Successful candidates will be highly capable self-starters with a passion for African economic development and business issues, and the demonstrated aptitude for analytical thinking, superior writing, effective editing, and communication skills. They must also be comfortable working in a remote, cross-cultural team.

 Each research assistant will be assigned to one or two Fellows supporting writing work on the four topics above. An issue brief (usually 6000-7500 words) will be produced over a 4 to 6 month period and relevant opeds will be drafted and placed.  In working closely with the Fellow(s), the research assistants will get one-on-one time working with leaders in African business, economic development or a related field. The position is paid a stipend and requires a minimum six month (consecutive) commitment (untimed to semesters).


  • Conduct research  and support writing for issue briefs and opeds


  •  Current graduate student in economics, international relations, African studies, business or related fields;

  • Ability to take on research assignments and to write and edit quickly, clearly and with minimal supervision against a deadline

  • Positive, flexible, get-it-done attitude and ability to multitask in an often-changing environment, with exceptional attention to detail;

  • Ability to work independently and remotely;

  • Technical skills in, visualization, and analysis;

  • Familiarity with African business, investment, trade, economic issues.

 To apply, email your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Lindsay Moats at by Friday, December 16th. 

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