Council on Foreign Relations

Title: Research Associate, Global Health
Type: Full Time
Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., New York, NY 10065
FAX: (212) 434-9893
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Title: Research Associate – Global Health

Salary: Based on education and experience

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens in the United States and other countries can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments. CFR, which is headquartered in New York with an office in Washington, DC, does this by: convening meetings where prominent thinkers debate and discuss the major issues of our time; conducting a wide-ranging studies program; publishing Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal covering international affairs and U.S. foreign policy; maintaining a diverse membership; sponsoring independent task forces; and providing up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on CFR’s website,

CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks. Its widely respected and influential research staff of more than seventy scholars advances the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through their research, writing, and public outreach. CFR’s Global Health Program, established in 2004, seeks to integrate—in both study and in practice—critical issues of global health into U.S. foreign policymaking. Issues include, but are not limited to: emerging infectious diseases (notably HIV/AIDS and avian flu) and noncommunicable diseases (such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s), worldwide inequities in life expectancy and maternal mortality, global shortage of health workers, weakness of health systems, and rising threats posed by biological and chemical weapons.

The Research Associate will work under the direction of Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett. Garrett is the only author to have been awarded the three big “Ps” in journalism: the Polk, the Peabody, and the Pulitzer. A highly sought after expert on many global health issues, including global health funding, HIV/AIDS, and biosecurity, Garrett’s work has helped to make CFR a leader in the field of global health and foreign policy. The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Providing administrative support to the Fellow, including answering telephones, handling correspondence, filing, and responding to requests for information
  • Managing budgets, 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
  • Coordinating events, including arranging mailings, preparing invitations, travel arrangements, scheduling, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
  • Researching specific areas as requested by the Fellow. Tracking news and data sources on major international and health issues
  • Handling writing assignments, including articles, book chapters, rapporteuring at meetings, summarizing research findings, and business writing

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BA or Masters in international relations, public health, or economics, with relevant coursework in international development and/or politics
  • 1-2 years related administrative and research experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong skills in social media and website management
  • Extremely flexible, organized, and detail oriented, with strong follow-through skills
  • Proven ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Highest level of dependability; proactive, flexible, and positive attitude required
  • Knowledge and proven interest in foreign policy preferred
  • Strong research, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Experience working in developing countries and overseas, a plus
  • Familiarity with statistics, epidemiology, basic public health, biology and/or medicine, highly valued
  • Overseas work experience preferred

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above contact information. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893