Research Analyst - Strategic Studies(L2)
CNA’s Strategic Studies is currently accepting applications for a Research Analyst position. CNA is a non-profit research organization that provides in-depth analysis to inform the work of public sector leaders.
We are looking for applicants with proven analytical and writing abilities and experience in a professional setting. Applicants should have an advanced degree in Political Science, International Relations, Areas studies, History, or a related field. We are interested in candidates who are versed in deterrence theory, maritime strategy, and the strategic and operational levels of war. We are also interested in specialists with deep knowledge of either the Asia or Africa regions, with a focus on security and international relations. Language ability relevant to these regions will be strongly considered.
A successful applicant will think, speak, and write clearly. All applicants must be willing to provide a writing sample.
All applicants must demonstrate success at conducting analysis using data (quantitative or qualitative) and appropriate methodology to answer specific research question(s). We value imaginative and creative approaches and expect our analysts to see beyond surface details to the core of a problem and to devise logical and, above all, practical solutions.
Serve as an important contributing team member on projects or lead smaller/less complex activities. Demonstrate analytical competence.
OUR APPROACH TO RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS EMPHASIZES:
* Developing solutions based on first-hand observations of real-world events
* Solving unstructured problems
* Working closely with senior government and non-governmental decision makers
Develop sound analytic frameworks and associated analytic methodologies/ techniques for addressing both structured andunstructured problems. Consistently produce high quality analysis.
Develop and maintain broad, general institutional knowledge of primary clients/sponsors; their culture, organization, andissues.
Support business development efforts and/or marketing activities by maintaining strong client relationships through high qualitywork, increasing the visibility of our work, and other related activities such as proposal preparation.
Interact with sponsors/clients under the supervision of an experienced colleague, and with study POCs independently.
Make significant contributions to research publications and analytic products for individual projects.
Communicate results of work in a clear and concise fashion. Effectively communicate one-on-one and in groups. Documentwork efficiently and accurately. Effectively present work to colleagues, sponsors, and small audiences that are familiar withcontent.
Work with minimal or no guidance on focused, well-structured pieces of projects. Work under closer supervision on morecomplex, less-structured tasks. Serve as task lead for pieces of projects by managing own activities. May lead smallprojects under the supervision of an Research Team Leader.
Exhibit a positive attitude in interactions with colleagues and clients/sponsors. Provide clear guidance to colleagues on tasks.
Take responsibility for own actions and outcomes.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Corporate: - Alexandria, VA 22311 US (Primary)
Education: Minimum Master’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience, PhD preferred.
Experience: Typical minimum requirements Ph.D. & 0+ years or Master’s & 2+ years of experience in research and analysis.
Skills: Ability to make significant contributions to projects/analyses; Strong analytic curiosity/ creativity; Ability to operateindependently in the execution of assignments; Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment; Strong critical thinking skills;Knowledge of research techniques; Strong planning and organizational skills; Excellent interpersonal, oral and writtencommunication skills; Regional knowledge of Africa, Latin America, and/or Asia; Ability to interact positively and somewhat independently with clients.
Other: Ability to obtain and maintain an Active Secret Security Clearance.