Research Analyst, Middle East

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Job Brief

Provides research, analysis and administrative support for the “Agents, Actors and Ideas of Conflict in the Middle East and Africa” program, primarily “The Iran Primer” and “The Islamists” websites. Conducts research on Islamist movements, Iran and the Middle East.


Up to 20 hours per week during regular business hours starting as soon as August 2022 with the possibility of extension.


Approximate range of $19 to $25 an hour. Rate to be determined depending on education and experience.

Program and Administrative Support:

• Help generate content for two Middle East websites – The Iran Primer – and The Islamists

• Conduct research on relevant topics for both sites and the senior fellow

• Monitor current events closely in Iran and the wider Middle East

• Update existing resources, including timelines and profiles

• Provide web layout support by creating infographics and finding photographs and other media

• Help promote websites online, including through use of social media

• Provide programmatic and administrative support for program

• Complete special assignments as needed


• Bachelor’s degree in international relations or related field required. A major in Middle East studies preferred.

• One (1) or more years related business or administrative experience to become familiar with general personnel practices, accounting and budgeting principles and coordination of major office activities preferred.

• Strong working knowledge of the Middle East required, with demonstrated enthusiasm for subject matter. Knowledge of the full cast of characters in the region.

• Excellent writing and communications skills preferred.

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team; excellent organizational skills; flexibility; strong detail orientation.

• Familiarity with standard office software, online research databases and social media platforms preferred.

• Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

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Upon acceptance of the position, you are required to submit proof of vaccination along with your signed offer letter to HR. If you require an exemption, either medical or religious, we will provide you with the exemption form for you to complete prior to your start date.


To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

• Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary requirements.

• Cover letter

• Resume

For questions about this position please email Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address.

Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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