Research Assistant


To apply

Email your cover letter and resume to yhilpert@thegfcc.org. Please ensure the following:

  • Subject line includes GFCC Research Assistant and your last name, as well as "Job ID RA2019-01"

  • Cover letter (max one page) explains why you are interested in working with the GFCC

  • Resume outlines your relevant skills, education and experience

  • Cover letter and resume are saved as one PDF document using the naming convention:

    • 2019-lastname-application-RA.pdf

    • Example: 2019-Smith-application-RA.pdf


Position description

Then Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC) is seeking to fill a position for a Research Assitant to support the Senior Director of Policy in a new research project on skills development and vocational training initiatives around the globe.


ABOUT THE FUTURE SKILLS RESEARCH PROJECT: As new innovative technologies hit the market and find more use in industry, the workforce is in a state of transformation: New hardware and software, and increasingly automated production processes require special, additional or entirely new training of the existing workforce. Countries are faced with the task of preparing for this skills transformation and ensuring the readiness for these technological and skill transformations of the workforce. Skills development becomes a key challenge for universities, vocational training institutes and other educational institutions and adaptable training methods are required. The Future Skills Research Project seeks to capture different national initiatives and training programs around the globe. The project framework is captured by the following three questions:

  • What are the key trend in skills transformation around the globe?

  • What are some of the innovative solutions for skills development?

  • What are the lessons learned that can be learned and what are models of success?


The Research Assistant will work directly with the Senior Director of Policy and Engagement.


ABOUT THE GFCC: The Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC) is a network of leaders and organizations from around the world committed to competitiveness and higher living standards. Our members strive to achieve innovation, productivity and prosperity in their nations, regions and cities. The GFCC develops and implements concepts, initiatives and tools to navigate the complex competitiveness landscape and take action. 

Thriving markets and people rely on both their own national policies and collaborations across the globe. In this spirit, the GFCC brings together experts for their mutual competitiveness and benefit, true to the motto of Accelerating Competitiveness through Collaboration. 

Founded in 2010, the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils brings together more than sixty member organizations and is currently represented in more than 35 different countries around a collection of shared principles to enhance regional, national and global prosperity. 

The GFCC works with its members to catalyze cross-learning and creation of competitiveness and innovation strategies, policies and initiatives. For GFCC members, this is achieved through in-depth, high-level networking, analytical tools, advice and education.

Find out more: https://www.thegfcc.org/


Responsibilities Include but are not limited to

  • Compiling policy research on a variety of related topics, including but not limited to:

    • National initiatives regarding skills development, vocational training and higher education around the globe

    • Key stakeholders in continuing education and skills development

    • The effectiveness of different industries in adapting to industry 4.0

    • The status of university and educational institutes’ efforts to adapt to the skills transformation

  • Compiling background information and research for key interviews

  • Assisting in the conduction of interviews with key players related to area of study

  • Providing logistical support for communication with GFCC staff, interview subjects and other personnel related to the research project.

  • Completing tasks to support the development of the project’s methodology and development.

  • Performing other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.


Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates will hold a BA/BS in public policy, economics, geography, social sciences or similar related disciplines.


Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in a related field OR 1-2 years of research experience in a related field.

  • Proficiency in any of the following languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Russian, Japanese, Arabic



Ideal applicants will demonstrate a combination of the following skills and expertise


  • An interest in workforce development and future skills

  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to thoroughly analyze data and succinctly synthesize new information

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Must be assertive in conveying thoughts and ideas

  • Experience with statistical analysis and related software is preferred but not required.

  • Flexibility in juggling multiple tasks

  • Excellent interpersonal skills


Salary: $18/hr

Location: Washington, D.C.

Full-Time/Part-Time: Part-Time


Position Duration: Temporary 3 month position

Hours Per Week: 20 hrs/wk