I am writing to express my interest in applying for the position of Research Assistant at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. I hold a Master’s degree in the field of International Relations from London School of Economics and Political Science. The focus of my studies and research is in the areas of private military and security companies, foreign policy analysis and international relations of Middle East.
I am currently working as a Research Assistant at Stenden University, Qatar. As part of the research team, I am working on a project that is aiming to leverage the hosting of FIFA World Cup by Qatar in 2022, to bring about social behavior change in the society. This is joint venture between Stenden University, Qatar and Edinburgh Napier University and is funded by the Qatar National Priority Research Project. Also having volunteered on a number of occasions I have the experience of working with people from different walks of life and backgrounds, for example working with journalists and athletes from different countries during the 2006 Asian Games and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. I am comfortable working in a team and am able to produce effective results. An example of this would be my experience of organizing the GCC conference at Qatar University, where I had to work with a small team that was responsible for the promotion and media coverage for the event. Furthermore, I have taken IC3 examination from Certiport and am well apt at using Microsoft office as well as managing databases. I am also apt at using data analysis programs, such as NVivo software. I am an efficient worker and can work with short deadlines.
I believe working at CSBA would be a fruitful experience for me, as it would provide me with an opportunity to be part of an institute that is an emerging think tank in the areas of national security and defense planning. Over the course of my work at Stenden and thesis writing I have honed my research skills and have gained sufficient knowledge and knowhow of various research methods. I have developed strong interpersonal skills while working at Student Learning Support Centre, Qatar University.
Along with proficient IT skills and apt administrative proficiencies I have other obligatory competencies, such as organizational and time management proficiencies, drafting and editing written material, strong sense of team work, competent Web skills and strong written and oral communication skills, that are required to perform the various duties associated with this position. I am also a self-motivated and goal oriented individual and if given this opportunity I would strive to be an asset to the institution. Thank you.