Principal / Senior Consultant

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) is one of the world’s leading international policy development and management consultancies. We enable strategic decision-makers in the public and private sector to identify and implement sustainable solutions for reducing social and economic disadvantage in low- and middle-income countries.
Supported by a multinational team of more than 200 specialists on three continents, our success is based on a unique combination of high-quality analysis and 30 years’ practical experience of facilitating positive change in over 120 countries worldwide. The fields in which we operate range from health, education and the extractive industries through to public sector finance and administration, social welfare, and national statistical systems and household surveys. Further information about OPM are available on our website at www.opml.co.uk
OPM are looking to recruit an experienced Principal / Senior Consultant with expertise in Qualitative Methods to provide commercial and financial assistance to the Research Methods Portfolio
The main areas of delivery for this role are:
  • Work with colleagues across OPM in the identification, development and application of good practice in qualitative and mixed-methods research techniques applied to a range of policy questions
  • As part of a larger team, lead research, evaluation and policy development processes making use of these techniques across a wide range of sectors
  • Support the use of qualitative information and approaches in the communication of results and in promoting change
  • Strengthen the understanding and capacity of colleagues in these areas and support them in winning and managing projects which draw on these approaches
  • Maintain and develop OPM’s intellectual capital, profile and networks in qualitative and mixed methods of analysis
  • Support / line management to a more junior consultant specialising in the same
The successful candidate will have the following:
  • A degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline.
  • An established reputation and international standing in qualitative / mixed-methods research or related activities (such as evaluation), including relevant publications.
  • Strong analytical skills and extensive knowledge and several years of experience of a range of qualitative and participatory approaches
  • Experience in the use of mixed methods, ideally across a number of sectors
  • Experience in communicating qualitative methods and results to a range of audiences
  • Experience of working with senior officials from government or international agencies and an understanding of the operation of developing country governments and development programmes
  • The ability to work with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams in challenging environments.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients, both verbally and in writing.
  • Preferably, the ability to work in at least one relevant foreign language.
The role is full time, permanent and based in our central Oxford office. OPM offer a competitive salary, a good pension scheme, profit share and generous holiday entitlement.
If you are interested in applying for the post, please provide a completed application and a copy of your CV via the Apply button..
Closing date Monday 26 October 2015.