Thursday, January 19, 2017

Research Fellow – Social Protection Programme

Research Fellow – Social Protection Programme
Contract: Permanent
Salary: (Dependant on experience) Research Fellow: £39,307 - £49,702;
Senior Research Fellow: £49,721 - £62,944
Location: London
Ref: SocPro/01/17
The UK’s leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues.
About us
ODI ( aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by locking together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.
ODI’s Social Protection Programme ( is a multidisciplinary research and advisory programme, focusing on social protection and social policy. It supports the design and implementation of effective social protection through high-quality applied research and provides policy advice on key issues in social protection, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. Recent work by the team includes analysis of social protection and employment, the distributional impact of taxes and transfers, policy options to extend social protection to marginalised and excluded groups, the effectiveness of social protection in a crisis, and a review of the evidence on the impacts of cash transfers.
The Social Protection Programme is seeking a Research Fellow to develop, fundraise for, conduct and manage policy relevant, high-quality and innovative research, policy advice and public-affairs programmes.
The Research Fellow will be responsible for the development and delivery of a portfolio of research and policy advice on social protection. The portfolio will reflect the Social Protection Programme’s strategic priorities as well as the candidate’s skills and preferences. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates with demonstrable experience in the following areas:
  • Social protection financing
  • Social protection policy impact evaluation
  • Social protection and labour markets
  • Social protection, urbanisation or migration
  • Social protection, poverty and the SDGs
  • Social protection, risk and resilience
You will work closely with the Head of Programme and Social Protection Research Fellows and will join a growing team of researchers working on major themes in social protection. You will lead and contribute to policy research and advisory projects, often cross-country and cross-institutional, engage with policy-makers in research and advisory processes and disseminate results.
Key responsibilities include:
  • Research and funding: developing and leading policy relevant research in social protection policy. This includes attracting funds through bids and marketing, including the development of a substantial personal research portfolio.
  • Project management: taking responsibility for the implementation and overall management of research, advisory and public affairs projects.
  • Policy advice, public affairs, and dissemination: carrying out public affairs work and disseminating and promoting the programme’s work and ideas.
  • *Contribute to the Institute’s collegiate life:* contributing to ODI papers and activities.
The successful candidate will have:
  • a post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline such as economics, public policy, social policy, political science or development studies (a PhD in a relevant discipline is desirable);
  • extensive knowledge of key issues in social protection, including on social protection programmes (e.g. in-kind and cash transfers, active labour market programmes and subsidies), financing, targeting, delivery and monitoring;
  • substantial experience in policy-oriented research, demonstrated by a track record of publications and reports on social protection;
  • substantial experience in international organisations and actors working on social protection;
  • demonstrated ability to win work and attract funds;
  • fluency in English, and preferably a good command of at least one other language.
Closing date: 19 February 2017
Interview date: 09 March 2017
ODI is an equal opportunities employer Charity Reg. No.228248

For more information, please download an application pack from our website at [](**. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone **020 3327 7290 or email

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