United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow

Organization: Overseas Development Institute
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 28 Mar 2018


Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow

Risk and Resilience Programme

Contract: Permanent

Salary: Research Fellow: £39,897-£50,466 per annum,

Senior Research Fellow: £50,467-£63,888 per annum

Location: London

Ref: R&R/03/18

The UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

About us

ODI (www.odi.org.uk) aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by locking together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.

We are seeking to appoint a Senior Research Fellow and a Research Fellow to join ODI’s Risk and Resilience Programme. The Risk and Resilience Programme is a relatively new programme in ODI. The expert team provides research, analysis and policy advice on systemic, inclusive and just approaches to understanding risk and managing uncertainty. We look at the nexus between climate, weather extremes and hazards and other risk drivers, to understand the impact on poverty and development. We promote inclusive approaches to understanding and managing new risks (those we know) and emerging risks (those we don’t). We do this by pioneering policy-driven research on the nexus between risks and resulting opportunities to manage uncertainty, reduce vulnerability and drive transformative and sustainable change. By doing so, we aim to support coherence between, and successful implementation of, international crisis-prevention and sustainable development agendas.

Under the supervision of the Head of Programme, the post holder(s) will contribute to the thought leadership, policy advice and research of a key Risk and Resilience thematic area: Climate-Resilient Economic Planning and Finance. This thematic area focuses on:

  • Integrating climate risk into national development planning and processes

  • identifying opportunities for inclusive and climate-resilient economic development in places that are exposed to climate and other risks and assisting decision-makers at all scales to enable these to be realised; and

  • supporting the realisation of the SDGs, especially strengthened climate adaptation and poverty reduction, by facilitating an efficient, sustainable and equitable use of financial resources, tools and mechanisms in a multiple hazards context.

About you


Research Fellow

This post requires substantial research or equivalent experience, a record of publication and public affairs, and clear evidence of successful development, management and funding of a number of projects brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

Senior Research Fellow

In addition to the above, this post is intended for those displaying a substantial record of programme management, involving research, advisory work and public affairs.

Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Post-graduate degree and PhD in relevant discipline i.e. economics, business, finance, or relevant natural or social sciences

  • Demonstrable extensive knowledge of key issues and organisations in at least two of the following areas: climate adaptation planning, economic development, private sector investment and / or disaster and climate finance


  • Extensive developing country experience, working closely with communities, government actors and / or international institutions on key issues relating to climate adaptation, socio-economic development and finance (multi-lateral funds/blended/faith-based options)

  • Significant experience in an international policy development research environment i.e. policy-oriented research, demonstrated by publications and reports

  • Experience in designing and managing large, multi-country research programmes, working closely with project partners (including those in developing countries) and managing timely delivery of high quality outputs for different audiences


  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills (e.g. risk & vulnerablity assessment, cost-benefit analysis, political economy analysis, policy appraisal etc.)

  • Proven ability to translate research ideas into fundable projects in the areas of climate change adaptation, financing for resilience and / or economic planning

  • A demonstrated capacity for policy advisory or public-affairs work, based on an analytical approach, and an innovative and creative communications ability


  • Experience of extended ‘immersion’ in a development context (including spending time within marginalized or poor communities)

  • A history of engagement in major policy processes such as UNFCCC, UNCCD, SDGs, Parliamentary Select Committees and/or international initiatives

Closing date: 28th March 2018

How to apply:

For more information, please download an application pack from our website at [www.odi.org.uk/jobs](http://www.odi.org.uk/jobs](http://www.odi.org.uk/jobs)**). If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 3327 7290 or email humanresources@odi.org.uk