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Research Officer/ Senior Research Officer

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OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

 

Research Officer –  Social Development Programme

Contract: 

Salary: Research Officer : £26,264 - £30,878 per annum

Senior Research Officer : £31,332 - £35,245 per annum

Location: London

Ref: SDP/02/18

 

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 Research Officer to join ODI’s Social Development Programme. Under the supervision of Research Fellows, the post holder will contribute to designing and delivering innovative, high-quality and policy-relevant research, policy advice and public-affairs initiatives. You will contribute to policy research and advisory projects, engage with policymakers in research and advisory processes, and disseminate results. The work will include: supporting the programme in identifying appropriate funding opportunities; contributing to the writing of proposals in the areas of interest to the programme which broadly focus on gender, social exclusion, social norms and intergenerational issues within a variety of thematic areas (including, for instance, gender based violence, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, economic empowerment, health and education); carrying out literature reviews; developing research methodologies; analysing primary and secondary data; report and policy brief writing; and presenting findings both to internal ODI and external audiences 

 

 

Recent programme highlights include:

 


Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence
(GAGE) is a flagship 10 year longitudinal research and evaluation programme. GAGE aims to understand what programmes are most effective in transforming adolescent girls’ lives at specific junctures during the second decade of life. It will generate unique cross-country data following 18,000 adolescents (including approximately 12,000 girls and 6,000 boys), along with their families and peers, across the course of the critical transition from early adolescence through to adulthood in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal and Rwanda. This is complemented by participatory action research with adolescent girls and boys in conflict-affected refugee and host communities in Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan. 

 


Advancing Learning and Innovation on Gender Norms (ALIGN). ALIGN, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and managed by the ODI, is a four year project developing a digital platform in support of a Community of Practice (CoP) for shared learning on gender norms. Through curated knowledge, digital communications, events, and a small flexible research fund, ALIGN promotes shared learning, innovation and collaboration online and in-person to ensure knowledge on norm change contributes to sustainable gender justice.


 

Mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of children, adolescents and young people in Vietnam. The ODI Social development programme was commissioned by UNICEF Vietnam, in conjcuntion with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, to carry out a study exploring the situation of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing amongst children and young people in Vietnam. The study consisted of a regional and national literature review and primary data collection in urban and rural sites in Northern and Southern Vietnam. Additionally two internationally  and nationally validated scales for measuring psychosocial wellbeing were applied with school children. Study respondents included children, adolescents, service providers and policy makers. 


Impacts of cash assistance for Syrian refugees in Jordan. The ODI Social Development programme was commissioned by UNHCR and UNICEF to carry out a study on the effects of their cash assistance programmes on the multi-dimensional vulnerabilities of Syrian refugees in host communities in Jordan. In partnership with the Information and Research Centre of the King Hussein Foundation in Amman, a literature review was conducted, followed by qualitative and quantitative research with beneficiary households in Amman, Irbid, Zarqa and Mafraq governorates.


 

About you


 Research Officer 1


  • A degree and post-graduate degree in relevant discipline.

  • Active knowledge of key international institutions in the sector and beyond.

  • Experience in producing research and policy outputs.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate successfully and cultural awareness.

  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.

  • Good presentation and networking skills.

  • Multitasking skills. 

  • Excellent IT skills (Word, Excel, Power Point).

  • Ability to work in a team. 

  • Willingness to travel on a frequent basis.

  • Ability to work on own initiative. 

  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitiatve data analysis packages desireable 

  • Knowledge of another language desireable 


 

Research Officer 2


  • A degree and post-graduate degree in relevant discipline.

  • Active knowledge of key international institutions in the sector and beyond.

  • Some developing country work experience. 

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

  • Experience in producing research and policy outputs in a short period of time and for different audiences.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate successfully with a wide range of people and cultural awareness.

  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.

  • Strong presentation and networking skills.

  • Multitasking skills. 

  • Fluency in a language other than English and competency in others.

  • Excellent IT skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

  • Ability to work in a team. 

  • Willingness to travel on a frequent basis.

  • Ability to work on own initiative and under minimal supervision, to accept responsibility and to respond with confidence to complex and evolving problems.

  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitiatve data analysis packages 


 

 

 

Closing date: 30th April 2018

 

Interview date: 31st May 2018

 

For more information, please download an application pack from our website at www.odi.org.uk/jobs. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 7922 8234 or email humanresources@odi.org.uk.

 

 

ODI is an equal opportunities employer                                                                                          Charity Reg. No.228248

Attachment: Application Pack Jan 2018.doc
Attachment: Research Officer_Senior Research Officer job description_SD.doc

Overseas Development Institute

https://www.odi.org/

Position details

Salary:

£26,000 - £35,000

Location:

London