The ODI Fellowship Scheme is now open for applications. The Scheme places young and highly motivated economists and statisticians in public sector posts in developing country governments on two-year contracts. The three streams we are recruiting for are Economics, Statistics and Financial Inclusion. Applicants can apply for any of these streams provided they are suitably qualified. ODI Fellows work as local civil servants reporting to local managers. Fellows work in a range of institutions from finance and planning ministries to ministries of health and education, as well as central banks, statistics offices, and regulatory bodies. The Scheme currently has over 110 Fellows in 27 countries, mostly low-income or high poverty countries.
In total, Fellows receive a salary of £21,000 a year (increasing to £23,000 in the second year), plus housing allowance.
The ODI Fellowship Scheme is highly competitive and extremely prestigious. ODI Fellows have gone on to make successful careers in the World Bank, the IMF, DFID and a wide range of public and private sector organisations. We are looking for candidates with excellent academic qualifications, a sound grasp of applying economic theory to real world problems, an ability to communicate economic ideas to non-specialists, and a willingness to integrate into what are often very different cultural and bureaucratic environments. A master’s degree in economics, statistics or related discipline is required.
The Scheme is open to candidates of all nationalities.
The host government draws up Terms of Reference for each two-year posting. The success of the Scheme and the respect it has gained from governments is demonstrated by the consistently high demand for Fellows and by the degree of responsibility often entrusted to Fellows. The costs of employing each Fellow are shared between the recipient government and ODI, making this a unique form of technical support. Over recent years, ODI has secured funding for the Scheme through grants provided by the Department for International Development (DfID) and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). We will also be placing several “Financial Inclusion ODI Fellows” in collaboration with the Gates Foundation to work on the issue of improving the access of poor people to financial services.
Our Financial Inclusion stream places economists in central banks and other institutions which have a responsibility for policies designed to improve access of poor people to financial services. These posts are funded by the Gates Foundation which is active in four African (Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda) and four Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Pakistan). Fellowship Financial Inclusion posts are likely to be located in one of these countries and also focus on the role that digital technology can play in enhancing access.
Please note that the application process will close on December 17th, 2015, and applications must be submitted by 23:59 (GMT) to be considered. If you are experiencing problems with your application, please contact the Fellowship office on email@example.com