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ODI - Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow / Principal Research Fellow

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Type of contract
Public Finance and Institutions
Salary: £39,897 - Competitive Salary.
Closing date
26 Jul 2017



Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow/Principal Research Fellow – Public Finance and Institutions

Contract: Permanent

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

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

Principal Research Fellow: Competitive Salary.

Location: London



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 bringing together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.


The Public Finance and Institutions programme are looking for a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow/Principal Research Fellow. The work will involve applied economic analysis using both quantitative and qualitative methods.


The Public Finance and Institutions Programme (PFI) is part of a Cluster of research programmes at ODI on ‘ Economics, Finance and Development’. It is a leading centre for research and policy engagement on Public Finance policy and institutional change. The programme blends ongoing research on policy and practice with a long standing advisory programme which has been predominantly focused on effecting change in fragile states. Current research interests straddle Africa, Asia and the Pacific with a growing body of work which is looking at more advanced economies. The researcher will take leadership on key projects within our portfolio, undertaking innovative research and analysis, and influencing the international debate through public affairs activities including publications, media engagement, speaking at conferences, and providing advice to governments and business at a senior level. The postholder will also have the opportunity to develop their own research interests within the team’s broad areas of focus, including designing research projects, obtaining funding and managing resources for delivery.

The Programme is currently organised around a number of workstreams that apply a public finance lens to the following

  • Service delivery
  • Decentralisation
  • Domestic resource mobilisation
  • The theory and practice of PFM reform
  • The use and abuse of diagnostic tools

Across these, we have a cross cutting theme of adaptive management and adaptive programming.

Recent programme highlights have included:

Please find out more on the PFI website (https://www.odi.org/our-work/programmes/public-finance-and-institutions)

About you

  • A degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline.
  • Extensive and deep knowledge of key issues and organisations in international development.
  • Fluency in English, and preferably a good command of at least one other language.
  • Experience in policy-oriented research, demonstrated by a track record of publications and reports.
  • Extensive developing-country experience.
    • Strong analytical skills, a capacity to write clearly, and excellent organisational and oral communication skills.
    • A demonstrated capacity for policy advisory or public-affairs work, based on an analytical approach, and an innovative and creative communications ability.
    • Project management skills.
  • Ability to translate research ideas into fundable projects.
  • Excellent communication abilities in relation to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Skills in negotiation, listening, communication of ideas, problem solving, decision making.


  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent time management skills, including managing a complex and varied workload.
  • Extended experience working in a developing country or emerging economy context in public finance.


Closing date: 26 July 2017


Interview date: 2nd of August 2017


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 0394 or email recruitment@odi.org.uk.



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