Senior Research Officer at Overseas Development Institute

Senior Research Officer / Research Fellow

International Economic Development Group

Contract: Permanent


Senior Research Officer: £34,988 – £41,574 per annum

Research Fellow: £41,575 – £51,466 per annum;

Location: London

Ref: IEDG0221

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About us

ODI is an independent, global think tank, working for a sustainable and peaceful world in which every person thrives. We harness the power of evidence and ideas through research and partnership to confront challenges, develop solutions and create change. (

Our International Economic Development Group (IEDG) aims to influence international and national economic policy relevant for prosperity in developing countries. We undertake high-quality innovative research in areas relevant to contemporary economic policy debates, and make the results accessible to opinion-formers and policy-makers. Our work is organised around four thematic themes:

  • Trade and trade policy (WTO and Brexit, Regional Integration including African Integration, Aid for Trade, value chains)
  • Private sector development (FDI and development, entrepreneurial and management capabilities, business environment and market regulation)
  • International macro-economics and international finance (capital flows, macro-economic policy, international economic crises)
  • Supporting economic transformation (productivity, industrial policy, structural change, digital technology)

This is an exciting opportunity to join IEDG. We are recruiting a candidate, either at Senior Research Officer level or at Research Fellow level to join IEDG and contribute to strategy development, fundraising, research, advisory work and public affairs, helping to drive an innovative programme on international economic development.

Your work will and contribute to the Supporting Investment and Trade in Africa programme, especially in the area of e-commerce and the digital economy

About the job

Responsibilities include:

  • Research and policy advisory work: conducting high-quality applied research
  • Fundraising: contributing/attracting funds through bids, including the development of a substantial personal research portfolio

· Public affairs: disseminating and promoting IEDG’s work and ideas through high-level meetings, ODI publications and blogs, and other media. **

About you

The successful candidates will have:

  • a postgraduate degree in economics or a closely-related discipline (ideally a PhD for the RF post), including research experience and skills in the area of business, FDI, trade or macro-economics)
  • extensive knowledge of key issues and organisations in international economic development
  • extensive knowledge in one opr more of the areas around trade, finance, new technology and economic transformation, and ideally trade and investment in Africa, including e-commerce and the digital economy
  • experience in policy-orientated research, demonstrated by a track record of publications and reports
  • first-hand developing-country experience
  • strong analytical, quantitative and organisational skills, including the ability to manage a complex and varied workload to tight deadlines
  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • demonstrated capacity for policy advisory or public-affairs work, based on an analytical approach, and an innovative and creative communication ability
  • demonstrated ability to translate research ideas into fundable projects
  • the ability to work as part of a team and support the Head of Programme in people and project management.

Closing date: Friday 18th June 2021

Interviews: TBD

How to apply

For more information, please download an application pack from Careers | or at If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 3327 7290 or email

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