Research Fellow

Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th August, 2020

Job Description

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. (

This is an exciting opportunity to join the ODI flagship Human Mobility Initiative. We are looking for a researcher to lead on an deliver outstanding research within our portfolio on migration and development, public attitudes and narratives on migration and on human mobility in urban settings. You will be 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. You will have the opportunity to pursue new and innovative research interests by designing research projects, obtaining funding and managing resources for delivery. You will be influencing policies and decisions that make a difference though engaging with policymakers in knowledge and advisory processes, disseminating results though innovative and strategic communications and outreach.

  • You will be contributing to planning and convening policy events and/or private discussions, as part of a small land very dynamic team.
  • The Human Mobility Initiative is a platform for innovation and joint action to ‘do migration differently.' We aim to:
  • Identify concrete policy options and entry points to make the most of the reality of human mobility; from tackling climate change, to the future of work and securing health outcomes for all
  • Convene different people and ideas across disciplines to build coalitions for more effective action
  • Use global debates and frameworks to support local action in countries, regions and cities.

Recent highlights include:

  • What drives reform? A political economy analysis of migration policy in Morocco
  • Key Workers: Migrants’ contribution to the COVID-19 response
  • Human mobility in cities
  • The fiscal impact of immigration: a review of the evidence
  • Public narratives and attitudes towards refugees and other migrants: Sweden, US, Germany, UK.

About you

  • A degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline;
  • Extensive and deep knowledge of key issues and organisations in international development, migration, displacement and related fields.
  • An understanding of key global trends such as climate change, conflict, financing for development.
  • Fluency in English, and preferably a good command of at least one other language, French, Arabic, and or Spanish useful.
  • Experience in policy-oriented research, demonstrated by a track record of publications and reports;
  • Extensive experience of filed/empirical research in a variety of settings, primary and secondary data collection and analysis.
  • 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
  • Time management skills, including managing a complex and varied workload.


Recommend your friend

Copyrights 2017. All rights reserved | Technology Partner: Indev Consultancy Pvt. Ltd