Senior Economist/Research Fellow - New Climate Economy Special Initiative on Land Use

Overseas Development Institute - New Climate Economy And Overseas Development Institute

Overseas Development Institute:

The UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

Salary: RF1: £39,307 - 49,720, RF2: £49,721 - £62,944 per annum

About us

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, and its flagship project The New Climate Economy (NCE), were independently commissioned by 7 countries in 2013 to help governments, businesses and society make better-informed decisions on how to achieve economic and social development while also addressing climate change. The Commission is chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon and co-chaired by Lord Nicholas Stern.

The NCE Land Use Special Initiative is a new initiative that will look specifically to identify and catalyse action around a “produce-protect-prosper” approach to land use that can simultaneously lead to more inclusive and sustainable economic growth (“better growth”), enhanced climate mitigation and adaptation (“better climate”), and improved equity and distributional outcomes (“better lives”) relative to business-as-usual development.

The role will be based at the Overseas Development Institute - ODI ( – which aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by bringing together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.

New Climate Economy and ODI are seeking a full time Senior Economist / Research Fellow to work with the NCE Land Use Special Initiative. This is an exciting, high profile position which will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to develop their professional skills, leverage and build their networks, and engage with senior global leaders.

The Senior Economist will execute the work programme and coordinate the delivery of substantive analysis through the core NCE land use partnership, including experts from ODI, World Resources Institute (WRI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI),and the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), connecting to other partner institutes with relevant research expertise, or in-country presence and expertise as relevant. The successful applicant will join a world-class team of economists and policy and business experts.

The Senior Economist will report to the NCE Deputy Director or Director of the Land Use Special Initiative, and be responsible for research, drafting, program management activities, and coordinating NCE’s peer review process within the Initiative. He or she will be expected to present NCE findings at a variety of external meetings including conferences, summits, and donor meetings.

The role will provide policy advice and support public affairs programmes, broadly within the Institute’s overall strategy and with the aim of inspiring and informing policy. It will also involve leading policy research and advisory projects, generally cross-country and cross-institutional, engage with policymakers in research and advisory processes, and disseminate results.

About you

  • A degree and post-graduate qualification (PhD preferred) in a relevant discipline (economics, environmental economics or land use economics, or other related);
  • 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.
  • Substantial experience in relevant policy-oriented research, demonstrated by a track record of publications and reports, programme implementation and project management;
  • Developing-country experience;
  • Broad experience on land use issues ideally including but not limited to: agriculture, restoring degraded lands, land tenure, forest financing and REDD+.

Closing date: 4 November 2016

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