Senior Research Fellow / Principal Research Fellow – Social Development Programme

Overseas Development Institute

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

About us

ODI ( aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by bringing together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.

The Social Development Programme are looking for a researcher to take leadership on key projects and areas of work 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.

At this pivotal time for global work on gender, age and issues of inclusion , we are expanding our senior team. We are seeking applicants with expertise in gender, age, inclusion and development and any of the following areas:

  • Gender and educational exclusion; education and lifecourse opportunities; or other educational expertise
  • Economic empowerment
  • Gendered poverty and inequality
  • Men, boys and masculinities
  • LGBT+
  • Disibility
  • Human Rights
  • Other related areas of expertise will be considered

The Social Development programme is committed to ensuring socially inclusive development and thus works on issues of gender justice, social exclusion, inequality and the eradication of poverty. We consider socially inclusive development in relation to a wide range of sectors and issues and diverse population groups, by age, ethnicity or other identity.

About you

We are looking for a candidate passionate about social and gender justice, with expert knowledge in one or more of the above described themes and in depth experience of working in developing countries and with national and global development institutions.  You must have experience of securing donor interest and funding; managing medium to large research and policy programmes; developing partnerships in developing country contexts; managing, leading and mentoring teams; communicating your team findings, including media and public affairs experience; and publishing in peer reviewed journals.  You will have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

Closing date: 29 October 2017

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

ODI is an equal opportunities employer

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