Senior Research Fellow – Humanitarian Policy Group

Overseas Development Institute - Humanitarian Policy Group

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

We are seeking a Senior Research Fellow to develop and undertake research, policy advisory and public affairs work with a view to informing and inspiring humanitarian policy at international and country level. You will support Humanitarian Policy Group’s (HPG) integrated research programme, with a particular focus on the Informality and Protection strand.

HPG is one of the world’s leading teams of policy researchers and information professionals working on humanitarian issues. It combines high-quality policy analysis with a capacity to act as a neutral forum for dialogue and debate.

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About the job

Key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Research and policy advisory work: conducting high-quality applied research
  • Public affairs: disseminating and promoting the programme’s work and ideas
  • Fundraising: attracting funds through bids, marketing and the development of a substantial personal research portfolio.

About you:

  • A degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline;
  • Extensive and deep knowledge of key humanitarian and development issues and organisations;
  • Extensive knowledge on past and current issues and debates related to the protection of civilians in armed conflict;
  • Expertise in international humanitarian and human rights law; understanding of issues related to counter-terrorism legislation;
  • Extensive and deep knowledge of the history humanitarian action, the nature of the international humanitarian system and the politics of aid;
  • 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 experience working in crisis-affected countries;
  • Experience of extended ‘immersion’ in a conflict context
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • A demonstrated capacity for policy advisory or public-affairs work, based on an analytical approacha demonstrated ability to translate research ideas into fundable projects

Closing date: 1st February 2018

For more information, please download an application pack from our website at If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone (0)20 3327 7290 or email 

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