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Research Officer- Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

University of Oxford - Oxford Department of International Development

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th September 2018
Closes: 17th October 2018
Job Ref: 136988

Queen Elizabeth House
3 Mansfield Road

Reporting to the Programme Director, Dr Sabina Alkire, the postholder will form a key part of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) team, working on the implementation of multidimensional measures proposed by OPHI. This team supports implementation in external institutions such as governments, international agencies and think tanks. The post is full-time, and tenable for 1 year in the first instance, to start as soon as possible. The work requires overseas travel of approximately 90 days a year.

The Research Officer will structure, organise and respond to the needs of research users. Adapting and adjusting existing methodologies to their context so that OPHI methodologies generate policy impact. The postholder will provide technical support to institutions and governments who are designing, estimating, documenting and using multidimensional measures to improve policy action, and organise online and onsite training. The support includes questionnaire design, using questions appropriate for multidimensional poverty measurement, as well as measurement design. The Research Officer will need to be informed and strategic with an interest in, and aptitude for, engaging policy making processes as well as building capacity and supporting standards of excellence.

The Research Officer will also have the opportunity to collaborate in empirical papers on multidimensional poverty, participate in the calculation and analysis of implemented multidimensional poverty indices, and engage in OPHI activities such as research workshops, presentations, seminars, and collaborative work.

Applicants must: Hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD/DPhil in economics, social policy or another quantitative social science, or equivalent work experience in related fields, with strong quantitative background. Have a high level of computer literacy including excellent programming skills in STATA (essential) as well as in Microsoft Office as well as demonstrable experience of working on research projects: knowledge of quantitative research methods. Have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the group at meetings and excellent inter-personal skills, including an ability to relate across cultures and disciplines; appropriate discretion; and the ability to engage in strategic non-academic activities. Have the ability to manage own diverse activities proactively coordinating with others. Have the ability to support and lead training activities independently, deliver public pres  entations (policy briefs, PowerPoint presentations, etc.), and provide technical consultations in English, and either French or Arabic (required).  Fluency in English and fluency in either Arabic or French (written and spoken).

The post will be based at the Oxford Department of International Development, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3UB

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on Wednesday 17 October 2018 can be considered.

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