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Senior Research Fellow / Research Fellow: Protection, Principles, Politics

Overseas Development Institute - Humanitarian Policy Group

Location: London
Salary: £41,575 to £64,888 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 22nd May 2020
Closes: 21st June 2020
Job Ref: HPG/02/20

Salary: Research Fellow : £41,575 - £51,466 per annum

Senior Research Fellow: £51,467 to £64,888 per annum   

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.

The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) is one of the world’s leading teams of policy researchers and analysts working on humanitarian issues. It combines high-quality policy analysis with a capacity to act as a neutral forum for dialogue and debate.

HPG is looking for analysts to lead, develop and implement research on protection of civilians and the principles and politics of humanitarian action.  This includes undertaking innovative policy-relevant research and analysis, informing discussion and debate at all levels through direct engagement with policy makers, practitioners and business leaders and engaging with public debates on critical humanitarian issues through publications, media engagement, public speaking. The postholder will have the opportunity to develop their own research interests within the team’s broad areas of focus.

Recent programme highlights include:

 About you

You should have an ability to think critically, write clearly and communicate convincingly. Research Fellow positions require demonstrated experience in policy-relevant research and analysis. Senior Fellows should have a strong publication record, including analytical and public affairs work. Experience of working in, and on, conflict and protracted crises is desirable.

  • a degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline;
  • extensive knowledge of issues related with conflict, protracted crises, civilian protection, and the politics of humanitarian action
  • experience in policy-oriented research, demonstrated by a track record of publications and reports;
  • fluency in English, and preferably a good command of at least one other language;
  • 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;

How to apply

Please submit a CV and personal statement with your application. The personal statement should outline the following:

  • Your interest in, and suitability for, the role
  • Your experience in research, policy analysis and/or reporting writing, including any publications
  • Potential areas of research and policy engagement that you would be interested to pursue if you were offered the role.
  • Please outline which crisis contexts you have lived and worked in (if any), which you have worked on, and when this occurred.

Interview date: TBC

For more information, please download an application here. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 7922 8234 or email

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