Senior Research Officer- ALNAP

Programme/ Department: ALNAP

Contract Type: Full time, Open Ended

Salary: £34,988-£41,574 per annum

Location: Overseas Development Institute

Hours: 35hrs per week

Closing Date: 16 August 2020

Interview: Week Commencing 24 August 2020

Assessment: TBC

Senior Research Officer- ALNAP



Senior Research Officer- ALNAP

Contract: Open-ended

Salary: Senior Research Officer: £34,988–£41,574 per annum

Location: London

Ref: ALNAP/06/20


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 to appoint a Research Fellow to join ALNAP. The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) is a system-wide network organisation dedicated to improving the accountability and performance of humanitarian action by strengthening the humanitarian evidence base through sharing lessons, identifying key issues and, where appropriate, providing leadership to find collective approaches and solutions. Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the ALNAP network at


About you

The selected candidate will work across multiple research projects at ALNAP, with a primary focus on the fourth edition of the State of the Humanitarian System Report. The role of the Senior Research Officer – Evidence and  Humanitarian Policy will be to design and implement robust research methodologies for small to mid-size projects, under the supervision of either a Research Fellow or ALNAP Head of Research and Impact, depending on the project.


The function of this role is to deliver strong internal research capacity for ALNAP to carry out case studies and mid-size thematic studies on topics related to humanitarian policy and performance. The successful individual will be expected to be familiar and comfortable with mixed methods research and the selection and design of research methods to fit a learning objective. Much of this work will fall within ALNAP’s two strategic focus areas: ‘Improving the quality of evaluations of humanitarian assistance and their related research and learning activities’.


This role will also have a networking function, as ALNAP’s research relies heavily on inputs and direction from ALNAP members. The successful candidate would therefore be expected to conduct research within the areas of evaluation, monitoring, evidential quality, information management and organisational learning while also meeting needs from the ALNAP memberships and coordinating network activities. A full description of all responsibilities within this role can be found in the application pack.




Senior Researcher Officer



Knowledge and Qualifications

  • A degree and post-graduate degree in relevant discipline or equivalent relevant experience in the sector
  • Active knowledge of key international institutions in the sector and beyond
  • Active knowledge of key issues related to research and evidence in the humanitarian aid sector



  • Demonstrated experience in mixed methods research and/or research design
  • Some developing country work experience
  • Significant experience in an international development/humanitarian policy research environment, i.e. policy-oriented research and guidance development, demonstrated by publications and reports



  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate successfully with a wide range of people and cultural awareness
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Strong presentation and networking skills
  • Flexible and able to work iteratively
  • Excellent IT skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally on a frequent basis, which may include overnight and weekends on occasion.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and under minimal supervision, to accept responsibility and to respond with confidence to complex and evolving problems



  • Fluency in a language other than English and competency in others
  • Experience in information management and organisational learning
  • Some fieldwork experience (survey based, or qualitative)
  • Ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative data
  • Knowledge of qualitative data storage packages
  • Experience of editing


Closing date: 16th August 2020


Interview date: Week Commencing 24th August 2020


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


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