Senior Research Fellow / Research Fellow - ALNAP

Programme/ Department: ALNAP

Contract Type: Full time, Permanent

Salary: Research Fellow: £41,574 - £56,135 per annum; Senior Research Fellow: £51,466 – £70,798 per annum

Location: Overseas Development Institute

Hours: 35 hours per week

Closing Date: 17 April 2020

Interview: 27 April 2020

Assessment: 27 April 2020

Senior Research Fellow / Research Fellow - ALNAP

Contract: Permanent

Salary: Senior Research Fellow: £51,466 – £70,798 per annum

Research Fellow: £41,574 - £56,135 per annum

Location: London

Ref: ALNAP032020


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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. (


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


The successful candidate will develop, conduct and manage high-quality and innovative research and policy advice programmes with the aim of inspiring and informing policy and practice among ALNAP member agencies and the broader humanitarian sector. The candidate will lead policy research and advisory projects and disseminate project results and will be able to successfully represent ALNAP and the ALNAP network’s research with the aim of building and strengthening network links and supporting uptake of research results.



About you


Research Fellow

Posts representing the initial appointment as Research Fellow, require substantial research or equivalent experience, a record of publication and public affairs, and clear evidence of successful development, management and funding of a number of projects brought to a satisfactory conclusion.


Senior Research Fellow

Posts normally requiring substantive years’ experience in an RF position are intended for those displaying a substantial record of programme and project management, involving research, advisory work and public affairs. These Research Fellows are expected to contribute to development policy research across a range of topics and to be viewed as an authority in their own field. They are expected to assess and develop new areas of research in the Institute and to make a significant contribution to its general work.


Knowledge qualifications and experience 

  • A degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline;
  • Extensive and deep knowledge of key issues and organisations in international development
  • 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 developing-country experience;
  • 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.
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to translate research ideas into fundable projects
  • Excellent communication abilities in relation to a wide variety of audiences
  • Skills in negotiation, listening, communication of ideas, problem solving, decision making
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Time management skills, including managing a complex and varied workload




  • Fluency in a language other than English and competency in others
  • Experience of working in international organizations
  • Experience of extended ‘immersion’ in a development context (including spending time with marginalized or poor people)
  • A history of engagement in major policy processes such as Parliamentary Select Committees and/or international initiatives
  • Regular contribution to academic journals, including in an editorial capacity
  • Active membership of professional associations and networks
  • Internationally recognised expert in their chosen field




Closing date: 17th April 2020


Interview date: 27th April 2020


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


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