ODI Fellowship Scheme 2019 - 2021

Programme/ Department: Fellowship

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Salary: GBP 21,000 (GBP 23,000 in the second year) plus accommodation allowance

Location: Overseas Development Institute

Hours: Full time

Closing Date: 02 December 2018

Interview: February 11-18, 2019

Assessment: February 11-18, 2019

ODI Fellowship Scheme 2019 - 2021

The ODI Fellowship Scheme is now open for applications.

The Scheme places young and highly motivated economists and statisticians in public sector posts in developing country governments on two-year contracts. Applicants can apply for either Economics and/or Statistics streams provided they are suitably qualified.

In addition, this year we are looking for health economists or economists interested in health for Fellowships sponsored by the UK’s Fleming Fund. These Fellowships aim to help key partner countries initiate work on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR). The Fleming Fund will be active in over 30 countries and responds to key recommendations in the UK report “Tackling Drug Resistant Infections Globally: The Review on Anti-Microbial Resistance, Chaired by Jim O’Neill” in May 2016 (https://amr-review.org/). We encourage applicants who already have a degree of professional experience and also applicants from developing countries.

This year we are also looking for economists and money market experts who have particular experience or interest in financial sector development for Fellowships sponsored by Frontclear. These Fellows will be based in key institutions in emerging markets and developing countries including central banks and regulatory agencies and in particular in departments that have impact on or bear responsibility for the development of money and interbank markets. We encourage applicants who already have a degree of professional experience.

ODI Fellows work as local civil servants reporting to local managers. Fellows work in a range of institutions from finance and planning ministries to ministries of health and education, as well as central banks, statistics offices, and regulatory bodies. The Scheme currently has approximately 100 Fellows in 29 countries, mostly low-income or high-poverty countries. Fellows receive a salary equivalent to GBP21,000 a year (increasing to GBP23,000 in the second year) plus a housing allowance.

The ODI Fellowship Scheme is highly competitive and extremely prestigious. ODI Fellows have gone on to make successful careers in the World Bank, the IMF, the UK’s DFID and a wide range of public and private sector organisations. We are looking for candidates with excellent academic qualifications, a sound grasp of applying economic and statistical theory to real world problems, an ability to communicate economic and statistical ideas to non-specialists, and a willingness to integrate into what are often very different cultural and bureaucratic environments. A master’s degree or PhD in economics, statistics or a related discipline is required. Applicants will need to have completed their postgraduate degree by the time postings commence. The Scheme is open to candidates of all nationalities.

The host government draws up Terms of Reference for each two-year posting. The success of the Scheme and the respect it has gained from governments is demonstrated by the consistently high demand for Fellows and by the degree of responsibility often entrusted to Fellows. The costs of employing each Fellow are shared between the recipient government and ODI, making this a unique form of technical support. The ODI Fellowship Scheme currently uses funds generously provided by the UK’s Department for International Development, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Fleming Fund, and Frontclear to supplement the salaries paid by the host governments. Some governments fund the entire cost of Fellowships themselves. 

Please note that the application process will close on December 2nd, 2018, and applications must be submitted by 23:59 (GMT) to be considered. Please ensure that you complete your application form within seven days of registering. If you are experiencing problems with your application, please contact the Fellowship Scheme office on fellows@odi.org

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