Senior Research Fellow/Research Fellow

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

About us

The New Climate Economy (NCE), the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, along with WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) recently launched a new partnership known as the Coalition for Urban Transitions (or ‘NCE Cities’), the first major international initiative to make the economic case for better urban development globally. The Coalition is seeking a full time person to lead its global work programme at a senior level. See:

The role will be based at the Overseas Development Institute – ODI ( – which aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by bringing together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.

New Climate Economy and ODI are seeking a full time person to lead its global work programme at a senior level. This is an exciting, high profile position which will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to develop their professional skills, build their networks, and engage with senior global leaders. The person will play a key leadership role on major projects, undertake innovative research and analysis, and influence the international debate through public affairs activities including publications, media engagement, speaking at conferences, and providing advice to governments and business at a senior level. The postholder will also have the opportunity to develop their own research interests within the team’s broad areas of focus, including designing research projects, obtaining funding and managing resources for delivery.

The role will involve conducting and managing high-quality and innovative ongoing research projects across the NCE partner institutes and helping to conceptualise, design and deliver the cities 2016-2018 global work program. This work programme currently falls across three main themes:

  1. National policy levers to unlock a better model of urban development
  2. Financing the Urban Transition
  3. Economic and business case for a new model of urban development, including transforming Urban Mobility

The research workstream is complemented by a country workstream supporting selected countries at the national level to improve the quality of decision-making on urban transitions to meet national economic, social, and environmental objectives. The person may also help drive aspects of this work programme.

The successful applicant will join a world class team of economists and policy and business experts across the NCE, WRI, C40, and ODI network. The person will initially be responsible for ensuring that the Coalitions 2016 research products meet rigorous research standards and are delivered on time and to budget. He or she will be expected to present Coalition findings at a variety of external meetings including conferences, summits, and donor pitch meetings. The successful candidate will also have some programme management responsibilities. The candidate will also coordinate and help to develop ODI’s broader work on urban and cities.

The role will provide policy advice and support public affairs programmes, broadly within the Institute’s overall strategy and with the aim of inspiring and informing policy. It will also involve leading policy research and advisory projects, generally cross-country and cross-institutional, engage with policymakers in research and advisory processes, and disseminate results.

About you

    • A degree qualification in economics, environmental economics, public policy or another relevant discipline (in-depth knowledge of urban economics and urban finance/investment issues, and post-graduate qualification is preferred).
    • Strong quantitative, analytical research skills combined with ability to translate into policy advice for decision makers.
    • Programme management experience, including a demonstrated ability to manage and coordinate across teams and research partners in multiple countries;
  • Strong ability to translate research ideas into fundable projects
  • Capacity to write clearly and concisely.
  • Substantial experience of working with government and philanthropic donors, including an ability to translate research ideas into fundable projects.
  • Prior supervision and mentorship of one or more junior staff.
  • Detail-oriented and organised, with an ability to juggle multiple, competing priorities
  • Substantial experience in policy-oriented research, demonstrated by a track record of publications and reports.
  • Time management skills, including managing a complex and varied workload

Closing date: 20 October 2016

Interview date: Date TBC

For more information, please download an application pack from our website at If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 7922 8234 or email [email protected]

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