Research Fellow in Climate and Sustainability

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

London, UK 🇬🇧


Programme/ Department: Climate and Sustainability

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Salary: £45,000 – £57,000 per annum

Location: London based hub – with hybrid working in the UK

Hours: Monday to Friday 09:30am – 17:30pm

Closing Date: 17 March 2023

Interview: TBC

Assessment: TBC

Contract: Two-year initial contract with possibility of extension

Salary: Grade 5 £45,000 – £57,000 per annum  

Location: London-based hub – with hybrid working in the UK.

Ref: CAS0622

An independent, global think tank, working for a sustainable

and peaceful world in which every person thrives.

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. Our Principal and Senior Research Fellows are widely recognized as world-class experts or authorities in their own field. They lead substantial bodies of work on one or more specific topics, typically combining research, advisory work and public affairs.

We offer competitive salaries, a generous company pension scheme, hybrid working and a range of flexible, family-friendly and inclusive employment policies to support well-being and a healthy work-life balance.

The Climate and Sustainability Programme at ODI is working to build a more equitable world, underpinned by climate-compatible development and sustainable stewardship of natural resources. We use robust data to influence governance, policy and investment in ways that reduce poverty, inequality and environmental degradation. We support governments, communities and industries to secure just and sustainable transitions, drawing on our renowned expertise in energy, cities, agriculture, land, water, and the connections between them.

ODI’s broader expertise and track record in agricultural policy, humanitarian policy and resilient supply chains means that we are exceptionally well-positioned to provide intellectual leadership and technical assistance on food security.

About the role

We are now recruiting a Research Fellow to help develop our emerging portfolio on food security in an era of urbanisation, rising poverty and climate change. The successful candidate’s initial portfolio will have a strong focus on sustainable, healthy diets in cities. Over the longer-term, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Designing, fundraising for, conducting and managing high-quality, innovative projects relating to food and/or urban systems, with support from Senior/Principal Research Fellows and the Programme Director;
  • Providing technical assistance and policy advice to senior decision-makers at national and subnational level;
  • Participating in public affairs and representing the institute on issues relating to food and urban systems, in line with the Institute’s overall strategy (which includes a dedicated pillar on tackling the climate, environment and biodiversity crisis).



 Knowledge and Qualifications

  • A degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline;
  • Extensive and deep knowledge of key issues and organisations relating to food or urban systems, and particularly how these systems shape health and environmental outcomes
  • fluency in English, and preferably a good command of at least one other language.


  • Experience in policy-oriented research and/or direct policy formulation, demonstrated by a track record of publications and/or delivery of major policy initiatives;


  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Capacity to write clearly and persuasively, and first-class verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to translate research and policy ideas into compelling and fundable projects and initiatives.
  • Skills in negotiation, listening, communication of ideas, problem solving, decision making.
  • Proven organisational and time management skills, including managing a complex and varied workload.


  • Fluency in a language or languages other than English
  • Track record of engagement in national or global policy processes (such as United Nations, multilateral development banks or G7/G20 initiatives) and/or with politicians, officials, business executives and other decision-makers in economies at diverse levels of income.
  • A PhD on a relevant topic.
  • Regular contribution to academic journals, including in an editorial capacity.

 Closing date: 17 March 2023

 Interview date: Early April 2023

 ODI is committed to developing and supporting diverse and inclusive teams of people who share our passion, where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We welcome applicants from a range of diverse backgrounds including those who experience intersectional marginalisation on the basis of their class, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious identity or belief, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. We also welcome applications from those living with disabilities. 

 To download the job description and role details please follow this link.If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 7922 0351 or email

ODI is an equal opportunities employer                              Charity Reg. No.228248





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development