Research Fellow (Economics of Resilience)

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

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 ODI’s Risk and Resilience Programme. The Risk and Resilience Programme is a relatively new programme in ODI. The expert team provides research, analysis and policy advice on systemic, inclusive and just approaches to understanding risk and managing uncertainty. We look at the nexus between climate, weather extremes and hazards and other risk drivers, to understand the impact on poverty and development. We promote inclusive approaches to understanding and managing new risks (those we know) and emerging risks (those we don’t).  We do this by pioneering policy-driven interdisciplinary research on the nexus between risks and resulting opportunities to manage uncertainty, reduce vulnerability and drive transformative and sustainable change. By doing so, we aim to support greater coherence between, and successful implementation of, international crisis-prevention and sustainable development agendas.

Under the supervision of the Head of Programme and team lead on Financing 4 Resilience, the post holder(s) will contribute to the thought leadership, policy advice and research on economics and financing to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), overcoming hazardous geographies, multiple hazards, systemic risks and high levels of vulnerability. The Financing 4 Resilience team currently focuses on

  • Climate-resilient (global) value chains, trade and investment
  • Economics of Climate Resilient Low Carbon Transitions
  • Financial inclusion and unlocking faith-based finance (Islamic Finance) for resilience
  • Public policy: incentivizing investment and making financing flows consistent with resilience goals
  • Disaster risk financing, including insurance and forecast-based financing
  • The role of the private sector in fostering resilience, including impact investing
  • Transformational change through climate finance
  • The economics and finance of the development in conflict and fragile states

We welcome candidates with a strong track record and expertise in any of these areas but particularly with a focus Climate-resilient (global) value chains, trade and investment, the Economics of Climate Resilient Low Carbon Transitions and on the leveraging private finance. 

This position would suit an individual who is used to working in a fast paced environment and able to produce analysis and research under tight time constraints. 

Please note that we require all candidates to complete the personal statement section of the application form. Applications with blank statements will not be taken forward in the selection process.

About you

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.

Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Post-graduate degree and ideally PhD in relevant discipline i.e. economics, business, finance, or relevant natural or social sciences
  • Demonstrable extensive knowledge of key issues and organisations in at least two of the following areas: climate change and disaster impacts on value chains and markets; private sector and investment (investment funds, impact investing, and financial inclusion); public policy and financial regulation; economics of climate Resilient low carbon transitions ; the economics and finance of the development in conflict and fragile states 


  • Extensive developing country experience (particularly in LDCs and SIDS), working closely with communities, government actors and / or international institutions on key issues relating to climate adaptation, socio-economic development and finance (multi-lateral funds/blended/faith-based options)
  • Significant experience in an international policy development research environment i.e. policy-oriented research, demonstrated by publications and reports
  • Experience in designing and managing large, multi-country research programmes, working closely with project partners (including those in developing countries) and managing timely delivery of high quality outputs for different audiences 


  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills (e.g. risk & vulnerability assessment, cost-benefit analysis, political economy analysis, policy appraisal etc.)
  • Capacity to write clearly for a range of audiences, 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
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills with the ability to negotiate successfully with a wide range of stakeholders, demonstrating cultural and political awareness
  • Strong time management skills
  • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Office applications, and preferably, Stata/ SPSS, and/or GIS)
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally on a frequent basis, which may include overnight and weekends
  • Excellent project management skills, including managing a complex and varied workload and responding with confidence to evolving problems
  • Proven ability to translate research ideas into fundable projects in the areas of climate change adaptation, financing for resilience and / or economic planning


  • Experience of extended ‘immersion’ in a development context (including spending time within marginalized or poor communities)
  • A history of engagement in major policy processes such as UNFCCC, UNCCD, SDGs, Parliamentary Select Committees and/or international initiatives
  • Regular contribution to public affairs e.g. media interviews, opinion pieces etc.
  • Active membership of professional associations and networks within international development, climate change and / or economic development sectors
  • Private sector work experience / networks
  • Experience working with non-UK donors e.g. AFD, USAID, multi-lateral banks
  • Internationally recognised expert in their chosen field
  • Fluency in a language other than English 

Closing date: 19th January 2020

Interview date: w/c 10th February 2020

For more information, please download an application pack from here. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 3327 7290 or email [email protected]