Research Officer/Senior Research Officer: Land and sustainable natural resources governance

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
London, United Kingdom
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Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Research Officer/Senior Research Officer: Land and sustainable natural resources governance

Climate and Sustainability

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £34,988 - £41,574 per annum

Location: London

Ref: RoSro/CAS/03/20

The UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

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. (

About the Climate and Sustainability Programme

The world is not managing its finite resources sustainably or equitably. Consumption of food, energy, land and water is rising, even while many people do not have their basic needs met. Local environments are degraded by pollution while the planet faces critical ecological crises from climate change to biodiversity loss. Those who are socially, economically, culturally or politically marginalised are affected first – and worst.

The Climate and Sustainability team 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 agriculture, land, water, energy and cities, and the connections between them.

Our projects range from providing advisory services to governments and multilateral agencies, to supporting awareness and advocacy efforts by civil society, to long-term empirical research programmes. A sample of our work includes:

  • Prindex, the first global dataset on perceptions of land and property rights around the world.
  • Fossil fuel subsidy scorecards, which track public fiscal support for coal, oil and gas in the major economies.
  • Sustainable diets, looking at the rising costs of a healthy diet.

About Prindex

Prindex is an initiative between ODI and Global Land Alliance to create the first ever comparable assessment of perceived tenure security that is truly global, with data from more than 140 countries, representing 96% of the world’s adult population. Funded by the Omidyar Network and the UK government, Prindex aims to provide, interpret and disseminate this data, engaging with stakeholders around the world to catalyse changes in national policy and international action on land and property rights to improve tenure security as a springboard for economic, social and environmental progress.

About the role

We are looking for someone to support survey design, implementation and analysis for work on:

  • Land and property rights and responsible investment; and
  • Other workstreams related to sustainable natural resource production and consumption.

You will work principally on the Prindex programme, working with team members to analyse data from the 140-country dataset on perceived tenure security for inputs into reports, academic papers and communications products. You will provide written inputs into those outputs, undertaking literature reviews.

You will also undertake similar activities for other work on land and property rights, and broader work on sustainable production and consumption within planetary boundaries, responding flexibly to opportunities as they arise.

About you

We are looking for someone with demonstrable ability to use Stata (or equivalent statistical software) for descriptive and econometric analysis of survey data, including data visualisation. You will ideally have prior experience of land and property rights, and responsible investment, but most important is that you are competent in designing and analysing surveys, with a strong eye for detail and accuracy.

You will be a confident writer, able to link quantitative and qualitative data analysis to overarching conceptual frameworks.

You will have:

  • Experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis and production of reports;
  • Experience in producing research outputs in a short period of time and for different audiences;
  • A degree and post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as economics, statistics, evaluation, natural/environmental sciences, or related field;
  • Expertise in analysing data using simple statistical software/functions, and experience with qualitative data analysis;
  • The ability to work in a team, responding positively to critical feedback and differing points of view, with openness to change;
  • The ability to work on own initiative and under minimal supervision, to accept responsibility and to respond with calm and confidence to complex and evolving problems; and
  • Fluency in English.

Closing date: 25th September 2020

Interview: w/c 28th September 2020

For more information, please download an application pack from our website here. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 3327 7290 or you can send an email to  

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