Research Officer/Senior Research Officer - Climate and Sustainability

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

London, UK 🇬🇧

Programme/ Department: Climate and Sustainability

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Salary: Senior Research Officer – £37,000 – £47,000 per annum OR Research Officer – £31,000 – £39,000 per annum

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

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

Closing Date: 26 March 2024

Interview: w/c 8th April 2024

Assessment: w/c 8th April 2024

Research Officer/ Sr. Research Officer –  Climate and Sustainability

Contract: Fixed-term – two years

Salary: £31,000 – £39,000 per annum for a Research Officer

£37,000 – £47,000 per annum for a Senior Research Officer

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

Ref: CAS0623

About us 

ODI ( is an independent, global think tank. We work to inspire people to act on injustice and inequality. Through research, convening and influencing, we generate ideas that matter for people and planet.

We are now recruiting a (Senior) Research Officer 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 focus on sustainable, healthy diets in cities and on resilient, regenerative agriculture.

 Under the supervision of Research Fellows, the successful candidate will:

  • Conduct policy-relevant, high-quality and innovative research;
  • Prepare high-quality and informed policy advice for different decision-makers, such as national government officials, municipal government officials and staff in international development agencies;
  • Undertake public affairs activities, such as presenting research findings at events, writing blogs and designing communications products in partnership with our communications team; and
  • Contribute to the development of research proposals. 

The successful candidate will join ODI’s Climate and Sustainability programme. 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.

Main duties and responsibilities will include: Research, Project Management, Policy advice, public affairs and dissemination, fundraising among others.

Experience required will be: Experience in producing research outputs or policy advice in the field of food, agriculture, land use and/or urban development.

Note: A Research Officer will typically have 1-3 years of relevant experience. A Senior Research Officer will typically have 3-5 years of relevant experience or a PhD with 1-3 years of relevant experience.

Closing date: Thursday 14th March 2024 

Interview date: Mid to late March 2024 

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.  

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. 

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                                                                 

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