Assistant Consultant (WASH)

Oxford Policy Management (OPM)

Oxford, , GB

We are seeking to recruit an Assistant Consultant to work primarily on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) as part of our global water team based in Oxford, UK. Details about the role are given below, and more information about OPM can be found here.

Our dedicated water team works across all WASH sub-sectors. Our experts specialise in WASH economics and finance, alongside broader technical areas of urban diagnostics, monitoring and evaluation. We have a strong track record in delivering high-quality results for clients including the World Bank, DFID, UNICEF and the Governments of Tanzania, Pakistan and Zambia, amongst others More information about water team can be found here.

Working as an Assistant Consultant in the water portfolio you can expect to build:

  • general consultancy and development skills;
  • primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative research and analysis skills;
  • depth and breadth of knowledge and experience both across the policy cycle and the various policy areas in which OPM water team works;
  • effective writing, presentation and communication skills;
  • project and people management and leadership skills; and
  • specialisation in one or more of the WASH sub-sectors

We expect assistant consultants to be promoted within two or three years, depending on performance. After promotion, consultants are expected to progressively start managing their own projects, interacting directly with clients more frequently, and taking on greater autonomy and responsibility for providing advice to policymakers. They may also take on greater people management responsibility, either for our interns or other junior consultants.

About the role 

As a core member of the Water team, you will be responsible for contributing to the growth of the team’s and Company’s consultancy business and to the successful delivery of projects. You will also support the work of other sectoral portfolios and programmes by providing advice and inputs on technical issues relating to actual and potential projects.

You will be also be responsible for the following:

  • Undertake quantitative data processing and statistical analysis and presentation of statistical data in appropriate format.
  • Undertake qualitative research, including interviews data analysis and report writing;
  • Identify appropriate research sources and materials including online databases, academic and official documents, and other written sources.
  • Prepare document summaries, literature reviews and annotated bibliographies.
  • Contribute to the preparation of proposals and tenders.
  • Contribute to providing other advisory, training and organisational support services as required.
  • To deliver projects and carry out other tasks under the direction of the portfolio manager in accordance with an agreed annual performance agreement including associated financial and other targets. See a list of recent OPM water team projects here.

Skills and Experience

We look forward to receiving applications from candidates who are able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Educated to at least degree level in a subject relevant to the OPM Water team (e.g. economics, engineering, hydrology, hydrogeology, urban planning or a relevant social science discipline)
  • Strong quantitative and/or qualitative research skills typically demonstrated through applied research
  • Demonstrated ability and experience of working with quantitative and/or qualitative packages (e.g. STATA, SPSS, NVivo, Quirkos, etc.)
  • Experience and/or proven interest in water, sanitation and hygiene issues
  • Strong and demonstrated written and verbal communication skill
  • Desire to grow professionally in line with the requirements of the role, including management of projects and development of new or further in-depth technical expertise.
  • Ability to use time effectively while working across a range of projects, manage competing priorities, work effectively under pressure to meet tight deadlines to a high standard and maintain a good work/life balance
  • Use initiative and approach problems in a positive and constructive way, showing high levels of flexibility to changing demands and shifting priorities;
  • Ideally, the ability to work in at least one relevant foreign language (e.g. French, Portuguese, Hindi)

This is a permanent position based in our offices in Oxford, UK. Please note that you will need to have an existing right to work in the UK. The role will involve regular overseas travel to ensure effective design and implementation of projects (20-40% of time spent travelling to low and middle income countries).

OPM offer a rewarding, interesting and collaborative work environment and excellent benefits including 30 days holiday entitlement and a good pension scheme. What’s it like working at OPM, and why should you join our growing global organisation? Watch this video to see what our colleagues have to say.

To submit an application please fill out the form online and submit the requested documents. We cannot accept applications submitted via email.

Thank you for considering OPM and we wish you all the best for your application.