Research Officer

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

London, , GB

About us:

ODI ( aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by locking together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.

The Water Policy Programme (WPP) at ODI links high quality research with practical policy advice on water and sanitation issues. Our aim is to initiate, contribute to and influence key debates on water and sanitation with a bearing on poverty through collaboration with government, donor, civil society and private sector partners. Our work is organised around three main themes: (1) environmental change and uncertainty; (2) secure water and sanitation; and (3) water resources management and allocation.

Recent highlights include:

  • Advisory work for governments, donors and NGOs on climate change impacts and adaptation priorities in the water sector.      
  • Research on water governance, irrigation reform and the political economy of service delivery in Africa and Asia.      
  • Work on ODI’s major cross-programme flagship projects on climate resilient development, energy, agriculture and social protection.

We are looking for a Research Officer to work on research and advisory projects covering different aspects of water security. As a Research Officer, you will help develop, fundraise for, conduct and manage research, advisory and public affairs activities under the supervision of the Head of Programme and Research Fellows. We are particularly interested in hearing from those with quantitative research experience in household survey design and data analysis.

About you:

The successful candidate will have:

  • A degree and post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of intellectual debates and practical programming around water and sanitation issues, including climate change impacts and adaptation, service delivery and water resources management
  • Experience in an international development research environment, demonstrated by publications and reports
  • Proven capabilities in conducting applied research
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills
  • The ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams and projects
  • The ability to plan their own work schedule and multitask effectively to deadline and budget
  • Developing country work experience
  • Willingness to travel on a regular basis.

Closing date: 14 August 2016

For more information, please download an application pack from our website at and apply online. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 3327 7290 or email [email protected]