ODI - Research Officer – Youth Livelihoods Consortia Applied Research Lead, London

Type of contract
Research and Policy in Development Programme
£32,600- £38,917per annum
Closing date
13 Sep 2015
Research Officer - Youth Livelihoods Consortia Applied Research Lead
Research and Policy in Development Programme (RAPID)
Contract: 3 Years Fixed Term Contract to 2018
Salary: £32,600- £38,917per annum
Ref: RAPID/02/15
The UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.
Founded over 50 years ago, ODI is the UK’s leading international development think tank, influencing and shaping policy on the major global challenges of our time. Our views are informed by innovative research, a global outlook and first-hand knowledge and experience from developing countries and emerging economies.
ODI is seeking to appoint a talented and dynamic Research Officer that will contribute to the Research and Policy in Development Group with the aim to develop, fundraise for, conduct and manage policy relevant, high-quality and innovative research, policy advice and public affairs programmes, broadly within the Institute’s overall strategy and with the aim of inspiring and informing policy.
While providing some support across the whole of RAPID, this post will focus primarily on leading the Applied Research component of the Youth Livelihoods Consortia (YLC) Learning Partnership (LP) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation.
The successful candidate will be leading the Applied Research component of The MasterCard Foundation Youth Livelihoods Consortia Learning Partnership focusing primarily on three research questions:
  1. What are the principal push and pull factors driving youth engagement in and out of farming, migration (rural/urban) and employment (seasonal/informal/formal) patterns? What are their attitudes towards the agricultural sector?
  2. How do broader national and global sector contexts shape opportunities and impose constraints on local industries and the potential for youth employment? This analysis has already begun, and will be updated on an annual basis.
  3. To be defined by YLC Implementing Partners in response to questions related to youth employment and entrepreneurship that emerge during programme implementation. The third topic could examine youth financial behaviour, for example.He/She will also working with YLC LP Manager on other aspects of the program (including liaison with the donor).
You will have:
  • A degree and post-graduate degree in social sciences
  • Extensive knowledge of youth employment, entrepreneurship and youth workforce development
  • Strong knowledge of qualitative methods and good knowledge of quantitative methods
  • Knowledge and understanding of the politics of policy change and evidence use
  • Active knowledge of key national and international stakeholders in the youth employment sector and beyond
  • Experience conducting primary data (i.e. focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, surveys)
  • First-hand work experience in sub-Saharan Africa or in developing countries
  • Experience in an international policy development research environment, i.e. policy-oriented research, demonstrated by publications and reports
  • Experience in producing research outputs in a short period of time and for different audiences
  • Experience working with young adults (ages 15-24)
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative data
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate successfully with a wide range of people and cultural awareness
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Strong presentation and networking skills
  • Multitasking skills
  • Excellent IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally on a frequent basis, which may include overnight and weekends on occasion.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and under minimal supervision, to accept responsibility and to respond with confidence to complex and evolving problems
Closing date: 13 September 2015
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