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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Public Finance Research Fellow/ Senior Research Fellow / Principal Research Fellow

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Organization: Overseas Development Institute
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 26 Jul 2017

This role will contribute to consolidating, leading and further developing our extensive programme of research, policy advice and public affairs. Alongside excellent knowledge and profile on core Public Finance and Institutions subject matter we are seeking candidates with some sectoral or thematic experience. This could include service delivery, fiscal decentralization, domestic revenue mobilisation or another specialism.

ODI’s programme on Public Finance and Institutions (PFI) is a multidisciplinary research and advisory programme focusing on public finance. The programme comprises 9 staff and 10 research associates together with a network of devolved staff working on a large flagship initiative: the Budget Strengthening Initiative which currently provides advisory support to Ministries of Finance in South Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

The Research Fellow will be responsible for development and delivery of a portfolio of research, policy advice and public affairs in the area of public finance and public management. The portfolio will reflect both the candidate’s skills and preferences as well as PFI’s strategic priorities. Themes will include several among the following priorities:

  • the links between PFM and development outcomes, including service delivery;
  • cross-cutting issues in fiscal policy;
  • tax policy and administration, and domestic resource mobilisation;
  • institutional issues in public finance;
  • public expenditure policy and expenditure analysis;
  • public investment;
  • inter-governmental fiscal relations.
  • Civil service and public sector reform.

The post-holder will work closely with the Head of Programme and other Research Fellows to design and implement a strategy and work programme on public finance and public management. This will involve managing and conducting high quality and innovative research (primarily applied economic analysis using both quantitative and qualitative methods), policy advice and public affairs within the Institute’s overall strategy, with the aim of inspiring and informing policy. S/he will also serve PFI more broadly with strategy development, network building, fund raising, quality assurance and staff management.

The Research Fellow will join a growing team in PFI focusing on major themes in public finance and/or international finance in emerging economies, low-income countries and fragile states. PFI has a growing portfolio of advisory and embedded support working within large programmes, such as BSI. The successful candidate will therefore have a strong track record in research and applied advisory/policy formulation work including experience of embedding new approaches of institutional development within Public Finance. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience of supporting government-led reforms and understanding and analyzing how best to deliver research and policy advice on government change processes to Governments in different regions. The post- holder will work closely with the programme’s management team and other colleagues to manage and conduct high -quality and innovative research, give advice and engage in public affairs work on these issues.

We provide cutting edge research and inform policy and practice in this field, making this an exciting opportunity for someone wishing to build both their intellectual leadership and their ability to work and advise policymakers at all levels.

How to apply:

All applicants should complete the Institute’s online application form (including a full statement in support of their application) on the ODI website (

The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight, UK time, on 26 July 2017 at midnight. Interview date is 2 August 2017. It is our policy to only support the travel expenses to attend an interview, for those who are travelling form outside the UK. Please contact the HR Department to discuss this and to ensure their approval, prior to booking.