Research Officer- Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
University of Oxford, Department of International Development
United Kingdom

Reporting to the Programme Director, Dr Sabina Alkire, the postholder will form a key part of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) team, working on the implementation of multidimensional measures proposed by OPHI. This team supports implementation in external institutions such as governments, international agencies and think tanks.

The post is full-time, and tenable for 1 year in the first instance.

The Research Officer will provide guidance to users of the multidimensional measures, adapting and adjusting existing methodologies to their context so that OPHI methodologies generate policy impact. The postholder will provide guidance to institutions and governments who are designing, estimating, documenting and using multidimensional measures to improve policy action, and organise online and onsite training. This includes developing new questionnaires, designing questions appropriate for multidimensional poverty measurement, as well as measurement design. The Research Officer will need to be informed and strategic with an interest in, and aptitude for, engaging policy making processes as well as building capacity and supporting standards of excellence


As well as conducting their own research the Research Officer will also have the opportunity to collaborate in empirical papers on multidimensional poverty, participate in the calculation and analysis of implemented multidimensional poverty indices, and engage in OPHI activities such as research workshops, presentations and seminars. . The post holder may also have the opportunity to teach some classes for the department.


Applicants must: 
• Hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD/DPhil in economics, social policy or another quantitative social science, or equivalent work experience in related fields, with strong quantitative background. 
• High level of computer literacy including excellent programming skills in STATA (essential) as well as in Microsoft Office. 
• Demonstrable experience of working on research projects: knowledge of quantitative research methods. 
• Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the group at meetings 
• Excellent inter-personal skills, including an ability to relate across cultures and disciplines; appropriate discretion; and the ability to engage in strategic non-academic activities 
• Ability to manage own diverse activities proactively coordinating with others. 
• The ability to support and lead training activities independently, deliver public presentations (policy briefs, PowerPoint presentations, etc.), and provide technical consultations in English, and either French or Arabic (required). 
• Fluency in English and fluency in either Spanish, a South Asian Language, Arabic, or French (written and spoken). 
The post will be based at the Oxford Department of International Relations, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3UB.


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