Vacancy: Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow – Forced Displacement

About ODI

ODI ( is an independent, global think tank. They work to inspire people to act on injustice and inequality. Through research, convening and influencing, they generate ideas that matter for people and planet.

They are seeking a Senior Research Fellow or Research Fellow to lead our work on forced displacement in Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) Programme.

About the Humanitarian Policy Group

The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) is one of the world’s leading teams of policy researchers and analysts working on humanitarian issues. They combine influential, high-quality policy analysis with a capacity to act as an independent catalyst and platform for dialogue and debate.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team to lead our work on forced displacement and deliver an exciting portfolio of new work on climate-related displacement and social cohesion.

They are looking for a researcher to lead on and deliver outstanding research within our portfolio on forced displacement. You will be leading a new body of work on climate-related displacement in conflict-affected settings and be undertaking innovative research and analysis on a wider displacement portfolio. You will influence the international debate through public affairs activities including publications, public events, and provide advice to governments and humanitarian actors at a senior level.  You will have the opportunity to pursue new and innovative research interests by designing research projects, obtaining funding and managing resources for delivery. You will be influencing policies and decisions that make a difference though engaging with policymakers in knowledge and advisory processes, disseminating results though innovative and strategic communications and outreach.

Our work ranges from providing policy support and advice to governments and humanitarian actors, to engaging in public affairs and policy debates, to long-term empirical research programmes. Recent programme highlights on this agenda include:

About you

You should have an ability to think critically, write clearly and communicate convincingly. Research Fellow positions require demonstrated experience in policy-relevant research and analysis. Senior Fellows should have a strong publication record, including analytical and public affairs work, and in securing funding.

  • a degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline;
  • extensive knowledge of forced displacement and its impacts on different communities, as well as deep understanding of current displacement-related research and current policy agendas.
  • experience in policy-oriented research, demonstrated by a track record of publications and reports;
  • fluency in English, and preferably a good command of at least one other language;
  • strong analytical skills, a capacity to write clearly, and excellent organisational and oral communication skills;
  • a demonstrated capacity for policy advisory or public-affairs work, based on an analytical approach, and an innovative and creative communications ability;
  • demonstrated interest and ability to adapt, develop and apply experience and knowledge to new research and policy agendas within the displacement field
  • ability to work in partnership – including with partners from displacement affected contexts – and to work as part of a team.

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