Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Development Economics and Evidence-Based Practice - CSAE at the Blavatnik School of Government

  • United Kingdom
  • Other advanced degree
Start Date (Earliest):
Language Requirement:
  • English
Length of Commitment:
More than two years

The Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at the Blavatnik School of Government is looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Development Economics and Evidence-Based Practice for 3 years.

The fellowship will be structured such that for the first 3 - 6 months you will spend time in Oxford building skills, conducting literature reviews, and preparing for in-depth fieldwork. For the next 12 – 18 months you will be in Gaborone, Botswana full-time conducting fieldwork with Young 1ove’s research department. In the latter half of the fellowship, the Postdoc will split their time between Botswana and Oxford depending on project needs.

The main duties of the post are to engage in original, world-class research in an area relevant to the programme of research, both in collaboration with the principal investigators and independently, present original research papers at international conferences and seminars, and to maximise evidence-based impact and data usage within Young 1ove. The postholder will also contribute to and/or collaborate on other new and continuing research projects. Activities could include: design, development, budgeting and fundraising for research projects; conducting literature reviews and writing synthesis papers; development of questionnaires and interventions, including field travel; managing and supporting fieldwork firms or qualitative fieldworkers,

budget management and administrative tasks to support fieldwork; grant reporting; data management, analysis and writing of publications; supervision of field or other staff; and promotion of research outputs and relevant findings to key stakeholders, including policy-makers, researchers, and implementers.

The successful candidate will have a doctorate in economics, public policy, development studies with a focus on development economics or psychology with a quantitative focus - candidates nearing completion of their doctoral dissertation may also be considered. You will have previous experience in designing and conducting lab and/or field experiments or research in developing countries or an alternative methodological expertise of relevance to the programme, and have the ability to carry out independent quantitative research. You should be proactive and reliable, with experience co-ordinating teams and managing a variety of tasks. Strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills, along with excellent skills in statistics/econometrics and IT skills specific to the discipline, are essential.

The full duties, responsibilities and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars which also contain details on how to apply.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon GMT on Monday 16 December 2019.