Distributive policy

Research Officer – Humanitarian Policy and Practice – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Purpose of work

Contribute to HPG’s high quality and innovative research, policy advice and communications agenda, with a view to informing and inspiring humanitarian policy internationally and nationally.

Work on a number of HPG projects, undertake research and analysis, support events and communications, and engage humanitarian practitioners and policymakers in HPG’s research and advisory processes.

This role will work flexibly across HPG’s current integrated program People, power and agency, and/or a number of current HPG priorities, including humanitarian dilemmas in Ukraine and humanitarian accountability.

Main tasks and responsibilities

Research and funding:

  • Contribute to a number of research projects in HPG’s current portfolio.
  • Collaborate on primary and secondary research, including document review and qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.
  • Contribute to and/or write literature reviews, research reports, policy briefs and other documents for publication, under the supervision of colleagues.
  • Support the analysis of research results and develop ideas for the application of research results.
  • Monitor and analyze changes in the external environment
  • Contribute to research proposals, expressions of interest and full project proposals.
  • Whenever possible, undertake travel abroad for research-related purposes.

Project management:

  • Under the general direction of colleagues, liaise and report to donors, and manage consultants and contributions from other project partners.
  • Supervise interns and other short-term staff working within the team under the direction of colleagues.

Political advice, public affairs and dissemination:

  • Work with communications colleagues, organize meetings, workshops and events.
  • Support HPG’s digital engagement and communications by disseminating analysis and research via social media, mainstream media and at events.
  • Present research findings internally and externally at national and international conferences and meetings.
  • Liaise and network with a wide range of agencies, including attending meetings on behalf of the program and providing short meeting summaries for dissemination within the team and more widely.

College life:

  • Undertake overseas travel as necessary and appropriate for the fulfillment of the above responsibilities.
  • Contribute to the collegial life of the Institute, including through inter-HPG research collaborations and ODI activities such as focus groups, lunchtime meetings, staff meetings, work, interviews and peer review of written productions.

Person specification


Knowledge and qualities

  • A degree and graduate degree in a relevant discipline
  • Active knowledge of key national and international institutions in the humanitarian sector and beyond


  • Experience in producing research results in a short period of time and for different audiences

Skills and abilities

  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Good presentation and networking skills
  • Multitasking skills – ability to work flexibly on multiple projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to successfully negotiate and cultural sensitivity
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally frequently, which may include overnight and occasional weekends.
  • Ability to work on own initiative


  • Lived or professional experience in a humanitarian crisis context
  • Previous experience in a policy development research environment, i.e. policy-oriented research, demonstrated through publications and reports
  • Knowledge of one or more themes relevant to HPG’s integrated program or current project priorities
  • Experience with certain research methods (survey-based or qualitative)
  • Fluency in a language other than English and fluency in other languages
  • Ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative data

Relationships and key contacts


Director of HPG, HPG Senior/Research Fellows and Officers, HPG Program Managers, HPG Communications colleagues and other ODI colleagues


  • NGOs/donors
  • Research partners/people in the country
  • Other research institutes/universities in the UK and overseas

All staff must:

  • Positively support equal opportunities both within ODI and externally
  • Help maintain a safe work environment and take responsibility for their own health and safety and that of their co-workers
  • Undertake any other duties within their position that may be requested by their line manager

How to register

Closing date: 08/16/2022

Date of interview: 2/09/2022

For more information, please download an application package from our website at www.odi.org.uk/jobs. If you are having difficulty downloading, please call +44 (0)20 7922 8234 or email [email protected]

ODI is committed to developing and supporting diverse and inclusive teams of people who share our passion, where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including those who experience intersectional marginalization based on class, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious identity or belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy, and motherhood. We also welcome applications from people with disabilities.

This position may be of interest to those wishing to contribute to our decolonization program.

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