Research Officer-Economics and Private Sector Development
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global charity for research, teaching and information on international development, based at the University of Sussex in Brighton.
The Evidence and Knowledge for Development (K4D) programme at IDS offers a range of learning activities and other evidence and research services, including a rapid response research Helpdesk service and foresight reports. K4D strengthens the use of evidence and learning in decision-making processes, through supporting research and policy advisers from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), as well as other development agencies and networks.
The position of the K4D Research Officer is exciting and unusual, providing a bridge between academic experts and those working in donor agencies and government policy and research departments. It offers experience in and exposure to development policy and research at its highest level. It may be of particular interest to those considering a career in policy-based research, development agencies, or non-governmental organisations.
The post requires strong analytical and writing skills as well as strong coordination, prioritisation, project management and communication skills. It also involves liaison with DFID advisers and other senior development agency staff so an assertive and diplomatic approach to relationship management is required. A postgraduate degree in development economics is essential for the role. Other areas of knowledge include private sector involvement in developing countries, business, labour market, human capital, international trade, political economy, finance, economic growth, governance, statistics and econometrics.