Research Officer wanted in Brighton

Hunter Consultancy (UK) Ltd

A global research and learning organisation.


Our client is a global research and learning organisation based in Brighton. Your research project is an exciting and unusual programme that provides a bridge between academic experts and people working in donor agencies and government policy and research departments.


Research Officers combine thorough subject knowledge, deep understanding of development policy processes, and the ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely.


The role offers experience in and exposure to development policy and research at the highest level, and may be of particular interest to those considering a career in policy-based research, development agencies, non-governmental organisations, or consultancy.


They are seeking to recruit a highly motivated Research Officer to help them to inform and influence international development policy on economic growth in low-and middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.


The ideal candidate would have good knowledge of fields such as private sector development, international trade, labour markets, development finance, and inclusive economic growth; experience working in or carrying out research in low or middle-income countries; and extensive practical experience communicating research to policy-makers and practitioners.


About the Role


The post requires strong analytical and writing skills, as well as strong coordination, prioritisation, project management and communication skills. It also involves liaising with DFID advisers and other senior development agency staff so an assertive and diplomatic approach to relationship management is required. Our vision is of equal and sustainable societies, locally and globally, where everyone can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice.


There are a number of daily tasks and responsibilities, these include:




  • Undertake a range of desk-based research, including carrying out literature reviews and other background research activities, in a timely fashion to the agreed standard.
  • Write high quality, policy relevant research reports within short timeframes in response to funders’ needs
  • Write literature reviews and analytical reports to clients’ specifications, in collaboration with other specialists
  • Contribute to other research activities and project activities as appropriate
  • Maintain knowledge and keep abreast of relevant debates and trends noting emerging key issues in global development.


Liaison & Networking


  • Participate in and develop external networks, for example to identify evidence or sources of funding, build relationships for current and future activities, and enhance research impact.
  • Build and develop links with external contacts and relevant organisations to foster collaboration and partnerships.
  • Promote the work of the Institute both nationally and internationally.
  • Support planning and delivery of learning events and workshops by providing relevant subject expertise and by designing, participating in, and leading learning activities.




  • Liaise with funders and leading academics to ensure that the programme’s thematic coverage is comprehensive and suitably supports the needs of funders and partners
  • Collaborate with the rest of the team to develop and adapt services to respond to the changing needs of our clients
  • Coordinate and facilitate effective communication and teamwork among the institutions involved in the consortium
  • Represent and promote the organisation at external meetings and conferences where appropriate
  • Contribute to blogs and social media, produce opinion pieces, and participate in media interviews.




  • Participate in cluster, project and Institute activities as required
  • Liaise with colleagues and students
  • Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration
  • Act as a responsible team member and develop productive working relationships with others.




  • Coordinate research funding proposals.
  • Any other duties as appropriate, commensurate with the grade of the post.




  • Excellent general knowledge and understanding of current issues and debates in international development
  • Specialist knowledge and understanding of current issues and debates in development economics
  • Flexibility to work across a range of subject areas
  • Excellent analytical and synthesis skills.
  • Excellent English writing and editing skills, including the ability to tailor material for different formats (web, email, etc.) and communicate specialist knowledge in non-technical language
  • Experience of undertaking literature reviews, evidence syntheses, semi-structured interviews, and data analysis involving multiple data sources and types
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Experience of tailoring material for different formats, such as research reports, web copy, blogs and newsletters
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet frequent strict deadlines.
  • Assertive and diplomatic approach to relationship management
  • Ability to plan and work on your own initiative, taking responsibility for areas of work in a proactive and independent manner
  • Attention to detail and pride in presentation and communication
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary and mixed skill teams and with researchers from a variety of backgrounds and in a variety of contexts
  • Willingness to undertake occasional travel within the UK




  • Areas of specialism such as private sector development, labour markets, human capital, international trade, political economy analysis, development finance, economic growth, governance, statistics, and econometrics.
  • Familiarity with practical examples and cases of business and private sector development in low income countries, trade or political science
  • Understanding of the research-policy interface and challenges in research uptake and knowledge management in international development
  • Experience planning and delivering learning events and workshops by providing relevant subject expertise and by designing, participating in, and leading learning activities
  • Networking skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Experience of undertaking research or implementing development projects in a developing or transition country
  • Experience studying or working in low- or middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East, or Asia Experience of working with DFID or other international development agencies
  • Project Management
  • Capacity to work across cultural/ institutional barriers


Our client is a global research and learning organisation.

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December 11, 2018