Job: Research and Policy Officer (Digital Pathways)

Digital Pathways at Oxford, a research, policy and teaching programme at the Blavatnik School interested in understanding the governance of digital technologies is looking for a Research and Policy Officer to join their team.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the postholder will hold responsibility for the provision of research and policy support for Digital Pathways at Oxford. The role will support the implementation of country-level solutions aimed at making frontier technologies work for the benefit of the world’s poorest and most marginalised men and women.

The postholder would play a pivotal role in tracking and understanding how governments oversee digital transformation, working with a range of country partners across sub Saharan Africa and Asia. They would also lead on guidance work. In both instances, this would entail working closely with the executive director, Professor Stefan Dercon (professor of economic policy at the School), and a close network of well-established partners both inside and outside of government.

You will manage own research and administrative activities, within guidelines provided by the Executive Director and Professor Dercon; contribute to wider project planning, including ideas for new research and policy projects within the scope of Digital Pathways; and contribute to the drafting of Digital Pathways publications, reports, and other communications as relevant.

You will hold an undergraduate degree, together with some relevant work experience; possess sufficient specialist knowledge of digital technology in order to collaborate with established partners and research programmes; have experience of writing policy briefs, or otherwise synthesising complex concepts; be able to manage own research and administrative activities; have experience of working with high-level stakeholders – ideally governments; and have excellent communication skills, including a demonstrated record of good, clear writing for a non-expert audience; and interpersonal skills to represent Digital Pathways at external and internal meetings.

This post is fixed-term to 31 December 2022, with the possibility of renewal dependant on funding.

Grade 6: £29,614- £35,326 (with a discretionary range to £38,587) per annum.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 28 October 2021.

To apply, please visit the University website.