Job: International Growth Centre economist for Reducing State Fragilities initiative

Grade 7: £32,817–£40,322 with a discretionary range to £44,045 p.a.

Could you help us develop and grow a new initiative, working with national governments, international policy actors and researchers to support the design and implementation of policies to reduce different dimensions of state fragility? We are looking for an Economist for our new Reducing State Fragilities initiative, which will be led by Professor Sir Paul Collier. Reducing State Fragilities will take forward the work of the International Growth Centre-hosted LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development.

Reducing State Fragilities will involve synthesising evidence in key areas to inform policy decision making and commissioning research to fill gaps in the understanding of state fragility, as well as direct engagement with policy actors. Areas of focus include limited state capacity, weak state legitimacy, fragmented social identity and deep societal fractures, conflict, security and violence, weak resilience and a particular emphasis on private sector development. The initiative will participate in global policy debates and engage at the national level with governments and other policy actors during pivotal moments.

You will need a master’s degree in economics or a related discipline, with an understanding of policy-relevant economic research. In addition, you will have excellent communication skills, experience of programme management and understanding of monitoring and evaluation methods and processes in the field of development economics or a related area. You will also have the ability to construct clear and concise arguments to facilitate the translation of research into policy recommendations, and possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

Other responsibilities involve managing and coordinating Reducing State Fragilities activities from London or Oxford, with an expectation of frequent travel and extended visits in-country; undertaking comprehensive and systematic policy analysis; and writing up findings for a policy audience, in the form of growth briefs, policy papers, policy toolkits and for presentations at conferences or public meetings. You will support the Reducing State Fragilities Manager and Global Engagement Lead on the following tasks: programme management of country and global engagements, including keeping work plans updated; drafting terms of reference documents; securing project approvals; budget management; forecasting; ensuring value for money; and reporting on impact. You will also support the thought leadership of the policy initiative by becoming an expert in the research findings and typical policy issues faced by countries in this area.

Funded primarily by the Department for International Development, the International Growth Centre (IGC) aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research. The IGC directs a global network of world-class researchers, and a number of resident country teams and remote engagements in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The IGC is based at the London School of Economics (LSE) and works in partnership with the University of Oxford. You will be the IGC’s main point of liaison in Oxford, based in the Blavatnik School of Government, but working at least 2 days a month in the IGC’s London office.

This post is fixed term until 30 December 2021.

For more details and information on how to apply, please consult the full job description.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Wednesday 23 October 2019 will be considered.

To apply, please visit the University of Oxford website.