Job: Casual Research Assistant – policy analysis (Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker)

The Blavatnik School of Government is looking for a talented Research Assistant to join the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker project (OxCGRT). This is an exciting role to help manage and produce a globally important project.

Launched in March 2020, the OxCGRT is a pioneering tool that tracks and compares how governments have responded to the coronavirus pandemic around the world. The tracker systematically records government responses worldwide on several policy indicators such as school closures, testing, stay-at-home requirements and travel restrictions. The OxCGRT dataset is used by governments, researchers, journalists and NGOs around the world. Our work has been featured in (among many others) the New York Times, Financial Times, BBC, Al Jazeera, National Geographic, and the Washington Post. And our team regularly advises governments and international organisations, including the UN OHCA, the World Health Organization, the UK government and the US CDC.

The engagement would for a maximum of 12 weeks and with hours of work being approximately 10 hours per week (working hours can be flexible to accommodate other commitments you may have). Payment will be at the rate of £15.37 per hour, plus holiday pay (12.07%).

You would be based at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, but remote working in the UK may be possible. You must have the right to work in the UK.

The role

We are seeking casual Research Assistants to contribute to project’s policy outreach and analysis. The tasks are likely to include:

  • supporting the research team to translate OxCGRT data and research findings for a general non-academic audience;
  • researching and drafting 'deep-dive' policy briefs on topical COVID-19 policy issues;
  • conducting literature reviews, secondary research, and environment scanning;
  • writing up analysis of the latest trends and developments; and
  • participating in regular meetings with the project team.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be judged against their ability to demonstrate the following:


  • Hold a first degree, together with some relevant experience.
  • Ability to manage own research and administrative activities.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write text that can be published


  • Work experience in political decision-making, policy development, public communications, or a related field.
  • Experience of contributing to research publications.
  • A familiarity with, or understanding of, the OxCGRT project.

How to apply

Please email your application to with the subject 'Application for Casual Research Assistant – Policy analysis (OxCGRT)'. Please include:

  1. your CV;
  2. a 300–500-word statement note explaining why you would like to join the OxCGRT and how your prior experience makes you a good candidate for the role. Also include any constraints around availability (eg term dates, thesis deadlines, future commitments etc);
  3. a sole-authored writing sample.

The closing date for applications is midday (UK time) on Wednesday 27 January 2021.