New Job Opening for RISE: Research Associate (Client Power)

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The Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Programme is looking for a motivated individual to work with a dynamic research team who are trying to improve the quality of education for children around the world. If you are looking for a challenging role that provides an opportunity to facilitate important research collaboration and the development of an impactful research agenda, we would love to hear from you.

The Programme anticipates that this role will have a focus on the direct role of community members (parents and students) in shaping the education system through both “voice” and “choice.” This includes the role of community-based accountability (e.g., school-based management committees, information campaigns, and other vehicles) as well as the role of the low-cost private sector in education. However, this focus is subject to change based on emerging issues in education policy debates and the needs and skills distribution among our team members. Candidates should be interested in working on any of the topics in the RISE agenda, as priorities and needs are likely to shift.

The successful candidate will need a master’s degree in a relevant subject, as well as having significant work experience in international development, economics, political science, public policy, education, or a related field. You should have outstanding communication, organisational and interpersonal skills, and professionalism with the ability to engage with senior colleagues and stakeholders. The candidate should also have familiarity with international development and international education, and training in micro-economic theory. Experience of local service delivery, community-based development and accountability, or private sector schools would be a plus.

The main duties are to take responsibility for assigned thematic area(s) of RISE, familiarising yourself with the literature and the work of RISE Country Research Teams and political economy research teams related to this area. The candidate will manage their own research and administrative activities on this thematic area, within guidelines provided by the RISE Research Manager and Research Director. You will also deploy analytical skills and empirical research methods, analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data and evidence, synthesise RISE country team research, and produce policy messages for education systems reform with oversight and direction from the RISE Research Manager and Research Director. Specific activities may also include supplementary data analysis, systematic reviews, and other work to compliment RISE Country Research Team research.

The candidate will also need to demonstrate the ability to take personal initiative and work independently, while also working as a member of an integrated team with a passion for international development and for improving lives around the world through effective public policy.

This is a fixed-term post for 3 years (due to external funding).

For further details please see the full job description. 

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon UK time on Monday 8 April 2019. To apply, visit the University of Oxford website.


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