New Job Opening for RISE: Research Associate (Politics)

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Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) is now advertising for a Research Associate to be part of a dynamic research team who are trying to improve the quality of education for children around the world.  

The role will initially focus on the politics of education at the national level, the public administration and politics of bureaucratic functions of ministries of education, and on the division of roles and responsibilities in education systems. 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. The candidate is expected to have outstanding communication, organisational, and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated professionalism with the ability to engage with senior colleagues and stakeholders. Familiarity with international development and international education with a focus on the politics of education or public administration would be a plus.

The main post holder 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. The candidate 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 post is fixed-term 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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