Closing date: 4 October 2021
Job Type: Paid
OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
Senior Research Officer or Research Fellow - ALNAP
Contract: 2 years fixed-term
Salary: Competitive salary for the country in which you are based
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We are seeking to appoint a Senior Research Officer or Research Fellow to join ALNAP. The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) is a system-wide network organisation dedicated to improving the accountability and performance of humanitarian action by strengthening the humanitarian evidence base through sharing lessons, identifying key issues and, where appropriate, providing leadership to find collective approaches and solutions. Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the ALNAP network at www.alnap.org.
About the role
The selected candidate will work across multiple research projects at ALNAP, with a primary focus on the theme of locally led humanitarian action. Supporting locally led humanitarian action has become a priority for many in the international humanitarian sector. For some, this shift is driven by an ethical imperative: for others it is a practical reality, particularly in the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Whilst significant attention and literature have been generated since the build-up to the World Humanitarian Summit, there is surprisingly little evidence on the relationship between locally led humanitarian action and performance at a response level. In 2021-22, ALNAP will begin a new research stream to create a more evidence-based approach to locally led humanitarian action. Building on previous and ongoing work, this project will aim to identify different models of locally led humanitarian action, including different forms of collaboration between international and local agencies, and will assess these against a set of performance indicators to understand comparative differences in the quality of humanitarian assistance and protection. The aim of this project is to provide original, primary research data on performance to support more evidence-based policies and approaches to locally led humanitarian action and complementarity.
The function of this role is to deliver strong internal research capacity for ALNAP to carry out case studies and mid-size thematic studies on the topic of locally led humanitarian action The successful individual will be expected to be familiar and comfortable with mixed methods research and the selection and design of research methods to fit a learning objective.
This role will also have a networking function, as ALNAP’s research relies heavily on inputs and direction from ALNAP members. The successful candidate would therefore be expected to conduct research within the areas of evaluation, monitoring, evidential quality, information management and organisational learning while also meeting needs from the ALNAP memberships and coordinating network activities.
As part of its commitment to improve equity in humanitarian research, the ALNAP Secretariat particularly encourages applicants from low and middle income countries to apply for this role. The role does not require the candidate to have an existing right to work in the UK. The role also does not require the candidate to live in the UK or to relocate to the UK if successful.
Posts representing the initial appointment as Research Fellow, require substantial research or equivalent experience, a record of publication and public affairs, and clear evidence of successful development, management and funding of a number of projects brought to a satisfactory conclusion.
Knowledge and Qualifications
Senior Researcher Officer
Knowledge and Qualifications
Closing date: Monday 4th of October 2021
Interview date: Week Commencing 11th of October 2021
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