Research Officer in Multidimensional Poverty - Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) (ref. 129565)

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) seeks a full-time postdoctoral Research Officer to contribute substantially to the multidimensional poverty measurement by preparing statistical outputs and documentation. These will include leading one of the two Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) updates for developing countries each year. The post will also require co-leading empirical trials towards, and potentially estimations of, a revised global MPI aligns with the SDGs. In addition, the post holder will undertake academic research on multidimensional poverty analysis and participate in OPHI dissemination activities such as research workshops, conferences, seminars, and collaborative work.  The post is tenable for one year, to start as soon as possible, and will report to the OPHI Director, Sabina Alkire.  The post requires some overseas travel, the extent to which depends on post holder but could be 10 to 60 days a year. 

Qualifications for the position include: a doctorate (or nearing completion) in economics, sociology, or a quantitative social science; demonstrable quantitative skills in large scale empirical research; and an ability to generate high quality statistics on multidimensional poverty, using STATA programming skills, initiative, and intensive attention to detail.  The successful candidate will also be required to have a demonstrable aptitude for managing research assistants effectively and to high quality standards; experience in collaborative work and interest in shared research projects; demonstrable ability to write for publication in English and the ability to take the initiative and work with limited supervision, as well as a background and demonstrated interest in multidimensional poverty measurement methodologies and in empirical applications of such methodologies;  demonstrable communication and teaching skills (written and verbal); experience of organising seminars and/or other events; and significant experience of living and working in a developing country including spoken and written knowledge of at least one Asian language.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online.  You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.    

Only applications received before 12 noon (UK Time) on Wednesday 09 August 2017 can be considered.