Job Title: Fellow, specialising in Gender & Public Policy
Organisation: Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Closing Date: 27 September 2020
Salary: £36,810 to £48,654 per annum
Contract Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
IDS is seeking to recruit a Fellow with thematic expertise on Gender and Public Policy within the Governance cluster, to contribute to and help strengthen the cluster’s quite significant existing portfolio on the politics of public policy. We are looking for someone with specific expertise in either of the following two areas:
1. on the gendered nature of policy processes, and in particular on public financing and fiscal measures for gender equality, including measures to address unpaid care work; or
2. on issues around conflict and violence, in particular gender based violence in conflict affected and fragile settings and governance systems, public policies and programmatic interventions that are effective in addressing these.
The successful candidate will be a leading scholar well on their way to establishing an academic reputation in this area, able to lead and conduct cutting edge, policy-oriented research on gender, public policy, and state-citizen relations more broadly. They would contribute to defining and undertaking new research agendas, form partnerships with institutions in their areas of specialisation and undertake some graduate teaching. In addition to establishing their own portfolio of research activities, we would expect the candidate to play a significant role in developing IDS’ governance work in the fields of gender and accountability and/or conflict studies. The Fellow will also have a mix of methodological expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative methods, and be able to work with data to explore and fill gaps in the field of gender equality.
This is a research position that includes responsibilities for teaching and policy advisory work. We work in multidisciplinary teams at IDS and so we place a premium on Fellows who are respectful of other disciplines and willing to engage with them in the course of their work. We also give a lot of weight to candidates who are team players and have excellent interpersonal skills. Field experience and a proven track record in obtaining research funding, including in the UK context, is essential.
Role and Responsibilities
Develop research projects and proposals related to IDS strategic themes and the core interests of their cluster.
Conduct individual or collaborative research projects.
Identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funding.
Support the development of new research agendas.
Continually update knowledge and understanding related to focal interests.
Liaison and networking
Participate in and develop external networks, for example to identify sources of funding, build relationships for current and future activities, and enhance research impact.
Develop links with external contacts to foster collaboration and partnerships.
Promote the work of the Institute both nationally and internationally
Contribute to the production of academic publications, research reports and IDS Bulletins (a minimum of one significant international quality publication per year).
Disseminate conceptual and complex ideas to a wide variety of audiences using appropriate media and methods to promote understanding.
Contribute to IDS blogs, and social media, produce opinion pieces, and participate in media interviews.
Teaching and learning
Contribute to IDS teaching and training activities in focal areas of interest, including doctoral student supervision, MA programmes and short courses (please note that IDS Fellows are not expected to carry as great an academic teaching load as they would in a more conventional University appointment).
Transfer knowledge in the form of practical skills, methods and techniques.
Develop own teaching materials, methods and approaches with guidance.
Challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in critical discourse and rational thinking.
Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into the content of MA programmes.
Participate in cluster and Institute activities as required.
Liaise with colleagues and students.
Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration.
Act as a responsible group member and develop productive working relationships with others.
Act as a referee and contribute to peer assessment.
Act as a mentor to peers and colleagues
Contribute to essential internal committees and working groups within the Institute as appropriate.
Belong to external research councils, boards and assessment committees for the well being of the Institute.
All IDS Fellows are responsible, either individually or collectively, for raising sufficient funds to meet their annual income target, currently 180 days. This is generally developed through a combination of internal work (e.g. teaching) and external work (such as research and consultancies).
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
PhD or exceptionally, equivalent research experience.
Expertise in an area of development studies that builds on or complements IDS research as set out in attached information.
Expertise in conducting policy-focused research.
Highly fluent in written and spoken English.
Theoretical and applied skills relevant to the analysis of and engagement in development.
Interpersonal and cross-cultural skills and ability to apply these in work with overseas partners.
Research management skills.
Experience of research in one or more of our key strategic themes.
Exceptional research record and evidence of publishing.
Demonstrated success in obtaining grants, research awards and consultancies.
Primary research in developing countries.
Expertise in theory, methods or practice related to learning and pedagogy.
Evidence of proactive contribution to the management of an institute such as IDS.
French language skills
Postgraduate teaching experience.
Practical experience in the field.
Research co-ordination and managing collaborative teams.
Experience of successful curriculum design or re-design.
Significant experience of supervising postgraduate students.
Postgraduate supervision experience.
Full job details in the attached job description, and application portal on site.
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