Research and Policy Officer (What Works Hub on Global Education)

University of Oxford

About the Blavatnik School of Government

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About the Role

The Blavatnik School of Government is looking for an enthusiastic, professional, highly organised Research and Policy Officer to work in this fast-paced and varied role at the heart of a new £30m six-year global research and policy initiative.


What Works Hub on Global Education (WWH)

aims to dramatically increase learning outcomes for children in developing countries by generating new evidence, and working with policymakers and NGOs to deliver the best teaching at scale.

As Research and Policy Officer, you will support two main pillars of work within the WWH: the Evidence Translation Pillar (Pillar 1) and the Evidence Capacity Building Pillar (Pillar 2). You will manage and contribute to key work streams within each pillar, and you will also work with the Executive Director on cross programme policy activities. Some of the core activities (though these may be adapted following the inception period) will involve conducting evidence synthesis and translation for the in-country embedded labs; managing a community of practice and synthesising lessons it generates; writing policy briefs and related outputs; managing partnerships and collaborators that are developing tools and databases with the WWH, and more. The role will involve a mix of partnerships and supporting policy engagement, research and writing, and management responsibilities. You may also contribute to reports, literature reviews, blogs, and other written outputs.

This is an excellent opportunity to work with a very ambitious and welcoming team, where professional excellence is valued, and where you will have opportunities to build your technical and management skills.

About You

You will be educated to the graduate level, with at least some knowledge of and experience in the international education sector. You will have strong organisational skills, strong writing skills, and strong relationship management and engagement skills. You will also have a flexible, can-do approach to work, self-motivation, and willingness to adapt to the changing needs and priorities of the program.

Application Process

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon (UK time) on Monday 25 September 2023.

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