Researcher - Access to Energy

£31,433 - £34,589 per annum depending on skills and experience
Closing date
22 Oct 2020

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Researcher – Access to Energy
Central London
12 month fixed-term contract

Closing date: 22nd October 2020
Proposed interviews: Week commencing 26th October 2020

The Benefits

  • Salary of £31,433 - £34,589 per annum depending on skills and experience
  • Benefits package
  • Fast-paced and engaging work environment
  • Take on an engaging contract where you can make a difference

About Us

IIED is a policy and action research organisation. We promote sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. We specialise in linking local priorities to global challenges. IIED is based in London and works in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific, with some of the world’s most vulnerable people. We work with them to strengthen their voice in the decision-making arenas that affect them — from village councils to international conventions.

The Shaping Sustainable Markets Group works to ensure that markets – big and small – are fair and enable poor people and nature to thrive. Our research focuses on the mechanisms, structures and policies that bring about more inclusive and green economies. We are researchers, convenors and thought leaders. Our strength is in finding locally appropriate solutions to complex global and national problems.

IIED’s energy work is led from the Shaping Sustainable Markets Research Group. We also work with IIED’s climate team to promote holistic approaches to the challenges of climate change and energy access. 

The Role

As a Researcher, you will support the delivery of a range of research projects and partnerships on energy key themes, such as but not limited to: people-centred and resilient energy services, innovative financing for decentralised energy, productive uses of energy to improve local livelihoods and more inclusive policymaking on energy.

This role will cover a range of sub-topics such as: energy and economic development, designing energy services for impact, gender, marginalised groups and inclusion, market-based approaches to off-grid energy, policy and regulatory reform, and climate change and energy access in the Least Developed Countries. 

Your role will involve:

  • Synthesising available knowledge on the links between energy and other nexus sectors, including climate, water and livelihoods
  • Writing up research in styles (working papers, blogs, policy briefings, case studies) appropriate for publication and disseminating this to identified audiences
  • Supporting the scoping of possible funding opportunities and helping to identify donors and/or funding institutions
  • Developing networks within the institute (other research groups) and externally with relevant organisations and partners
  • Supporting in organising and running workshops/events at the community level and multi-stakeholder national/international events
  • In-country travel to carry out research and attend events

About You

To join us as a Researcher, you will need:

  • A solid research background, evidenced by a track record of growing publications in your own field
  • In-country programme or research experience
  • Experience of co-ordinating research, including from a distance
  • An understanding of the debates, processes, actors and institutions linked to decentralised renewable energy in developing country contexts. Relevant associated topics including energy planning and policy reform, financing energy access, productive uses of energy, and market approaches
  • The ability to grow your network of contacts in your own field
  • Excellent English communication skills, including the ability to convey complex messages in a clear, concise and effective manner, both verbally and in writing 
  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline or significant relevant in-country professional work experience

Experience of any of the following would be beneficial: policy analysis and influencing policy debates, organising and running workshops/events or multi-stakeholder national/international events, working in cross-country or multi-partner projects, or working in Africa and Asia.

Language skills in another relevant international language, such as French or Portuguese, would be advantageous to your application, but is not essential.

Other organisations may call this role Energy Access Researcher, Climate and Energy Researcher, Programme Officer, Programme Manager

Webrecruit and IIED are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment.

So, if you are seeking your next challenge as a Researcher, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

We deliver original, rigorous research that helps to drive progress, support sustainable development and protect the environment. We identify local solutions that can work at scale and introduce these to global forums.

We are strategic collaborators, innovators, knowledge brokers and agents of change. Our strategy outlines how we aim to grow in scope, reach and reputation.

IIED brings together more than 120 people from diverse backgrounds and countries to deliver high quality research, analysis and impact. Our work is guided by our leadership team, research fellows and trustees

Contact Us
  • 80-86 Grays Inn Road
  • London
  • WC1X 8NH
  • United Kingdom
  • 020 3463 7399
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