Oxford Policy Management - Team Lead / Practice Lead - Research Methods

Recruiter: Oxford Policy Management

Position: Team Lead / Practice Lead - Research Methods

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Deadline: December 15, 2017


The Research and Data Collection Methods team works across topics and disciplines to deliver high quality qualitative and quantitative data to support policy process. The team designs and implements research and data collection to a high standard in developing countries, working closely with other teams across OPM.

We are looking to recruit a practice lead to manage a growing team of specialists who span quantitative and qualitative methodological backgrounds and who are developing synergies in mixed methods approaches. The team is composed of individuals driven by a desire for impact and committed to high quality and analytical rigour, learning and innovation in methods, data delivery and analysis.

The practice leader will support the team to work on a wide range of projects across all sectors and will lead processes for strengthening research and data collection capacity across OPM – both in Oxford as well as in the international offices. The role will provide an opportunity to develop innovative approaches, including mixed methods approaches, tailored to the challenges of the developing world. It is not expected that candidates will necessarily have specialist expertise in all areas covered by the team, but should have an interest and enthusiasm in developing capabilities in them all across OPM.

Operating at the heart of the organisation, the Research & Data Collection team's work is varied and team members will get involved in a range of different projects.


•Managing a small, experienced and dedicated team of colleagues diverse in backgrounds, interests and skills
•Leading the team and strengthening its capacity to support quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research and data collection activities across OPM
•Promoting the development and sharing of knowledge and good practice in these areas, and the development of capacity, across OPM and with external clients
•Providing thought leadership in developing and applying new approaches and methods in research in developing countries
•Working with colleagues across OPM in winning and implementing projects with large research and data collection components.
•Developing strategy to maximize the impact of our work
•Maintaining and developing OPM's profile and networks
•This role is ideal for someone looking to use their quantitative and/or qualitative research skills and experience to shape, influence and drive the portfolio's success. With the support of an experienced team, you will deliver leading and influential mixed methods and data collection activities for OPM.

Key skills and experience

•A degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline with a strong analytical dimension, ideally encompassing both quantitative and qualitative approaches
•Experience in applying survey methodology and/or qualitative data collection methodology to applied policy research, evaluation or consultancy in developing countries. Experience in mixed methods approaches would be an advantage.
•Preferably, experience and capabilities in people and project management
•An understanding of the operation of development programmes and experience of working with senior officials from government and international development agencies
•The ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients, both verbally and in writing.
•Ability to work in at least one relevant foreign language is an advantage
•OPM offer a rewarding, interesting and collaborative work environment and excellent benefits including 30 days holiday entitlement and a good pension scheme.


To submit an application please fill out the form online and submit the requested documents. OPM cannot accept applications submitted via email.