Remote Job Opportunity: Join the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) as a Researcher, Apply!!

Researcher – Housing Justice
Hybrid working (within UK or outside the UK)

Closing Date: 28th January 2024

International applicants who don’t intend to relocate to the UK must have the right to work in the country which you wish to reside in, with a time difference of plus or minus five hours from UK (GMT/BST).

Please note IIED will support a UK visa for this role if re-location is requested.

About Us

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is a policy and action research organisation promoting sustainable development and linking local priorities to global challenges. We are based in London and work on five continents with some of the world’s most vulnerable people to strengthen their voices in the decision-making arenas that affect them. With more than 150 members of staff working with associates and partners around the world, IIED has been at the forefront of evidence-based policymaking in sustainable development for over 50 years.

Our Human Settlements Group works on urban poverty and environmental issues, supporting more equitable and sustainable development in urban centres in low- and middle-income countries. The Group’s work focuses on integrated approaches to urban poverty and local environments, including urbanisation, migration, displacement and rural-urban links, water, sanitation and shelter, food and nutrition and urban risk and crisis response.

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IIED is going through an exciting change process to be fit for the future, and we are seeking exceptional, collaborative people to be part of that change.

We are now looking for a Researcher to join our Human Settlements Group on a full-time, permanent basis, working 35 hours per week.

The Benefits

  • Salary of up to £44,971 per annum
  • 25 days’ annual leave per year
  • Closure between Christmas and new year with additional paid holiday
  • 7.5% employer’s pension contributions
  • An employee protection scheme offering a flexible menu of benefits
  • An interest-free season-ticket loan
  • A cycle-to-work scheme offering tax savings on the cost of purchasing a bike for travel to and from work
  • An employee assistance programme
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption policies
  • Enhanced sick pay entitlements
  • Flexible working options
  • Support for learning and development
  • Compassionate leave up to ten days per annum
  • Dependents leave
  • Eye tests and glasses
  • Therapy treatment

This is an exceptional opportunity for a research professional with experience in the housing policy or urban development sector to join our dedicated organisation.

You’ll have the chance to play a pivotal role in shaping diverse and inclusive research initiatives that empower vulnerable communities globally, ensuring their voices are heard and their needs are at the forefront of our mission.

What’s more, you’ll enjoy an excellent range of benefits to enhance both your personal and professional life, including an array of wellbeing perks and dedicated support for your learning and development.

The Role

As a Researcher, you will support the development of a programme of action-based research on housing justice.

Working across multiple projects on housing justice in cities of the Global South, you’ll assist with the set-up of a hub to co-ordinate knowledge sharing, research and advocacy work and support the implementation of a research and advocacy campaign on community-led housing.

You’ll liaise with internal and external partners, helping to plan meetings and events, and supporting senior researchers, developing proposals and undertaking basic research management tasks.

Additionally, you will:

  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Review and edit research and communication outputs
  • Produce content for webpages and other platforms
  • Identify and organise resources for project planning and delivery
  • Support research assistants and other collaborators

About You

To be considered as a Researcher, you will need:

  • Experience in the housing policy or urban development sector with increasing responsibility for managing project activities
  • Experience of researching the latest developments in research and policy
  • Experience of analysing primary and secondary data
  • Experience of managing and facilitating knowledge exchange activities with diverse partners
  • Experience of project management and budgets
  • A good understanding of housing policy and research debates concerning urban development in diverse geographies of the Global South
  • Familiarity with urban social justice movements and/or intersectional, decolonial, feminist, or queer approaches to international development
  • Excellent English communications skills, with the ability to address diverse and non-expert audiences
  • Some knowledge of qualitative research methods
  • A Master’s degree or equivalent training or qualifications

The salary range advertised in GBP is applicable in the UK only. The salary offer in another country would depend on the local terms and conditions. We only use the UK salary structure to determine starting salaries, but it will not apply to salaries outside the UK thereafter.

Other organisations might call this role Research Associate, Senior Research Assistant, Research Co-ordinator, Housing Researcher, Urban Poverty Researcher, Social Justice Researcher, or Environmental Researcher.

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