ODI Fellowship Scheme For Developing Countries 2023

The ODI Fellowship Scheme gives early-career economists and statisticians the chance to work as public sector civil servants on two-year contracts in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Western Balkans.

ODI Fellows are typically employed as local civil servants reporting to local managers. Fellows work in a range of institutions from finance and planning ministries to ministries of health and education, as well as central banks, statistics offices, and regulatory bodies.

ODI Fellowship Scheme Benefits

  • Salary of GBP £21,000 (GBP £23,000 in the second year) net of taxation, plus accommodation allowance.

ODI Fellowship Scheme Qualification Requirements

  • Open to candidates of all nationalities who have a master’s degree or PhD in economics, statistics or a related field.
  • Suitable specialised qualifications at postgraduate level include, but aren’t limited to, agricultural economics, environmental economics, international economics, health economics, development economics, and econometrics and statistics.
  • For those studying for a postgraduate degree at the time of application, the award of a Fellowship is conditional upon the successful completion of the postgraduate degree.

Other Requirements

Intellectual ability

  • A sound grasp of economic and statistical theory and the ability to apply that knowledge to real world problems
  • An ability to analyse data and information and to solve problems
  • An ability to communicate complex technical ideas to non-specialists, both verbally and in writing

Personal qualities

  • Resilience and problem-solving skills to drive change and to work independently
  • Interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity and political acumen to work well within a diverse team, sometimes on politically sensitive topics
  • Patience and humility to learn about new contexts and accept advice
  • Adaptability and flexibility to work within a resource-constrained environment

Management and work-related skills

  • Prioritise and delegate work
  • Able to consult and advocate
  • Good time management
  • An ability to work without supervision
  • Project management
  • Report writing

Applications are strengthened by a demonstrable interest in public policy, relevant work or voluntary experience and language proficiency (with English essential and French particularly advantageous) and strong IT skills.

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