Research Director - International Education and Development

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Remote (Global)
International Development
£55,000 - £60,000
Full Time

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Do you have a strong background in research or evaluation and experience of working in developing countries? If so, come and join our International Education team and make an impact on education worldwide focusing in particular on sub-Saharan Africa.

Working with a talented team of education researchers and evaluators you’ll play a lead role in undertaking cutting edge research on key thematic areas in the field of education and international development such as teaching and learning, equity and inclusion, assessment, systems and structures and edtech.

You’ll be responsible for developing and implementing key areas of NFER’s strategy to increase the extent and the impact of our impact on education worldwide, creating new opportunities by building partnerships, developing research ideas, and leading proposals for project and grants funding.

As an expert you will provide thought leadership within NFER’s international education community and across the sector, through publications, presentations and other engagements.

• Master’s degree or PhD in a relevant social science, such as education and international development, or comparative and international education
• Significant research or evaluation experience with track record of working in developing countries, or with key donors
• High level policy knowledge of education and international development sector and core understanding of key industry players and dynamics
• Strong expertise across a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation, including well-defined areas of specialism
• Leadership experience, gained through running teams, projects, or through responsibility for strategy development
• Experience of working with senior stakeholders and policy makers, and in winning and delivering client-funded projects

At NFER, our mission is to improve outcomes for future generations everywhere and to support positive change across education systems worldwide. We do this by creating and sharing research evidence and insights on education policy and practice, informing policymakers and other key decision makers, and strengthening practice in the classroom.

- Salary £55,000 - £60,000 DOE
- Generous pension scheme
- 42 days’ holiday per year including Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days (pro rata)
- Excellent support for professional development
- Remote or hybrid with great work/life balance
- Open to UK or oversea location with similar time zones.
- UK Skilled Worker sponsorship available
- Plus lots of well-being and social activities

Closing date for applications will be midnight on 10th July 2022

If you are UK based you’ll be linked to our Slough or York office with minimal requirement for office-based days meaning you can choose to work remotely, from the office or a mix of the two to enable you to work as effectively as you can. Our teams value the energy we create when we come together so ideally you’ll join us in Slough for a handful of dates throughout the year.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

If you’re looking for a place where you can put your heart, soul and skills into making a difference, we want to hear from you. Apply via the button shown.


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