Research Assistant

Oxfam GB, OXFORD (OXFAM HOUSE), United Kingdom

Skill Required:, HR and AdminResearch and Analysis
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th August, 2015

Job Description


We campaign to change the social norms, economic systems, institutions and policies that keep women and men in poverty. We do this by being propositional around alternatives to these norms, systems and institutions; working with others; producing and sharing evidence and knowledge; supporting active citizenship in ensuring people´s voices are heard; holding the powerful to account. We use different campaigning and influencing approaches in the UK and across the many countries we operate as part of a Worldwide Influencing Network.


The Research Team plays a central role in shaping and communicating Oxfam’s understanding of public policy issues and the changing debates on international development. Team members are responsible for conducting, commissioning and communicating research for high impact advocacy and campaigns, improved programme implementation, and influencing a wide range of external audiences. The specific purpose of the Research Team is to:

 Build a global research capacity to deliver high quality, high impact national research
 Deliver high-profile research in support of Oxfam’s global campaigns
 Provide an ongoing analysis of the major issues affecting poverty and feed this into organisational strategic thinking

The team also carries out some lobbying and advocacy work to influence public policy at both national and international levels, as well as media work based on our research findings.


The Research Assistant is an integral part of the research team, responsible for coordination functions, direct support to team members as well as producing his/her own research outputs. He/she will work closely with the other Research Team members, particularly the Head of Research and will support them in specific projects through data collection, analysis and presentation of results. The Research Assistant will also produce background documents that will be used as input for Oxfam’s publications. The Research Assistant will prepare research reports and literature reviews on diverse development issues – and thus an ability to think across sectors and areas is very important. The Research Assistant will support the quality control to all statistical work produced by the Research Team. Also, the Research Assistant will contribute to building rigorous databases for the use of the Research Team and other teams in Oxfam.
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