Wanted: latest advertised roles at IIED

Article, 11 December 2019

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is advertising for a principal researcher and researcher in its Human Settlements research group – and potentially a senior researcher as well.

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IIED's Human Settlements research group is seeking a principal researcher to lead on new and emerging programmes of work. The should have substantial experience of building teams and providing mentorship to colleagues at different career stages. The postholder will also be expected to identify appropriate linkages and synergies for creating a compelling public narrative and raising the profile of interventions to catalyse inclusive and sustainable urban transformations that work for all residents.

We may also recruit a second person at senior researcher level. The senior researcher will identify innovative research themes related to the group/team’s core interests, and work with colleagues to design, develop and coordinate large projects or small research programmes combining multiple independent projects.

Particular areas of focus for principal and senior researchers might include low-carbon and climate-resilient urban development pathways; urban health (particularly the social determinants of health for low income urban households and informal settlements); urban land management and development, urbanisation and global environmental challenges (including pollution, conservation and biodiversity). The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday, 13 January 2020.

IIED's Human Settlements research group is also embarking on a three-year research project on protracted displacement, and is seeking a new researcher for the work. The research will examine the potential of an urban response to long-term displacement, assessing how cities can foster displaced people's self-reliance and local integration in ways that benefit host governments and communities.

It involves a large-scale study of displacement experiences, comparing cities and camps in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Jordan and Kenya. You should be willing and able to travel extensively to the project sites, but travel to Afghanistan will not be required. The ultimate goal of the research project is to improve the wellbeing and productive livelihoods of refugees and internally displaced people to enable their full participation in urban life. The deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday, 7 January 2020.

Find out more about the role and get full details of all positions available at IIED, including job descriptions and how to apply: www.iied.org/jobs.

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