Thursday, December 4, 2014

ODI Fellowship Scheme

The ODI Fellowship Scheme has two objectives: to provide developing country governments with high-calibre junior economists and statisticians where there are gaps in local capacity; and to give postgraduate economists and statisticians practical work experience in a developing country.

Over the past 50 years, more than 1,000 economists have been sent on two-year postings to more than 40 countries across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, with many going on to successful careers in government, multilateral institutions, academia and the private sector. More than one hundred Fellows are currently in post.

Which countries participate?
The aim of the Scheme is to support low-income and high-poverty countries. 24 low- and middle-income countries across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific hosted Fellows.

Where do Fellows work?
Most fellows work as economists, planning officers or statisticians in government ministries or agencies. Often this will be ministries of finance or planning, but many also work in ministries of trade and industry, regional integration, agriculture, environment, water, health and education. Several also work in central banks, revenue authorities, statistics offices and regional organisations.

What kind of work is it?
The posts are extremely varied – Fellows could be involved in anything from preparing national budgets to devising strategic responses to HIV/AIDS.
See our booklet for more examples of the work Fellows are typically assigned to.How is the Fellowship Scheme funded?
ODI shares the costs of the Fellowship Scheme with our partner governments. Grants from the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK, and DFAT in Australia currently provide the funding for ODI’s financial contribution to the Scheme.

Practical Information
While ODI selects and appoints Fellows, they are employees of the governments or public bodies they work for. In other words, governments pay the salary and provide other benefits such as accommodation and annual leave. ODI covers travel and other expenses at the start and end of the contract, emergency medical insurance, as well as a monthly supplementation. Overall, Fellows typically receive a total of approximately £21,000 per year.

How to apply
Applications for the 2015-2017 Fellowship Scheme is now open and the deadline is 17 December 2014.
The Fellowship Scheme is open to candidates of any nationality. You must have a Masters or PhD in economics, econometrics,statistics or a related field. Suitable specialisms include agricultural, environmental, international, health or development economics.

You must also be willing to commit to a two-year posting in any of the participating countries.

The scholarship sponsors are looking for candidates who have a demonstrable interest in development; relevant work or voluntary experience in a developing country; French, Portuguese or Swahili language skills; and strong computer skills.

Application and selection process
Applications must be submitted via
online application form.

 For more information click here.


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