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The ODI Fellowship Scheme Providing capacity - promoting careers

Darren Lomas Programme Officer, ODI Fellowship SchemeNovember 2016

What is ODI?UKs leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues

Mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which will lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods2

What is ODI?Research and practical policy advicePolicy-focused dissemination and debateStaff of approximately 250Over 50 years experience in development12 research programmesFunded by public and private sectors More information on www.odi.org 3

What is the ODI Fellowship Scheme?

Provide governments of developing countries with high-calibre junior professional economists and statisticians on two-year contracts where gaps in local expertise exist

Provide postgraduate economists and statisticians with practical work experience in a developing country4

What is the ODI Fellowship Scheme?Established in 1963

Worked in over 40 ACP countries

Placed more than 1,000 Fellows

62 awards made in 2016 (32 female and 30 male)

120+ Fellows currently in post working in 32 countries

Introduced new statistics stream in 2014 and financial inclusion stream in 2015 (with Gates Foundation)5

Which countries want ODI Fellows?Africa (Burundi), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, (Namibia), Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, (South Africa), (South Sudan), Swaziland, (Tanzania), Uganda, (Zambia), Zanzibar

Asia Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste

Middle East State of Palestine

Caribbean Guyana, Haiti

Pacific - Fiji (SPC), Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu6

Where are ODI Fellows posted?7

Where are ODI Fellows posted?8

Why do countries want ODI Fellows?Focus on low-income and small countries fragile and post-conflictGeneral scarcity of skilled economists and statisticiansLocal salaries may be too low to attract high-calibre employeesLong-term public sector reform required to attract and retain good economists and statisticiansCountries embarking on institution-building and reformPermanent employees may be studying so gaps need to be filledCountries emerging from conflict starting to build public sector capacityCountries value Fellows in their public sector structures for positive spill overs9

What do ODI Fellows do?10

What do ODI Fellows do?Prepare national budgets and development plansMacroeconomic forecasting and analysisProvide economic analysis for monetary policyAdvise on trade policy and trade negotiationsAid coordination and debt managementDevise strategic responses to HIV/AIDS and Ebola crisesAdvise on application of environmental economic instruments climate changeConduct household and enterprise surveysProduce and analyse economic statisticsProvide data and evidence to policy-makers11

What requirements do you need to apply?Excellent degree and postgraduate qualification in economics, statistics or related subjectSound grasp of economic theory and its applicationIntellectual skills problem-solving, analysis of data and informationCommunication skills technical ideas to non-specialistsGeneral work skills able to prioritise, time management, ability to work without supervision, report writingPersonal skills confidence, patience, flexibility, ability to work with others, willingness to learnDemonstrable interest in developmentRelevant work or voluntary experienceStrong computer skills (Word, Excel, STATA, SPSS)Language competence (Portuguese, French, Swahili)


What do ODI Fellows gain?Two years valuable work experience in development working within the public sector of a developing country

Develop personal and professional skills

Acquire in-depth insight into life in a developing country and possibly learn a new language

Establish contacts with wide range of people and organisations

A salary of about 21,000 p.a.13

What do ODI Fellows go on to do?14

Some illustrious former ODI Fellows15

Sir Vince Cable, former MP and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Kenya 1966-68)Prof Anne Mills CBE MA DHSA, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Malawi 1973-75)Dr Martin Weale CBE, UK Monetary Policy Committee (Malawi 1977-79)Sir Suma Chakrabarti, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (Botswana 1981-83)Lord Andrew Turnbull, former UK Cabinet Secretary (Zambia 1968-70)

Current Fellows

Bogolo Kenwendo (Ghana Ministry of Trade and Industry)

Peter Hutchinson (Malawi Ministry of Health)

Natalya Li (Papua New Guinea Department of National Planning)

Lark Parker-Rhodes (Solomon Islands Ministry of Finance and Treasury)16

How is the Scheme organised?Scheme is a demand-led partnership between ODI and partner governments

Costs of Fellows shared between the employing government and ODI

Postings determined mainly by government preferences

Administrative arrangements covered by ODI run by small team of three Robin Sherbourne (Head), Susan Barron (Programme Manager), Darren Lomas (Programme Officer)

ODI presently enjoys funding from UKs DFID, Australias DFAT and US Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Some countries fund entire cost of Fellowships17

How is the Scheme organised?Remember: Fellows are employees of the government or public bodies they are working for not ODI employees.

The employer is normally responsible for:Paying the local salaryExtending the same conditions of service as locally recruited staffEnsuring Fellows receive work permitsODI is normally responsible for:Administration including recruitment, selection and pre-departure briefingOutbound and homebound expensesMonthly supplementationEmergency medical insuranceProviding information about security issues

Think carefully about partners!


19What timetable does the Scheme follow?Nov 15 Dec 2016Accepting applicationsJanuaryShortlisted candidates invited to interviewEarly-FebruaryReferees contacted for shortlisted candidatesLate-FebruarySelection panel held at ODI in LondonLate-FebruaryFirm and Conditional offers of Fellowships madeMarch June Placement Tours to allocate Fellows to posts and monitor progress of Fellows in postJuneGovernments confirm their requestsJuneFellowship offers agreed with FellowsJulyBriefing session held at ODI in LondonJuly-SeptemberStart dates agreed between Fellows and governmentsAugust OctoberCommencement of postings

How to apply?Online application via www.odi.org by 15 December 2015

Please do not attach references or transcripts - we will contact referees of shortlisted applicants in February


ODI is the UKs leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. We aim to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by locking together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.

The views presented here are those of the speaker, and do not necessarily represent the views of ODI or our partners.Overseas Development Institute203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJT: +44 207 9220 300www.odi.org.ukd.lomas@odi.org.uk


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