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Graduate Researcher

Job Reference tbigc/TP/118016/1001 #LI-NI1

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Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Permanent/Full Time
Contract Details:
Working Hours:
35 Hours (5 Days)
Closing Date:
Seniority level:
Entry level
Company Industry:
Government Relations, Public Policy
Job Function:
Research, Analyst

Focus of the Role

We don’t just talk, we do. Lead the change with us.

At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, we work with political leaders around the world to drive change. We help governments turn bold ideas into reality so they can deliver for their people. We do it by advising on strategy, policy and delivery, unlocking the power of technology across all three. And by sharing what we learn on the ground, so everyone can benefit. We do it to build more open, inclusive and prosperous countries for people everywhere. 

We are a global team of nearly 800 changemakers, operating in more than 30 countries, across five continents. We are political strategists, policy experts, delivery practitioners, technology specialists and more. We speak more than 45 languages. We are working on over 100 projects, tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. We’re all here at TBI to make a difference. 

In a world of ever more complex challenges, we believe diversity of background and perspective is a strength. We pride ourselves on a culture that values and nurtures difference. We are dedicated to unlocking potential, not only for the countries we work in but also for each of our team members. No matter where you’re from or who you are, if you’re passionate about the transformative power of progressive politics, we invite you to build a better future with us.

We encourage early application as we reserve the right, if required, to close this role ahead of the date advertised.

Job Introduction

As a Graduate Researcher you will join the Research and Data Unit and report to the Research Manager. On a day to day basis you will conduct quantitative and qualitative research and analysis for teams across the Institute. You will also support and contribute to policy papers and reports published by TBI.  

Please note, it is essential you have an existing right to work in the UK to apply for this role.

Key Responsibilities


  • Support on original research projects involving primary analytical work as well as secondary analysis of the academic and policy literature
  • Review and summarise research findings clearly and concisely
  • Deliver work in a timely and efficient manner



  • Contribute to the production of visual analytics and impactful media content
  • Commitment to a positive learning culture of feedback and continuous improvement



  • Demonstrate an analytical mindset with careful attention to quality and accuracy 
  • Take ownership and personal initiative to achieve work outputs



  • Research to the highest standard and present your findings in a compelling, clear way
  • Be innovative and show initiative in your work
  • Be proactive in sharing ideas and thoughts
  • A positive mindset with the desire to learn and grow

Person Specification

The successful candidate for the role should be able to display the majority of the following:

  • A recent graduate with a background in public policy, political economy, or similar
  • A passion for using analysis and creativity to provide research that can help to revitalise the centre ground of politics
  • An interest in the big political and policy questions facing governments globally
  • Ability to find and synthesise relevant information sources
  • Ability to analyse and understand the detail of major policy areas 
  • Ability to write with clarity and impact
  • Proven high standard of verbal communication
  • Strong writing and presentational skills
  • Interest in developing and practicing new research skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and at pace
  • An interest in and desire to learn more about areas related to progressive politics, including political attitudes, elections, political institutions, technology, and social media


The Research and Data Unit’s Graduate Scheme

The graduate scheme:

  • Runs for one year from September to September, during which you will sit within the Research and Data Unit and report into the Research Manager
  • During the one-year programme, you will have the opportunity to do one rotation and sit within a team (outside the Research and Data Unit) of the politics division for one quarter
  • Has a strong focus on learning and development, allowing graduates to progress professionally for a full-time role at TBI or elsewhere
  • After successfully completing the programme, you will have the opportunity to join the team as a full-time Research Analyst