Economic Perspectives on Development Tutor (20-2019)

Hours per week: Part Time, 15.000 hours per week
Contract Type: Fixed Term (30 September 2019 to 13 December 2019)
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £25996 to £38829  per annum pro rata
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Friday 30 August 2019
Interview Date: 09/09/2019

Who We Are

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) delivers world-class research, learning and teaching that transforms the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally.

Our Vision

We want a more equitable and sustainable world, where people everywhere can live their lives free from poverty and injustice.

What We Do

Through equitable and sustainable partnerships, we work with governments, philanthropic foundations, non-governmental organisations, academics and civil society to transform approaches to progressive social, political and economic change in ways that ultimately make a difference to people’s lives. 

We have helped foster innovative new partnerships that have generated millions of dollars in additional tax revenues in Africa that can be reinvested in countries’ national development. We have worked to provide solutions to environmental problems that build on local people’s knowledge and practices. We have highlighted the role of local communities in bringing an end to deadly epidemics like the Ebola virus.  We have nurtured hundreds of exceptional development leaders and champions including political leaders, country Ambassadors and government officials, civil society leaders and entrepreneurs.

Our reputation for research and international outlook is second to none and reflected in our performance in the latest QS World University Rankings where we are ranked first in the world for development studies, together with the University of Sussex. We are also ranked as the number one international development think-tank by the 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

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Job Description



The Tutors for the ‘Economic Perspectives on Development’ module will work under the general direction of the Module Convenors and the Teaching Office, e.g. regarding attendance, teaching methods, assessment methods and procedures, module evaluation methods and keeping of appropriate records.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Tutor will be responsible for the preparation and delivery of seminars and associated essential administration, in order to ensure a continuous and productive learning experience for the students. 

In addition the following may be required:

These will be paid for in addition to the minimum total hours.

Part-time requirement

The work will take place during the autumn semester 2018 (and, for marking, in early 2019). This module will be taught on Thursdays so the Tutor must be at IDS on this day (during term time).

The minimum total number of hours will be 165, over a period of 11 weeks. This works out at an average of 15 hours per week and payment will be weekly on this basis. There is the possibility of the hours increasing, depending on engagement in marking and supervision.


Person Specification

Skills and experience
Selection Criteria Description Essential [E] or
Desirable [D]
by *
Educational qualifications
PhD degree in economics or registration for and substantive progress towards this or a similar degree with an economics content. E A
An excellent understanding of development economics.

Relevant knowledge of learning styles and pedagogical methods
Training and facilitation skills

Excellent networking and communication skills

Excellent, creative spoken and written communication abilities for a range of audiences

Fluency in both spoken and written English
Substantial practical experience in facilitating learning and knowledge sharing E A
Good work organisation and time management skills, working to strict deadlines

Ability to work as part of a team or unsupervised on own initiative as occasion demands
*A - Application I - Interview

Information to Candidates

Benefits At IDS we offer a number of additional benefits to staff. These include:

The successful candidate will be based at the Institute of Development Studies on the University of Sussex campus. The University of Sussex is located 10 minutes away from the lively and cosmopolitan seaside city of Brighton on the UK South Coast, 60 minutes away from central London, 30 minutes away from London Gatwick Airport and is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Sussex South Downs. Situated between the sea and the South Downs, Brighton is one of the most vibrant and unique cities on the South Coast, for more information please go to

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form.