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Fellow & Lead Researcher

Salary:  £58,966 to £98,126 per annum
Initial appointment will be in the above range per annum (depending on experience)
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 24 May 2020
Reference:  09-2020

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change, based in Brighton.

The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) is a growing global policy research network dedicated to improving the quality of tax policy and administration in developing countries, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa. It is funded principally by the UK Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and run by a global, friendly and dynamic team led by CEO Professor Mick Moore.

The DIGITAX (Digital Financial Services, Digital ID and Tax) is a new three-year research programme funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It will investigate: (a) the consequences of alternative methods of taxing digital financial services (DFS) in low income countries and (b) how DFS platforms, the use of digital ID, and technology more broadly, can contribute effectively to broadening the tax base and improving collection efficiency and equity.

The Lead Researcher will design and deliver the DIGITAX research programme in association with the Policy and Engagement Consultant, and with the guidance of the ICTD CEO and the Programme Advisory Board. The research will be conducted in collaboration with stakeholders from the DFS (digital financial services), digital ID and financial inclusion industries and with tax administrators and policymakers. It will build upon several assets produced by a global Working Group organised by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including a literature review, research agenda, expert data base, DFS tax calculator tool, and a mobile money tax country dashboard. This programme provides a unique opportunity to access and analyse data from DFS providers and tax administrations and serve in a leadership role in a greenfield research area.

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