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Junior Quantitative Analyst
We are expanding our services, and to support this growth, we are looking for a Junior Consultant/Research Assistant to join our Education, Skills and Employment practice. The practice provides research, evaluation and technical assistance services to EU institutions, in particular the European Commission (including DG EAC and DG EMPL), as well as other European organisations, such as the Eurofound, EIGE and Cedefop.
Our current portfolio of projects reflects the diversity of our work. Examples include: The Social Situation Monitor (DG EMPL), the maintenance and update of the EIGE Gender Statistics Database, the Evaluation of Erasmus + (DG EAC), Impact evaluation of communication campaigns (DG COMM) and comparative research on apprenticeships (Cedefop). In the area of employment, our team often works on evaluations of programmes such as European Social Fund or studies to support transition of people to employment. While analysing education and employment issues in the EU we also take into account gender considerations and analyse how different policies and programmes affect girls and boys, women and men. Additionally, our team currently delivers a number of gender-specific projects, including a study on female genital mutilation that estimates the girls at risk in the European Union (EIGE).
The position entails carrying out quantitative and qualitative analyses in the field of Education, Employment, Skills and Training. The level of complexity of the qualitative and quantitative analyses will be commensurate to experience, however, as a general indication, quantitative tasks may include:
- Macro/Micro data cleaning, merging, construction of variables for analysis
- Descriptive analyses (computation of means, median, measures of dispersions)
- Computation of indicators (proportions of women and men with unpaid care responsibilities in EU countries, gini coefficient by EU Member State)
- Application of common econometric methods, e.g. linear, logit, probit regression, especially using survey microdata
- Application of policy evaluation methods (propensity score matching, difference in differences, etc.)
- Contribution to cost-benefit/cost-effectiveness analyses
Examples of qualitative tasks include:
- Literature reviews
- Conducting and analysing stakeholder interviews and/ or surveys and
- Production of comparative analytical reports
Junior Consultants may also be required to describe the research results through drafting dedicated sections of our research and evaluation reports, and, exceptionally to present the results to Clients.
The Junior Consultant/Research Assistant will be working on multiple projects at a time, interacting with all levels of ICF staff and external stakeholders. We are interested in individuals who can demonstrate a real interest in European policies in the areas we cover, combined with strong quantitative, analytical, writing and organisational skills. We are looking for candidates with a relevant University qualification (graduate or postgraduate, preferably in Economics, Statistics or Quantitative Sociology). No previous experience is requested for candidates at the Research Assistant level, while up to 1 year of experience is required for Junior Consultants.
- Conduct statistical and econometric analyses using micro and macro data (e.g. EU SILC, EU LFS, OECD data)
- Contribute to cost-benefit/ cost-effectiveness analyses
- Contribute to the design of surveys developed for specific projects, and analyse their results using appropriate statistical techniques
- Conduct literature reviews and comparative qualitative data analyses
- (For Junior Consultants): Contribute to drafting reports, studies and briefing papers on topical issues of Education and Training policy as well as Employment
- Accompany colleagues on site visits and to client meetings
- Collaborate closely with other project teams, and external partners and stakeholders
Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
- Basic statistical and econometric knowledge.
- Good knowledge of Excel and Stata. Daily Excel tasks include analysing data using pivot tables and using basic excel calculations functions. Daily tasks in Stata include writing Stata do-files for basic data management and econometric analyses. Basic knowledge of excel and Stata will be tested.
- Experience with other statistical or econometrics software, e.g. R would be an advantage
- Knowledge of the foundations of Economic analysis (e.g. Cost benefit/cost effectiveness analyses) would be an advantage
- For Junior Consultants, 1 year of professional experience of conducting research related to the area of Education and Training, covering aspects of policymaking, research and statistics, as well as proven knowledge of the overall Education & Training policies of the Member States and EU developments in this area. For research assistant roles, no previous experience is needed
- Proven problem-solving mindset and “can do” attitude
- Ability to self-organise, prioritise and manage multiple work strands and teams in parallel under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to adapt to new and challenging situations as required by assignments
- High level of ability and confidence to perform tasks with a low level of supervision
- Strong interest in working in research-based consultancy
- Sound research and business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, analytical and presentation skills
- Fluency in English, any additional European language would be an advantage
- Ability to work within multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams spread across several countries
- Entrepreneurial mindset to identify and realise new opportunities as well as new innovations/ approaches that will improve efficiency
Working at ICF
Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.
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