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Analyst - Food & Environmental Policy
We are looking for an analyst to join our growing Food & Environmental policy practice. The environment practice works extensively for UK Government departments (e.g. Defra) and agencies as well as the European Commission (e.g. DG Environment) and its agencies. Much of our work involves economic analysis and evaluation of public policies, programmes and contexts. It tackles issues at the top of today’s policy agenda, across:
Natural environment and biodiversity
Protected areas and conservation
Natural resource management
We are working on many of today’s most important policy issues, providing robust evidence and strategic support.
We are supporting the European Commission’s review of the regulation of seeds, and how it can be adapted to support biodiversity, food security and resilience to climate change; undertaking research on the economic benefits of marine protected areas, to support the European Commission’s blue growth policies; leading the EU’s Business and Biodiversity Platform, providing a forum to work with and help businesses integrate natural capital and biodiversity considerations into business practices; and assessing how marine habitat and species assessments can be more harmonised under the Birds and Habitats Directives and the MSFD.
In the UK, we are providing Defra with research and evaluation services to support the development of a new approach to pay land managers for providing public goods, as directed under the Agriculture Bill; providing a review of options for sharing the benefits derived from use of digital information on genetic resources, to support the UK’s negotiations at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity; and evaluating the effectiveness of fisheries control and enforcement, as the UK moves to become an independent coastal state.
From day one, you will contribute to a diverse range of assignments by undertaking qualitative and quantitative research and analysis that impacts directly on public policy decisions. In parallel, we will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills further through excellent training and development support, structured career guidance systems, our mentoring programme, communities of practice and line management arrangements.
Your main responsibilities will be to:
Undertake policy and/or economic research and analysis
Prepare descriptive and analytical reports
Contribute to the management of projects and tasks
Help us to win new work by contributing to compelling proposals
Pursue business development opportunities and build networks and partnerships
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for someone with the following skills and experience:
Degree, Master’s degree or PhD in relevant discipline
Demonstrable interest and experience in environmental policy
Strong qualitative, quantitative and analytical skills
Skills in economic analysis and appraisal, impact assessment, evaluation and/or environmental economics
Good understanding of UK and/or European policy-making process (experience of working on assignments for the UK Government or European Commission would be an advantage)
Relevant professional experience preferred
Business development experience, including contributing to proposals/grant applications, would be an advantage
Advanced computer user skills (Microsoft applications)
Exceptional writing skills
Excellent oral and written English; fluency in at least one additional European language an advantage
Highly-developed interpersonal skills and self-motivation
High level of attention to detail and accuracy
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.
We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are committed to creating a culture where we embrace our differences in ideas and identities. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals.
Learn more about what we do and our commitment to inclusion.
The benefits of joining ICF:
Our people at ICF are our most important asset, so we invest in them from the moment they arrive. When you join our team, you’ll have access to a vast array of benefits to help you live your life well.
We offer a hybrid working policy, which will provide you with the flexibility to collaborate in the office, as well as in the comfort of your own home, ensuring you are able to successfully deliver the requirements of your role.
To support you, our employee wellbeing hub is designed to provide highly personalised support across a comprehensive range of wellbeing issues, such as mind, body, finances, community, career programs and HR support.
We enjoy celebrating success, which is why we have a competitive recognition program called ‘You Matter’, which awards points as a ‘thank you’ for your work achievements. These can be spent on a large variety of high-quality items, as well as online or high-street vouchers, all with zero tax payable by the employee.
ICF also offers a range of competitive benefits, which include:
- Single Private Medical Insurance cover with no restrictions on existing conditions.
- Dental insurance and an online GP service.
- 25 days annual leave, plus UK bank holidays (annual leave increases with years of service).
- Pension scheme with 5% of salary employer contribution
- Life assurance paying 4x annual salary and Group Income Protection paying 66% of salary for up to 5 years if you are off work on long-term sick.
- Enhanced parental leave policies, enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption, and shared parental pay.
London, United Kingdom (GB75)