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Consultant - Environmental Policy
We are looking for a Consultant to join our growing 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 as well as NGOs and industry associations. 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:
Biodiversity and natural capital
Protected areas and conservation
Agriculture and fisheries
Food safety, nutrition and health
We are working on many of today’s most important policy issues, providing robust evidence and strategic support. Examples include:
In Europe we are 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; assessing how marine habitat and species assessments can be more harmonised under the Birds and Habitats Directives and the MSFD; and supporting the European Commission’s evaluation of the animal welfare strategy.
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; undertaking an analysis of the costs, benefits and funding needs of achieving different levels of biodiversity improvement, to support the design of the new nature strategy and biodiversity targets as directed under the Environment Bill; 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 of at least 3 years within the context of UK or EU public policy in a related field
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:
ICF (www.icf.com) is a global consultancy firm. In Europe, we have offices in the UK (London, Plymouth, Birmingham) and Belgium (Brussels). Our core business is to help governments, regulators and international institutions solve complex problems. We offer critical insight and rigorous analytical techniques to deliver innovative solutions and thought-provoking analyses for our clients. 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 and committed ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to assist our clients and benefit their constituencies. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication and opportunity for growth.
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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