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Consultant - Food Policy
We are looking for different research roles (consultant or senior consultant) to join a growing team within our business that develops, analyses and evaluates policies relating to food chain and food policy issues.
ICF support the European Commission and UK government across these areas, working for the main institutions, departments and agencies. Clients include European Commission such as DG SANTE and CHAFEA, European institutions such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and in the UK, Defra, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), as well as NGOs.
Our food policy work spans issues across the food chain, including: agricultural and land management policy, animal welfare, food labelling, food safety, nutrition and health, and consumer perceptions. For example, we are supporting the European Commission by appraising the potential impacts of proposals to ensure better labelling information to help consumers make healthier and more sustainable food choices and tackle food waste; undertaking EU-wide research to encourage the food industry to reduce salt, fat and sugar in food; providing research and evaluation services on behalf of the UK Government to support the development of a new approach to pay land managers for providing public goods, as directed under the Agriculture Bill; and evaluating new approaches to regulating food safety and standards in the UK.
From day one, you will contribute to a diverse range of meaningful 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.
You will also have the opportunity to work on other policy areas that the team deliver, including natural environment, biodiversity and marine policy.
Your main responsibilities will be to:
Undertake policy and/or economic research and analysis, evaluations of public policy and impact assessments
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
Strong qualitative and/or quantitative and analytical skills
Demonstrable interest and experience in one or more of: food chains, farming, nutrition and health, food safety, animal welfare, and consumer perceptions.
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, Leeds) 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.
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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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