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JOB #R2201544

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 ( 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.

Ready to apply

Interested candidates are invited to follow the link and submit both a CV and a cover letter outlining motivations to apply.

About us:

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 you arrive. When you join our team, you’ll have access to a vast array of benefits to help you live your life well.
  • ICF offer a hybrid working policy, that will offer you flexibility to collaborate in the office, as well as in the comfort of your own home, to successfully deliver the requirements of your role and the business.
  • The employee wellbeing hub, which was launched in January 20022, 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 also offer a unique and competitive recognition programme called ‘You Matter’, awarding points as a ‘thank you’ for your work achievements, which 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.
  • We encourage and provide continued personal and professional growth through ongoing learning, development opportunities and career frameworks. 
  • ICF also offers a range of competitive benefits, which include, but not limited to the following:
    • Single Private Medical Insurance cover (Bupa), with no restrictions on providing treatment for existing medical conditions. Options available for broader partner or family level cover, plus we also offer dental insurance (Bupa) 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 (minimum employee contribution 4%).
    • 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.

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Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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