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Public Policy Consultant
Location: Brussels, London, Birmingham
Are you interested in applying your knowledge and expertise in public policy in a practical and impactful way? Are you passionate about addressing big social issues of the day, covering employment, social inclusion, poverty, skills, education and training, migration and asylum, public administration, to name a few?
Our portfolio in designing and implementing large-scale programmes for the European Commission and UK government is expanding. To support this growth, we are looking for a Consultant who is able to take forward the policy content and organisational aspects of our work.
You will join our Policy Implementation and Programmes (PIP) team which manages a spectrum of programmes, including the European Migration Network, European Platform tackling undeclared work, training for the European Solidarity Corps and EU Aid Volunteers, and mutual learning services on youth unemployment, minimum income, deinstitutionalisation and many other topics. Your work will be hands-on and varied, ranging from researching and preparing thematic and analytical papers, identifying good practice in European countries and developing content for knowledge banks, through to supporting practical learning and networking in the form of working groups, workshops, study visits, seminars, etc. This is grounded in a solid understanding and application of the policy subject-matter, as well as an ability to interact with many stakeholders, such as national ministries, international organisations, non-governmental bodies, independent experts, etc. This naturally requires a flair for good writing and communication in a multi-national environment.
Main responsibilities :
Research, analyse and produce policy content in different forms. Examples include preparing thematic or analytical papers, case studies, good practice fiches, mapping and comparative exercises, monitoring and evaluation surveys, stakeholder interviews, etc.
Prepare reports, presentations and other written deliverables for a range of audiences, from technical annual reports through to website content.
Contribute to the design and organisation of face-to-face, virtual and hybrid events, supported by a dedicated event logistics and technical team. This includes developing elements of the agenda, taking notes and writing summaries, and facilitating event discussions.
Contribute to the organisation and support of other programme-related activities, such as working groups, secretariats, helpdesk or advisory services, communities of practice and expert networks and more.
Contribute to proposal-writing and preparations, including writing sections of the technical offer, and identifying and coordinating with relevant experts.
Undertake other consultancy tasks, as required.
University degree or equivalent in sociology, public policy, politics, law, economics or a related discipline.
Professional experience in consultancy, public policy and/or government affairs in the EU and/or UK – as an approximate guide:
Consultant – 4+ years;
Knowledge and interest in social policy, ideally in relation to employment, labour market, social inclusion and protection, skills, education and training, migration and asylum, public administration and governance.
Strong organisational and coordination skills, including time management, multi-tasking and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Solid foundation in research and analysis, including basic qualitative and quantitative methods.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including interacting with multi-national and multi-disciplinary stakeholders.
Excellent verbal, written, analytical and presentation skills in English - additional European languages an advantage.
‘Can do’ attitude, with the ability over time to perform tasks with minimum supervision.
Willingness to travel within Europe, as required and once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
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.
Brussels, Belgium (BE75)