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Senior Consultant - EU Public Policy
We are looking for an experienced Consultant to join a well-established practice within ICF that develops, analyses, and evaluates public policies.
The practice works extensively and predominantly for the European Commission (including most Directorates General: ECFIN, FISMA, CONNECT, GROW, RTD, CONNECT, JUST, HOME, etc.) and its agencies.
We are particularly looking for someone with an interest in working on and managing projects for DG ECFIN, FISMA and the European Investment Bank. Therefore, experience of working in the field of economic and financial affairs (in particular policies aimed at fostering investment, SME support, green and digital transition, financial instruments, and budgetary guarantees) would be preferred.
We are after an intellectually curious and very well organised individual, with an ability to see the many dimensions of a policy problem, manage and work alongside thematic experts and with strong project management skills. Much of our work concerns impact assessments, evaluations, fitness checks and other policy-related studies, so skills in one or more of these areas would be a strong advantage.
What you’ll get to do:
From day one, you will have the opportunity to contribute to a diverse range of projects for the European Commission and its agencies. You will lead and help deliver qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, including managing others’ contributions and delivery.
You will be a core part of our growing and collegiate team of like-minded analysts and consultants. You will work in an international environment in which more than 30 nationalities are represented. You will be contributing innovative ideas and practices to the business, helping achieve excellent, cutting edge research and expanding ICF’s work into new areas. You will have the chance to develop your knowledge and skills further through excellent training and development opportunities, including via ICF’s peer-to-peer communities of practice.
Your main responsibilities will be to:
Build relationships with our clients to understand and address their needs
Manage and support projects
Lead and support proposals, including building teams, developing methodologies and budgets
Carry out policy and/or economic research, analysis and evaluations
Lead and contribute to delivering high quality research and analysis
Learn from peers and more senior members of the team, and support with the development of more junior staff members
Support the management of one of our Framework Contracts / client accounts (DG ECFIN)
You will not only be supported by colleagues (line manager, buddy and other team members both within and outside of the practice), but will benefit from the support of centralised functions (such as our business development, pricing, finance, contracts and subcontracts teams) in relation to proposal preparation and execution, and project set-up and monitoring.
What you'll need to succeed:
You thrive in a fast-paced environment. You have a wide range of interests and are quick to develop a nuanced understanding of complex issues.
Your experience could have been gained supporting research work in government or a regulatory agency, the European Commission, academia, the private sector or the third sector.
You will have:
Experience of a minimum of 5 years
Expertise in managing and delivering evaluations of public policies/laws and programmes, including the application of innovative approaches to estimation of policy and programme impacts and assessing progress with reforms
An interest in and familiarity with the policy areas covered by DG ECFIN, DG FISMA and the EIB (e.g., policies aimed at fostering investment, SME support, green and digital transition, financial instruments, and budgetary guarantees)
Strong understanding of qualitative and/or quantitative methods, including statistics and macro- and micro- economic data analysis, ability to conduct semi-structured interviews with stakeholders especially from the economic and financial sector (Ministries of Finance, central banks, banks, financial intermediaries, national /regional promotional banks, investors)
Ability to write and communicate with others in excellent English (additional European languages would be an asset)
A relevant undergraduate university degree. A degree in economics is an advantage
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)