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London, United Kingdom
Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
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Senior Consultant in Social Policy (Employment)

Senior Consultant in Social Policy

If you are passionate about research and analysis of EU social policy and looking for a new opportunity that brings career growth, a chance to make a positive impact in an organisation committed to better public policy, this may be the role for you.

ICF has been supporting the development of EU social policies for almost twenty years.

ICF work spans from fitness checks and meta-evaluations to impact assessments and cost-benefit analyses. In our years of working with DG EMPL, we have delivered numerous ex ante, interim and ex post evaluations of EU funding instruments (e.g. European Social Fund), strategies (e.g. European Disability Strategy), policies (e.g. movement of skilled labour) and laws (e.g. Fixed-term and Part-time Directives). Additional policy areas of research have been poverty, income inequality, social inequalities, health and well-being; employment, unemployment and labour market outcome; welfare state, social, and labour market policies

Growth in our business means we are looking for an experienced policy research consultant to contribute to our work. The successful candidate will contribute to our work in social policy delivering projects and writing winning proposals.

The core responsibilities of the role will be to:

  • Supervise and conduct high quality qualitative and quantitative research and produce deliverables in different formats (e.g. case studies, mapping and comparative exercises, policy briefs, monitoring and evaluation reports).

  • Prepare reports, presentations and other written deliverables for a range of audiences.

  • Contribute to proposal-writing and preparations, including writing sections of the technical offer, and coordinating with relevant experts.

  • Manage projects under supervision, to client satisfaction and within allocated time and budget.

  • Take line management responsibilities.

  • Accompany colleagues on site visits and participate in client meetings.

  • Collaborate closely with other project teams, and external partners and stakeholders.

Essential requirements

  • A Master’s degree in social science for example: economics, sociology, psychology, political science, or a related discipline.

  • More than six years of professional experience within the context of European social policy.

  • Proven experience managing projects and proposals, ideally at the EU level.

  • Experience in applying a variety of research methods (qualitative and/or quantitative), in particular in evaluation and impact assessments – theoretical background in research methods is a must.

  • Excellent verbal, written, analytical and presentation skills in English - additional European languages an advantage.

  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including interacting with multi-national and multi-disciplinary stakeholders.

  • ‘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.


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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 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)

Public Policy

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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