Analyst, Economist: Home Affairs and Social Policy

  • RAND Europe
  • Cambridge, UK
  • Charity/NGO
  • 3 weeks remaining

Title: Economist: Home Affairs and Social Policy

Location: Cambridge, UK

Reports to: Research Group Director

RAND Europe is a not-for-profit policy research organisation.  Our mission is to help improve policy- and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysis. We realise our mission by undertaking objective, balanced and relevant research, sharing the insights and information widely, and working in partnership with a range of clients and collaborators.  RAND Europe has offices in Brussels and Cambridge, and employs approximately 80 researchers: just over half of our research staff have doctorates with the balance holding other post-graduate degrees.  Our work lies on the continuum between that of universities and consultancies, combining the academic rigour of universities and the professional, task orientated approach of consultancies.

The Home Affairs and Social Policy Research Group undertakes contract research and analysis in a range of public policy areas, including crime and justice, employment, well-being at work, migration, education and other socio-economic topics.  We have an extensive portfolio of work with the EU, national governments, charitable foundations and others.

We wish to recruit an exceptional candidate at an Analyst level to join the team as an Analyst. You will address complex policy questions by conducting research and analysis on behalf of clients in the field of employment, labour market and skills and support the research group in submitting proposals and delivering multiple projects.

As an economist you will apply sophisticated economic modelling tools such as general equilibrium modelling and econometrics to help to improve public policy and decision-making.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Master’s Degree (or higher) in economics or econometrics.
  • Excellent knowledge of economic theory and policy (micro- and macroeconomics).
  • Significant quantitative modelling experience in the areas of general equilibrium modelling (e.g. CGE or DSGE modelling) and econometrics and statistics.
  • Experience in working with large datasets.
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following: Stata, Python, GAMS, MatLab, R.
  • Good knowledge of econometrics and statistics
  • Good programming skills (e.g. Stata, Python, GAMS, MatLab)

It is essential that the candidate already has the right to work in the UK.  Fluency in English is also essential and proficiency in other EU languages would be useful.

In addition, the candidate will have:

  • Some relevant experience in similar role
  • Report writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Intermediate Word
  • Intermediate Excel
  • Intermediate PowerPoint

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Manages small projects, with some supervision, including monitoring budget, timetable and deliverables
  • Drafts sections of reports with minimal supervision
  • Maintains day-to-day contact with clients
  • Contributes to impact by identifying opportunities for communication of research findings
  • Manages small proposals
  • Analyses calls for tender to identify proposal requirements
  • Drafts sections of proposals
  • Supports business development activities
  • Supports strategic corporate initiatives

Benefits package

As a member of the team you will enjoy:

  • 8% Employer contribution pension
  • Bupa medical insurance
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Enhanced holiday allowance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Flexible working arrangement
  • Permanent health insurance
  • Group life assurance
  • A friendly multinational work environment
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives – such as cycle to work schemes, fresh fruit and company bikes.

How to apply:

Please submit an application via RAND Europe’s online careers portal comprising a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample in English (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience), which will all need to be submitted as one document.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 10 May 2018.

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