Our government client are currently looking for an Economist to join their team on a new contract.
Contract Length: 4 months
Location: Remote until restrictions ease, offices Canary Wharf
Pay Rate to Candidate: 600-650pd
Economist to provide economic support to Policy and Analysis teams. The post holder will be responsible for:
• Leading on the economic aspects of a review
• Setting up a new workstream within the review to scope out what specific analytical products need to be commissioned to deliver the above, including delegating analysis and coaching junior economists to build the capability needed to deliver.
• Building relationships with analytical, policy and operational experts to understand relevant data and evidence related to policies changing and providing economic appraisal of policies.
• Ensuring robust quality assurance of own analysis and supporting the quality assurance of analysis across the wider team in line with Aqua Book guidance.
• Understanding the ask and clearly communicating complex analysis to non-technical customers and senior leaders.
The following experience and skills are essential:
o Excellent quantitative analytical skills, with at least intermediate proficiency in Excel and working knowledge of R.
o Identify and understand the validity, relevance and limitations of different sources of evidence.
o The ability to apply recognised economic appraisal techniques and to synthesise results from a range of evidence sources.
o Understands and can interpret the most commonly used methods for summarising data so as to identify salient points, trends and logical inferences.
o Experience of communicating the inputs and outputs of cost-benefit analysis clearly in a way that is easy for non-specialists to comprehend.
o Experience in providing expert advice with regards to policy appraisal and evaluation.
o Ability to pick up new subject areas quickly, understand requirements and work at pace as a self-starter.
o Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a range of analytical, commercial, policy, operational and other stakeholders.
o Strong influencing and negotiation skills and ability to use technical knowledge to steer analysis in appropriate direction with buy-in from stakeholders.
The following aspects are desirable:
o Knowledge of the courts and tribunals in England & Wales.
o Knowledge of HM Treasury’s Green Book and the associated business case guidance for public sector projects.
o Understanding of the Civil Service Code and the importance of its core values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.