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Senior Economist – Pro Bono Economics

Pro Bono Economics

Closing date: 18 March 2021

Pro Bono Economics (PBE) enables professional economists from across the private, public and social sectors to use their skills to tackle some of the most pressing issues in society. Our network of experienced consultant and volunteer economists help charities and social enterprises appreciate their economic and social impact and so improve their overall effectiveness.

We are now embarking on an exciting new phase of our development, building our research and policy function to develop new ‘macro’ insights into the potential of civil society. We recently launched the Law Family Commission on Civil Society ( –  a high profile, cutting-edge research programme exploring the value of civil society and the challenges and opportunities it faces in the 2020s. Armed with new content, we want to play an enhanced role in helping shape the policy debate in the UK through a programme of high profile public events, media engagement and contact with different layers of government.

About the role:

We are seeking a Senior Economist to join the PBE Research & Policy team.  The Senior Economist will be deeply involved in the design and delivery of the Commission, contributing original research, building a rich cross-sector network of contacts, managing senior stakeholder groups and developing policy recommendations. The Senior Economist will also contribute to PBE’s public profile, providing analysis and commentary on economic and fiscal events, managing our charity sector surveys, and developing content for publication across a range of media.

Main duties & responsibilities:

  • Design and deliver a range of high quality, original, quantitative research projects
  • Disseminate analysis through written reports, media articles, blogs and social media
  • Develop policy solutions that promote PBE’s aim of using economics to support wellbeing
  • Represent PBE at seminars, conferences and other public events
  • Manage a rich network of stakeholders in the voluntary sector, government, the private sector and academia
  • Work with the Research & Policy Director to plan the external facing elements of the Law Family Commission on Civil Society, including a programme of high-profile public events and publications
  • Monitor and keep the team informed of external policy developments relevant to PBE’s research programme
  • Line manage one researcher
  • Any other duties as deemed reasonable by the line manager.

About you:

We are looking for an exceptional and experienced economist/quantitative researcher working in economics, research and policy development or a related field. The role suits candidates with formal training in economics or statistical analysis, and ideally some knowledge of the key government and administrative datasets relating to wellbeing, living standards and civil society in the UK. Candidates should have a strong track record of designing and delivering research, communicating findings, organising complex projects and an interest in developing policy recommendations.

Ideal characteristics include:

  • Excellent quantitative research skills, using a range of research techniques and statistical packages (ideally R or Stata)
  • Ability to develop a research strategy and manage a programme of projects, with clear evidence of designing, managing and delivering high quality projects on time
  • Ability to clearly present and explain data, using charts or other data visualisations
  • Interest in influencing policy change and a demonstrable interest in the public policy issues relating to civil society
  • Demonstrable writing and presentational skills in a range of contexts and to a range of audiences
  • An eye for detail and a strong dedication to quality
  • Proven ability to work independently and manage priorities, deadlines and projects that may involve multiple contributors
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work flexibly as part of a small team in a fast-moving environment
  • A network among the UK’s analytical and policy communities
  • A commitment to PBE’s focus on using economics to drive wellbeing improvements in the UK.

Desirable characteristics include:

  • Some experience analysing large datasets such as the Labour Force Survey or Understanding Society
  • Knowledge of econometrics/statistical modelling/scenario analysis
  • Qualitative research skills and knowledge of qualitative research techniques
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to manage complex projects
  • Comparative social and economic policy knowledge
  • An understanding and an appreciation of the diverse needs of civil society
  • Experience of working with the print and broadcast media

Further information:

Salary: £40,000 – £48,000

PBE is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity

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Remote working may be considered, but some office presence is expected.

Post type: Full-time, fixed-term (24 months). Flexible arrangements will be considered.

Reports to: Research and Policy Director.

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Job Details

Organisation: Pro Bono Economics

Location: London, Elephant & Castle

Salary range: £40,000 +

Closing date: 18 March 2021

Contract type: Temporary

About the Organisation

Pro Bono Economics (PBE) enables professional economists from across the private, public and third sectors to volunteer their skills to tackle some of the most pressing issues in society. Working with our network of experienced consultant economists, our volunteers help charities and social enterprises appreciate their economic and social impact and so improve their overall effectiveness.

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