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Senior Economist (Trade Policy) – Resolution Foundation

Resolution Foundation

Closing date: 17 March 2021


The Resolution Foundation is looking for a thoughtful and committed individual to lead our work on the economics of trade.

The UK’s departure from the European Union constitutes the largest change in the UK’s international trading arrangements for a generation, and this will have profound effects across the UK’s regions, sectors, labour markets and households. Changes in trading arrangements associated with Brexit have substantially raised trade costs vis a vis the EU, and may in the future permit the costs of trade with other parts of the world to fall. Significant decisions about future trading relationships within and beyond Europe are to stay as central features of UK economic policy debates. Those decisions should reflect the major implications they have for workers, firms and households’ living standards. Successful adjustment to shifting trade policy and trade patterns also requires the right policies relating to skills, regions, innovation, macroeconomics, the labour market and the tax and benefits system.

This key new senior role within the Foundation’s research team will focus on how the levers in trade policy can best be used, in conjunction with other policies, to improve the living standards of UK households, particularly those on low-to-middle incomes. Work will include both rigorous research, analysis of existing government policy and the development of realistic proposals for policy change.

The role would suit an individual with the ability to conduct economic and policy analysis independently at an advanced level. This ability should be at a level consistent with that obtained from significant experience working in government, think tanks and/or applied academic research, along with university level training in associated disciplines (or equivalent experience gained in another context). While formal training is not a prerequisite, a high degree of economic literacy is essential for this job.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the policy challenges associated with net zero (or the aptitude to acquire this knowledge quickly), the understanding to situate research finding in their policy context, and the ability to communicate the results to a wide range of stakeholders, verbally and in writing. A proven track record for delivering research impact and/or policy change is also essential.

The Foundation prides itself on analytical rigour, and we strive to achieve standards of excellence in all our work. This commitment is matched by dedication to our core purpose, working to improve the living standards of those on low-to-middle incomes. These twin pillars of rigour and purpose underpin everything we do. We are a fast-paced organisation, focused on responding to the current economic crisis as well as contributing to crucial longer-term public policy debates. The capability to work at pace on several different projects concurrently and a strong desire to progress within an academically-rigorous and policy-engaged research team are essential.

The Resolution Foundation welcomes applications from all under-represented communities and groups. As part of our commitment to increasing diversity within both our own work force and the economic policy making sector, we offer pre-application discussions to Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic candidates and all candidates with disabilities who would like to speak to someone about the role in advance. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead the Resolution Foundation’s research programme on trade policy.
  • Propose and evaluate new projects and policy ideas as part of the Foundation’s research programme
  • Design, manage and lead key projects by conducting quantitative and qualitative research to the highest standards and developing appropriate policy proposals
  • Disseminate research projects through written reports, blogs and presentations
  • Support and inform the Foundation’s research programme by managing a rich network of stakeholders in government, the private sector, the voluntary sector and academia to support and inform the Foundation’s research programme
  • Communicate the work of the Foundation in print and broadcast media
  • Represent the Foundation at our own seminars, conferences and other public events, as well as events run by other organisations
  • Monitor and keep the team informed of external policy developments relevant to the Foundation’s research programme
  • Any other duties as deemed reasonable by the line manager

The Foundation is a close-knit team and staff members are expected to support each other, work flexibly, and share cross-organisational work in addition to fulfilling individual responsibilities.

About you:
Essential requirements include:

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the economics of trade (or the aptitude to acquire this knowledge quickly), and the ability to situate work in a fast-moving policy context
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in a range of formats (such as briefings, reports, blogs, media appearances and presentations)
  • A proven track record for delivering research impact and/or policy change
  • Proven project management skills and experience of designing, managing and delivering high quality projects on time
  • Excellent quantitative research skills and experience of using a range of research techniques
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work flexibly as part of a small team in a fast-moving environment
  • A commitment to the Resolution Foundation’s core mission

Desirable characteristics include:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent knowledge gained in another environment.
  • A thorough understanding of public policy issues relating to low-to-middle income households in the UK
  • A well-established network among the UK’s analytical and policy communities, including academics, policy experts and other stakeholders
  • Qualitative research skills and experience of using a range of techniques
  • Comparative social and economic policy knowledge
  • Line management experience

Further details:

Salary: £45,000 – £55,000

We also offer the option for Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic candidates and all candidates with disabilities to opt into a guaranteed interview scheme if they meet the essential requirements. Please tick the box during the application process if you would like to opt in to the guaranteed interview scheme.

Closing date: 08:59 on 17 March 2021
First and second interviews will be held week commencing 22 and 29 March 2021

For information on how to apply, please click on how to apply and download our application pack.

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Job Details

Organisation: Resolution Foundation

Location: London

Salary range: £40,000 +

Closing date: 17 March 2021

Contract type: Permanent

About the Organisation

The Resolution Foundation is an award-winning independent think-tank focused on improving the living standards for those on low to middle incomes.

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