Senior Economist

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Slough/York Hybrid or Remote (UK)
Full Time

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Want to use your economic and quantitative analysis skills to answer the important education questions? If so, join NFER as an Economist and make a positive, lasting impact in a leading independent charity with a worldwide reputation.

At NFER, our mission is to improve outcomes for future generations everywhere and to support positive change across education systems worldwide. We have a strong track record in education research, a growing international reputation, and world-leading expertise in the role of assessment in driving improvement. We believe in the transformative impact that evidence-based insights can have in supporting improvements in education systems, informing policymakers and other key decision makers, and strengthening practice in the classroom.

As a Senior Economist you’ll shape, design and secure funding for research and evaluation projects and manage their life-cycle through to delivery and to sharing findings, contributing to NFER’s aims of raising its visibility and ensuring a positive impact is made by all of its research. You’ll work on education issues across NFER’s UK and international portfolios, delivering projects that apply an understanding of market failure, cost-effectiveness analysis, behavioural science, incentives, and quantitative modelling to pressing policy and practice questions.
Working alongside other economists, researchers and education professionals you’ll develop insightful research on issues such as the role of the education system in facilitating movement into employment, social mobility and equity and inclusion in low- and middle-income countries.

• A first degree or higher degree in economics, with a strong microeconomics and evaluation element, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and professional experience
• Background in research with a particular focus on quantitative methodologies and comfortable with data, statistics and other evidence
• Experienced user of statistical software, for example STATA, SPSS, R, MPlus and MLWin
• Effective communicator both verbally and written, with experience of drafting research reports and / or publications as an author
• Experience in applying principles of good project management, including the management of resources, budget, risk and team management

Applications from economists with a background in international development and experience of education in low- and middle-income countries are especially welcome.

We have a collaborative culture, all working towards the same goal - to improve outcomes for future generations everywhere by supporting positive change across education systems.

- Salary depending on experience
- Generous pension scheme
- 42 days’ holiday per year including Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days (pro rata)
- Excellent support for professional development
- Hybrid and/or remote working with great work/life balance
- Plus lots of well-being and social activities
- UK based and UK Skilled Worker sponsorship available

We are reviewing applications regularly as part of an ongoing recruitment process.

You’ll be linked to our Slough or York office with minimal requirement for office-based days meaning you can choose to work at home, from the office or a mix of the two to enable you to work as effectively as you can.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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