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Economics

Senior Economist, International Education

Slough

Job Ref
HKRBB0102/SG-SH-18-77
Location
Slough
Salary
£41,703 - £46,936

Senior Economist, International Education
Upton Park, Slough
£41,703 - £46,936

NFER has a worldwide reputation as a leading independent provider of education research and analysis. We are a registered charity that has contributed evidence, in-depth knowledge, and research expertise to support the creation of an excellent education for all children and young people for over seventy years. Improving the lives of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do. 

As a Senior Economist you will play a key role in supporting the development of education systems around the world, including low-middle income countries. You will join the Centre for International Education with its rapidly growing portfolio of international work. 

In the era of the sustainable development goals and with the growth of international large scale assessment (ILSAs), we are identifying an increasing number of opportunities to bring insights from independent research and evaluation to support the development of education systems, and to inform governments and donors in their policy and investment decisions. In particular, our existing expertise in ILSAs brings unique opportunities to work with these high profile datasets. 

The role of Senior Economist will be to: 
- use economic analysis and quantitative methods to shed new light on international education issues, leading research and evaluation projects that apply econometrics and economic principles to pressing policy and practice questions. 
- shape, design and secure funding for research and evaluation projects that make use of primary data collection (such as from EGRA and EGMA assessments) and analysis of secondary datasets (for example PISA, SACMEQ, TIMSS, PASEC and ASER). 
- share findings and contribute to NFER aims of raising its visibility and ensuring a positive impact is made by all of its research. 
- contribute to the economics community at NFER, working with the Lead Economist to develop and maintain high standards of rigorous, innovative methods. 

Your technical background: 
- A Masters or higher degree in economics (with a strong microeconomics and evaluation element), or an equivalent combination of qualifications and professional experience 
- Quantitative research skills; quasi-experimental evaluation methods, and in statistical techniques used in applied economics 
- User of statistical software e.g. STATA, SPSS, R, MPlus and MLWin 

You’ll love this job, if you are: 
- a critical thinker with an intellectual stance to persuade a diverse set of audiences using evidence 
- creative and innovative in conceptual development and design of projects 
- able to lead effective research teams 
- able to work with a considerable degree of autonomy and to consistently meet deadlines 

Bonus Points: 
We’re eager to hear from you if you’ve worked in international education or international development as an economist, researcher, or research manager with an economics background and have experience in the analysis of learning assessment datasets. 

Why NFER? 

- Competitive salary 
- Generous pension scheme 
- Free parking 
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days 
- Excellent support for professional development 
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week) 
- Easy access to major transport hubs including London Heathrow 

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community. This role is open for Tier 2 sponsorship. 

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Senior Economist in international education, apply via the button shown. 

Application to be submitted by midnight Sunday 27th January (GMT)  

This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency. 

Function
Economics
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent
Hours
35


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Project Management

Technical Project Manager

Slough

Job Ref
19-004
Location
Slough
Salary
The level of appointment and associated salary will depend upon qualifications and experience

Technical Project Manager
Location: Slough
Salary: £41,703 - £46,936

With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

NFER has an exciting eAssessment development strategy, including the continued development and expansion of our underpinning systems to support our contract and product work. We are looking for a Technical Project Manager to project manage the design, specification, development and testing of the new system as well as overseeing further development and maintenance of other smaller client facing and internal systems.

As the Technical Project Manager, you will work closely with our in-house delivery and development team, and third party suppliers, as well as clients and customers to ensure the delivery of a system that meet ours and our customer’s high standards.

Your technical background:
- PRINCE2, Agile or related project management certification and change management
- Knowledge of the software system JIRA, IT specifications, requirements, testing and bug tracking
- Experience of leading testing teams and plans
- Project management skills, including risk assessment and change management
- Expert level MS-Excel

You’ll be a good fit for this role, if:
- You have a logical and analytical approach and a background in technical project management.
- You are a natural problem-solver and will be used to reacting quickly to shifting priorities in a demanding environment.
- You have a proactive and professional approach, along with a strong desire to develop and improve the customer experience, always striving to deliver high-quality output to tight deadlines even when under pressure.
- You can build rapport with clients and convey technical work in “plain English”.

Bonus Points:
We’re eager to hear from you if you’ve worked managing eAssessment solutions, or as an IT project manager or have significant experience of designing and implementing new systems particularly within education.

Why NFER?

- Competitive salary
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Technical Project Manager apply via the button shown.

Applications are to be submitted by midnight 10th February 2019, with interviews scheduled for 27th & 28th February

Function
Project Management
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Senior Project Manager

Slough

Job Ref
19-002
Location
Slough
Salary
£41,703 - £46,936 per annum

Senior Project Manager
Slough, Berkshire

Are you hands-on, driven and looking to take your next step up as a Senior Project Manager? Want to lead a challenging and fast-paced portfolio of projects that will help children and young people get the best education possible? If so, read on.

This is an incredible opportunity for an experienced, pragmatic project manager to make a positive, lasting impact with a leading charity.

About NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research)

With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

About The Role

As the Senior Project Manager, you’ll support the operational delivery of a wide range of educational projects. In this important role, you’ll join a committed, highly-skilled team who are passionate about improving education and outcomes for children and young people.

Joining the Research & Product Operations (RPO) Department, you will work on large scale test trials, international studies, Randomised Control Trials, marking projects, event-based projects, as well as a suite of products for schools and others.

Specifically, you will:

- Line manage a team
- Oversee a range of complex projects at any one time
- Manage assessment trials, event-based projects, surveys and e-assessment projects
- Write reports and proposals and pitch for projects via competitive tendering
- Manage budgets and control costs

About You

To join us as our Senior Project Manager, you’ll need:

- Large scale, complex operational project management experience
- Excellent MS Excel skills and the ability to learn and utilise technology with ease
- A degree (or equivalent) which included a numerical and/or technical element

The Benefits

- Salary of £41,703 - £46,936 per annum
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)

Located close to Windsor and Slough town centre, we offer a pleasant office environment surrounded by green space that’s just 15 minutes from London Paddington and an easy drive from the M4 and M40.

We’d love to hear from you if you’ve worked as a Senior Project Delivery Manager, Programme Manager, Educational Project Manager, Programme Delivery Manager or Project Manager.

The closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 10th February.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Senior Project Manager, apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

Function
Project Management
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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