IGC Head of Country Programmes and Senior Country Economist

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The International Growth Centre (IGC)

IGC Head of Country Programmes and Senior Policy Economist


Salary from £46,100 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £59,354 pa inclusive of London allowance


This is a full-time open-ended appointment until 30 September 2026, subject to funding and to review in 2023


The IGC aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research. The IGC directs a global network of world-leading researchers and in-country teams in Africa and South Asia and works closely with partner governments to generate high quality research and policy advice on key growth challenges. Based at LSE and in partnership with Oxford, the IGC is funded primarily by the UK Department for International Development, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other foundations and research funders.


The Head of Country Programmes (HCP) leads a London-based team of Policy Economists that works collaboratively with IGC’s in-country teams to support world-class research, draw out key lessons for policy and maximise growth policy impact. The HCP supports the Policy Director in setting, implementing and reviewing the strategy for the Country Programme and ensuring the programme’s overall effectiveness. They lead on resource allocation for the Country Programme. The HCP works closely with the Policy Director and Country Directors to ensure sharing of good practices and to build high performing Country teams through effective recruitment, performance management and staff development. They also contribute to policy and research outputs to disseminate IGC’s frontier research to a broad audience.


The successful applicant will:

  • possess a Master’s degree in economics, public policy/administration,  development economics, or a related discipline
  • have a demonstrated understanding of policy-relevant economic research, and experience of the research–policy interface, including knowledge of different policy influencing strategies
  • have significant work experience in a professional and public policy relevant role
  • have experience of establishing and managing budgets and operational processes, ideally in an international organisation



This is a full-time position based in the IGC Head Office located within LSE, in central London.


We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.


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To find out more about the position, and the IGC, please go to www.theigc.org/about/careers.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 05 January 2020 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.