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IGC Policy Economist (Firms)


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The International Growth Centre (IGC)


IGC Policy Economist (Firms)


Salary: from £37,197 to £44,802 per annum with the potential to progress to £48,168 per annum including London allowance


The International Growth Centre 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. The IGC works closely with partner governments to generate high quality research and policy advice on key growth challenges, focusing on four themes: state effectiveness, firms, cities and energy. IGC’s current partner countries include Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. We also have flexible engagements in more fragile states, including Liberia, Sudan and Yemen.


The IGC Policy Economist (Firms) supports on the managements of the portfolio of IGC activities under the Firms, Trade and Productivity theme the LSE Hub. The post holder supports the development of and implements the overall strategy for the IGC Firms initiative, which includes global influencing based on the stock of knowledge, organising the IGC community of practice and supporting country teams thematically, coordinating the commissioning of research for thematically focused programmes and delivering effective programme management of the portfolio of IGC projects under this theme. The post holder implements our engagement strategy for the Firms, Trade and Productivity, contributing to the writing and dissemination of high-quality policy and research outputs to promote innovative growth policy ideas.


The successful applicants will have:

  • a demonstrated understanding of policy-relevant economic research;
  • a Master’s degree in economics, public policy/administration, development economics, or a related discipline by date of application;
  • the ability to construct clear and concise arguments to facilitate the translation of research into policy recommendations and excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • experience of programme management and understanding of monitoring and evaluation methods and processes in the field of development economics or a related area;
  • the willingness to regularly travel to Africa, South Asia and Middle East, and engage with country teams and stakeholders in these regions;
  • the ability to organise their own workload and work independently as a dynamic self-starter with minimum supervision;
  • thematic expertise on the theme of Firms, Trade and Productivity.


This is a full-time open-ended appointment until 30 September 2026, subject to funding and to review in 2023. It is based at the IGC Head Office within LSE.  We expect a starting date by 01/01/2022 at the latest; an earlier start date is preferred.  

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


For this post, we may be able to offer visa sponsorship to the successful candidate.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification and go to www.theigc.org/about/careers.


To apply for this post, please go to https://jobs.lse.ac.uk.  If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email R.Nasir1@lse.ac.uk.  


The closing date for receipt of applications is: 23:59 hours (GMT) on 30 November, 2021. Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.