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IGC Policy Economist (2 positions available)

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The International Growth Centre (IGC)


IGC Policy Economist (2 Positions available)


Salary: from £36,647 to £44,140 per annum with the potential to progress to £47,456 per annum including London allowance


The International Growth Centre (IGC) aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research. It directs a global network of world-leading researchers and the Country Programme has a number of 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. The Responsive Policy Function leads on a number of flexible engagements in more fragile states, which are managed from the LSE Hub. The IGC is based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and operates in partnership with the University of Oxford.


IGC Policy Economists lead on the management and coordination of individual country programmes from the LSE Hub. As part of the Country Programme, they support country teams with implementation of country strategies and the in-country policy engagement and research portfolios with the aim of maximising policy impact; as part of the Responsive Policy Function, they lead on these activities for flexible engagement countries. They work with the Country Programme Manager or the Head of Responsive Policy Function to facilitate cross-country learning and enhance the effectiveness of the Country Programme or Responsive Policy Function, respectively. They also take responsibility for the implementation of our engagement strategy for one of our IGC themes or initiatives, 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.;
  • experience of programme management and understanding of monitoring and evaluation methods and processes in the field of development economics or a related area;
  • the ability to construct clear and concise arguments to facilitate the translation of research into policy recommendations and excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • 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 in an area in high demand from policymakers in partner countries, such as macroeconomic management, tax, or public financial management.


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 01/01/2020 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 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.


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 Sarah Logan at S.Logan1@lse.ac.uk .


The closing date for receipt of applications is: 23:59 hours (GMT) on 25 September, 2019. Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.