IGC Policy Economist (Tax for Growth)

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The International Growth Centre


Policy Economist (Tax for Growth Initiative)


Salary: from £39,313 to £47,148 per annum with the potential to progress to £50,614 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 and works closely with partner governments to generate high quality research and policy advice on key growth challenges. Based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and in partnership with the University of Oxford, the IGC is majority funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).


IGC’s Tax for Growth (T4G) initiative

Tax for Growth is an initiative of the International Growth Centre that supports tax administrators and policymakers in developing countries with evidence-based research and data-driven solutions to develop effective approaches to make taxation work for development. The initiative uses a collaborative and demand driven approach to address priorities and help alleviate the constraints faced by policy partners.


The Policy Economist supports the research and policy work of the initiative. The post holder supports the implementation of the overall strategy of the Tax for Growth initiative.  This involves implementing our engagement strategy with tax administrators and policy partners and contributing to writing and dissemination of high-quality policy and research outputs. The role will include global influencing based on the stock of knowledge, organising the IGC community of practice and supporting country teams thematically, coordinating the commissioning of tax research and delivering effective programme management of the portfolio of IGC projects.


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 taxation in developing countries will be an added advantage.


This is a full-time open-ended appointment until 30 September 2026. It is based at the IGC Head Office within LSE.  We expect a starting date by 4th/08/2023 at the latest; an earlier start date is preferred. 

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities. If required, we may be able to provide visa sponsorship for the position.


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.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is: 23:59 hours (GMT) on 20 June 2023. Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.