IGC Policy Economist (Tax for Growth)

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The International Growth Centre


2x Policy Economist (Tax for Growth Initiative)


Salary from £40,229 to £48,456 per annum with the potential to progress to £52,095 per annum including London allowance


Previously unsuccessful applicants need not apply


The International Growth Centre (IGC) works with policymakers in developing countries to promote inclusive and sustainable growth through pathbreaking research. We are a global research centre with a network of world-leading researchers and in-country teams and initiatives working across Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. Based at LSE and in partnership with the University of Oxford, we are majority funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). We work to improve the productivity of people and firms as the key driver of sustainable economic development.


IGC’s Tax for Growth (T4G) is an initiative 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 T4G team is looking for 2 Policy Economists to support the research and policy work of the initiative. The post holder supports the development of and implements the overall strategy of the Tax for Growth initiative, which includes implementing our engagement strategy with tax administrators and policy partners. They will contribute to the writing and dissemination of high-quality policy and research outputs. The role will also include global influencing, 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 on tax.


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 in the field of development economics.
  • 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 plan and organise own workload and work independently as a dynamic self-starter with minimum supervision.
  •  demonstrated expertise on economic issues in high demand from policymakers in developing countries, such as macroeconomic management, taxation, and public financial management.


This is a full-time open-ended appointment until 17 September 2026. It is based at the IGC Head Office within LSE, London.  


 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 documentjob description and the person specification
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To apply for this post, please go to www.jobs.lse.ac.ukIf 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 Twivwe Siwale t.siwale@lse.ac.uk 


The closing date for receipt of applications is 17th September 2023 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

IGC Policy Economist (Tax for Growth)