Senior Economist, Growth and Development Practice

London, UK
Growth & Development
Full time
The role of Senior Economist is a mid-level project management role with responsibility for excellent economic and strategic analysis, project delivery and client engagement. We are currently looking for a Senior Economist to join our Growth and Development practice, to support internal and external project management and develop our expertise in economic development planning and finance. Experience in international development, finance for development, sustainable growth, natural resource transitions in developing countries, engagement with private and public sector clients, and applied quantitative and qualitative techniques for development planning would be an advantage.
About Vivid Economics We are a leading strategic economics consultancy spanning public policy and private sector strategy and investment.  The topics Vivid specialises in include resource- and environment-intensive sectors, international growth and development, global energy and low carbon transition, climate strategy, public and private finance, and application of earth observation and GIS skills to economic and risk modelling. In all our work, we put economics to good use in supporting important decisions and carrying the argument to implement them. The success we bring to our clients reflects a strong partnership culture, solid base of skills and analytical assets, and close cooperation with a large network of contacts. The foundations of our business are our values and mission-driven approach, world-class skills and our commitment to developing and maintaining cutting-edge techniques. These are housed in an independent, highly-motivated, entrepreneurial, employee-owned business, based in London. 

Description of the role 
A successful Senior Economist is able to analyse new and complex economic problems, design and apply advanced methods, and produce high quality end products. A Senior Economist will also be expected to manage some staff and parts of projects, as well as to begin to develop client relationships. 

The ideal candidate would have a combination of strategic advisory experience and technical economic modelling. This is someone who can both build models and create findings that are relevant to a diverse set of clients, with a particular focus on the modelling of policy impacts. 

It is also essential that the consultant has demonstrated strategic advisory experience, either in a corporate environment, government or non-government arena. The role will involve working in teams as well as independently to formulate evidence-based insights and translate them into credible, clear and compelling advice. The candidate will have worked in a consultancy, development partner organisation, or the public sector, and will understand what it takes to manage and successfully deliver projects in challenging contexts internationally.

The geographic focus is international, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Some international travel may be expected as part of this role, up to one in every six weeks.

While the successful candidate is expected to focus on the role outlined above, they will also be required to contribute economic analysis to a range of other projects across the company’s focal areas.

Primary day-to-day duties 
–structuring and applying economic frameworks to analytical problems;
–developing client solutions, addressing client input, and designing materials that effectively communicate recommendations;
–maintaining and developing relationships with existing clients, as well as a broader professional network; 
–keeping updated with knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; participating in professional organisations;
–identifying and contributing to business development and marketing opportunities;
–participating in company improvements; potentially leading on internal change initiatives;
–in addition, a Senior Economist will be expected to develop and see through plans; forecast resources; prepare budgets; and support the development of junior staff.

Reporting and supervisory relationships 
A Senior Economist will lead key streams of work for a project, and may also begin to take the primary lead on a project as a whole. As a result, a Senior Economist may supervise up to three people, of Economist and Analyst grade. A Senior Economist will report to the Growth and Development Practice Lead, and in some cases directly to a Director.

Experience and qualifications 
Candidates must have sufficient experience to demonstrate competency in the duties described. As a guide, four or more years of experience with at least two years related to economic analysis, tend to be required to achieve these competencies. Previous consultancy experience is not necessary but is preferred. 

Previous experience managing projects and complex analysis is required. Good business development and project management experience in international development projects in a consultancy environment would be preferred. Significant experience working with major bilateral or multilateral donors, e.g. DFID, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and others would be an advantage. 

A first class or upper second class degree in economics or a closely related field is required. An MSc/MA or Ph.D. in a relevant field preferred. Fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other languages, particularly French and Spanish, are a bonus. 

Compensation range:
- Salary of £45,000- £55,000 per year
- plus annual bonus
- share options scheme
- 43 days of paid holiday per year, including UK bank holidays
When submitting your application, please include your CV and a covering letter.

Published 19/09/2018

Closing date 31/05/2019