Updated Apr 2017


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Chief Economist (maternity cover)

Circa £50,000 per annum (pro rata) plus benefits
8-month fixed-term contract – full or part time (at least 30 hours per week)

IPPR is seeking to recruit a Chief Economist with a strong track record in economic analysis and policy; a good understanding of government and the public policy-making process; and excellent quantitative skills. The successful candidate will play a key role in delivering the work of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice (CEJ), a two-year research programme launched last autumn. Comprising leading figures from across business, trade unions, academia and civil society, the Commission is examining the challenges facing the UK economy, and will make recommendations for reform. Its work encompasses research, communications and stakeholder engagement.

The Chief Economist’s key responsibilities will include:

  • designing, fundraising for and leading economic research projects as part of the CEJ team
  • leading engagement with the CEJ Panel of Economic Advisers, and with other key stakeholder groups
  • playing a key role in designing the programme for an economic conference planned for the autumn
  • crafting and publicising IPPR’s reactions to economic news, including the autumn budget, though blogging and media appearances.

The successful candidate will have a good understanding of economic theory and policy, with knowledge of at least two of the following:

  • macroeconomic policy
  • tax reform
  • the financial system
  • industrial strategy
  • labour markets
  • local/regional economic policy
  • the measurement of economic performance.

S/he will be able to demonstrate an ability to link data analysis to current policy debates, and to develop practical policy recommendations on the basis of evidence. S/he will be an experienced research project manager who is familiar with a range of advanced quantitative methods. Additionally, s/he will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and a commitment to the values and ethos of IPPR.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

To apply please download an information pack and application form, or email recruitment@ippr.org quoting JOB REF: CE/MAR. Please also complete IPPR’s equal opportunities monitoring form.

Please do not send in CVs.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am, Friday 28 April 2017 (this has been extended from Wednesday 19 April). Interviews will be held Tuesday 9 May 2017.

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IPPR offers internship opportunities throughout the year, and they are always advertised on this page.

Interns are valued by IPPR and are given a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities. Interns may be employed to work on research projects or work in the external affairs team. Internships are offered in London and Newcastle.

We seek to ensure our internships are open to a wide range of candidates and as part of our commitment to encourage diversity and opportunity all interns are paid the London Living Wage or its equivalent.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and we particularly welcome applications from sections of the community that are currently under-represented at IPPR, including disabled, black and minority ethnic candidates.

We embrace flexible working practices and endeavour to accommodate requests for flexible working where possible. This would be discussed at interview stage for those who wanted to work part time.

Amelia Zollner IPPR/University College London Internship Award

The Amelia Zollner IPPR/UCL Internship Award was founded in 2007 in memory of 24-year-old UCL student Amelia Zollner, who tragically died in a cycling accident while working as an intern at IPPR.

The annual three-month London-based Amelia Zollner internship is reserved for current UCL students or recent UCL graduates as a stepping stone to working in policy or politics.

Work experience

Generally, IPPR is not able to offer work experience opportunities. The exceptions are the work experience schemes we have in place with specific educational institutions.

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