Updated Jul 2015

Vacancies

IPPR's reputation as the leading progressive thinktank in the UK is built on the expertise and experience of its people. The IPPR staff includes people with a wide range of experience, working inside government and for national media and major non-governmental organisations, as well as leading academics and policy experts.

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As well as employing the best staff at all levels, IPPR helps young people to get a start in the policy world through its internship and work experience programmes.


Jobs

Senior economist & associate director for economic policy

Permanent, full-time (37.5 hours per week)
From £50,000 per annum plus benefits
Based in London

We are seeking a macroeconomist to lead our work on economic and fiscal policy. The successful candidate will have excellent research and analytical skills; expertise in economic theory, including new economic thinking; and an ability to contribute innovative ideas to public policy debates. They will lead and manage a team of researchers, contribute to fundraising targets, and undertake public speaking and media appearances.

Econometric research skills are not essential, but an ability to write and communicate fluently is vital. We are looking for someone who thinks in numbers and writes in prose – someone who can hold their own among specialists but also explain their ideas to non-specialists in a compelling way.

IPPR is one of the UK’s busiest and most high-profile thinktanks, with a broad research agenda and a range of expertise that allows it to examine critical economic questions from a wide variety of angles. The successful candidate will work closely with other senior colleagues leading research across the domestic policy agenda, including infrastructure, housing, welfare and skills. The departing incumbent in this post (Tony Dolphin) routinely appears in the national media.

IPPR also plays a key role in convening intellectual debate on economic policy; for example, last year we hosted Thomas Piketty’s first public event in the UK.

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

To find out more and to make an application, please download an information pack and application form. Alternatively you can email recruitment@ippr.org quoting the reference SE/AUG. Completed applications should be returned to applications@ippr.org. Please do not send CVs.

In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR’s equal opportunities monitoring form.

Applications close at 9am, Monday 10 August. Interviews will be held during the week of 31 August.

Press and media officer

Six-month contract, full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Approximately £26,096 per annum pro-rata, plus benefits
Based in London

IPPR is looking for a digitally savvy news hound to maintain our media coverage and help build bigger audiences for our work.

IPPR is already Britain’s highest profile thinktank and we want to maintain our leadership position. This year we won Prospect’s Energy & Environment Thinktank of the Year and last year we won the social policy award. But we also aspire to more. Over the next six months we will be setting innovative thinking on long-term policy challenges and publishing punchy evidence-based policy ideas to influence government in Westminster, Holyrood and city halls across England.

You will love meeting with journalists, reading research reports, spotting top-lines, crafting news releases and thinking about how to place stories. Experience of working in a research-led or data-driven environment is desirable.

You will also be keen to support the digital officer: you should be at home using social media and happy to stand in as IPPR’s in-house video reporter and photographer.

You will be expected to be part of the team handling out-of-hours calls, over weekends and bank holidays, and to travel outside London on occasions.

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 find out more and to make an application, please download an information pack and application form. Alternatively you can email recruitment@ippr.org quoting the reference PMO/JUL. Completed applications should be returned to applications@ippr.org. Please do not send CVs.

In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR’s equal opportunities monitoring form.

Applications close at 9am, Monday 10 August. Interviews will be held Friday 14 August.

Researcher, public service reform

Fixed-term (6–12 months), full-time (37.5 hours per week)
£24,995 per annum plus benefits
Based in London

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic researcher to contribute to the work of the public services team. The successful applicant will work across a number of projects, with a particular focus on health and social care policy.

You will have proven skills and experience in research and research methodology, and a good understanding of UK politics, government and the public policymaking process. Duties will include conducting research, writing reports, contributing to project development, building networks, and assisting with events.

You will have excellent written communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to manage your own workload to meet deadlines, and a clear commitment to the work and values 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, including part-time working and secondment opportunities. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

To find out more and to make an application, please download an information pack and application form. Alternatively you can email recruitment@ippr.org quoting the reference RPS/AUG. Completed applications should be returned to applications@ippr.org. Please do not send CVs.

In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR’s equal opportunities monitoring form.

Applications close at 9am, Wednesday 5 August. Interviews will be held during the week of 17 August.

Internships

IPPR offers internship opportunities throughout the year. 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.

Housing research internship

Fixed term (6 months), to start late August/early September 2015
Full-time (37.5 hours/week), £18,200 per annum + benefits
Based in London

IPPR is looking for an intern to provide support to the Housing team. They will be responsible for assisting the work of the London Housing Commission, and other core housing work. This internship will be based in the IPPR office in London for a period of 6 months, starting in late August or early September 2015.

Job duties will include the following.

  • Assisting in background research and data-gathering for the London Housing Commission project.
  • Assisting in designing and arranging meetings, seminars, and conferences with partners and funders.
  • Event organisation including: drafting event proposals; liaising with funders; writing invites to key speakers; sending invites to delegates and monitoring responses.
  • Providing administrative support such as maintaining databases, records and general support.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am on Tuesday, 4 August 2015. Interviews will be held on Friday 21 August 2015.

For further information and to apply please download an information pack and application form, or email intern@ippr.org quoting the job reference LHC/JUL. Applications should be made by emailing a completed application form to applications@ippr.org. Please also fill out and send the equal opportunities monitoring form. Please note that we do not accept CVs.


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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