Chief Economist

External candidates should expect their salary appointment to be up to £120,000 p.a.(pro rata)
31 Mar 2017
30 Apr 2017
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As our new Chief Economist, you will be responsible for advising Ministers and senior stakeholders on a range of economic issues and for promoting high quality analysis and use of evidence in policy making across the organisation. 

Your key responsibilities will be: 
 Advising ministers and senior management on economic issues, including both strategy and operations. 
 Promoting the use of high quality analysis and of evidence-based policy making throughout DFID, not only in economics, but in private sector development, governance, conflict and social development, which you will oversee, and in other areas as well. 
 Promoting the professionalism of DFID specialist advisors and support them in applying high standards of analysis and evidence. 
 Providing intellectual leadership for the economics group, consisting of approximately 140 economists located in the UK and in country offices. 
 Overseeing and leading the work of a small Quality Assurance Unit, which reviews proposed major spending commitments for consistency with evidence and value for money. 
 Working with country offices on economic issues and on country assistance programmes. 
 Leading and/or contributing to selected pieces of policy work managed by other teams within DFID. 
 Liaising with economists in the international institutions and other donor agencies. 
 Maintaining contact and interaction with the academic community in the UK and worldwide 
 Playing a leadership role in the Government Economic Service (GES) and working with chief economists in other UK government departments. You will be a member of the board of the Government Economic Service ( 
 Supporting the development of DFID’s rapidly expanding research programme – especially in Economic Growth, for which you will be directly responsible 

Frequent travel within the UK will be required along with around 10 overseas visits each year e.g. attending international conferences and visiting country offices.  The post holder will have some control over the timing and arrangements for each of these international visits. 

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