The role of the Chief Economist is to advise and assure ministers and senior officials on the robustness of economic analysis produced by HO officials and ensure that the HO has an appropriate level of capability and capacity to provide the specialist expertise required by the Home Office. The Chief Economist will also represent the Home Office and its interests at senior level in cross government meetings on issues where there is significant economic content. All government departments have a chief economist who takes the role of head of profession.
Home Office has established a new analysis and insight capability, which brings together professional analysts from across the department into a single, customer-driven organisation. The role of Chief Economist will be an integral part of that organisation, and the individual will act as Head of Profession, leading Home Office economists in delivering high quality advice and analytical outputs.
You responsibilities will include:
Setting the strategy and direction for economic analysis and promoting the use of economics in the department with senior decision makers;
Ensuring that the work of the economic profession within the department is joined up across the main policy and operational areas;
Working with analytical programme directors and other heads of profession to ensure the analytical output of the Home Office is coherent, of high quality and influential in the department’s decision making;
Overseeing capacity building, development and team building for economists within the Home Office;
Representing the department externally, for example in cross-Whitehall meetings of senior economists, and increasing the Home Office’s influence in the wider economic community
Support the Director of Analysis in agreeing analytical approaches to key problems, and considering those outputs with significant economic context produced by the multi-disciplinary analytical teams that support the main policy and operational areas (migration policy and operations, crime, policing and fire, security & counter-terrorism).
Lead the central economics team (9 staff) and embedded economics teams in the UKVI transformation portfolio (6 staff), the Law Enforcement major projects portfolio (3 staff), and Border Force Economics (7 staff) including the process for development of and sign off for major business cases and impact assessments
The Analysis and Insight Directorate as a whole consists of over 250 staff and £10m budget.
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Closing date: midnight on 25 August 2017.
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