Research and Policy Analyst

About us

Pro Bono Economics (PBE) enables professional economists from across the private, public and third sectors to volunteer their skills to tackle some of the most pressing issues in society. Working with our network of experienced consultant economists, our volunteers help charities and social enterprises appreciate their economic and social impact and so improve their overall effectiveness. We have worked with over 400 charities across the third sector since our inception in 2009.

We are now embarking on an exciting new phase of our development, by adding a dedicated in-house research and policy function. In doing so, we plan to supplement our charity projects with new ‘macro’ insights into the value and the potential of civil society in the 2020s. Armed with new content, we want to play an enhanced role in helping shape the policy debate in the UK through a programme of public events, media engagement and contact with different layers of government.

In particular, PBE is about to embark on a major, high-profile two-year research programme on the value of civil society and the challenges and opportunities it faces in the 2020s. The research and policy analyst will be deeply involved in the delivery of this programme, contributing original research, developing policy recommendations and managing a series of external events across the UK.

About the role

We are looking for an exceptional research and policy analyst to help deliver the programme. Working with the Research and Policy Director, you will support the team to design, deliver and disseminate research content and commission support from external partners.

Post type: Full-time, fixed-term (24 months). Flexible arrangements will be considered, and we welcome people applying on secondment

Reports to: Research and Policy Director

Main duties & tasks:

  • Work with others in the Research and Policy team to establish an overall research programme that shines a light on the value of civil society and the challenges and opportunities it faces in the 2020s

  • Support senior colleagues to project manage this substantial research programme, to include an extensive programme of high-profile public events and publications

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research to the highest standards and publicise findings through written reports, media articles, blogs, presentations and social media

  • Build up and manage a rich network of stakeholders in the voluntary sector, government, the private sector, and academia to support and inform PBE’s research programme

  • Support the team to commission work from external partners when appropriate, finding opportunities for collaboration and then managing the ongoing relationships

  • Develop and test policy solutions that promote PBE’s aims of using economics to support social change

  • Work with our consultant and volunteer economists to provide ‘macro’ research support for our ‘micro’ charity projects

  • Communicate PBE’s work in print and broadcast media, and represent PBE at seminars and events

  • Work with PBE’s Director of External Affairs to produce press notices, media campaigns and organise events

  • Any other duties as deemed reasonable by the line manager.

About you

We are looking for an exceptional candidate with at least two to three years’ experience working in a field related to research and/or policy development. The role would suit candidates with formal training in economics/statistical analysis or qualitative research techniques, but we will consider candidates who are interested in developing these skills. Candidates should be able point to a strong track record of delivering research or a related skill, the ability to organise projects and workstreams, and interest in developing policy recommendations.

Ideal characteristics include:

  • Demonstrable ability to deliver research and/or develop evidence-based policy

  • Knowledge of a range of quantitative research techniques, econometric analysis and statistical packages, or a willingness to develop this knowledge

  • Skills in a range of qualitative research techniques, or demonstrable ability to develop these skills

  • Interest in influencing policy change and the public policy issues relating to civil society

  • Demonstrable writing and presentational skills in a range of contexts and to a range of audiences

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work flexibly as part of a small team in a fast-moving environment

  • A commitment to PBE’s focus on using economics to drive wellbeing improvements in the UK.

Desirable characteristics include:

  • Strong organisational skills

  • Willingness to develop a network among the UK’s analytical and policy communities

  • An ability to commission and monitor external projects

  • Comparative social and economic policy knowledge

  • An understanding and an appreciation of the diverse needs of civil society

  • Experience of working with the print and broadcast media.

Application process

To apply: Please go to

Closing date: 10am Monday 20th July

Interviews: To be held week commencing 3rd August

PBE is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity

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Role posted - 2020-06-17T13:22:05Z 2:22pm, 17th Jun 2020 BST

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Closes: 10:00am, 20th Jul 2020 BST

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