Senior Economist (UK office)

Position: Senior Economist
Reporting to: Head of Social Economics and Analysis
Location: Orpington, London
Starting Salary: £44,000 to £55,000 per annum plus benefits

Are you an economist interested in Social and Economic Policy? Understand different research methods? Love data analysis? We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic senior economist to join our expanding team and make a difference to the lives of others!

Our Orpington head office is home to a diverse team of 20+ who are committed to transforming social policies to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable people are not forgotten. We work hard and are passionate about what we do. We find time to discuss important issues and ways we as a company can support initiatives that we are passionate about. We also find the time to socialise, when not in lockdown and have a casual culture around the office that allows for interaction across all levels in the company.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 crisis, all employees are currently working from home.

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About the Position

The Senior Economist will develop, implement and oversee high-quality and innovative research and analytical work on social and economic issues in low- and middle-income countries. She/he will collaborate closely with other staff members in the Social and Economic Analysis team, as well as other internal teams and external consultants, for the delivery of projects. He/she will receive a range of opportunities to work with different partners and clients and develop your career within Development Pathways. The post holder may also take on supervisor responsibilities.

The successful candidate will become part of a team that loves working with data and applying economic tools and research methods to solve interesting challenges and provide our clients with the solutions and advice they need. We are also increasingly integrating qualitative methods into our work. Examples of our work include: poverty and inequality profiles; costing tools and micro-simulations of the impact of social protection schemes; multisectoral situation analyses of children, older people, and persons with disabilities; country baseline reports for the global Sustainable Development Goals; large-scale household surveys on food security in refugee settlements; and impact evaluation designs.

The Senior Economist will need a strong background in data analysis and research methods, in a field related to social and/or economic policy. The role requires a high level of flexibility, self-motivation and drive for results. The post is based in our new office in Sidcup and we also offer flexible working from home arrangements. The position will involve international travel, up to a maximum of three months per year.

Main Responsibilities and Duties

  • Deliver technical inputs for consultancy assignments:
    • Design research methodologies and approaches;
    • Run quantitative data analysis using censuses and surveys such as Labour Force Surveys, Household Income and Expenditure Surveys, Living Conditions Surveys, Demographic and Health Surveys;
    • Conduct background research and literature reviews;
    • Write technical reports and policy briefs;
    • Develop training materials and facilitate workshops.
  • Serve as technical lead for medium-sized research projects:
    • Provide technical oversight for the development and delivery of selected assignments;
    • Manage relationships with donors, UN agencies, governments, and other partners;
    • Coordinate workstreams with team members and external consultants and quality assure deliverables;
    • Collaborate with the Programme Management team to ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget.
  • Support Development Pathways’ growth:
    • Lead the development of and/or contribute substantial inputs to expressions of interest and proposals for new opportunities;
    • Build relations with a wide range of stakeholders to strengthen Development Pathways’ international reputation, influence development policy, and identify opportunities for further business.
    • Help to build a cadre of competent and trusted consultants whom Development Pathways can engage to work on various assignments.
    • Build Pathways’ reputation by authoring and/or contribute to Pathways’ own publications (‘Perspectives’) and writing of blogs;
    • Manage and mentor junior technical staff.

Person Specification

 We hire people from a range of backgrounds and experience, but the key attributes should include:

  • At least a Masters’ degree in economics or a related discipline. Strong knowledge of one or more thematic or technical areas relevant to the work of Development Pathways. Examples include poverty and welfare analysis, social protection, food security, gender, child well-being, public finance, monitoring and evaluation, causal inference, microsimulation and policy analysis, etc.
  • Solid analytical skills with a demonstrable ability to work with diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources. Attention to detail is absolutely essential.
  • Proficiency in at least one statistical software or language (e.g. Stata, R) and experience in analysing household survey micro datasets. Willingness to learn new packages and statistical and visualisation techniques.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential and must be demonstrated. Report writing of a very high standard, requiring minimal quality assurance. Able to communicate complex technical ideas and arguments in ways which non-specialist audiences can readily understand.
  • Capable of leading medium-sized projects, including working with donors and multilateral agencies, drafting technical proposals, managing project teams, understanding risk and financial management, and quality assuring deliverables.
  • Self-motivated, with an ability to work on own initiative, to accept responsibility and to respond with confidence to complex and evolving problems.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, which may include overnight and weekends on occasion.

Terms of Employment and Benefits

Recruitment will be at the senior management level and is a permanent and full-time post. Along with the salary, the successful candidate would receive an attractive package of the following:

  • Fulfilling work – work directly with end-users in some of the world’s most underserved communities.
  • Flexible work – Development Pathways offers employees flexible work hours and remote work options.
  • Generous time off – recharge with 30-holiday entitlement plus standard bank holidays.
  • Travel the World– we are committed to seeing our work in action, all around the world up to 3 months in a year (this will be subject to the current COVID situation).
  • Excellent health and well-being provision – access to the company private health care scheme (after the satisfactory completion of the probationary period, pension scheme and Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Commitment to professional development opportunities – we encourage our staff to participate in professional learning and development.
  • Provision of a company laptop and working at home benefit.

How to apply

We invite interested candidates to please send:

  • Your CV and cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for the post of Senior Economist and how you meet the above criteria.
  • Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.
  • Applications should be sent to
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we retain the right to close this role without notice.
  • Due to the high number of applications expected, unfortunately only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Closing date for this post will be 10th August 2020.

 Development Pathways is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate and support diversity and are committed to providing a work environment that is inclusive and free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on individual qualifications without regard to race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, family or parental status, or disability status.


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