Senior Economist, International Education

The National Foundation for Educational Research
Slough, Berkshire
£41,703 - £46,936
21 Dec 2018
18 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Economist, International Education
Upton Park, Slough
£41,703 - £46,936

NFER has a worldwide reputation as a leading independent provider of education research and analysis. We are a registered charity that has contributed evidence, in-depth knowledge, and research expertise to support the creation of an excellent education for all children and young people for over seventy years. Improving the lives of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do. 

As a Senior Economist you will play a key role in supporting the development of education systems around the world, including low-middle income countries. You will join the Centre for International Education with its rapidly growing portfolio of international work. 

In the era of the sustainable development goals and with the growth of international large scale assessment (ILSAs), we are identifying an increasing number of opportunities to bring insights from independent research and evaluation to support the development of education systems, and to inform governments and donors in their policy and investment decisions. In particular, our existing expertise in ILSAs brings unique opportunities to work with these high profile datasets. 

The role of Senior Economist will be to: 
- use economic analysis and quantitative methods to shed new light on international education issues, leading research and evaluation projects that apply econometrics and economic principles to pressing policy and practice questions. 
- shape, design and secure funding for research and evaluation projects that make use of primary data collection (such as from EGRA and EGMA assessments) and analysis of secondary datasets (for example PISA, SACMEQ, TIMSS, PASEC and ASER). 
- share findings and contribute to NFER aims of raising its visibility and ensuring a positive impact is made by all of its research. 
- contribute to the economics community at NFER, working with the Lead Economist to develop and maintain high standards of rigorous, innovative methods. 

Your technical background: 
- A Masters or higher degree in economics (with a strong microeconomics and evaluation element), or an equivalent combination of qualifications and professional experience 
- Quantitative research skills; quasi-experimental evaluation methods, and in statistical techniques used in applied economics 
- User of statistical software e.g. STATA, SPSS, R, MPlus and MLWin 

You’ll love this job, if you are: 
- a critical thinker with an intellectual stance to persuade a diverse set of audiences using evidence 
- creative and innovative in conceptual development and design of projects 
- able to lead effective research teams 
- able to work with a considerable degree of autonomy and to consistently meet deadlines 

Bonus Points: 
We’re eager to hear from you if you’ve worked in international education or international development as an economist, researcher, or research manager with an economics background and have experience in the analysis of learning assessment datasets. 

Why NFER? 

- Competitive salary 
- Generous pension scheme 
- Free parking 
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days 
- Excellent support for professional development 
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week) 
- Easy access to major transport hubs including London Heathrow 

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community. This role is open for Tier 2 sponsorship. 

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Senior Economist in international education, apply via the button shown. 

Application to be submitted by midnight Sunday 27th January (GMT)  

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