Careers

The IGC seeks to employ highly qualified, committed and passionate individuals to join our teams in London and around the world. We are currently recruiting for the following positions:


Research Assistant

Data and Research as key enablers for city outcomes: A Case Study of City of Cape Town 2000 – 2021

About the role: IGC is seeking to appoint a Cape Town-based research assistant to support the drafting of a case study on 20 years of data and research initiatives, programmes, projects and reforms in the City of Cape Town aimed at promoting cross-city learning, drawing on these findings, contribute to a policy brief with recommendations for future further development  of the data and research strategies in the city. For an example of previous work of this nature see 20 years of transport reform in Lagos 

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Length of Commitment: 3 months (approx. 60 working days), subject to suitable performance. Applicants should be available to start on 10 January 2022.

Renumeration: £80 per working day

Contract type: consultancy

The successful applicant will have: 

  • An honours degree in economics, public policy, development studies, information systems, or a higher degree in the same.  
  • A strong interest in the use of data and evidence for policymaking and decision-making. 
  • Ability to undertake research, access and work with resource materials, and produce high quality outputs.  
  • Excellent written communication – particularly in analysing and synthesising large volumes of information from a range of sources and writing clearly for a policy audience. 
  • Ability to interact with and conduct interviews with city officials. 
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative. 
  • Some experience in supporting research or policy work will be of benefit. 

List of services  

  • With support from the policy and strategy department research branch at the City of Cape Town, accessing, organising, and analysing archives of information on data and research strategies, related reports, documents, materials and reforms in the City of Cape Town. 
  • With support from the policy and strategy unit at the City of Cape Town, arrange and conduct interviews with stakeholders in relevant city departments to gather further information.  
  • With supervision from project leads at IGC and the City of Cape Town, drafting of a 15-20 page case study outlining the key lessons from 20 years of data and research reforms in the City of Cape Town, including use-case examples. 
  • With input from project leads and the IGC academic and practitioner network, drafting of a short policy brief outlining recommendations for future further development of the data and research strategies in the City of Cape Town. 
  • A degree of flexibility is required for additional services of this nature that may arise. 

Application process: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit the following in a PDF format to Victoria Delbridge at victoria.delbridge@theigc.org with the subject title “Cape Town RAby COB Monday, 6th December:

(a) a CV (no longer than two pages) and  

(b) a short cover letter (clearly highlighting how you meet the criteria above using examples of your skills and experience, in no longer than 1-page)  

(c) a writing sample of no longer than 2000 words – ideally written for a policy audience. The sample should have no other co-authors. 

Please note, we will be unable to confirm the receipt or outcome of the application for unsuccessful candidates. If we don’t respond in two weeks from the close of applications, please consider the application unsuccessful. We will be interviewing short-listed candidates over Zoom. 

If you have any questions about the position, please reach out to Head of IGC’s Cities that Work initiative, Victoria Delbridge, at victoria.delbridge@theigc.org. 

This is a consultancy contract and remote position. As part of the contractual arrangement, the successful candidate will be paid upon delivery of certain milestones. We cannot sponsor visas for this role. We expect the successful candidate to be based in Cape Town to attend in-person meetings if COVID19 containment regulations permit at the time. While regular access to the City of Cape Town offices will be provided, candidates must be able to work from home and have access to a computer and stable internet connection.  


Project Manager

About this role:

The International Growth Centre is seeking motivated, independent, and highly skilled Project Manager for 9-months. The job will include a variety of tasks, such as data analysis, writing and creating presentations, editing research papers, managing data collection and relationships with stakeholders. We envision this role as a bridge for recent graduates interested in developing practical research skills before applying to doctoral programs.

The successful applicants will have:

  • A completed Master’s degree (or equivalent) in economics or other closely related discipline
  • Strong quantitative and data analysis skills
  • An ability to manage their own areas of responsibility independently without constant direct supervision.
  • Experience in Stata is essential and experience with R and/or Python and/or Matlab is desirable.
  • We are looking for someone with fluency in written and spoken English, with excellent written and verbal communication skills who is able to communicate effectively to different audiences, conveying complex technical information in a clear and accurate manner.
  • This position would be suited to candidates with a long-term interest in progression to a doctoral program and conducting research in economics.

The closing date for receipt of applications is: 23:59 hours (GMT) on 28 November, 2021. Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications. Should you have any queries about the role, please email r.nasir1@lse.ac.uk. The applications will be reviewed till the position is filled and, in any case, before 28 November 2021 (23.59 UK time).

For more information about the role please see the vacancy details.


IGC Country Manager (Bangladesh)

About this role:

The IGC is currently seeking a Country Manager for our Bangladesh programme to be based in London, travelling to Bangladesh for 6 months of the year. For this post, we may be able to offer visa sponsorship to the successful candidate.

The Country Manager will lead the IGC Bangladesh country team, reporting to the IGC’s Executive Director and managing two resident economists. Working closely with the team, they will develop and implement our country strategy, lead engagement with government and non-government stakeholders and manage and expand the research portfolio. The portfolio will include the core IGC themes with a particular focus on: (a) inclusive and resilient job creation; (b) sustainable and green growth; and (c) domestic revenue mobilisation.

The successful applicants will have:

  • A highly pro-active, organised approach and utilisation of advanced economic research skills
  • Policy knowledge, and a passion and skill for informing policy.
  • Strong economics and quantitative analysis skills (using STATA or R), including knowledge of both macro and microeconomics
  • A sophisticated understanding of policy issues in Bangladesh and the wider region.
  • Candidates must hold a post-graduate degree (MSc/MPA/MPP) and a PhD is preferred, in economics, development economics, trade and industrial organization, or a related discipline.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 28 November 2021 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

For more information about the role please see the vacancy details.


Policy Economist (Firms)

About this role:

The IGC Policy Economist (Firms) supports on the management of the portfolio of IGC activities under the Firms, Trade and Productivity theme the LSE Hub. The post holder supports the development of and implements the overall strategy for the IGC Firms initiative, which includes global influencing based on the stock of knowledge, organising the IGC community of practice and supporting country teams thematically, coordinating the commissioning of research for thematically focused programmes and delivering effective programme management of the portfolio of IGC projects under this theme. The post holder implements our engagement strategy for the Firms, Trade and Productivity, contributing to the writing and dissemination of high-quality policy and research outputs to promote innovative growth policy ideas.

This is a full-time open-ended appointment until 30 September 2026, subject to funding and to review in 2023. It is based at the IGC Head Office within LSE.  We expect a starting date by 01/01/2022 at the latest; an earlier start date is preferred.

The successful applicants will have:

  • a demonstrated understanding of policy-relevant economic research;
  • a Master’s degree in economics, public policy/administration, development economics, or a related discipline by date of application;
  • the ability to construct clear and concise arguments to facilitate the translation of research into policy recommendations and excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • experience of programme management and understanding of monitoring and evaluation methods and processes in the field of development economics or a related area;
  • the willingness to regularly travel to Africa, South Asia and Middle East, and engage with country teams and stakeholders in these regions;
  • the ability to organise their own workload and work independently as a dynamic self-starter with minimum supervision;
  • thematic expertise on the theme of Firms, Trade and Productivity.

The closing date for receipt of applications is: 23:59 hours (GMT) on 30 November 2021. Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

For more information about the role please see the vacancy details. 


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