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ICF Consulting Services

Junior Consultant in Education, Skills and Employment Practice

ICF International

Brussels, London or Birmingham

ICF International specialises in applied research, evaluation and policy analysis, working across the public and voluntary sectors. We work at a local, national and international level, with teams based in the UK, Europe, North America and beyond. Our basic proposition is simple: better use of evidence leads to better decisions, and better decisions lead to better outcomes. This is reflected in our approach to working with clients, combining the best elements of academic rigour with the practical concerns of consultancy. Check our website is www.icf.com.

Job description:

We are expanding our services, and to support this growth, we are looking for a Junior Consultant to join our Education, Skills and Employment practice. The practice provides research, evaluation and technical assistance services to EU institutions, in particular the European Commission (including DG EAC and DG EMPL), as well as other European organisations, such as the EUROFOUND, EIGE and CEDEFOP.

Our current portfolio of projects reflects the diversity of our work. Examples of our work in the area of education and skills include: Evaluation of Erasmus + (DG EAC) or comparative research on apprenticeships (Cedefop). In the area of employment our team often works on evaluations of programmes such as European Social Fund or studies to support transition of people to employment. While analysing education and employment issues in the EU we take into account gender considerations and analyse how different policies and programmes affect girls and boys, women and men. Additionally, our team currently delivers a number of gender-specific projects, including a study on female genital mutilation that estimates the girls at risk in the European Union (EIGE), and a study on administrative data collection on intimate partner violence (EIGE).

The position entails carrying out primary data collection through various research methods, reviewing and compiling secondary data as well as carrying out data analysis and thus contributing to parts of our research or evaluation reports. You will be working on multiple projects at a time, interacting with all levels of ICF staff and external stakeholders. We are interested in individuals who can demonstrate a real interest in European policies in the areas we cover combined with strong analytical, writing and organisational skills. Skills in quantitative data analysis would be a particular asset.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Undertake high-quality research and data collection activities;
  • Conduct qualitative analysis (experience with NVIVO an advantage);
  • Conduct quantitative analysis (experience with Excel essential; experience with SPSS, STATA, etc. an advantage);
  • Assist with report-writing and presentations;
  • Contribute towards the preparation of tenders and reports for the European Commission, governments, and other EU clients;
  • Arrange, conduct and facilitate interviews, surveys and focus groups;
  • Develop, conduct and analyse case studies;
  • Accompany colleagues on site visits and to client meetings;
  • Collaborate closely with other project teams, and external partners and stakeholders.

Basic Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in social science for example: economics, sociology, psychology, political science, or a related discipline;
  • Between two and four years of experience within the context of European social policy, covering one or more of the following policy areas: education, training, skills, employment, social inclusion policies and gender equality;
  • Experience in applying a variety of research methods (qualitative and/or quantitative), evaluation and analytical skills – theoretical background in research methods is a must;
  • Intermediate or advanced computer user skills (Microsoft applications);
  • Very good writing skills, including editing and proofreading skills;
  • Excellent oral and written English; fluency in at least one additional European language;
  • Knowledge of European policy making process and EU Institutions;
  • Experience of working for the European Commission an advantage;
  • Highly developed, interpersonal skills and self-motivation;
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy.

Personal Qualities:

  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to work within multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams spread across several countries;
  • Sound research and business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information;
  • Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities, and manage a varied workload to achieve agreed deadlines without compromising quality or standards;
  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as clients and sub-contractors;
  • Ability to build knowledge of the business and apply an understanding of ICF’s markets and capabilities to own day-to-day responsibilities;
  • Ability to take initiative and work without close supervision;
  • Ability to demonstrate a can-do approach, as a problem solver and team player.

If you are interested in this position, then please follow this link send us your CV and a 1 page covering letter. Please make sure that the following is apparent in your application:

  • Experience in applying research methods;
  • Understanding of at least one but preferably several of the policy areas covered by our team (education, training, skills, employment, social inclusion policies, gender equality);
  • Explanation of why are you interested in working at ICF.

We receive high numbers of applications for junior positions therefore we advise you to follow the above instructions.

Recruitment process: Preselected candidates will be first invited to do a short written assignment from home. Only those candidates who perform well in this task will be invited for an interview.

Don't forget to mention EuroBrussels when applying.

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