Chief Economist

Department for International Development

Closing date: 2 May 2017

Reference number



up to £120,000 per annum


SCS Pay Band 2

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time, Job share


37 hours net

Number of posts




About the job

Job description

DFID is a dynamic, professional and diverse Government department and a world leader in the fight against poverty. If you are looking for a job worth getting up for in the morning, you are looking in the right place.

The Chief Economist is a high profile, challenging and rewarding leadership role with the potential to make a significant impact on people’s lives and communities in some of the poorest and most challenging environments in the world.

To be successful in this role you will need to be an outstanding, experienced and dynamic leader, capable of directing and supporting teams in complex political, economic and social environments, delivering results that help reduce poverty, promote stability and is good value for money.

In addition, you will also need to be able to demonstrate your capability and potential against the following essential criteria:
• Strong leadership skills, with the ability to lead and motivate a dispersed professional team and inspire fellow professionals across organisational boundaries
• A sound economic background, with the ability to apply economics in a development context, along with a proven ability to translate concepts and evidence into practical policy recommendations
• The ability to communicate complex positions and economic ideas clearly, and with impact, to a wide range of stakeholders, both internally and externally
• The ability to build and maintain successful relationships with a complex set of stakeholders (e.g. senior individuals in government, the private sector or academia), winning the trust of those who may have differing or conflicting views

You must hold at least a Master’s degree in economics to be considered for this role.

If you are excited by the opportunity that this post presents and you think you fit the bill, we would like to hear from you.

Further information about DFID, the role and the application and selection process can be found in the candidate information pack below.

Closing date for applications is 10am Tuesday 2 May 2017.


You must hold at least a Master's degree in Economics to be eligible for this role.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


A relocation package may be available dependent on circumstances. If you are successful this would be to recompense you for reasonable costs incurred as a result of the move to take up this role.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

If you have any questions about the role or would like to discuss the post further, please contact Suzanne Morris at

Sift/interview dates and location

Please note the following timetable is indicative only at this stage and may be subject to change. Candidates are asked to exercise flexibility throughout the recruitment and selection process.

Advert closing date: 10am Tuesday 2 May 2017
Shortlist meeting: w/c 8 May 2017
Assessments: from 15 May 2017
Interview: w/c 29 May 2017

Further information

Ideally the successful candidate will be able to start in October 2017, when the post becomes available. However, there may be some flexibility to accommodate any professional commitments that need to be concluded.

We are also happy to consider applications from individuals who wish to continue to carry out academic work on a split role basis.

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