Economic Advisor for Computable General Equilibrium Modelling - Closing Date Extended Until 23:55 on 22/08/2019

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Closing date: 22 Aug 2019

Reference number



£46,612 - £59,740
£46,612 – £54,320 (National) £51,258 - £59,740 (London)


Grade 7

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

2 years with potential for extension

Business area

Other, The EU & International Trade (EUIT) Directorate

Type of role


Working pattern

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

Number of posts



London, Bristol and York

About the job


The EU & International Trade (EUIT) Directorate is responsible for a number of policy areas related to negotiating the future trading relationship with the EU; other countries around the world; and, for ensuring that these future trading relationships can operate effectively through a well-functioning border between the UK and the EU.

The EU Exit and Trade Analysis team (within which these roles sit) is the multi-disciplinary analytical team which services the needs of the policy teams above, as well as other teams across the Department.

The Directorate is made up of the following policy teams:
• EU Strategy and Negotiations (leading work negotiating the UK’s future relationship with the EU);
• Trade Policy and Strategy (leading work developing the UK’s future trade strategy for Defra areas);
• Global Trade Negotiations (leading the negotiation of future trading relationships with non-EU countries for Defra sectors);
• Trade Operations and Borders (leading work to ensure the future trading relationships with both the EU and other countries around the world are operable through a well-functioning border and customs system for example).

Job description

The successful candidate will join the team at an exciting stage and will further build our evidence base on the long-term impacts of new trading arrangements. They will form a key part in policy making and will help Defra to achieve the best policy outcomes.

The main responsibilities are:

• Continuously develop Defra’s CGE modelling capacity to ensure that analysis is based on the best available information
• Lead on timely analysis of potential changes in trade and other policies using the CGE model and explain the potential effects and mechanisms clearly to senior policy customers
• Proactively engage with policy and analytical colleagues in Defra and other government departments to ensure that model development and scenario analysis is in line with wider strategic aims
• Possible line management responsibilities


Essential Experience
• A proven track record of using a Computable General Equilibrium model or Input-Output tables to conduct detailed research and analysis
• Experience of managing analytical projects, working with datasets, and providing high-quality analytical products to a range of stakeholders
• Experience of being able to lead and procure research projects (both qualitative and quantitative approaches)
• Experience of having engaged and handled a range of senior stakeholders in a high-profile area of work, delivering research and analysis that meets their needs
• Experience of having worked with stakeholders on current projects to explore ideas and formulate an evidence base to examine hypothesis
• Experience of using GAMS is an advantage


Technical Requirement for Economists: a degree (minimum 2:1) at least half of which must be economics modules, or a Masters in Economics.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace



• Access to learning and development tailored to your role
• A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
• A civil service pension

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV, five behaviour statements and confirm you hold the relevant qualifications. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Shortlisting will be based on your Technical skills, statement of experience (Curriculum Vitae) and examples of behaviours. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the essential role requirements within the application behaviour responses.

Candidates who are invited to interview will be asked to take part in a “blended” interview mixing questions about your strengths and behaviours. Your ability will be assessed from a short presentation with a set topic or question provided before the interview. Please note, there will be no resources or equipment provided by Defra for this presentation

Candidates who pass the interview criteria but are not offered a post will be kept on a reserve list for 12 months and may be offered similar roles across the department.

Defra also considers those who may have narrowly missed meeting the criteria for the post advertised but would be a good match for a grade lower in other areas of the business under the ‘near miss principle’.

Please note that interviews via video conferencing are not feasible at this time.

Sift and interview dates to be confirmed. Interviews will take place in London.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Legislative changes and the closure of Employer Supported Childcare scheme on 4 October 2018 will mean individuals moving across the Civil Service to a new PAYE scheme on any type of move other than TUPE/COSOP will lose the right to continue to claim Childcare Vouchers.

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Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email:

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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.

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.

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