2019 National Foundation for Educational Research Senior Economist, International Education Vacancy

Deadline: January 27, 2019.

National Foundation for Educational Research (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.



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.
2. 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).
3. Share findings and contribute to NFER aims of raising its visibility and ensuring a positive impact is made by all of its research.
4. Contribute to the economics community at NFER, working with the Lead Economist to develop and maintain high standards of rigorous, innovative methods.




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

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



1. Competitive salary
2. Generous pension scheme
3. Free parking
4. 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
5. Excellent support for professional development
6. Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)
7. Easy access to major transport hubs including London Heathrow




National Foundation for Educational Research Vacancy

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