The National Institute of Economic and Social Research at any one time is working on a wide array of projects and we may have vacancies on a part-time temporary basis for advanced postgraduate students with good quantitative and/or qualitative skills. We are happy to receive speculative applications CVs from appropriately qualified students who are based at UK universities and live within easy commuting distance of our Westminster offices, to consider for current vacancies or to keep on file should an appropriate job emerge. In the first instance a covering letter outlining your research interests and your CV with the names of at least two referees should be sent to HR [at] niesr.ac.uk
- Events and Communications Officer (£30,000 - £35,000, Some flexible working) (closing date noon Monday 16th December)
- Director Designate of Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting (closing date Monday 16th December)
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is Britain’s longest established independent economic and social research institute. From our Westminster base, we produce high quality research that helps shape policy in areas such as economic forecasting, education, trade, productivity, employment and equality issues. We work for a wide range of funding bodies, but all our research and dissemination is for the public benefit. We are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Further information is available at www.niesr.ac.uk
As part of a re-organisation of its externally facing activities, the Institute now seeks to appoint an Events and Communications Officer, to work in a small team devoted to ensuring the visibility and impact of our work. The main functions of the role will be as follows:
- Capable of deputising for the Senior Communications Manager in responding to media enquiries and enquiries from staff. On call at agreed times.
- Arrange for the monitoring of media activity and reporting accordingly
- Production of the internal and external newsletters on a regular (agreed) basis
- Ensuring that media contacts are recorded in an appropriate database, and producing and keeping up to date media lists
- Supporting the production of a calendar of key data releases, including calls for evidence by Parliament committees
- Drafting, formatting and disseminating press releases
- Uploading content to the website
- Contributing to the management and development of the Institute contact lists and (with our Partnerships and Impact Manager and others) to the development of an Institute Customer Database, in accordance with GDPR
- Plan and organise externally facing events (including press conferences), liaising with research staff as necessary to produce and disseminate event invitations and log responses
- Liaise with caterers and external people/partners involved in events
- Liaise with events support where available to ensure suitable room bookings and setting up of venues
- Set up of different types of AV equipment
- Liaise with events support/ reception to ensure arrangements for welcome and registration of guests
- Experience of working in an externally facing environment
- A qualification in marketing, media or a similar area (desirable)
- A demonstrable interest in current affairs
- Ability to work as part of a busy team, sometimes under intense pressure
- Strong knowledge of MS Office Package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Good organisational skills including the ability to prioritise tasks and use own initiative
- Flexibility within the broad remit of the post
Process of Application
Applicants should provide a full CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, explaining their suitability and interest in this post, to: Abi Rose via email: hr [at] niesr.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Events and Communications Officer’.
Applications should include details of current or latest salary (where relevant), any notice period or other likely restrictions on potential start dates, confirmation of the applicants right to work in the UK (evidence of which may be required at the time of any interview) and provide details of two referees that we can contact prior to interview.
The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 16th December.
As a charity that tries to minimise administrative costs, way may not be able to acknowledge applications that are not short listed. We greatly appreciate the time of applicants and take this opportunity of thanking all for their interest in our work.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has a long-standing international reputation in macroeconomic modelling and forecasting that it is seeking to build on with the appointment of a Director Designate. Working with Dr Garry Young, the current Director of Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and delivering a long-term sustainable strategy for applied macroeconomic analysis at NIESR consistent with its objective to improve people’s lives. The successful candidate would be expected to take over as Director of Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting at the end of 2020.
Their responsibility will then include delivering all NIESR’s global forecasting and nowcasting activities, leading a team of economists and presenting to the media, subscribers and corporate members. The post holder is also responsible for overseeing the development of the National Institute Global Econometric Model (NiGEM), to keep it at the forefront of global macroeconomic models, and overseeing research into applied macroeconomics. The post holder will also be expected to develop relationships with existing subscribers, proactively promote NiGEM to potential new subscribers, build new research collaborations and take responsibility for ensuring that the directorate funds itself and contributes to NIESR overheads. We would expect the appointee to develop their own vision of the Institute’s modelling and forecasting role responding to both the commercial and public good requirements for the team.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is one of Britain’s most influential and prestigious independent research centres. It specialises in applied economic and social research, combining rigorous academic standards with influence on policy formation. NIESR has a long history and strong reputation for macroeconomic modelling and forecasting.
The Institute is building world-class expertise by hosting and leading on the ONS Economic Statistics Centre for Excellence (ESCoE http://www.niesr.ac.uk/escoe), and administering the ESRC’s Rebuilding Macroeconomics Network (http://www.niesr.ac.uk/rmn). The Institute is part of a number of research networks such as the Centre for Macroeconomics, the Money Macro Finance Society and Euroframe.
The Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting team maintains and develops a peer reviewed large-scale global econometric model, NiGEM. The model is used to produce detailed quarterly macroeconomic forecasts, currently published in the National Institute Economic Review. Our model subscribers include many of the world’s major central banks and finance ministries and multi-lateral bodies such as the OECD. NiGEM is also often used for policy simulations in both applied and academic contexts. We have close links and engage regularly with both the academic and policy-making communities.
The Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting team consists of highly qualified macro modellers and forecasters that work closely with other researchers at the Institute and in the wider network. Further details on the post are available from www.niesr.ac.uk.
A competitive salary, commensurate with the seniority of this post, and an attractive overall compensation package is available to the successful candidate, including a pension contribution of 20% of salary to the Universities Superannuation Scheme.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is Britain’s longest established independent economic research institute. It specialises in applied research, combining high academic standards with influence in policy making. We are looking for an outstanding economist with particular interest and experience in macroeconomic modelling and forecasting with a track-record in successfully managing a team of experienced economists. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate with responsibility for managing a team of skilled economists to deliver a widely respected quarterly global forecast, leading the development of the National Institute Global Econometric Model (NiGEM) to maintain and further its status as a leading global macroeconomic model and develop their vision of the Institute’s role in macroeconomic analysis.
NIESR’s macroeconomic modelling and forecasting team currently has 14 members, and our view of the global economy is informed by the Institute’s global econometric model, NiGEM. This is an estimated, theoretically coherent forward-looking model, designed as a tool for practical forecasting and for policy analysis (http://nimodel.niesr.ac.uk/). NiGEM is also an accessible and transparent model conducive to both academic and peer review. The model is used internally for the Institute’s quarterly forecast currently published in the National Institute Economic Review. The publication of NIESR’s quarterly forecast is a high profile event, and the successful candidate will be expected to present the outlook at a press conference, and at external conferences, discuss the details directly with the NiGEM user group and media contacts, and to participate in regular discussions held with national and international policymaking organisations, such as the OBR, IMF, OECD, ECB and European Commission. The group is actively engaged with several international forecasting networks, including the AIECE, Euroframe and the UN’s Project LINK, in which the successful candidate is expected to fully participate.
NiGEM is also used for forecasting and policy analysis by a group of more than 40 model subscribers, mainly in the policy community, who provide around half of the team’s funding. Staff are expected to provide support to model users, including delivering the regular user training workshops held at NIESR. Staff may be required to visit them off-site to provide training. Staff are expected to work flexibly in order to meet deadlines. The modelling and forecasting team also undertakes funded research projects using research-led macroeconomic techniques and NiGEM.
Job description – Director Designate of Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting
The role involves developing a long-term strategy for macroeconomics at NIESR and then to take over as Director of Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting at the end of 2020. The job description below describes the role and may suit someone on long-term secondment from government, central bank or University.
- Set the strategic priorities of the Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting team, working with the current DMMF, Director and the Research Director to build a forecasting group of international repute;
- Work with the current DMMF, Director and the Research Director to deliver the broader development of macroeconomics overall at NIESR;
- As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) collaborate with fellow members to develop the strategic direction of the Institute.
Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting
- Manage and deliver the Institute’s quarterly forecast round;
- Lead the maintenance and development work programme for the National Institute’s global econometric model, NiGEM;
- Co-ordinate the forecast write-up for publication;
- Develop and implement the Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting team’s strategy for technical sales of NiGEM, including leading and/or coordinating on pitches/demos of NiGEM to potential clients;
- Design and coordinate monthly training programmes for NiGEM clients;
- Manage the portfolio of funded research.
Communication and external liaison
- Meet with and brief/present NIESR’s forecasts to corporate sponsors and stakeholders;
- Participate in media and develop the ‘house view’ with senior staff, including leading on the drafting of press releases with comments on key macro events/data releases and develop individual team members to undertake such activities when appropriate;
- Represent Institute externally at conferences and develop individual team members to undertake such activities when appropriate;
- Build relationships with current and potential model subscribers/funders.
- Manage the Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting team of economists and technical specialists;
- Manage a range of academic consultants working with the team on NiGEM-related issues and funded projects;
- Lead on team recruitment;
- Ensure all the team are fully trained in delivering NiGEM services and to fully contribute to forecasts and associated analysis;
- Manage the appraisals and set objectives for team members;
- Manage the team’s professional development.
- Manage the Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting team’s budget and finances, ensuring these remain on track against agreed financial projections;
- Proactively lead bids for research project funding for the team and other economists at the National Institute;
- Provide regular financial information and reporting as required.
- Undertake any other duties related to the job purpose which may be necessary to the work of the Institute, in particular to support the work of the Institute’s Director;
- Represent NIESR in a professional manner to stakeholders and all audiences;
- Be flexible within the broad remit of the post;
- To be responsible for the health, safety, welfare of self, other members of staff and visitors;
- Attend and participate in NIESR’s performance, development and training programme;
- Abide by NIESR's organisational policies, codes of conduct and practices.
- A PhD in economics or closely related subject or very significant, relevant experience from academe, central bank or consultancy;
- Considerable experience (likely to be at least ten years) in working with and developing applied macroeconomic models;
- Excellent macro-modelling and macro-econometric skills with ideally a good publication record;
- An interest in macroeconomic modelling and forecasting and a keen interest in real world economic issues and policy developments;
- An ability to work well with colleagues and a track-record in managing a team of highly motivated economists;
- Excellent writing skills including an ability to write engagingly, bring together a team style and an ability to work to tight deadlines;
- Ability to lead in communicating NiGEM related outputs, including the presentation of forecasts, to a wide range of technical and non-technical audiences and lead regular training seminars for peers;
- Experience of successfully bidding for research and/or consultancy projects.
- Experience of raising funding/financing for a team of economists;
- Experience of pitching/running demonstrations of econometric models/bespoke scenario analysis/consultancy a distinct advantage.
The closing date for applications is Monday 16th December 2019.
To apply: applicants should provide a full CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, explaining their suitability and interest in this post, to Abigail Rose via email: hr [at] niesr.ac.uk with the subject line ‘[Your name] DDMMF application’. Please also include the following information in your application; the date from which you would be available to start work, your current salary, if you have the right to work in the UK and please provide details of three referees that we can contact prior to interview.
Due to the large number of applications we usually receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. The interview process, which will include a presentation will be explained to the shortlisted applicants shortly after the deadline for applications. The interviews are expected to take place in January 2020.
For any further information or to arrange an informal conversation, please contact the Director of the Institute, Professor Jagjit Chadha, Director [at] niesr.ac.uk or the current DDMMF, Dr Garry Young, g.young [at] niesr.ac.uk
The National Institute of Economic Research is Britain’s longest established independent economic and social research institute. It specialises in high quality academic research, relevant to the economic and social forces affecting people’s lives.