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Consultant Public Policy, Economics and Politics - The Economist Intelligence Unit

Consultant Public Policy, Economics and Politics - The Economist Intelligence Unit

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United States-DC-Washington

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The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) sets the global standard for providing strategic analysis in matters of public policy for governments, NGOs, companies and international institutions in more than 200 countries. EIU’s expertise in country analysis, macroeconomic principles and forecasting methodologies has provided decision makers with critical information since 1946.


We are currently seeking a Senior Consultant, Americas – Public Policy, Economics and Politics (PPEP)  – who will work with the Regional Director and the rest of the research team to grow our Public Policy research consulting business across the Americas. This will include working with the sales team to promote our research capabilities, as well as working directly with clients to define and deliver their requirements. The Senior Consultant will manage other members of the team, as well as a number of client projects, providing his/her own research input as well as managing contributions from inside the Economist Intelligence Unit and from external researchers. This will include project management responsibility for single client and multi-client research projects being delivered for clients.


In this role you will be expected to:


  • Oversee the activities of more junior members of the PPEP team, guiding and monitoring their performance and ensuring that projects are delivered on time and to a high standard
  • Conceptualise client projects and develop methodologies and research techniques appropriate to the tasks at hand.
  • Prepare and deliver research inputs and reports for client projects, including economic analysis, forecasting models, benchmarking models, data collection, interpretation, analysis and presentations
  • Directly manage individual research projects, dealing with all aspects of project delivery such as writing, editing, cost control, client relations and contributor management
  • Present interim project status and final project deliverables to clients
  • Work closely with clients to develop repeat and renewal projects, taking full responsibility for the business development process from initial outreach to contract drafting, and contributing to team revenue targets
  • Work with the PPEP sales team and consultant colleagues in the region to prepare scoping documents and proposals for potential clients, meet with customers, and help to interpret their research requirements
  • Help identify new areas of business for PPEP, based on our skills and experience in public policy, benchmarking, risk assessments, political and economic analysis, scenario work, and economic modelling and forecasting
  • Assist in training sales and consultant colleagues in the demonstration of our capabilities to clients
  • Coach, train and mentor other team members in matters of career and personal development
  • Develop methods and approaches for research that will help to scale up the PPEP business and to ensure consistent quality of output
  • Work with the Economics Unit, Country Analysts and other parts of the Economist Intelligence Unit, including Media Businesses and Thought Leadership. to secure their input to PPEP research projects and their support in product development
  • Help build and manage a network of external contributors to be employed in delivering PPEP projects


To succeed in this role you will demonstrate: 


  • Effective team management and resource allocation
  • Excellent research / analysis quality
  • Achievement of agreed revenue and contribution targets for own projects
  • The ability to deliver research projects with strict deadlines and within budget
  • Generation of repeat business from satisfied clients
  • Maintenance of effective relationships with other parts of the Economist Intelligence Unit, including Sales, Country Analysis, and Thought Leadership/Content Solutions
  • Capability of working on complex projects under tight time frames


Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in this role you will have:


  • Relevant degree in Business, Economics, Public Policy, International Relations or related subject
  • Masters degree in related field desired
  • Excellent fluency in Spanish (preferred native speaker) 
  • Prior work in consulting, public and government policy, development economics, business and political analysis
  • Client management experience
  • Staff and/or vendor management experience
  • Experience dealing with and presenting to senior-level executives
  • Good understanding of international business, industry and geopolitical issues
  • Excellent business, economics, research and writing skills
  • Good understanding of international business, government affairs, industry and management issues
  • Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel 
  • Excellent English
  • An outstanding project management track record
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Confidence and diplomatic skills to handle unfamiliar topics and difficult clients