Analyst, Middle East & Africa

Job Locations United Kingdom-London


As the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) helps leaders prepare for opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions. The EIU is the global standard in providing high-quality intelligence and forecasting to the public and private sector for more than 200 countries.


The Country Analysis division of The EIU is looking for an Analyst in the Middle East & Africa Team, which covers over 50 countries in Middle East and Africa. The successful applicant will be responsible for the production and quality of The EIU products for a portfolio of Middle East countries. Among the key tasks of this role, the Analyst will produce economic and political forecasts for several countries and write analysis on economic, political and policy developments in the region. The Analyst will also present The EIU views externally, both to the media and client


How will you contribute

  • Generate macroeconomic and political forecasts for a range of Middle East & North African countries and be able to evaluate critically your own and others' forecasts
  • Ensure that the designated parts of the Middle East & North African product range are written to a high standard, in accordance with house style, and are directed at the needs of customers
  • Interpret events within specific countries, with a particular focus on whether and how they might impact upon EIU forecasts
  • Lead the EIU's thinking on countries and issues for which you have been given responsibility
  • Recruit and commission suitable contributors to provide additional analysis of political and economic developments in your countries of responsibility
  • Represent the EIU at conferences and seminars, and make presentations to external audiences
  • Give interviews to media bodies such as television, radio or newspapers on behalf of the EIU
  • Engage with our clients, providing briefings on the EIU's political and economic forecasts as required

Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for this role are:

  • Relevant degree in Economics, Politics or related subject. Ideally a Masters degree (or equivalent)
  • Experience in writing political and economic analysis
  • Knowledge of Middle East & North African politics and economics (and/or a sub-region)
  • Knowledge of macroeconomics and forecasting
  • Experience in analysing and forecasting political and economic trends
  • Proven writing and editing ability
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of Arabic or French would be an advantage
  • Strong research skills and proficiency in Word and Excel


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