ICF Consulting Group, Inc. Research Assistant/Junior Consultant in the Policy Implementation and Programmes team in Brussels, Belgium


Job Title Research Assistant/Junior Consultant in the Policy Implementation and Programmes team

Location Birmingham, London or Brussels

About ICF

ICF ( www.icf.com at http://www.icf.com/ ) is a consultancy firm with offices in the UK, Belgium, US and worldwide. At ICF, we help governments, public agencies and international institutions solve complex problems and improve the quality of life of people around the world. We offer critical insight and rigorous analytical techniques to deliver innovative solutions and thought-provoking analyses for our clients.

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigour to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to assist our clients and benefit their constituencies. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

About the team:

We are expanding our services, and to support this growth, we are looking for a Research Assistant/Junior Consultant to join our Policy Implementation and Programmes (PIP) line of business. PIP provides technical assistance, networking and other implementation services to European Union (EU) institutions, particularly the European Commission, as well as organisations in the UK. Our current portfolio of projects includes technical coordination and programme support to the Mutual Learning Services for employment and social inclusion, ECVET Secretariat, European Migration Network, PES Network Mutual Learning Activities; European Centre of Expertise on labour market policy and labour law; as well as training services, such as the training programme of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative.

About the role:

The role will involve supporting the organisation and coordination, research and analysis, and preparation of written deliverables across a range of policy implementation projects. This will include collecting information and preparing background documents on policy topics; supporting and expanding ICF s network of European experts; supporting implementation activities, such as secretariats, working groups, training exercises, technical assistance to Member States, etc.; providing content and organisational support for conferences, workshops and other events; contributing content to communications activities, such as newsletters, websites and repositories of good practice. It may also involve proposal-writing, such as preparing the policy background section and compiling track records. This is a very hands-on role where policy knowledge is applied in a very practical way to help deliver large, multi-annual programmes, involving close engagement with EU clients, stakeholders (such as national ministries, non-governmental organisations, social partners, etc.) multi-disciplinary experts and beneficiaries.

Required experience:

  • Master s Degree or equivalent in law, economics, sociology, public policy, politics or a related discipline.

  • Graduate level, or in the case of Junior Consultant, 2 years professional experience in consultancy or EU affairs.

  • Knowledge and interest in social policy, ideally in relation to employment, labour market, social inclusion and protection, education and training, migration and asylum.

  • Strong organisational and coordination skills, including time management, multi-tasking and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Solid foundation in research and analysis, including basic qualitative and quantitative methods.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including interacting with multi-national and multi-disciplinary stakeholders.

  • Excellent verbal, written, analytical and presentation skills in English - additional European languages an advantageReady to apply?Interested candidates are invited to follow this link and submit a cover letter and a CV:


Location: Belgium-Brussels

Requisition ID: 1800001382