Consultant/Senior Consultant – European Employment and Social Policy

  • Location
    London, Birmingham or Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 11

Position description

ICF ( 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 Consultant/Senior 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 programme support for Mutual Learning Services in relation to employment, social inclusion, disability, occupational health and safety, public employment services, etc.; European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work; European Centre of Expertise for Labour Market Policy and Labour Law; European Migration Network; and EU Aid Volunteers Initiative.

About the role:

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. Day-to-day, the role will involve taking responsibility for a range of tasks or work strands within a programme, such as: preparing background/briefing papers, case studies and reports; organising events, working groups, study visits and other activities; coordinating, briefing and supporting external experts, government representatives and other policy stakeholders; undertaking research and analysis on topical issues; contributing to the monitoring and evaluation of programme delivery (including surveys and interviews); and producing content for newsletters, websites and other communication outputs. The role may also involve proposalwriting, such as preparing the policy background, parts of the method, sourcing relevant experts, etc. Managing, coordinating and coaching small teams (of up to five people) will also be a growing part of the role.


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in European affairs, sociology, public policy, sociology, politics, law, economics or a related discipline;
  • 5-8 years of professional experience in research, consultancy and/or project management;
  • Proven knowledge in European social policy, ideally in relation to employment, labour market, social inclusion and protection and/or undeclared work, covering the latest policy developments and debates at both EU and Member State level;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including interacting with multi-national, multi-disciplinary teams and networks;
  • Experience of researching and preparing high quality reports, case studies and background/briefing papers on policy topics;
  • Experience in contributing to the development of methodologies, analytical frameworks and concepts;
  • Experience in project and people management, as well as client liaison, with a focus on ensuring quality deliverables.

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