Education and Training Consultant

  • Location
    London or Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 23

Position description

Consultant/Senior Consultant with a broad interest in education and training with specific knowledge of and expertise in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

About ICF:

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 practice. The practice provides technical assistance, networking and other implementation services to 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 (EMN), 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:

You will apply their policy knowledge to assignments in the field of implementation as well to research projects and analytical tasks. You will assist with the day-to-day management of projects and would contribute to ICF’s wider portfolio of implementation and research/consulting services. This includes producing reports, studies and briefing papers on topical issues of Vocational Education & Training (EU VET policy instruments, Validation of non-formal and informal learning, Upskilling Pathways, apprenticeships and work-based learning, skills and qualifications etc.), and other areas of policy analysis and implementation in the field of Education & Training, You will also work on delivering a range of communications services, including conferences, workshops, newsletters and webpages.

Required experience:

  • 5-7 years of professional experience in research and project management related to the area of Vocational Education and Training, covering aspects of policymaking, research and statistics, as well as proven knowledge of the overall Education & Training policies of the Member States and EU developments in this area;
  • Experience in working in multinational teams;
  • Experience of contributing to high quality EU-level research reports, studies and briefing papers, including support to staff in the development of research methodologies, analytical frameworks and approaches;
  • Skills in providing network secretariat services at EU and supporting contact points;
  • Experience in quality control of delivered services, client orientation and project conflict resolution experience with experience to manage a team of at least ten people;
  • Demonstrable experience in the coordination of internal/external experts at various levels to ensure tasks are completed to time and to budget;
  • Knowledge of communications methods and tools in the context of disseminating research outcomes;
  • Demonstrable experience in contributing to winning new programmes and projects for the European Commission, national governments, agencies and other stakeholders and willingness to contribute to wider (related) policy fields (e.g. employment, social inclusion).

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