Senior Consultant (Public Policy Research and Evaluation)

Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services
  • Location
    UK or, Ireland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 16

Position description

Note - candidates with a background in either cost-benefit assessment and / or in evaluating legislation and programmes (especially those with experience working on contracts for DG GROW, DG REGIO, DG RTD) using the Better Regulation Guidelines are especially welcome.

The Centre for Strategy and Evaluation Services (CSES) is a consultancy founded in 1999 with a reputation for consulting excellence. CSES is a market-leader in the field of evaluation and impact assessment services. We offer interesting and varied assignments to Senior Consultants with plenty of scope to take on significant project management and other responsibilities at an early stage. This is an exciting opportunity for somebody wishing to advance their career in public policy consulting.

We are seeking a Senior Consultant with a strong background/interest in public policy consulting and very good qualitative and quantitative research and analytical skills. Assignments will mainly be for the EU institutions, UK government and other public bodies. The person must be based in the UK or Ireland with relevant residency and working rights status. Some travel is required to Brussels and elsewhere, since many studies involve research across Europe.

The candidate should have or strong project management and delivery skills, experience of contributing to tender development, excellent written English and be able to work flexibly in a demanding consultancy environment.

CSES provides access to a high-quality shared workspace facility in central London. Alternatively, staff can choose to work mainly from home, if not based in London. There is regular interaction between colleagues and a monthly team meeting.

The starting salary is competitive with opportunities for progression dependent on performance. The annual leave allowance is 25 days plus the 8 public holidays. This post is eligible for the CSES Pension scheme with an employer contribution of 3% (dependent on a personal contribution of 5%). There is a discretionary bonus scheme, dependent on individual performance and the firm’s profitability.


  • At least 5 years’ relevant experience, ideally 7-10+;
  • Degree or post-graduate qualification in an appropriate area;
  • Professional background in at least one of these policy areas: enterprise, industrial policy and inward investment; justice and home affairs; research and innovation; employment and social affairs; education and training; culture; cohesion policy, and regional and local development.
  • Experience in undertaking evaluations or impact assessments of policies and programmes;
  • Able to work flexibly and meet tight deadlines;
  • Numerate, ideally with at least basic statistical skills, competent knowledge of Excel and familiarity in working with either industry-related or national / regional statistics. Statistical analysis experience/expertise would be considered an advantage;
  • Good inter-personal, communication, presentational and client liaison skills;
  • Able to draft reports to a high standard with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent written and spoken English;
  • ideally with a good knowledge of one or more other European languages;
  • Willingness to travel across Europe (e.g. occasional 1-2 day trips for client meetings or fieldwork).

As part of the recruitment process, there will be both interviews and a written test.

Application instructions

To apply send a CV and covering letter by 10.00 (BST) on Monday 3 October. Interviews will take place during early October 2022. Early applications would be welcome. CSES operates an equal opportunities policy.

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