Senior Economist, Natural Resources

Vivid Economics

£49,000 - £58,000 pa, plus opportunity for discretionary bonus

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, carbon, climate & energy, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Job title: Senior Economist, Natural Resources
Hours: Full-time/Flexi 
Compensation range:

  • Salary of £49,000 - £58,000 per annum, plus opportunity for discretionary bonus 
  • Share options scheme 
  • 43 days of paid holiday per year, including UK bank holidays 

Closing date: Until a suitable candidate is found 


Vivid Economics is a mission-driven, strategic economics consultancy spanning public policy and support for commercial decision making. Headquartered in London, we are internationally recognised for ‘putting economics to good use’ in tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges. Our work spans a wide range of sectors and themes, with global reach, and we pride ourselves on the depth of our expertise, the rigor of our analytic tools, and the flexibility of our approach to making change happen.

We are currently looking for a Senior Economist to join our Natural Resources practice group, to support internal and external project management and develop our strategy and expertise in the areas of resilience, disaster risk management, water, land-use and biodiversity Excellent skills in microeconomic analysis, with professional experience in applying analysis to policy or strategic problems, is essential. 

Vivid Economics is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. 

Description of the role:

A successful Senior Economist is able to analyse new and complex economic problems, design and apply advanced methods, and produce high quality end products. A Senior Economist will also be expected to manage some staff and parts of projects, as well as to begin to develop client relationships.

Strategic advisory experience is essential. The role will involve working in teams as well as independently to formulate evidence-based insights and translate them into credible, clear and compelling advice. The candidate will have worked in a consultancy, development partner or non-governmental organisation, think tank, or the public sector, and will understand what it takes to manage and successfully deliver projects in challenging contexts internationally. 

Primary day-to-day duties of a Senior Economist 

  • Structuring and applying economic frameworks to analytical problems. 
  • Developing client solutions, addressing client input, and designing materials that effectively communicate recommendations. 
  • Maintaining and developing relationships with existing clients, as well as a broader professional network.
  • Keeping updated with knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; participating in professional organisations. 
  • Identifying and contributing to business development and marketing opportunities. 

Reporting and supervisory relationships: 

A Senior Economist will lead key streams of work for a project and may also begin to take the primary lead on a project as a whole. As a result, a Senior Economist may supervise up to three people, of Economist and Analyst grade. A Senior Economist will report to the Natural Resources Practice Lead, and in some cases directly to a Director. 

Experience and qualifications: 

Candidates must have sufficient experience to demonstrate competency in the duties described. As a guide, four or more years of experience with at least two years related to economic analysis, tend to be required to achieve these competencies. Previous consultancy experience is not necessary but is preferred. 

An MSc/MA or Ph.D. in economics or finance is required. Fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other languages is an advantage. 

Previous experience managing projects and complex analysis is required. Good business development and project management experience in development projects in a consultancy environment would be preferred. Candidates must have an ability to think strategically and to work in a fast-paced and complex work environment. Experience in upward managing and supporting a multi-organisation consortium or partners based in other countries/organisations, with strong stakeholder engagement skills is a plus. 

The candidate must have a strong interest in the topic and demonstrable capability to quickly develop leading expertise in the pillars of work that the practice group covers. Ideally, this would be evident from a track record of producing high quality research to inform and engaging with and influencing senior decision-making on relevant issues. The Natural Resources practice group’s work is organised under the following three pillars: 

  • Resilience and disaster risk management, where we help clients understand risk, invest in resilience and manage extreme events, including through disaster risk finance strategies. Relevant expertise would include economic assessment of risk, climate change adaptation, infrastructure for resilience, social safety nets and disaster risk finance instruments – as well as more general expertise related to the insurance sector. 
  • Water, where we promote efficient, resilient provision of water services, ensuring access for all and protecting the natural environment. Relevant expertise would include an understanding economic regulation of utilities, econometric techniques for cost assessment, water resource management planning and financial models for infrastructure. 
  • Land use and biodiversity, where we help clients understand the economics, policy and finance of biodiversity, appraise interventions, develop investment strategy, understand risk, impact and uncertainty. Relevant expertise would include an understanding of the policy levers, appraisal techniques and financial models pertinent to this field. 

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