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Head of Economic Appraisal

United Kingdom
Job Type
22 Sep 2022

We create digital services, data tools and technology for businesses to prosper around the world.

Our Digital, Data and Technology team develops and operates tools, services and platforms that enable the UK government to provide world'leading support to businesses in the UK and overseas.

You'll get to constantly push boundaries in an environment free of heavy legacy, driven by curiosity, social purpose, diversity of thought, entrepreneurship and the aspiration to offer an incredible experience to all our users.

Job Description

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As a Grade 7 Economist, you will devise the programme of work to ensure there is an appropriate measure of Value for Money (VfM) to cover all digital products and services in DIT (Exports, Investment, Market Access etc.) The VfM approaches to be deployed will align with existing evidence and approaches in the Department and therefore will need to work very closely with performance analysts in DDaT and with analysts in the wider DIT Analysis Group.

You will design the work programme, will identify key gaps in the evidence and analysis, and make informed recommendations. You will also oversee the delivery of VfM which will combine the evidence on products (qualitative / quantitative) and economic impact where available. Where Green Book VfM may not be appropriate, the role holder will look to measure Governmental Digital Service (GDS) key performance metrics. You will also work very closely with the G7 M&E Leads across the DDaT areas of work to identify and address gaps on economic impact measures.

Securing an effective ROAMEF cycle for each product and service will be an important aspect of the work. To achieve this, developing the right relationships and governance for the transmission of evidence and the enabling of a culture of continuous learning for the development and delivery of digital products.

The G7 will line manage two analysts (SEO stats/ economist and HEO economist fast-stream).


The work will include

  • Devising a methodology for the measurement of Value for Money in often difficult areas with little existing evidence base, requiring some creativity in approach and an application of the first principles
  • Rapid responses to requests from senior stakeholders and Cabinet Office that will often require liaising with performance analysts
  • Working with development teams to embed the right data collection to inform VfM calculations
  • Contribution to fiscal events and appraisal to support business cases
  • Working closely with other analytical teams to keep abreast with latest evidence and approaches to VfM measurement
  • Embed new Behavioural Insights approaches and support AB testing

    Personal Attributes and Skills:

    This role is ideal for an Economist with wide experience of Green Book appraisal techniques and approaches who is keen to use evidence in an applied setting to make a real difference to how DIT delivers services. They should enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be able to support policy changes in real time and be comfortable working with a wide range of stakeholders (policy stakeholders / DDaT product teams etc.)

    The post holder must have a degree in economics or equivalent, and significant experience working in an Economist role. You must be able to manage, conduct and communicate analysis with confidence. Ideally this includes being able to review evidence on the relevant topic, have experience of applying Green book appraisal techniques (particularly in a Business Case context). Understanding of AB testing and a keen interest on Evaluation techniques and approaches are desirable.

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    The Department for International Trade embraces and values diversity in all forms. We welcome and pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has on the work we do, and we promote equality of opportunity throughout the organisation. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. Click through to apply and find out more.

    Technical Skills

    We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

    • Analysis of Data
    • Application of Knowledge
    • Effective Communication

      Further Information

      Find out about our benefits, application process and practical details like our office locations on the things you need to know page. Remember to check out our blog, Digital Trade.

      Closing Date for Apps: 17/ 10/ 2022 at midnight

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  • Job Reference: 718904437-2
  • Date Posted: 22 September 2022
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Salary: £60,129
  • Sector: I.T. & Communications
  • Job Type: Permanent