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Head of Economic Analysis – 40583
£43,958 - £71,411
Multiple Locations


We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit:

Inclusion and diversity

The Northern Ireland Office is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

The Northern Ireland Office strives to be an inclusive employer and is recognised by its staff and externally as being an employer where Diversity and Inclusion are valued.

We hold a Diversity & Inclusion Charter Mark and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader organisation.

In March 2018 we won the award for Best Employer for Diversity & Equality in Northern Ireland (small employer category) in a Gala Award ceremony hosted by Legal-Island, a multi-award winning workplace compliance company based in Northern Ireland.

We have an active D&I network supporting colleagues through D&I Advocates, championed by our Directors.

We want all our people to feel valued for who they are and we are confident that you will find the NIO a warm, welcoming and inclusive place to work.

What we do


The Northern Ireland Office represents Northern Ireland interests at a UK Government level and UK Government interests in Northern Ireland. We have a wide range of responsibilities, including: underpinning political stability in Northern Ireland; overseeing the Northern Ireland devolution settlement; leading on national security policy in Northern Ireland; addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past; delivering elections and constitutional reform in Northern Ireland; playing a key role in rebalancing the NI economy; representing NI interests, including on the border with Ireland, as the UK exits the EU. Our small size and diverse portfolio creates a stimulating, working environment, with regular engagement with a range of Ministers and senior officials. We support flexible working and have a modern, flexible IT system which helps enable this.

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a fast paced and important area of the Northern Ireland Office as we work to make Northern Ireland more prosperous.

The NIO’s Economy Group is responsible for designing and implementing the UK Government’s economic strategy for Northern Ireland with the objective of creating the conditions for long term, sustainable economic growth. This is a critical element of the UK Government’s strategic priority of strengthening the Union, delivering the ‘levelling up’ agenda, and seizing the opportunities ahead, including in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Economy Group is a busy, friendly team working across sites in London and Belfast. We value each other as individuals and are committed to creating an open, supportive and enjoyable working environment. We are looking for a candidate who has passion and commitment for the work we do, and is confident both working on their own individual projects and collaborating with others to deliver the best quality advice and analysis.

Duties and responsibilities

The successful candidate, will manage an ambitious programme of work sitting at the heart of the Northern Ireland Office. Working closely with policy and delivery colleagues, you will play an important role in providing the analysis to support evidence-based policy decision-making both in the Economy Group and across the wider department.

We are looking for a self-starter who is confident in their analytical abilities, able to work collaboratively with policy advisers to achieve the best possible policy outcomes and motivated to demonstrate how economic analysis can improve policy-making. As the role is cross-cutting, your workload will continually reorientate towards ministerial priorities and live policy debates as they emerge. This means the work will be high-profile, multifaceted, highly collaborative, and influential, while providing ample opportunities for development of both analytical and wider skills.

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the Department’s analysis of the Northern Ireland economy, its performance, strengths, challenges and opportunities, to inform the UK Government’s strategy for the Northern Ireland economy and to inform ministerial decision-making.
  • Building strong positive relationships across Whitehall and with partners in Northern Ireland, working collaboratively to deliver strong economic analysis and insight into the Northern Ireland economy.
  • Communicating and presenting economic policy insight from findings in an accessible and clear manner. This includes working closely with policy colleagues, and briefing Ministers and Senior Officials with credibility.
  • Promoting the importance of economic analysis within NIO, and finding opportunities where your analysis can ensure ministerial priorities on cross-cutting matters like Covid-19 recovery benefit from both macro-level and micro-level analysis.
  • Taking an innovative and proactive approach to new analysis, for example new datasets or techniques to increase the pace, accuracy and relevance of our work.

Essential Criteria

  • Minimum of a 2.1 Degree with at least 50% of the modules in economics, or have a Master’s degree in economics
  • Proven experience of providing high quality economic analysis to Ministers or senior decision makers
  • Sound judgment and understanding of Northern Ireland’s strategic economic context
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills, with the ability to work effectively and at pace across a range of tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience of using these to develop collaborative solutions with peers and partners

Desirable Criteria

  • A relevant Masters or Doctoral degree
  • Experience of advising Ministers or senior decision-makers on the Northern Ireland economy
  • An understanding of the Northern Ireland political system and how it works.

Professional Skills and Civil Service Behaviours

We’ll assess you against these professional skills and civil service behaviours during the selection process:

  • Application of economic knowledge
  • Analysis of data
  • Effective communication
  • Making effective decisions
  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace

More information on behaviours and success profiles can be found here

Please note that in the event of a large number of applications being received we may run the initial sift based on those who meet both the essential and the desirable criteria.

Security Clearance

Security clearance to SC level will be required for this post.

Eligibility Sift

An eligibility sift will be carried out on the basis of the information contained in the application form. It is therefore important that all applicants demonstrate in their application how and to what extent they meet the above criteria. Those candidates who do not clearly demonstrate that they meet the experience and behaviours will not be invited to interview.

Pay and Allowances

The successful candidate will adopt the terms and conditions of the NIO for the length of their appointment.

Neither Detached Duty terms nor relocation costs will apply to this post.

A Recruitment and Retention Allowance is available for Belfast-based staff up to a maximum of £6,000 for Band A, bringing the effective band minima up to £49,958 (from £43,958).

This allowance is non-pensionable and subject to annual review in line with MoJ pay awards.

Further Information

Further information about the post may be obtained from (Eamon Graham) on telephone number (07557139190) or e-mail to


You can apply for this post through the Civil Service website at: Once logged onto the site go to the civil service jobs page and then search for jobs in the Northern Ireland Office where the application form can be found.

Additional information received after the closing date will not be considered. Failure to provide sufficient information in support of an application prior to the closing date will not be considered as grounds for an appeal if an applicant is not shortlisted for interview.

Home Civil Service applicants who, because of disability, need assistance in completing the application form should contact MoJ Shared Services on 0845 010 3512.

All applications for employment are considered strictly on the basis of merit.

This job description should not be taken as constituting conditions of employment.

Please note that due to the high interest in NIO secondments, feedback cannot be given if you are unsuccessful at sift stage. Feedback is available on request if unsuccessful following interview.

Additional Information

Further information about us

We are a small and friendly department of approximately 200 staff. Due to our size we are able to offer staff more exposure to ministers and the opportunity to work on a far wider portfolio of responsibilities than might be the case in a larger department. This creates an interesting, though often challenging, work environment.

Other Benefits

The NIO offers a pleasant, modern work environment which allows consideration of a range of flexible working arrangements which support a good work/ life balance. These include flexible/ alternative working patterns, part-time and job-share options.

Benefits include:

interest-free season ticket and bicycle loans

Reward & Recognition scheme

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Northern Ireland Office operates the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, details of which are attached to the application form for this post.

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Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. You have the right to complain if you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles.

Please contact SSCL ( in the first instance.

If you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages:

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

1-      To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail;

2-      To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (;

3-      To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.