Economic Advisor

Posted on Dec 10, 2018 by Department For Transport

Channel Isles, Channel Isles United Kingdom
5 Dec 2018
Annual Salary

Are you an ambitious Economist who is looking for an opportunity to apply your economic knowledge and expertise?

Could you develop the evidence to support and influence decisions being made on a wide range of major programmes?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for an Economic Adviser to join our Modelling and Appraisal Methods team to set the direction for the development of appraisal methods and valuation of economic, environmental and social impacts of transport investment.

You will have the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of economic appraisal methodology in new and exciting areas. You will focus on developing the evidence base so that the impacts on people, society and the environment are appropriately and thoroughly examined when deciding on the priorities of schemes and policies designed to solve transport problems.

As well as providing an excellent opportunity to use and develop analytical skills, it will provide the opportunity for exposure to policy areas that really matter to people, such as making our towns and cities more accessible and better places to live.

Your key responsibilities will include:

• setting direction in the development of a prioritised programme of work to ensure our appraisal system remains world class, taking account of emerging appraisal issues and policy priorities
• communicating and working closely with stakeholders, both within DfT and externally, to ensure widespread understanding of, and support for, our appraisal process and methods and plans for future development
• working closely with the External Engagement team in TASM to ensure alignment of the direction of appraisal research with a refreshed analytical development strategy, which sets out our research and analytical priorities over the medium term

Please see the attached Role profile for full role responsibilities.

About You

You have previous economic experience with a mixture of strategic and technical knowledge to provide expert economic advice. You have strong analytical skills with a high level of attention to detail. A self-motivated individual, you have a passion for research and analysis to influence and underpin key decisions.
You engage effectively to build trusted working relationships with people outside of your immediate teams. You thrive in a fast paced environment, with the ability to balance priorities and challenges.

About us

Transport Appraisal and Strategy Modelling (TASM) is a multidisciplinary team made up of economists, transport modellers, and operational researchers. It plays a key role in supporting policy and strategy decisions across the Department, through the provision of expert economic and modelling advice and critical challenge to DfT's strategic investment priorities.

The Modelling and Appraisal Methods team in TASM is responsible for maintaining, developing and advising on the application of transport appraisal guidance (WebTAG) and underpinning the evidence base, as well as producing and maintaining modelling tools for national policy testing, particularly the National Transport Model.

We can proudly announce that the Department for Transport has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.

DfT's inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we've made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering at pace
  • Economists - Application of Knowledge
  • Economists - Effective Communication

Civil Service Competency Framework


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks .

Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using the Civil Service Competency Framework . Guidance on writing competency examples is available: A brief guide to competencies

You will need to provide a CV and Personal Statement to apply for this role.

The Department for Transport has adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

You may be tested against any of the competencies listed on the attached JD during the assessment process. However, for your application, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to provide evidence of when you have;

• Built effective working relationships, both internal and external to achieve objectives and shared interests
• Provided expert advice to support key decisions relating to modelling and appraisal, on the basis of evidence and analysis
• Used and applied economic tools and concepts, and complex models, to inform analysis of transport policy and investments

Please note that if you are invited for interview/assessment, you may be assessed against any of the criteria noted on the attached Role Profile.

You should use the Civil Service Competency Framework, referring to the relevant competency definitions for the grade advertised. The Indicators listed on the attached document have been identified as most appropriate.

Applicants should also use the attached additional competency framework and refer to the competency definitions within.

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 .

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.

Reference: 599253739

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