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The Chief Economist or Economic Policy Advisor for the Falkland Islands Government is responsible for providing economic policy analysis and advice across FIG, as well as leadership on the application of economic principles and tools for the evaluation of public policy options and decisions. 

The Role

This role includes the preparation and publication of various national economic indicators and data including, but not limited to:  National Accounts, State of the Economy, Household Expenditure survey, Retail Price Index, poverty indices, inflation forecasts, minimum/living wage recommendations and forecasts in the national interest.

The postholder will lead on the identification, development and use of various economic and econometric modelling methods and procedures to forecast and measure economic and social change in the Falkland Islands, with a particular emphasis on enhancing reliability and accuracy.

Other areas of work will include the assessment of costs, benefits, effectiveness and economic impact of policies, programmes or individual developments on the Islands.

The Person

The Chief Economist or Economic Policy Advisor should hold Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Economics, Public Policy or another subject where evidence of equivalent advanced-level courses in economics can be found with proven relevant experience in a public sector, not-for-profit or research organisation with public policy and/or economic analysis responsibility.  The person best suited for this position will also have a demonstrated commitment to high quality service delivery and the ability to advise and collaborate with individuals at all levels across government and with external stakeholders.

The Package

  • Fixed Term Contract, up to 4 years.
  • Salary – This is a dual graded role depending on qualifications and experience commencing from £37,725 - £43,498 per annum within Grade C (Economic Policy Advisor) or from £42,457 - £48,720 per annum within Grade B (Chief Economist).
  • Eligibility for a 25% Gratuity (taxable).
  • 41 days paid leave, 30 days paid annual leave plus 11 government and public holidays.
  • Relocation Allowance, to help with moving costs.
  • Flights Package for you and any recognised dependents residing with you at post both at the beginning and end of contract, along with additional annual return flights contingent on the duration of the contract.
  • Government Housing for rent and a starter pack to help you settle in.
  • A stimulating and supportive setting to work in and a unique and beautiful setting to live in.

Policy & Economic Department

FIG’s Policy and Economic Development Directorate has a broad remit to provide economic and policy advice to Elected Members, the Corporate Management Team and FIG Departments.  The Policy Unit is responsible for co-ordinating the Government’s economic policies and monitoring the effectiveness of public spending in achieving the Government’s economic goals; improving the Government’s capacity to address strategic, cross-cutting issues; enhancing the evidence base for economic policy making by undertaking economic and policy research; managing relations with the European Union (EU); providing the Government’s Statistical Service; and monitoring and review of Performance Management across all FIG departments.

Falkland Islands Government (FIG)

The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government.

As the largest employer in the Falkland Islands, we offer many unique and fulfilling job opportunities, across the full spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government – taxation, legislation and policy, as well as those usually managed on a local level such as town planning, health and social services, and education. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, such as fisheries research, power generation and the Government Air Service, FIGAS.

The Falkland Islands

Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 400 miles east of South America and 8000 miles south-west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a British way of life, benefiting from good local services, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams.

The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales and dolphins, all seen from the shore.

For those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world.

To Apply

Please click on the Apply button below for more information and to download the Job Description. When applying, please clearly state that you saw the role through the PubAffairs network.

Closing Date for Applications 31 May 2022.
Shortlisting commencing: 01 June 2022.
Interviews week commencing:  06 June 2022.

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  • Fill out the short form below and upload your CV.

Closing date

The closing date for applications for this post is 11:59pm on Tuesday 31st May 2022