Lead Economist Consultant, Government Advisory

About Oxford Economics

Oxford Economics is a global advisory firm founded in 1981 in partnership with Oxford University’s business college. We specialize in economic forecasting, modeling, and advisory services for companies, financial institutions, and governments worldwide. With offices in key locations around the globe, we employ a diverse team of economists, consultants, and industry experts, making us a leader in economic analysis and advisory services with limitless opportunities for career development.

About the Role

We are seeking a Lead Economic Consultant to join our rapidly expanding EMEA macro consultancy team based in our Dubai office. As part of the team, you will play a crucial role in growing our Government Advisory business in the Middle East that provides economic analysis, policy, and strategy advice to the public sector. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to our goal of developing beyond our traditional areas of economic expertise to become a leading economic advisory firm in the region.


As the Lead Economic Consultant, your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading project teams on Government Advisory consulting engagements for the public sector in the Middle East. This involves managing the entire project lifecycle, from proposal preparation and pitching to client management, project execution, and delivering high-quality project deliverables.
  • Collaborating with the business development team and Associate Director of Government Advisory to expand our consulting and subscription business in the public sector in MENA. You will present Oxford’s capabilities in sales meetings, guide prospects to appropriate solutions, and support the sales team in client presentations and calls.
  • Taking a lead role in managing public sector advisory consultancy accounts in the Middle East. This includes leading new projects, building strong client relationships through regular in-person meetings, and identifying opportunities for closer collaboration.
  • Managing and developing economists working on Government Advisory projects and in the Government Advisory team in the Middle East. This includes providing training, overseeing their consulting work, and ensuring projects are appropriately staffed and resourced by coordinating with other teams within Oxford Economics.
Qualifications and Skills

To succeed in this role, we are looking for candidates who possess the following qualifications and skills:

  • Educational Background: A degree in economics, public policy, or a related field.
  • Experience: A minimum of 8 years of experience in economic advisory and consultancy, with a focus on the GCC.
  • Regional Expertise: In-depth knowledge of the economic and policy landscape in the GCC, including a strong understanding of the key sectors and government initiatives.
  • Client Engagement: Proven track record of working with public sector entities, providing economic policy and strategy advice, impact assessment, and risk analysis.
  • Project Management: Experience in leading and managing consulting projects, including writing proposals, project execution, client relations, and delivering high-quality deliverables.
  • Analytical Skills: Strong quantitative and analytical skills, with the ability to conduct economic research, and data analysis, and develop insights and policy recommendations.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent presentation and reporting skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex economic concepts to both specialists and non-specialists.
  • Language Skills: Proficiency in Arabic would be highly advantageous.

We offer a competitive remuneration package, including a performance-related bonus. You will receive private health insurance and enjoy 30 days of annual leave, in addition to public holidays. This position will be based in our Dubai office.

  • The Lead Economic Consultant role at Oxford Economics offers an exciting opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects that go beyond traditional economic analysis and general economic consulting, leveraging our expertise in economic forecasting, modeling, and impact assessment, and the skills and experience of our large global team, to provide innovative solutions to clients.
  • We are particularly interested in candidates with a Government Advisory consultancy background, as we aim to bring fresh perspectives and industry insights to our work. Candidates with experience in consultancies are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The position offers a hybrid work arrangement, providing flexibility between office and remote work, allowing for a healthy work-life balance.
  • Specific experience in the GCC is highly desirable, as we seek individuals who possess a deep understanding of the local economic and policy landscape in these regions.
  • The role entails frequent travel and on-site client engagement, ensuring a dynamic work environment that involves collaborating directly with clients.

We look forward to attracting exceptional and ambitious candidates who are excited about joining Oxford Economics and contributing to our vision of becoming a leading economic advisory firm in the Middle East. The role presents an exceptional opportunity for accelerated professional growth, owing to the remarkable potential for expansion and development within Oxford Economics.

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