Institute of Economic Affairs

The IEA currently has one role available. We do also offer several internship positions throughout the year; you can find out more about them here.


Programmes Assistant

The IEA is looking to appoint up to two full time equivalents to its Programmes team. It is envisaged that at least one of those will be a full time position. A range of part time options will be considered for the other role.

The positions will be based at the IEA offices in Westminster, although it will involve regular travel within the UK. The assistant will be responsible for helping with the IEA’s extensive international outreach and student outreach programmes.

This is an excellent opportunity for an entrepreneurial, detail-oriented and fiercely deadline-driven individual to gain experience working at a one of Westminster’s leading think tanks. The role will involve directly assisting the Programmes Director on our exciting international project, EPICENTER, as well as the running of our education programmes. This role will involve some travel (mostly daytrips within the UK). This role would suit a highly organised, friendly and personable individual who enjoys regularly meeting new people and working in an exciting and challenging environment.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Superior organisational skills and attention to detail; passion for delivering high quality work; team oriented but with the ability to work independently; and an unwavering commitment to meeting deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication: articulate and clear in person, on telephone and via email
  • Positive and enthusiastic with first-class people skills and an exceptional customer service orientation
  • Entrepreneurial and solution-focused; thrives on challenges while remaining calm under pressure; willingness and ability to learn quickly and respond to a variety of different situations
  • Appreciation for technology, including Microsoft Office literacy and the ability to quickly learn database tools and basic IT skills; confidence with technology and experience with social media are advantages
  • As with all employees, a willingness to be flexible and versatile and take on additional tasks and responsibilities when appropriate
  • Well-presented and smartly dressed, with a high commitment to professionalism in all aspects
  • Willingness to work flexible and unsocial hours
  • An interest in, and an appreciation for, free markets and individual liberty

Tasks the successful candidate will be expected to carry out include:

  • Assisting and supporting the Programmes Director with all aspects of our outreach programmes
  • Communicating via email and phone with schools, speakers, politicians and those who work for think tanks abroad
  • Liaising with schools to organise and run our series of one day sixth form conferences
  • Co-ordinating requests for speakers from external organisations, including universities and schools, and working with colleagues to fulfil these requests
  • Liaising with schools and university societies to ensure they are kept informed about IEA events and education programmes
  • Helping to build the IEA brand through reaching out to new audiences
  • Assisting with our social media output, particularly Facebook and Twitter, to attract a wide audience of students and young people
  • The role will involve travelling to sixth form conferences and other events as needed; approx. 3/4 times per month

To apply

Qualified candidates should submit a CV and a cover letter to with attention to Christiana Hambro, Programmes Director.  Please specify whether you wish to be considered for full-time employment or a specific part-time arrangement. Your cover letter should express how you learned about the position, your qualifications for the role, and your interest in the IEA mission.  No phone calls, please.  While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.

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