Institute of Economic Affairs

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


The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) seeks to recruit a highly motivated individual to work full time for our European outreach network, EPICENTER.  This role would suit someone with 5-10 years’ experience and a proven track record looking for an exciting new challenge. The individual will be leading EPICENTER in Brussels and will be given the opportunity to build on the initial successes of this exciting new network.

EPICENTER, the European Policy Information Center, is an initiative co-founded by six leading think tanks from across the European Union. EPICENTER was launched in October 2014 and its mission is to inform the EU policy debate and promote the principles of a free society by bringing together the economic expertise of its members.

EPICENTER is currently formed by Civismo (Spain), the Institut Economique Molinari (France), the Institute of Economic Affairs (UK), Istituto Bruno Leoni (Italy), the Lithuanian Free Market Institute and Timbro (Sweden). Like its members, EPICENTER is politically independent and fully privately funded.

The IEA acts as the secretariat and manages the day to day activities of the network. We are looking to appoint a Director to develop and expand EPICENTER, particularly amongst policy makers in Brussels. This individual would be employed by the IEA but would work entirely on EPICENTER. The position will be based in Brussels but will entail a small amount of travel to London (on average three days per month, but this may be slightly higher during the first few months in the role).

The role:

  • Build the network as the public face of EPICENTER in Brussels.
  • Head EPICENTER’s outreach in Brussels, particularly amongst policy makers in the European Institutions.
  • Advocate free market solutions to policy challenges in the European Union.
  • Meet with policy makers to discuss our research and briefing documents.
  • Organise and run our private and public regular events programme in Brussels.
  • Generally lead the rest of the team with the day to day running of EPICENTER.
  • Depending on the interest and experience of the candidate, there may also be the opportunity to do some writing and work with media.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • 5-10 years’ work experience, preferably in the policy sphere
  • An outstanding networker with a proven track record of building relationships
  • An excellent understanding of and commitment to free-market ideas
  • Self-starter with excellent self-motivational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Fluent in English and proficient in French; additional languages beneficial
  • An understanding of European legislative procedure
  • Superior organisational skills and attention to detail; passion for delivering high quality and timely work
  • Team oriented but the ability to work independently is vital
  • Willing to work flexible and sometimes unsocial hours
  • Experience working for the European Commission or the Parliament is an advantage
  • Microsoft Office literate, especially Microsoft Excel, and ability to learn to utilise new programmes quickly


Salary will be commensurate with experience. The IEA provides exceptional benefits to all employees, including a personal pension which matches up to 5% of salary, death in service, critical illness, group income protection, private medical insurance coverage and 25 days paid leave per annum.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a CV and a cover letter to with attention to Christiana Hambro, Head of External Relations.  Your cover letter should express how you learned about the position, your qualifications for the role, and your interest in EPICENTER and 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.


External Relations Assistant

This is a short-term full-time paid position during Autumn 2015 (mid-August to mid-December; precise dates negotiable), working at the IEA offices in Westminster. The assistant will be responsible for helping with the IEA’s extensive international outreach, student outreach and events 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 Head of External Relations on our exciting international project, EPICENTER, as well as the running of our events and education programs. 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 and who has a passion for spreading the ideas of free market economics.

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 challenge 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 Head of External Relations with all aspects of our outreach programs
  • 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


This is a short-term paid position ending December 2015.

To Apply

Candidates should submit a CV and a cover letter to with attention to Christiana Hambro, Head of External Relations. 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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