Job description

ICF works on the key challenges of our times, supporting governments in the design, appraisal and delivery of policies and programmes across a wide range of issues - from migration, security, technology to health, food and the environment.

Our Data Science Team works in partnership with experts across our business, applying data science methods to create innovative solutions for ICF clients in the UK and EU. The team’s work has a particular focus on the application of data science to public policy research and analysis.

We are looking for a Data Scientist with a background in public policy to contribute to the further growth and success of this team, by interfacing with data science and public policy colleagues to deliver innovative data science solutions grounded in subject area expertise.

You will also work closely with the team leader to draft and develop proposals for client work. You will typically be working on a few projects at a time, interacting with all levels of ICF staff and external stakeholders. You will contribute to drafting research reports and present findings to clients.

We have a flexible, hybrid model in which you can balance working from home with use of our UK bases in London, Plymouth, Leeds and Birmingham.

Skills, Knowledge And Experience

We welcome applications from candidates with:

  • At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in disciplines such as Data Science or Social Sciences.
  • Professional experience within consulting, academia, government, or non-governmental employment, in a data-driven role.
  • Experience in the application of data science to public policy, in a research, evaluation, analysis or operational context.
  • An understanding of data science and machine learning concepts and algorithms such as clustering, regression, classification, forecasting, neural networks, hyperparameter tuning, NLP, and utilising LLMs.
  • An understanding of the importance of effective communication with clients and experience of relaying complex technical concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Proficiency in Python and/or R.
  • Strong report writing and presentation skills.
  • Excellent command of English language.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

More About ICF

ICF is a global consulting services company with over 9,000 full- and part-time employees, but we are not your typical consultants. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We give active support to career progression. We are committed to learning and personal development - providing in-house training programmes, access to our communities of practice and online learning resources.

We provide a supportive, collegiate work environment. Our ‘You Matter’ programme enables recognition of colleague’s contributions, support and success.


Please submit a CV and cover letter HERE to start the conversation!


About Us

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are committed to creating a culture where we embrace our differences in ideas and identities. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals.

Learn more about what we do and our commitment to inclusion.

The Benefits Of Joining ICF

Our people at ICF are our most important asset, so we invest in them from the moment they arrive. When you join our team, you’ll have access to a vast array of benefits to help you live your life well.

We offer a hybrid working policy, which will provide you with the flexibility to collaborate in the office, as well as in the comfort of your own home, ensuring you are able to successfully deliver the requirements of your role.

To support you, our employee wellbeing hub is designed to provide highly personalised support across a comprehensive range of wellbeing issues, such as mind, body, finances, community, career programs and HR support.

We enjoy celebrating success, which is why we have a competitive recognition program called ‘You Matter’, which awards points as a ‘thank you’ for your work achievements. These can be spent on a large variety of high-quality items, as well as online or high-street vouchers, all with zero tax payable by the employee.

ICF also offers a range of competitive benefits, which include:

  • Single Private Medical Insurance cover with no restrictions on existing conditions.
  • Dental insurance and an online GP service.
  • 25 days annual leave, plus UK bank holidays (annual leave increases with years of service).
  • Pension scheme with 5% of salary employer contribution
  • Life assurance paying 4x annual salary and Group Income Protection paying 66% of salary for up to 5 years if you are off work on long-term sick.
  • Enhanced parental leave policies, enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption, and shared parental pay.

London (GB80)

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