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Research Analyst (Country Analysis)

Research Analyst (Country Analysis)

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As the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) helps leaders prepare for opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions. The EIU is the global standard in providing quality, actionable intelligence to the public and private sector, assessing issues that impact the marketplace for over two hundred countries.


The Country Analysis division of the EIU is seeking to recruit a number of Research Analysts to our office in Gurgaon, India. In these entry level positions, successful applicants will be responsible for the production and quality of EIU products. Among the key tasks involved in the role, the Research Analysts will produce economic and political forecasts for specific countries and write analysis on economic, political and policy developments in the region they cover


In the role you will be expected to:


Produce high-quality reports and analysis:

  • Produce economic and political forecasts for selected countries
  • Produce ongoing analysis and forecast updates on key events as they happen, ensuring that agreed norms for frequency of coverage are maintained
  • Ensure that the designated part of the regional product range is written to a high standard
  • Identify accurate and informative sources on events affecting the forecast as they happen
  • Interpret events within specific countries with a particular focus on whether and how they might impact upon EIU forecasts
  • Play an active role in producing original country and regional content work that develops the EIU view on the region
  • Support the consulting and sales teams to deliver projects as required


Manage external contributors: 

  • Be responsible for finding and commissioning suitable external contributors to provide additional analysis of political and economic events within the countries of responsibility
  • Carry out a comprehensive first edit on contributors’ input, checking accuracy, ensuring all the relevant information is presented in accordance with EIU style guide and product guidelines
  • Build a network of sources in academia, business and government to draw on for research purposes


Contribute to the regional team:

  • Play an active role in team discussions on regional themes and the development of the regional view
  • Support other members of the team when they need it

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in this role you must have: 


  • Strong writing and editing skills in English, and an ability to write well under time pressure.
  • Relevant degree in Economics or related subject. Ideally Master’s degree or equivalent. (Experience studying abroad is a strong plus.)
  • Knowledge of macroeconomics and forecasting
  • An interest in current political and economic developments and knowledge of how they are likely to affect economic trends
  • Strong international or regional knowledge is desirable. (Fluency in relevant languages is a strong plus.)
  • An ability to write quickly and incisively about issues of interest to our clients
  • The ability to juggle different tasks effectively
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel 


To succeed in the role you must demonstrate:


  • You will always put our clients first and maintain a commercial focus in everything you do
  • You will focus on developing yourself and people around you for the benefit of our business and our clients
  • You can get things done through communication, collaboration and alignment with the business; you build seamless relationships internally which deliver
  • You will continuously seek ways to make our business more successful; you see change not as an obstacle but as an opportunity to deliver more for our clients
  • You will operate with courage and integrity; you take accountability and responsibility and do not avoid difficult situations or take the easy route



Research Analysts are expected to actively seek continuous feedback and own a career development plan which is realistic, actionable and targeted. The successful Research Analysts will continuously seek out opportunities for training and development.