Consultant on Innovation, Competitiveness & Sustainability



IDEA Consult is a dedicated team of experts committed to support the on-going transition towards a green, resilient, sustainable and inclusive society. This calls for new, innovative approaches, new partnerships and a new governance.

IDEA offers expertise in the following areas: regional and urban development, real estate and spatial development, the labour market, innovation and competitiveness, culture and tourism, the circular economy and renewable energy. As such, our clients are primarily governmental and intermediary organisations, both local and international.

To support the growth of our activities in the field of research and advice on Innovation, Competitiveness & Sustainability (ICS team), we are looking for:

Consultants in the domains of:

  • Innovation and technology deployment
  • Competitiveness and sustainability
  • Science and research policy 


Will you be our new colleague?

  • You have a University Master's Degree with a specialisation in economics or political sciences and a genuine interest in (the drivers of) competitiveness and innovation. Alternatively, an engineering background with interest in innovation economics is equally appreciated. Holding a PhD in economics or political sciences is considered as an asset.
  • You are interested in science and innovation, in new technologies and their economic deployment, in impact assessment and policy evaluation, in industrial competitiveness. You like to work with data and to provide evidence-based advice.
  • You have experience in research, either as a consultant or as a researcher, preferably in the areas of innovation, competitiveness and sustainability in the broad sense.
  • You look forward to performing research, impact assessment and policy evaluation in the mentioned domains. You like to work with data and to provide evidence-based advice. 
  • You have very good analytical skills and are methodologically rigorous. You have good skills in quantitative techniques and/or qualitative methods. Advanced working knowledge of excel and Stata is a strong asset.
  • You can communicate fluently in English, Dutch and French (writing and speaking) and have strong reporting skills in those languages.
  • You have strong presentation and communication skills.
  • You are a team player, but you can equally work independently.


What can you expect?

You will be welcomed in a team of 20+ researchers and experts where you support both them  and our clients.
The following tasks and responsibilities will be part of your work:

  • You will read and synthesize literature (policy statements and reports, scientific papers, empirical studies, …).
  • You will harmonize and analyse data and information collected through both qualitative (interviews, surveys, …) and quantitative methods (using official databases or own survey results).
  • You will help in the preparation of reports and presentation of results.
  • You will be involved in all phases of a project: client contacts, proposal writing, project execution, reporting and presentation of results.
  • You will be responsible for parts of projects and, gradually, entire projects.


What do we offer?

  • A challenging job in strategic and policy supporting projects.
  • Contacts with a wide range of clients and partners, including governmental organisations at all levels (regional, national, European), research centres and private companies.
  • On-the-job training and possibilities for external training.
  • A flexible work organisation (home/office) and a stimulating culture.
  • A competitive remuneration package and extralegal benefits.
  • Good career perspectives.
  • A professional and pleasant working atmosphere within a team of enthusiastic and highly experienced colleagues.


Interested? We'd like to hear from you!

Please send your application to IDEA Consult, Attn. Vincent Duchêne (Team Leader Innovation, Competitiveness & Sustainability) to