Policy Advisor at Action Aid

ActionAid is a federation of more than 40 autonomous affiliates and country programmes, accountable to the communities we work with around the world. We have seen that unleashing the power of people in poor countries to bring about change in their own lives is the most effective and sustainable way of delivering development. Add to that the power of rich and poor people acting together in global solidarity and it can become a force impossible to ignore.

As part of the Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns Team in ActionAid UK, this position will give you the opportunity to work with and learn from experienced colleagues from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The experience and demands of the communities we work with will inform your policy analysis and influencing work on UK and global policies and practices. You will contribute to our efforts to model new ways of working on research and advocacy and will develop long-term relationships with colleagues from key Southern affiliates or country programmes.

The initial focus of this post is on development finance, aid and the private sector, building on ActionAid’s track record on tax justice and aid effectiveness. You will research and analyse, debate, network and advocate for change in these areas. As the role evolves, you will help to bring your knowledge of different types of private sector actor to bear on our organisational understanding of the role of the private sector in development.

As part of a bigger piece of work in the federation on development alternatives, you will help to create new thinking on how to engage with governments, different private sector actors and other actors, and how to hold them to account. In the future, you will be  open to working on new issues in response to external trends and the evolving priorities of the federation, notably those of colleagues and communities in the global South.

Your experience in policy analysis and research in a public policy, NGO or academic environment means that your understanding of the role of the private sector in development is informed by critical Southern and feminist perspectives.

You have experience living and/or working in the global South and know how to build productive relationships with Southern colleagues, politicians, academics and NGO leaders.

You combine analytical skills with strategic nous, having the ability to identify and take advantage of opportunities to build the organisation’s external profile and to influence change. You are a skilled communicator, able to transform complex information into persuasive advocacy and campaign materials, including for social media.

Meet this description and you are ready to have a major influence on our work and help make a better world.

>> Download the Policy Adviser Job Description

>> Download the equal opportunities monitoring form

Please ensure that you state your full name and the title of the position you are applying for in the subject title of the email.  

Are you the right person for the position?

Please read this carefully before you apply. Please address the person specification in your application point by point and in detail as it enables us to identify the skills, knowledge and experience you have to be able to do the job effectively.

Please check your application and make sure you meet all the essential criteria listed in the person specification, in addition your application will be stronger if you meet at least some of the desirable criteria. If you do not meet at least all the essential criteria, please don’t apply as we only invite candidates for an interview if they meet the essential criteria listed on the job description. Thank you for your understanding.

To be considered for this role, you must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

Recruitment consultancies/agencies should not approach ActionAid with regards to open vacancies. We regret that agency candidates will not be considered.

Contract: Permanent

Closing date: October 7th 2014

Location: London, UK

Salary: £38,332 - £39,492

Further details