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Policy Specialist

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  • Sector:

    Law & Legal, Charity & Not For Profit

  • Salary:

    £35,013 - £36,072 pro rata, per annum

  • Contact:

    Francesca Carroll

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  • Published:

    11 months ago

  • Duration:

    Part Time Hours

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ActionAid are currently recruiting for a Policy Specialist to work within our International Development Policy and Practice team.


ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty. Our dedicated local staff are ending violence against women and girls and helping change lives, for good. We won’t stop until women and girls are out of danger, out of poverty and on track to create the future they want.

This role sits within the Research and Programme Policy unit, which is comprised of policy and technical advisers who develop policy thinking and programme based research to influence ActionAid UK’s target donors, agenda-setters, academic audiences and policy makers.

A key focus of the Policy Specialist role is to develop high-quality research and policy, applying feminist principles to research and analysis.

This role demands a specialist who will bring research skills, networking ability and a spirit of collaboration to ActionAid UK as it delivers on its new 5-year Strategy - Together with Women and Girls.

We will look to you to undertake qualitative and quantitative pieces of desk-based research and then to analyse your research findings to help shape policy recommendations.

Alongside your colleagues, you will also plan and manage research projects; this will include research and policy work taking place in the Global South.

To succeed in this role, applicants must have experience of working within the International Development sector, along with knowledge of how national and international policies can hinder or support the realisation of women's rights.

Our ideal candidate will understand the importance of women’s rights in development, ideally from previous experience in the field of research or policy. An understanding of macroeconomic policy and its impact on women’s everyday lives is particularly important.

To be successful, applicants must have experience of a range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

They must also have excellent written and oral communication skills, in particular the ability to translate complex material into concise and engaging communications.

We are keen to receive applications from those with an understanding of UK and international politics in the field of international development and from those with proven experience of campaigning or advocating for social change.

If you have a passion for protecting the rights of women and girls living in poverty, along with experience working in Southern countries or working closely with people in Southern countries, we look forward to hearing from you.

Please note that this is a part time role for 21 hours per week and is being offered as a 12-month fixed term contract to cover a period of maternity leave.

ActionAid is passionate about supporting flexible working. If you would like to discuss flexible working options, there will be space to do so during the interview process.

ActionAid is committed to driving improvement through digital channels, tools and ways of working. We will ensure that we provide the technology and the training to enable all staff to perform their roles to the best of their abilities. In return, we ask that all staff are committed to continually improving their digital skills and knowledge within the working environment. Our recruitment processes will evaluate the digital skills of all applicants.