Research and Advocacy Officer

London (Greater) / London (Central), London (Greater) / London (East), London (Greater) / London ...
£20-24k depending on experience
25 Jun 2014
11 Jul 2014
Full Time
Contract Type

                                     Future First International

Research and Advocacy Officer - Salary £20-24k


Future First International is a new charity looking to take Future First’s work building alumni networks in state schools in the UK to other countries.

Former students can be inspirational role models, work experience providers and mentors to current students at their old schools. They can also support schools as donors and governors. When Future First was launched in the UK five years ago, less than 1% of non-selective state secondary schools ran alumni networks. Today that number is around 20%.

The independent international charity is being launched on the back of a report sponsored by the Open Society Foundations into the prevalence, purpose and potential of alumni networks in other countries. The report is available at:

The strategy is to build an organisation to use this report and additional research to help governments, school leaders, social entrepreneurs and educationalists to catalyse best practice alumni network building in other countries.

We are not seeking to become a programmatic organisation but through consultancy, research and advocacy, to come to impact thousands of schools globally and, in doing so, the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people.

We are seeking a Research and Advocacy Officer to help launch the organisation. They will be working alongside a new Managing Director and a one day a week CEO (Future First Founder Jake Hayman) in a small team.

Some travel may be required alongside flexibility to work across time zones. We are seeking someone diligent and hard working with excellent research and analysis skills alongside some experience of communication, campaigning or advocacy with who can help us take the Future First model internationally.

This role will have a high level of independence and involve playing an integral role in organisational strategy but also providing full support and assistance to the CEO and MD within a small organisation – being prepared to do some of the less glamorous work as well as stepping up to senior tasks.

As well as helping with expansion into new partnerships internationally, the Research and Advocacy Officer will help support our Kenyan and American partnerships – Future First Kenya and Future First USA.

Salary will vary based on experience but aptitude for the role will ultimately be considered over experience.

Primary Responsibilities

International Expansion

*     To support the planning and strategic development of Future First from a programmatic, UK-based organisation to one that influences policy, shares best practice and establishes programmes internationally; and


*     To support the Managing Director and CEO with all the research and information they require to effectively represent Future First internationally, advocating on its behalf and building partnerships and networks;


*     To help determine strategy by mapping education systems globally to assess key contact points and key geographies where Future First could expand;


*     To help organize events to build awareness about Future First’s work and ensure that Future First’s MD/CEO are put forward at conferences and in the education media;


*     To organize trips and associated strategic briefings for the MD to visit potential new markets;


*     To support writing of grant applications and implementation of fundraising strategy as well as project-based consultancy and research proposals;


*     To help deliver research commissioned by funders and national governments into how alumni communities could support different education systems;


*     To support media outreach and collection of case studies for Future First;


*     To help develop Future First training and best practice materials;


*     To support the Future First International board in its operations.




Person Description

We understand that any given candidate may not tick all the boxes we are looking for. We need someone who ‘gets’ what we are doing and has done enough comparable work to a high enough standard to convince us that they can add significant value to this organisation. The rest is less important.

Ideally, we would look for someone with:

*     At least 1 year of work experience;


*     Strong advocacy, communications, fundraising, research experience;


*     Experience in both start up and mid-sized charity environments;


*     Experience of or insight into working with schools and/or young people;


*     A global view;


*     The independence to make decisions and add new ideas;


*     Appreciation of international education and social action trends and varying global education systems;


*     A good grasp of technology and/or social media is a bonus;


*     Excellent writing and research skills – the ability to grasp problems, formulate ideas, find answers and present documents quickly with a high attention to detail.


This role is for an initial 12 month contract, we have no guaranteed funding beyond that but are confident that with the right person, we will make a success of the role and be in a position to renew should both parties wish to. This contract includes a 3 month probationary period.


Application deadline = July 11th, 10am

Start date = August 20th, 2014 (negotiable)

Please send a CV and covering letter to, with the job title in the subject line as a reference.

First round interviews are planned for the week of July 21st. The role will be based in London. 

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