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Senior Policy and Research Specialist

Farringdon, Central London
£40,906 - £42,144 per annum
Closing date
3 May 2021

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Policy & Research
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The International Development Policy and Practice team is a key delivery partner in ActionAid UK’s new strategy to promote a world where women and girls are valued, live free from violence, and can exercise their rights to promote their own economic empowerment, safety, equality and voice.We are now recruiting for a Senior Policy and Research Specialist, which is a key role within this 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 takes responsibility for supporting ActionAid UK’s strategic objectives in close collaboration with federation partners, academics all over the world and feminist partners.

The Senior Policy and Research Specialist will create policy products, which have been informed by ActionAid’s programmatic and policy work, therefore applicants must have the ability and flexibility to learn and promote new policy issues as required.

The post holder will develop and update policy work, and will work with advocacy, campaigns, communications and technical advisors to refresh, identify, prioritise and promote policy issues.

To succeed in this role, the post holder must have a deep understanding of women’s rights programming and how that can and should inform the policy agenda.

Successful candidates will have experience of networking and contact building in political, academic or NGO settings.

You must also have an excellent knowledge of development, including a strong understanding of power relations which shape relations between the global North and South.

We are keen to receive applications from those with proven research skills and experience, excellent writing skills and the ability to translate complex material and data into clear and concise materials appropriate for the intended audience.

 Applicants must have substantial experience of policy analysis and commissioning and conducting research on relevant issues gained in a public policy, NGO or academic environment.

They must also have proven experience of providing policy input and strategic analysis to joint policy and advocacy initiatives.

If you have the skills and experience we are looking for, please apply for this challenging and rewarding role.

Interviews will be held remotely on the 12th of May 2021.

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. 

ActionAid is committed to supporting flexible working. If you would like to discuss flexible working options, including the possibility of a job share for this role, there will be space to do so during the interview process.


ActionAid is an international development charity which works in 45 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Founded in 1972, ActionAid is an international federation and has offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Bangkok and Washington DC, as well as London.

ActionAid UK is part of the international federation and almost all of the people and partners who run ActionAid programmes are from the developing world. This means its staff are on the ground, experiencing poverty at first hand. They see day-to-day how poverty affects people’s lives, and are uniquely placed to give a voice to the women and children who suffer most.

ActionAid’s work has several different components, unified by a commitment to place women and girls at the centre of its work. The charity aims to end hunger by giving millions of people in extreme poverty the skills they need to grow sustainable food, and campaigns to address the causes of hunger.

ActionAid also responds to emergencies and conflicts. It provided emergency assistance to more than 600,000 people in 2015 and trained nearly 46,000 others to protect lives and prepare for emergencies. In total the charity responded to 27 emergencies around the world last year.

Improving access to education is another facet of its mission. 59 million children, more than half of them girls, were out of school in 2013. ActionAid works with more than 5,000 schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America to help over a millions girls and boys get the free, quality education they are entitled to.

Women’s rights and gender equality informs all of ActionAid’s activities. The charity works with communities against female genital mutilation, gender-based violence and forced early marriage.

ActionAid also campaigns for tax justice, fairer wages and more effective aid which can tackle the roots causes of poverty. It estimates that poorer countries lose around $200 billion a year from tax dodging by companies.

A variety of different roles are available at ActionAid including policy adviser, fundraising offer and HR manager. Employee benefits are plentiful, encompassing the opportunity to develop new skills, a pension scheme, childcare vouchers and free advice services.

ActionAid also supports selected UK employees to travel to host countries in order to gain first-hand experience of its in-country work. Frequent secondments, whereby employees work, for a period, in another department or different country in the federation, take place. The charity encourages job shares.

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