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Public Affairs Officer

Animal Free Research
£28000 per annum
Closing date
11 Nov 2021

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Policy & Research
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Public Affairs Officer

Home Working (with some travel to London for meetings)

About Us

Animal Free Research UK is the leading charity working towards a world where human diseases are cured faster without animal suffering. By pioneering excellence, inspiring and supporting scientists and influencing change, we are improving medical research and putting an end to animal testing.

By 2040, we aim to transform medical research and regulation in the UK so that the development of treatments for human diseases can be entirely animal free and breakthroughs can be achieved faster.

We’re currently looking for a Public Affairs Officer to join us on a permanent, full-time basis, working 35 hours per week.

The Benefits

- Salary of £28,000 per annum

- Pension

- Flexible/home working options

- 30 days’ annual leave

- Join a charity that places ethics at the heart of science

This is the ideal role for a public or regulatory affairs professional with excellent communication skills and knowledge of the political landscape to join our charity and help us to end biomedical research on animals.

Working at the heart of our charity, you will have the chance to support innovative strategies and plans that will help to influence policy and make a real and lasting impact.

Our award-winning team work tirelessly for a brighter future for animals and people, so, if like us you care deeply about the plight of animals and the urgent need for better treatments for patients, this is your chance to make a difference, apply today!

The Role

As a Public Affairs Officer, you will support our work to secure policy change that will accelerate the replacement of animals in scientific research with human-relevant techniques.

Reporting to the Head of Public and Regulatory Affairs, you will raise awareness about animal free research in Parliament and monitor key parliamentary activity. You will also engage with regulators and campaign for specific policy actions.

You will also research and draft compelling briefing materials and advise on new opportunities, whilst helping to build and maintain strong relationships and networks with a wide variety of stakeholders.

About You

To be considered as a Public Affairs Officer, you will need:

- A minimum of one year’s experience working in a public affairs and/or policy role within an organisation or within an MP’s office

- Experience of engaging effectively with MPs and ministers to secure positive change

- A thorough understanding of parliamentary and legislative processes

- Demonstrable track record of producing accurate and compelling written material

- Excellent organisation and time management skills, with meticulous attention to detail

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills

- Good IT skills, including Microsoft Office

Experience of running impactful advocacy campaigns that have achieved positive results would be beneficial to your application, as would experience of developing and implementing effective Public Affairs strategies. Project and event management experience would also be advantageous.

The closing date for applications is the 11th November 2021 with interviews scheduled for the 24th November 2021.

Animal Free Research UK is currently working remotely but is considering occasional face-to-face meetings in a rotating location in England (e.g. Birmingham, London and Peterborough), to be confirmed at a later date. Enabling staff to work flexibly is an important value to us so while physical attendance will be required on occasion, you’ll have the freedom to work from home on a regular basis.

Webrecruit and Animal Free Research UK are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

So, if you’re seeking your next challenge as a Public Affairs Officer, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.


By pioneering excellence, inspiring and supporting scientists and influencing change, we will end the use of animals and improve medical research.

  • Rigorous and evidential – we present factual, reliable information. Our work is evidenced-based, thoughtful and respected by our peers.
  • Pioneering – we place ethics at the heart of science through innovative, solutions-focused research. Our determination drives scientific discovery forward.
  • Compassionate – we care deeply about people and animals. Our ambition to end suffering is heartfelt and unswerving.
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