N1, London
£38,218 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

In this role you will be positioned at the heart of this influential sector’s efforts to shape policy on international development, at UK level and beyond, at a time of significant change in the UK’s global role.

You will have an excellent understanding of international development policy, in particular around aid and financing for development which will be a focus area for this role. You will bring your diplomacy, leadership and facilitation skills, and experience of developing impactful policy and advocacy strategies, to convening agreement between diverse member organisations on effective shared plans. You will be a strong communicator, able to present complex policy messages in simple ways for different audiences including the media and members of the public. 

You will have solid experience of engaging with the UK Government and policy processes. You will be confident in analysing ODA budgets and complex data sources, drawing conclusions and communicating recommendations effectively. Sound political awareness and understanding of the role of media and public campaigning in influencing policies will enable you to create real impact in this role.

Main purpose of the job 

Working with Policy, Advocacy and Research (PAR) team, particularly Aid Policy and Advocacy Manager (Aid PAM) and Bond members, influence the UK government and other stakeholders on effective aid and development finance policies that will reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. 

Main responsibilities 

  1. Support Bond’s policy work on UK aid quality and effectiveness
  2. Deliver a range of influencing activities on UK aid policy
  3. Convene Bond’s Aid Effectiveness group (AEG) as an inclusive space for regular dialogue and collective action on aid quality and effectiveness, including 
  4. ​Support Bond’s policy and advocacy work on analysing and influencing the UK government’s response to Covid-19 globally
  5. Contribute to the work of the PAR team

Person specification 


Expertise in international development 

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of international development policy, aid quality and effectiveness and development finance issues
  • Demonstrable experience in producing high quality analysis and research involving a combination of quantitative and qualitative analytical skills. 
  • Track record of building strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders, with strong facilitation and negotiation skills
  • Ability to quickly analyse and assess government propositions and approaches, including detailed financial analysis and budget tracking.

Experience of advocacy

  • Track-record in developing impactful evidence-based policy positions as part of broader advocacy strategies in international development context
  • Experience in direct engagement with government departments and officials and understanding of how to influence decision-making processes in the UK.
  • Capacity to thrive in a fast-paced external policy and political environment, ability to spot and take opportunities, act on initiative and undertake quick policy work.

Project management

  • Strong project management skills 
  • Experience of managing donor funded development related projects or research programmes 

Relationships and communications 

  • Strong facilitation and negotiation skills with proven ability to build trust with and broker agreement between diverse players
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (in English) including writing, editing and presentation skills, and the ability to communicate complex policy propositions to a range of audiences (external and internal).
  • A collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal skills A strong networker and collaborator

Other personal attributes 

  • Commitment to the values and objectives of Bond and its members
  • Must have the right to live and work in the UK 


  • Experience of membership-based organisations such as networks and coalitions, ideally within the charity/NGO sector
  • Understanding of gender and women’s rights and impact on policy analysis.
  • Experience of working in the Global South, and/or engagement on development policy at European and/or international level.
  • Experience of working with the media 


Bond offers a competitive salary and benefits package including: 

  • Interest free season ticket loan 
  • 27 days leave as standard for all employees.  Additional staff privilege days, normally the period between Christmas and New Year 
  • 7% pension contributions (staff pay 3.5%) 
  • Flexible working hours 

How to apply 

To apply submit your CV and cover letter outlining why you are the right candidate for this role by midnight on Sunday 6th September 2020. 

Please note that we reserve the right to close applications early in the event of a large response.

Bond and equal opportunities 

Bond values diversity and works to advance equality. We encourage and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. In order to assess and ensure the continued effectiveness of Bond’s Equal Opportunities Policy, all applicants are asked to complete a short questionnaire when applying. You are not obliged to answer the questions but the more information you supply the more effectively we can monitor our equal opportunity practices. Completion of all questions is voluntary and failure to answer any question(s) will not affect your application in any way. 

The information you supply will be treated in confidence and will not be seen by any member of the selection panel responsible for the appointment. The questionnaire will be detached from your CV and cover letter, stored anonymously and used purely to provide statistics for monitoring purposes. 

Posted on: 05 August 2020
Closed date: 06 September 2020
Job ref: VA50
Tags: Intl Development, Advocacy

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