The Policy Communities Coordinator will support Bond policy and advocacy working groups in their efforts to influence the policies of governments and institutions at the UK and international level in the best interests of the world’s poorest. This will involve coordinating efforts to develop positions on specific issues, develop policy briefs, report and papers, set up meetings with government officials, gather evidence, etc. The Policy Communities Coordinator plays a key role in coordinating coherence across positions and messaging developed and promoted across the policy and advocacy groups and Bond in general.
As a member of the Policy, Advocacy and Research (PAR) team, the post-holder will work closely with colleagues to shape policy responses and engage policy groups, enabling them to develop collective responses, access and influence decision-makers. They will also work closely with the Media Manager to amplify the voice of policy and advocacy groups to maximise their influence and impact. The post will mainstream effective ways of working across all policy and advocacy groups and will also provide group event and administrative support.
1. Be the policy and advocacy focal point for key Bond working groups (50%)
- Support, convene and participate in the meetings and activities of the Bond groups working in areas where Bond doesn’t have internal policy expertise, such as child rights, disability and development, UK Wash Network and Small NGOs
- Monitor the groups’ policy and advocacy work and work closely with group chairs and steering committees to identify and use opportunities for joint policy and advocacy
- Be the primary link between these groups and the Bond PAR team, providing regular updates on the groups’ advocacy and policy plans and activity
- Identify opportunities for collaboration or synergies with other groups, or areas of potential duplication or overlap
- Support the chairs and steering committees of these groups to produce annual workplans and deliver agreed outputs
2. Support Bond’s policy advisers to convene high-priority Bond working groups (20%)
- Convene and attend the meetings and events of the humanitarian-related groups, the SDGs group and the Sustainable Economic Development working groups
- Support PAR Director aligning key working groups with Bond’s policy and advocacy work
- Support convening other important policy-focused work groups, when necessary
- Support specific advocacy activities, which involve wide engagement of members gathering contributions for specific outputs, such as Covid-19 response, major policy and advocacy sector-wide positions and G7 2021
3. Contribute to improving the quality, effectiveness and value of Bond’s working groups (15%)
- Provide substantial and logistics support to organise fortnightly (online), quarterly and annual Working Group Chairs’ meetings and, in collaboration with other PAR colleagues, plan and coordinate policy and advocacy related sessions
- Work with the Communications team to coordinate policy and advocacy-related content in Bond’s key communication channels
- Work with the Media Manager to identify opportunities to raise the profile of the work of Bond’s policy groups and their advocacy outputs
- Work with the Membership and Marketing Manager, who is currently overseeing Bond’s non-policy working groups
- Lead on developing and overseeing a monthly newsletter on work groups’ work
- Provide regular updates on work groups (policy and advocacy angle) at the PAR team meetings and weekly communications meeting
- With the digital projects adviser, contribute to user experience and other improvements to the groups’ webpages
4. Administrative support (15%)
- Provide event and admin support to policy groups, including coordinating calls, booking venues, writing minutes, collating feedback etc
- bRecord policy groups activities and engagement such as minutes, agendas, participant lists and substantial outputs on Bond’s internal systems (Salesforce and SharePoint)
- Support non-policy groups to set up group meetings online (using Zoom) as required
- Contribute to quarterly internal and grant reporting and budgeting
- Provide support to set up new groups on the online groups space, as required.
- Excellent convening, coordination, administrative and logistical skills, with experience of organising meetings and events
- Proven knowledge and/or experience of working in international development or humanitarian sector
- Diplomacy and ability to communicate and build trust with senior staff and reach agreements with a range of actors
- Ability to work flexibly as a member of a small team, as well as independently and on own initiative
- Accuracy and attention to detail. Pragmatism and multitasking
- Fully competent in using MS Office and CRMs
- Excellent written communication skills
- Good time management skills
- Must have the right to work and live in the UK.
- Experience of working with groups, communities, networks across a range of channels
- Knowledge of or experience of developing/ implementing advocacy strategies aimed at delivering social change
- Experience writing blogs or preparing communication for external audiences
- Experience working with membership-based organisations such as communities, networks and coalitions, ideally within the charity or NGO sector
- Experience of using digital tools (intranets, online communities etc.) and an understanding of how these can support communications within a network
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 9th August 2020.
Please note that this advert may close early if a large number of applicants are received.
We plan to hold the interviews on the 13th, 14th and 17th August, so please bare this in mind.
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.
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