Greater London (On-site)
Job description
Please note: If you are based in our London Office, an additional £4,253 will be added to your salary.

About us

Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We are a global movement of people, churches and local organisations who passionately champion dignity, equality and justice worldwide. We are the changemakers, the peacemakers, the mighty of heart.

About the role

This is a senior role in the Campaigns and UK Advocacy team; and leads our UK Advocacy and Policy Hub - a team which manages Christian Aid's advocacy and influencing work in the UK, ensuring that the organisation has the relationships, credibility and strategy to effectively influence and work with Westminster, Whitehall, the private sector and church institutions. The Chief of UK Advocacy and Policy ensures that the organisation develops and delivers excellent policy, which is grounded in the experience and evidence from our country programmes, on critical development issues in the UK.

The role manages the work of the Parliamentary and Political Officer, the Senior Church Advocacy Adviser, the Senior Private Sector Advocacy Adviser and a graduate and is responsible for commissioning, developing and overseeing work related to UK development policy. The role works closely with the CEO; the Director of Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns; and other senior staff to ensure that they are well briefed and that their influence is maximised.

The postholder will regularly represent the organisation in the political arena.

About you

We are looking for an exceptional individual who is passionate about making change happen by influencing political and policy processes. You will have an excellent knowledge of Westminster and Whitehall and how to influence the policy making and decision making process in government and parliament. You will have an excellent knowledge of the development sector and a strong working knowledge of Christian Aid's priority policy areas of climate and economic justice. You will have proven experience of effective lobbying of decision makers at the highest levels and of developing and implementing political strategies that have had a demonstrable impact.

You will have proven experience of briefing senior members of staff on complex policy and political issues and of leading cross-organisational projects and of influencing your peers. You will be confident at team leadership, at managing your own workload and competing priorities. You will be an experienced public speaker, confident in meetings with senior political representatives and appearing in the media.

Competency questions

As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:

- Can you tell us about a time when had to apply a range of negotiating and influencing skills to secure agreement with a diverse group of people or stakeholders where there was little common ground?

- Can you tell us about a time when you ensured that all of the objectives for your own unit, team or department were achieved on time and within budget?

- Can you describe a situation where you acted as a role model for managing and developing other people?

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.

From 1 July 2021, the process for completing right to work checks has changed and we can no longer accept EU passports or ID cards as valid proof of right to work, with the exception of Irish citizens.

There are now two types of right to work checks: a manual check and an online check. A manual check can be completed against relevant documentation as outlined by the Home Office. An online check can be completed if you hold digital proof of your immigration status in the UK. We will require your share code and date of birth to carry out this check. Please see Government website for more information on acceptable documents.

All successful candidates will require either a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service certificate (DBS) and a Counter Terrorism Sanction check as part of your clearance for commencing your role with us. Information will be forwarded to you by the HR team with your offer.

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Christian Aid is committed to providing a safe and trusted environment for every person connected to the work we do; and to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour including sexual harassment and exploitation, abuse, and financial misconduct. Any candidate offered a job with Christian Aid is expected to share and demonstrate our values and adhere to Christian Aid's Safeguarding policy and sign Christian Aid's Code of Conduct.

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, a season ticket loan, and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.
More about Christian Aid

Our vision Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid ha... Read more

Refreshed on: 17 January 2022
Closed date: 23 January 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: 3529
Tags: Campaigning