Bloomsbury, Greater London
£75,000 - £80,000 p.a. (37.5 hours per week)
Permanent, Part-time
Job description

About you

1.        You will have extensive experience of working in the public policy sector, with a deep understanding of issues relating to modern slavery and human rights

2.        You will have demonstrable leadership skills – both thought leadership and people leadership – and will be able to steer both your ideas and your staff in ways that will achieve maximum impact for the Modern Slavery PEC

3.        You will be research literate and have a good understanding of the modern slavery and human rights landscape with the ability to engage with policy makers to identify opportunities for impact and new areas for original research

4.        You will be experienced in managing a small but diverse team effectively, with a demonstrable ability to achieve agreed objectives

5.        You will have a track record of working collaboratively with partners and demonstrate a good understanding of the need for the policy impact work of the PEC to complement and amplify, not duplicate, the similar work of such partners where there is overlap.

6.        The Modern Slavery PEC is committed to being inclusive and diverse and particularly encourages applications from women, people with disabilities, BAME applicants, LGBT+ applicants and other minorities. The Centre is committed to being a values based organisation and, in the spirit of our values, we commit to proactively challenge bias and offer a fair and equitable recruitment process for all applicants.

The Role

7.        The main responsibilities of the role are to:

  • help deliver the PEC’s strategic objective of making legal and policy responses to modern slavery more effective by maximising the impact of the work of the Modern Slavery PEC on law and policy
  • devise and implement a policy impact strategy designed to have that effect
  • leverage existing networks of key policy influencers and to proactively engage and develop working relationships with key policymakers
  • identify opportunities for policy impact

These broad responsibilities include the following more specific responsibilities:

  • work alongside the core team as well as the collaborating partners to ensure a fully interconnected, integrated and, where necessary, differentiated approach to policy impact
  •  proactively involve people who are or were directly affected by modern slavery in the development of policy thinking and positioning
  • develop and pursue influencing strategies with key stakeholders and decision makers in order to create an environment conducive to change
  • identify evidence needed for effective influencing, and developing key influencing related projects, as part of a broader policy impact strategy, to ensure  maximum impact for the Modern Slavery PEC’s work
  • take external advice and engage in horizon-scanning to identify potential areas in which we can develop our influence, deliver our evidence-based research and influence policy
  • act as an ambassador and a spokesperson for the Modern Slavery PEC; developing networks, promoting our expertise, identifying new opportunities and supporting your team to pursue these
  • create a dialogue and develop relationships with those we need to engage with the relevant evidence and research
  • disseminate and explain PEC research to policy stakeholders, including by providing tailored information to relevant audiences and individuals – the right insights to the right people at the right time, in an accessible and useable way
  • Identify key topics and mechanisms through which the Modern Slavery PEC can best use research and evidence to support/help policymakers
  • To evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the Modern Slavery PEC’s policy-influencing activity and continuously refine and improve performance
  • To build, manage and motivate a high performing team, prioritising effective inter-organisational work
  • To provide strong leadership to the team, role-modelling the Modern Slavery PEC’s core values and supporting collaboration, openness and inclusiveness.
  • To work alongside the Modern Slavery PEC leadership, contributing to and leading on cross-Centre activities, forming an integral part of the team

Key working relationships


Director of Research

Communications Director

Operations Director

Impact Evaluation Manager

Knowledge Exchange Manager (Policy)

Partnerships Manager

Senior Management Board


External partners


Person Specification

Relevant Experience

Research literate with a good understanding of the modern slavery and human rights landscape

Ability to engage with policy makers to identify opportunities for impact and new areas for original research

Significant experience of senior level policy development and national/international level influencing in a complex multi-stakeholder environment

Ability to analyse legislation and policy, and use this analysis to frame an organisational position

Demonstrable political awareness and the ability to gauge potential impact of policy change

Demonstrable experience of developing and delivering proactive and reactive influencing strategies, ensuring buy-in from key stakeholders

Understanding the mechanisms for national and international influencing

Highly developed relationship building skills and a proactive approach to problem solving

Experience of and commitment to involving users of research in the planning, development and delivery, as well as impact evaluation, of influencing activity


Leadership and Management

Ability to develop a clear, well defined- vision and strategy, and to inspire team members in working towards its delivery

Significant experience of managing people, demonstrating the ability to build, develop, and motivate a high performing and happy team

Ability to lead and manage complex cross-organisational projects and work effectively

Ability to evaluate and improve influencing impact of themselves and of team members

Demonstrates a high level of professional integrity and develops the same standards within their team

Teamwork and Collaboration

Proven ability to work collaboratively and sets an example to the team

Demonstrable experience of working within a complex organisation and of exercising tact and sound judgement across professional collaborations

Communication Skills

A strong and confident communicator – both orally and in writing – able to adapt style to suit medium and audience

Ability to elicit and listen carefully to the views, opinions and concerns of team members and stakeholders

Ability to discuss ideas and issues through questioning and asking for direct feedback

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Refreshed on: 21 August 2020
Closed date: 31 August 2020
Tags: Policy/Research, Senior Management

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