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Closed: 12 December 2016

Senior Policy Adviser Economic Justice

Posted by Christian Aid

Location Greater London
Contract
Category Advocacy
Sectors International Development
Job Reference : 0971

Job Description

About us

Christian Aid believes that poverty can be ended but that, in order to do so, unjust power relations need to be challenged. Economic justice is central to achieving this and this role will be critical in sharpening Christian Aid's thinking, advancing our internal planning to make use of resources and to maximise our strengths, underpinning specific advocacy and campaign activity, building and protecting our reputation as a respected voice and helping us contribute to transformational change for both women and men.

This role sits within the Policy Team in the Policy & Public Affairs Department (PPD) and will be managed by the Head of Economic Development. PPD's primary focus is in developing policy positions and delivering effective advocacy towards governments and other global actors who have the power to enact better policies and legislation for the benefit of people living in poverty.

About the role

The role is a ten month contract to cover an internally seconded staff member. As the department is undergoing an internal consultation on restructuring there will be some interim management arrangements in place over the course of the contract

This role will strengthen our ability carry out strategic analysis as well as increasing research and policy capacity in key areas of economic justice in order to advance planning and implementation of priority projects within our new policy framework. The role will have strong element of strategic planning and internal leadership and will work closely with other policy, advocacy, campaigns and media staff as well as programme staff in the International Department.

The role will include; Carrying out research and strategic analysis to identify external policy changes required to achieve economic justice objectives; identifying external opportunities and objectives for achieving change; working with Christian Aid staff and partners to develop and implement defined projects to achieve those objectives and create change.

About you

With a graduate qualification in any of the social sciences, development studies, or other relevant field you will also have excellent knowledge of current academic / policy debates around economic justice, especially in context of developing countries. Specifically you will bring an understanding of both gender relations and human rights based approach to development and will have knowledge of tax justice and investment in the development context. You will have experience of advocacy with both Government and the Private Sector.

You will have experience of working in partnership, providing leadership within a team and, ideally, of managing people. You will able to take decisions under pressure, to work to deadlines and to manage resources effectively, including managing budgets.

You will be to use your analytical skills and knowledge of power and /or political economy to provide strategic thinking and be able to communicate clearly and effectively to influence people both within and beyond the organization.

Further information

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

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.

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.

Competency questions

As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by providing evidence of your abilities in the following areas:

-Your ability to communicate clearly and effectively for different audiences

-Your ability to build and maintain partnerships

-Your ability to use resources effectively and to deliver results against clear objectives

-Your ability to support others and help them realise their potential

-Your ability to hold yourself and others accountable

The client is happy to conduct telephone interviews for overseas candidates.

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