Research & Policy Specialist

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Ref: JG-2111-8060
  • 2022-01-06T00:00:00+00:00
  • Ellwood Atfield
  • Permanent

Opportunity for an ambitious policy/research specialist to join leading national charity

Want to work at the heart of a campaigning, humanitarian charity that is often in the national news, tackling a needless, global disaster and the climate emergency, and has a reputation for an evidence-based approach? We are partnering with Brake, the acclaimed national charity that campaigns for safe and sustainable roads and also delivers the National Road Victim Service for bereaved and injured road victims, to source a highly capable Research and Policy Specialist.

Working directly with the chief executive, this applied, fast-paced role is responsible for developing evidence-based positions, and producing wide-ranging tools that communicate these positions internally and externally to reach the charity’s life-saving goals.
Who you are

  • You are an experienced, ethical, applied research and policy analyst and insights specialist with superb, impactful writing skills and ability to multi-task and meet tight production deadlines.
  • Your analytical rigour means you are adept at finding and understanding technical, statistical, or otherwise complex evidence and identifying policy and service implications and applications that provide big-picture and effective solutions.
  • You then communicate the evidence and solutions in meaningful, engaging ways for non-technical audiences through accurate, insightful, succinct, comprehensible written content.
  • You can also articulate findings and positions in meetings with senior stakeholders, particularly Government.
  • This is not a PR role. However, you work well alongside colleagues in communications roles, and have a keen eye for identifying newsworthy findings.

Key responsibilities

  • Proactively identify priorities and plans for evidence gathering and content production that will enable charity goals.
  • Gather findings through; research horizon scanning, conducting targeted literature reviews, liaising with academics and practitioners, undertaking FOI questions and surveys, analysing statistics, and consulting stakeholders in committees and round tables, at national and international Government and non-government levels.
  • Draft content, including reports, briefings, funding proposals, grant aider reports, conference programmes, presentations, and a range of other public-facing content for different audiences, including politicians, civil servants, grant-givers, supporters, service users and society at large. Commission and quality assure content by others. Oversee the librarying of content for easy access by staff and our supporters, utilising our cloud-based systems and websites.
  • Draft responses, e.g., to government consultations, select committee enquiries, media queries. Propose research-based news hooks for media communications.
  • Undertake day to day government, funder and stakeholder liaison and public affairs meetings alongside the chief executive and on your own.
  • Provide help with cross-charity internal research and writing, for example in support of our training and evaluation processes and standards.

To apply
Please submit your CV and a covering letter to by 21st January.

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