Policy and Campaigns Manager


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Global Justice Now

Job description

Job title: Policy and campaigns manager
Reports to: Head of policy
Team: Policy and advocacy
Deadline for applications: Monday 3 June
Interviews: Thursday 6 June

About Global Justice Now

Global Justice Now is a democratic social justice organisation working, as part of a global movement, to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world. We mobilise people in the UK for change, and act in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south.

It’s central to our work that we act in solidarity with activists, civil society organisations and social movements in the global south. We have a history of campaigning with them on a range of issues, from opposing water privatisation to demanding a just solution to the climate crisis. We put pressure on decision-makers, organise public opposition to harmful policies, and produce robust research which shows there are alternatives to corporate-led globalisation.

Our main office is located in Kennington in London, and we also have a small office in Edinburgh.

Global Justice Now has worked on aid for most of our existence. While we support the aid budget as a means of global redistribution of wealth and reparation for Britain’s unjust policies around the world, we are also deeply critical of the way that money is spent. Currently, there is a major push to use this public resource to promote private sector interests and to promote the City of London around the world. We believe this is a blatant abuse of the aid budget which fails to recognise the damage of British finance and British transnational corporations globally.

We are working to do three things
• Publicly critique the current trend in aid spending, particularly looking at its impact on education, healthcare and financial power
• Develop and promote alternative international development policies and encourage political parties to adopt these policies
• Network with the wider development sector, trade unions and other civil society groups to broaden the political space for a new approach to international development

About the position

The policy and campaigns manager is a wide ranging role. They must play a significant role in campaign planning, including holding a budget, developing policy positions, undertaking and overseeing research and maintaining relations with allies both here and overseas. They will be expected to undertake media interviews, write comment pieces, talk to journalists and local groups and activists.

They will be expected to be the organisation’s lead expert on aid and related economic justice issues and they must keep abreast of global developments, as well as spotting campaign opportunities here in Britain, and managing our lobbying programme with politicians on the subject. They must also have a broad range of policy skills and experience and have a basic familiarity with Global Justice Now’s broader political goals and areas of interest. They may also be called upon to work on other areas of Global Justice Now’s work – helping with related policy development where necessary.

About the team

The policy team is responsible for developing the policy and research basis of strong campaigns, for setting the political direction of these campaigns, for formulating strategies for how we can succeed in our campaign objectives, and for lobbying and engaging with decision-makers, as well as with our supporters and members of the public. It is also responsible for the production of policy positions and research (briefings, reports) that support our campaigns. All of our policy work tends to be accessible and campaigns-oriented, rather than of an academic nature.

Including this post, the policy and campaigns team currently consists of:
• 1 head of team
• 3 managers
• 1 officer

The team works closely with other teams in the organisation, and members of other teams actively participate in the work of each of our campaigns.

Key accountabilities

1. To lead on the development and delivery of one major campaign (for the first 12 months at least it is expected that this will be the aid campaign).
2. To develop robust but accessible policy positions, analysis and research necessary to understand the direction of aid policy and attract mainstream attention to it.
3. To keep abreast of the developments and debates relevant to our work (initially on aid) including the connections with other policy areas such as inequality, climate change, human rights.
4. To play a role, in conjunction with the rest of the policy team, of preparing strategies and plans for future campaigns and developments, and spotting campaign opportunities,
5. To develop Global Justice Now’s parliamentary strategy on this campaign ensuring we have a strong group of supporters in Westminster and other parliaments as necessary
6. To write comment pieces, undertake media appearances and undertake talks and presentations to local groups and external stakeholders.
7. To write campaign materials, briefings, reports, and copy for print, the website, and social media
8. To maintain allies both in the UK and overseas, and to represent the organisation at international events.
9. Manage monthly budget tracking and financial reporting, and work with the grants manager on applications and reporting to trusts and foundations.
10. Manage the work of officers, volunteers and consultants working with us.
11. To sign-off, feedback and otherwise oversee the work of other teams to ensure that it is in line with Global Justice Now values and policy positions.
12. To undertake other related pieces of work as necessary.

Policy and campaigns manager - Person specification


1. Strong experience of developing policy positions and undertaking research in a campaign context
2. Experience of developing and implementing a campaign (or related) strategy
3. Experience of communicating in writing in an accessible and persuasive manner, including for the media
4. Experience of influencing decision-makers, including lobbying

5. Experience of policy development for campaigns on relevant social justice issues
6. Experience of managing budgets
7. Experience of writing proposals for campaign funding

Knowledge, Skills & Understanding

1. A relevant degree or strong policy development skills gained from working on related issues
2. Ability to understand, enthuse and work with people from different organisations and different countries, including high-level relationships
3. Ability to undertake independent proactive work
4. A good knowledge of the politics that make people poor, and of exploitation and oppression, especially in a global context

5. Ability to gather, analyse and manipulate statistical data for use in policy reports, campaign materials and media releases
6. Demonstrable understanding of the UK political system, and how to influence it

Personal Qualities

1. Commitment to Global Justice Now’s campaigning aims and democratic structures and equal opportunities policy

2. Ability to work in the evenings and at weekends occasionally

Main terms and conditions

Salary and grade
Based on Global Justice Now’s agreed salary scales, the salary for this position is £34,582pa (prorata for part-time) including London weighting, starting at point 11 on the Global Justice Now manager level pay scale.

Working week
35 or 28 hours. Occasional evening and weekend work will be expected, for which time off in lieu will be granted. Global Justice Now operates a flexi-time system.

Annual leave
26 days plus bank holidays (pro rata for part-time.) In addition, the office is normally closed between Christmas and New Year.

Please note: Due to the large number of applications we receive for each vacancy, we can only contact applicants whom we have chosen to interview.

We can only consider applications from people who already have the right to work in the UK.

To apply please download and complete the application and recruitment monitoring forms which you can find here - https://bit.ly/2LSbh6R

Please send your completed application form and a completed recruitment monitoring form to: [email protected]

Interviews will be held at our offices in Kennington near Oval, London, on Thursday 6 June. If you are interested in this role, please ensure that you are available on the day.