Policy and Public Affairs Assistant


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Job title: Policy & Public Affairs Assistant
Reporting to: Policy Manager, Agenda
Salary: £21,000 pro rata

Headline terms and conditions

Contract: part-time 0.8 (4 days a week) 18-month fixed term contract (with the possibility of extension). We are happy to discuss flexible working.

Benefits: access to a defined contribution pension and 25 days annual leave per year (pro rata) + three working days between Christmas and New Year

Location: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA


Now is an exciting time to join a growing team at Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.

A small, impactful and fast-moving charity with over 90 member organisations, we campaign to ensure that women and girls at risk of abuse, poverty, poor mental health, addiction, contact with the criminal justice system and homelessness get the support and protection they need.

We are committed to putting women and girls’ experience at the heart of everything we do as we campaign for a society where women and girls can fulfil their potential and live their lives free from inequality, poverty and violence.

Purpose of role: To support and assist with Agenda’s Policy & Public Affairs work advocating for women with multiple disadvantage

Duties and responsibilities

● Monitor the external environment and relevant policy, parliamentary and political developments and provide regular updates within the organisation.
● Provide policy and public affairs support: including undertaking desk based research; drafting correspondence, contributing to policy responses, consultations & briefings.
● Assist with Agenda’s communications work through contributing to media releases, drafting web copy, briefings and other copy as required for a range of audiences.
● Proactively update the policy and public affairs pages on Agenda’s website.
● Process and respond to requests from new potential Alliance members.
● Manage & organise events e.g. drafting & sending out briefings and invites, coordinating responses, liaising with venues and organising logistics.
● Assist with stakeholder management including communications with a range of key stakeholders, including trustees, politicians, academics and member organisations.
● Supporting engagement with and working directly with girls and women at risk.
● Manage Agenda’s systems and contact lists including our contact database and monitoring systems.
● Provide administrative support including diary management, travel booking, invoice processing, liaising with IT support, processing membership applications etc.
● Provide administrative support to Agenda’s Board including room and travel booking, minute taking, distributing papers etc.
● Attend meeting and events as required.
● Carry out any other duties that may reasonably be required.



● Strong administrative, organisational, time management and prioritisation skills.
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills and experience of producing written materials for different audiences.
● Good understanding of the political environment and the ability to understand and engage with complex policy issues.
● Interest in issues related to gender equality, social exclusion and poverty, including an understanding of the ways in which these impact on women and girls’ lives.
● Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage with people from a range of backgrounds, including women and girls with lived experience of the areas we work on.
● Able to develop collaborative working relationships.
● Can demonstrate initiative and ability to work independently and be proactive.
● Experience in MS Office including Outlook, Word and Excel
● Willingness and ability to learn new skills and to get stuck in with what needs to be done.
● Commitment to social justice and to upholding the rights of women and girls.


● Experience of working in a policy or public affairs team.
● Experience of working directly with women and girls facing multiple disadvantage.
● Familiar with using social media channels and producing content for web

Other information

Agenda actively promotes equality of opportunity for all and encourages applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records and those with lived experience of the areas we cover. Agenda select all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications, experience and ability to do the role advertised.

Our mission involves working directly with women and girls at risk. The post will have direct contact with women and girls, and as such is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

As an equal opportunities employer, Agenda will provide reasonable support to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Jess Southgate ([email protected]) to identify any additional support that you may require to enable you to make an application.

We welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability (physical or learning), gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Currently BAME, older and disabled people are under-represented in our staff team, and we particularly welcome candidates from these communities

Deadline for application: 11 pm, Sunday 15 November 2019

To apply please send a CV and covering letter of two sides outlining how you meet the person specification to [email protected]

To discuss the role please contact [email protected]