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Policy Officer, London Office

Concern Worldwide UK
Location: London, UK
Last Date: April 9, 2010
Email:  (Reference:

Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Concern Worldwide operates programmes in Health, Education, Livelihoods and HIV & AIDs in emergency and development contexts.

Job Title: Policy Officer, London Office
Reports to: Head of UK Policy and Campaigns

Direct reports: None
Job Location: London

Pay band: Grade 4(£26,000-£31,000pa), depending on experience
Contract Length: Permanent

Job Purpose:
As part of the UK Policy and Campaigns team, to help develop and implement the advocacy strategy around Concern’s ‘Unheard Voices’ Campaign linked with the international End Hunger advocacy strategy. The ultimate aim is to achieve specific policy changes that will improve poor people’s right to food and contribute to ending hunger (MDG 1).

Main duties & Responsibilities:

Policy development and advocacy:

To contribute to the development of policy and to shape and implement Concern Worldwide UK’s advocacy strategy with a particular focus on food and hunger & aid and accountability.

• Work in close collaboration with the other members in the P&C team, Dublin advocacy team, relevant persons in the overseas and SAL in Dublin and the Head of UK Policy and Campaigns, to develop and implement a dynamic advocacy strategy for work that addresses UK and Northern decision makers and audiences.

• To initiate, develop and undertake research projects both in the UK/EU and in the country programmes to ensure that Concern’s advocacy is based on our experience.

• To provide appropriate policy/advocacy inputs to the UK Campaign to maximise the potential for good public campaigning.

• To develop expertise in specific areas of development policy and in collaboration with others in Concern Worldwide - in particular around agricultural development and social protection.

• Provide analysis of key policies and practices, including those of Northern and Southern governments, IFIs, UN agencies, multilateral agencies and big business.

• To identify opportunities to make our message heard in the UK and EU political context and to get our issues onto the political agenda

• To develop strong and constructive relationships with senior decision makers, and lobby governments, agencies and other decision-makers in the UK and the north

• To conceptualise and write policy briefings and reports as required

• To work closely with the communications and media office to develop relationships with key journalists, provide briefings and act as a spokesperson as required.

• To build relationships with key academics and other experts who could provide guidance to Concern’s work

• To engage with UK, EU and international NGO and CSO networks and build effective alliances which promote Concern’s advocacy objectives

To develop and maintain good relations with Concern Worldwide globally

• To develop warm relations with the field staff and partners so that Concern’s campaigning can be rooted in our experience
• To attend international meetings and visit country programmes to undertake campaign related activities as required.

Person specification:


 Experience of advocacy strategy development, preferably in an NGO/campaigning environment
 Proven political judgment and experience of lobbying (UK) government and other institutions
 Experience of working with the media, including liaison with journalists and undertaking interviews
 Good knowledge of corporate driven globalisation and development issues and the geo-political forces and institutions that impact on development
 Good understanding of the UK political scene and society and of how to influence decision makers
 Experience of developing campaign and policy strategy to encourage change in the UK, preferably in an international NGO environment
 Excellent understanding of development policy issues, particularly around trade and the impact of corporate activity and how these impact on poor people in the south
 Good writing skills and the ability to translate complex material and data into clear and concise lobbying and campaigning documents
 Excellent negotiating and presentational skills and the ability to communicate effectively

 An understanding of gender issues and a commitment to gender equality in all Concern’s work
 Appropriate degree level qualifications
 The ability to work flexibly, to tight deadlines, and on own initiative
 A proven commitment to team work and strong collaborative skills
 A commitment to Concern’s visions, missions and values

To apply: Please send your CV and Covering letter to before closing date 9th April 2010

Interview Date: 19th & 20th April 2010

All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in UK at the time of application.

Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organization, and the standards of behavior expected of them.

In this context staff have a responsibility to the organization to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment.

By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List).

Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.

By submitting a formal application for paid or voluntary employment to Concern, you agree to Concern carrying out a clearance check as outlined above and that Concern will not proceed to recruit you should your name appear on any of the aforementioned lists.

Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.



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