We’re Hiring: Public Affairs Officer

Date Posted: Friday 29th January 2021

Work for the UK Women’s Budget Group!  

The Women’s Budget Group is a network of feminist economists, researchers, policy experts and activists that works towards a more gender-equal economy.

We are currently recruiting for a Public Affairs Officer to join our small staff team! 

Hours: Full time or 4 days per week. We are open to job share applications and the post can be worked flexibly Some out of hours working will be required for which TOIL will be given.

Salary: £29,503 (salary based on full time hours)

Place of work: All WBG staff are currently working from home and we will provide the equipment to enable the successful candidate do so. This will be reviewed regularly. In normal times, WBG offices are based in Brixton, London and the nature of the job will require regular meetings in Westminster.

Line management: Reports to the Director

Closing date: 9am on Monday 22 February 2021.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 9th March 2021

The Public Affairs Officer will be working closely with the Director to develop an effective political advocacy strategy that will help support the current focus of our work which is highlighting the economic impact of Covid-19 on different groups of women and the importance of social infrastructure as we rebuild after the pandemic. They will also be working on climate issues and must have a thorough understanding of how gender justice intersects with climate justice.

We are looking for someone with sound knowledge of the political system which includes Westminster Government and Opposition, Parliament, Whitehall and the broader policy making community. You must be able to demonstrate a strong track record in building and maintaining relationships across the political and policy making community.

The Public Affairs Officer will also be responsible for working with wider WBG members to produce internal and external policy briefings, consultation responses and submissions. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing. They must be confident in writing for a wide range of audiences and be effective in translating complex ideas into accessible and focussed briefings.

They will also be working closely with the Communications Officer to communicate key messages through reports, briefings, blogs, newsletter articles, presentations and social media for a variety of audiences.

Proven ability to work flexibly as part of a small team and a demonstrable commitment to women’s rights, and an understanding of how gender intersects with other structures of inequality such as race, class and disability is crucial.

For more details about the role please download the Job Description and Personal Specification.

To apply please complete and return the Public Affairs Officer Application Form to recruitment@wbg.org.uk by 9.00am on Monday 22 February. Please title your email Public Affairs Officer Application. CV’s will not be accepted, and we cannot accept applications sent to us after the closing date. Please ensure that you demonstrate in your application form how you meet the criteria set out in the personal specification.

Please also download and send your Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to admin@wbg.org.uk

We are actively seeking to improve the diversity of our staff team and welcome applications from all under-represented communities and groups. We are particularly keen to attract BAME candidates, disabled women and lesbian women, given their under-representation within policy work and the feminist movement. We also welcome candidates from lower-income backgrounds, and are happy to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the specific requirements of disabled applicants. If you’d like to have an informal conversation about the role please contact Mary-Ann Stephenson at: maryann.stephenson@wbg.org.uk