Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research

£60,000 - £65,000
Closing date: 23 July 2019
Job Type: Paid
Location: London
The Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research leads Bond’s work to shape a progressive policy environment for international development in the UK defined by the principles of cooperation, social justice and public accountability.

Purpose of the role
The Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research leads Bond’s work to shape a progressive policy environment for international development in the UK defined by the principles of cooperation, social justice and public accountability.  

The role leads our strategy to influence government and policy makers, with and on behalf of members, to secure a policy framework that supports the eradication of poverty and injustice globally. Through research, advocacy and public affairs we enable civil society organisations to deliver the change needed and ensure that international development is an integral part of the national conversation. 

The Director is also a key member of the Bond leadership team providing direction and inspiration for the whole organisation. 

Staff reporting to this role:
Policy Manager 
Public Affairs & Government Relations Adviser
Aid Research and Policy Manager
Transparency Manager
Policy Manager (Civic Space) - on maternity/ Policy Adviser (Civic Space) – Maternity Cover
Advocacy and Parliamentary Coordinator

Accountable for (outputs and outcomes):

  • Securing meaningful UK commitments on international development and aid effectiveness principles and ensuring all UK aid contributes to achieving the SDGs. 
  • A clear theory of change and set of outcomes for our policy and advocacy work
  • High quality research and evidence to support our work
  • A set of clear policy positions that are propositional, based on a mandate from our members 
  • The success and motivation of the PAR team
  • Securing income for policy work and delivery of commitments and deliverables to donors
  • Member engagement, and satisfaction, with our advocacy work
  • Bond being impactful, effectively run and a great place to work (with the rest of the leadership team) 


1. Leadership of the organisation

  • Contribute to the development of Bond’s strategy across all areas of our work so that all our works adds up to a coherent whole
  • Drive the implementation of that strategy in policy, advocacy and research
  • Work with CEO/ other Directors to ensure Bond business and risks are well managed 
  • Attend Board meetings and produce board reports/updates on relevant areas of work 
  • Ensure that our policy work is aligned to and delivers value to other areas of work to maximise Bond’s overall results
  • Contribute to a strong Leadership Team working effectively together to create and sustain a positive, impactful organisational culture
  • Lead in a way that is open, dynamic, collaborative and influential
  • Continue to learn and develop self and support others to do the same

2. Policy and advocacy strategies 

  • Lead a proactive policy agenda across the international development sector that promotes UK development leadership defined by the principles of cooperation, justice, and democratic public accountability
  • Convene and lead the sector on aid, working with members and other stakeholders to develop a credible and compelling joint view of how aid should work for UK donors and the changes needed to the policy environment to deliver pro-poor outcomes
  • Deliver clear advocacy strategies to influence decision-makers, the media, wider civil society including policy positions on our key issues - aid effectiveness, SDGs, Brexit and beyond aid in areas such as trade, economic development, tax.
  • Oversee our work on transparency and ensuring that civil society organisations have a clear voice and ability to shape, influence and hold governments to accounts
  • Ensure that Bond achieves an appropriate balance between leading the sector, facilitating member views and representing them 
  • Oversee the production of strong research and evidence bases for our policy work as Bond and in partnership with other research bodies
  • Ensure rigorous impact assessment of Bond’s campaign and policy work

3. Bond members and working groups

  • Build the effectiveness and impact of member advocacy and engagement through working collaboratively, information sharing and providing a strong evidence and values-based approach
  • Ensure that policy-orientated working groups are effectively led, and that the team provides excellent facilitation to deliver concrete results
  • Work strategically with a network of counterparts in the sector to respond to sector-wide challenges and opportunities for policy and advocacy (e.g. on impact of safeguarding, Brexit, civil society space, attacks on aid)
  • Collaborate with European and international networks and sister organisations to support clear policy aims and have appropriate impact internationally
  • Work with the Campaign for Aid and other members and coalitions on building public support for development, ensuring complementarity and value-add between the Campaign and Bond.

4. Communications and representation

  • Oversee timely, high quality, strategic public policy and communications products that shape, and respond to, the latest trends in policy and topical public debate on international development and humanitarian issues.
  • Represent Bond to a wide range of stakeholders, including at the highest levels, in the UK and internationally. Represent Bond at the DAC-CSO forum.
  • Oversee Bond’s advocacy related media strategy, working closely with Bond’s CEO and communications colleagues.  Represent Bond in the media, as necessary
  • Work with communications colleagues to develop and contribute to press releases, statements and reactive quotes, signing off content as appropriate
  • Work with the CEO and communications colleagues to develop Bond’s voice in support of our policy and wider objectives
  • Provide, with team, regular blogs and news pieces

5. Wider influencing and stakeholder engagement 

  • Develop and expand Bond’s network of senior level and strategic contacts in government, and other policy-making influencers
  • Ensure Bond has a credible and authoritative reputation in government through a robust and effective public affairs operation
  • Hold strategic oversight of Bond’s contact management strategy for government targets, policy-makers and thought leaders making full use of the CRM database
  • Input policy and political solutions to wider sector dialogues that Bond is involved with 
  • Maintain political neutrality

6. Team management

  • Manage the performance and development of the policy, advocacy and research team, through systematic appraisal and performance management, regular 1:1s and tracking individual objectives and supporting their personal development
  • Build a dynamic team that meet regularly, co-create solutions and work well together
  • Manage team capacity within available resources, including prioritising the work, and recruiting support and/or consultants if appropriate/affordable
  • Seek to increase Bond’s effectiveness and impact by fostering more integrated working, including across teams, with the Campaign and external partnerships

7. Finance and funding

  • Ensure that all of Bond’s policy work is appropriately resourced either through securing grants or through unrestricted sources. 
  • Ensure that team expenditure is within budget 
  • Ensure the team delivers commitments and deliverables for all funded work e.g. Gates, EC-DEAR, DFID, OSF including timely delivery of all plans, reports, budgets, monitoring and evaluation related to grant commitments.
  • Develop and maintain strong and positive relations with funders to secure future funding opportunities 

Person specification


Knowledge and policy expertise in international development

  • Understanding of how change is achieved in an international development context
  • Good working knowledge of UK policy-making and decision-making processes on international development and how to gain access to and influence these
  • A good understanding of international development policy and the core issues, with in depth knowledge of at least three - aid effectiveness, SDGs, EU/ Brexit, economic development (tax, trade), environment, transparency and civil society space
  • Understanding of international development NGOs
  • Understanding and experience of working to achieve consensus, particularly with networks, coalitions or professional associations

Experience of advocacy and creating change and impact

  • Experience of design and execution of advocacy strategies and projects, responding to the expectations of donors and members, including external advocacy at senior levels
  • Experience of playing a leading role in successful advocacy coalitions
  • Policy research, analysis and development in a context of influencing public policy
  • Ability to address complex research challenges and interpret and manage data
  • Excellent political insight and judgement
  • Good understanding of campaigning, use of narratives and communications

Leadership and team work

  • Experience of organisational leadership and operating as part of a senior team
  • An empathetic manager – providing support, coaching, direction and inspiration to a dynamic team so that they are thriving professionally and personally and getting results
  • A great team player – clear on their strengths and needs to thrive in a team
  • High levels of self-awareness, openness and commitment to learning 
  • Able to collaborate effectively and contribute to areas that are outside expertise

Relationships and communications

  • Outstanding external communicator, speaker, writer and user of social media 
  • A great listener – able to understand and build on our members expertise
  • A strong networker and collaborator, ideally with a personal profile in the area

Financial acumen

  • Proven track record of budget setting and budget management 
  • Fundraising experience - creating new opportunities, experience of bid/tender/proposal writing 

Other personal attributes

  • Strategic, analytical and creative thinking skills
  • Able to innovation and open to new ways of doing things
  • Ability to manage a complex programme of work over a range of different and distinct work areas – balancing proactive and reactive approaches
  • Ability to work in a small team, and on own initiative, to set and achieve goals
  • Highly digitally enabled 
  • A champion of internal systems and processes
  • Ability/willingness to travel
  • Must have the right to live and work in the UK.


  • Knowledge of international policy-making and decision-making processes especially in the EU, UN and other multilateral bodies
  • Experience of working in partnership or coalitions with other organisations and think tanks 
  • A strong facilitator with experience of building shared positions and getting agreement across diverse opinions
  • Knowledge of economic development and how aid works within that
  • Understanding of the importance of narratives and engendering public support for aid

Bond offers a competitive salary and benefits package including:

  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • 27 days leave as standard for all employees.  Additional staff privilege days, normally the period between Christmas and New Year
  • 7% pension contributions (staff pay 3.5%)
  • Flexible working hours 
Region: London and the southeast
Location: London

Application notes

How to apply
To apply, please send a CV and covering letter outlining why you are the right candidate for this role by midnight on 23rd July 2019.  You will need to be available for telephone interviews on 26th July. Formal interviews will be held on 7th August.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Vicki Kerr on [email protected] or via phone on; 020 7837 8344, ext.253 

Bond and equal opportunities
Bond values diversity and works to advance equality. We encourage and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. In order to assess and ensure the continued effectiveness of Bond’s Equal Opportunities Policy, all applicants are asked to complete a short questionnaire when applying. You are not obliged to answer the questions but the more information you supply the more effectively we can monitor our equal opportunity practices. Completion of all questions is voluntary and failure to answer any question(s) will not affect your application in any way.

The information you supply will be treated in confidence and will not be seen by any member of the selection panel responsible for the appointment. The questionnaire will be detached from your CV and cover letter, stored anonymously and used purely to provide statistics for monitoring purposes.

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