Closing date: 7 December 2020
Job Type: Paid
Location: Oval or home-based
About the Trade Justice Movement
The Trade Justice Movement is a UK coalition of organisations advocating for trade justice, including trade unions, aid agencies, environment and human rights campaigns, Fair Trade organisations, and faith and consumer groups. TJM is supported by 60 member organisations with millions of individual members. Together, we call for trade justice, with the rules weighted to benefit poor people and the environment.
As the UK leaves the EU, international trade is one of the government’s top priorities, and has received a huge amount of public and media interest. The UK has a unique opportunity to develop trade policy which helps lead the fight against climate change, is good for workers, consumers and animal welfare, protects our public services - including the NHS - and benefits developing countries. However, the government’s proposed trade deals risk undermining these objectives. TJM has played a leading role in ensuring a wide range of political parties, parliamentary committees and journalists raise concerns about the UK's current provisions for scrutiny of trade policy. We have been central to high-profile campaigns calling for change in the trade system: stopping some deals completely, critiquing specific provisions and proposing alternative approaches. We play an important role in supporting politicians, the media and other civil society organisations in developing their understanding of and ability to engage in trade debates.
However, Brexit and the new parliamentary arithmetic mean that the context for our work has changed significantly. The UK will regain competence for trade policy for the first time in nearly fifty years and TJM will need to adapt its messaging and ways of working to be able to achieve impact.
This post is advertised as a part-time senior external relations advisor, however we are also open to proposals to deliver the work on a consultancy basis. The role will help us develop the strategies that will ensure our trade justice message continues to be heard in the new political landscape.
About the role
The Senior External Relations Advisor’s role is to help us ensure TJM’s trade justice messages continue to be heard in the new political environment:
Working with a small team, you will need both a strong ability to develop innovative strategies in the areas identified, manage your time and work plan and to be proactive in developing networks. This is an exciting opportunity to make a big impact as the UK develops its independent trade policy.
Development of External Relations
Monitoring and Evaluation
Applications should be sent by email to Ruth Bergan at recruitment[at]tjm.org.uk.
The closing date for applications is 7th December 2020.
Interviews will be held on 15th December by Zoom, and candidates should keep this day free. We aim to invite candidates to interview by 9th December.
Your application should consist of:
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