Head of Policy & Research

Engineers Against Poverty
Circa £50k depending on experience
Closing date: 13 March 2020
Job Type: Paid
Location: Central London
We are looking for a dynamic, innovative and experienced professional to lead an exciting new research and policy programme. You will help shape EAP's new strategy in line with our mission to combat poverty through engineering policy and practice.

About EAP

Engineers Against Poverty (EAP) is a leader in infrastructure policy, engineering practice and international development with strong links with development agencies, government and industry. We develop research, policy and practice in infrastructure investment, labour standards, climate change, transparency and accountability and local content in line with our mission to reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.

Job purpose:

We are looking for a dynamic, innovative and experienced policy and research professional to lead a new research and policy programme. The appointee who will be given the space to shape some of the thinking in the new EAP strategy and bring their ideas to how EAP could deliver innovative and influential research, policy, practice and knowledge content in line with the organisations mission of helping to reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.

This will include managing and in due course building a small team and identifying and pursuing funding opportunities, whether through grant applications or consultancy opportunities. It will also involve working with our communications team to identify key messages from the research, policy and knowledge content to maximise our influence amongst key decision-makers through our website, regular newsletters, blogs, social media and external events.

Key responsibilities and tasks:

Lead the development of a portfolio of policy-oriented research aimed at ensuring that investments in infrastructure contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals including poverty reduction. (40%)

  • Oversee the identification and delivery of high quality research and policy outputs that are relevant to EAPs key stakeholders and likely to lead to uptake
  • Quality assure EAPs research and policy outputs to ensure they meet their stated objectives
  • Maintain a high level of expertise in key policy areas and use this knowledge to contribute to the development of EAP’s programme.

Line manage a small team to meet their individual and collective objectives (15%)

  • Lead the recruitment of EAP policy staff
  • Mentor, coach, performance manage and provide direction to 2 to 3 employees
  • Lead the recruitment and management of consultants and advisors to deliver specific outputs.

Lead business development activities including developing grant applications, identifying potential commercial opportunities and completing tender proposals (20%).

  • Lead the bidding and management of grant agreements and consultancy contracts ensuring that EAP complies with the requirements of each of its clients.

Communicate the findings, recommendations and key messages from EAPs research and policy outputs to ensure their uptake (20%)

  • Work with the Communication Manager to develop a plan to communicate and the findings, recommendations and key messages to ensure their uptake
  • Represent EAP at meetings and conferences, give media interviews.
  • Oversee the writing of policy reports, briefing notes, media briefs, blogs, articles for publication, speeches, evidence to public enquiries, lobbying letters etc. that communicate EAPs research findings and recommendations
  • Lead advocacy activities that use the knowledge generated through research to influence policy and practice
  • Facilitate strategic partnerships with key international organisations to persuade them to adopt, support and or amplify our outputs and messages.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with an array of actors including companies, industry associations, governments, NGOs, professional institutions, investors and grant-making bodies.

Deliver the research and policy portfolio to budget (5%)

  • Work with the Senior Finance Manager to develop an annual budget for the research and policy portfolio and oversee its implementation
  • Prepare financial reports for clients in line with the requirements
  • Manage grant agreements in line with client requirements. 


A Masters degree (minimum) in a built environment subject and/or international development or a related social science subject.

Knowledge of relevant international organisations and their roles and influence on international development  

Knowledge and at least 10 years’ experience in at least one of these areas: (a) infrastructure governance, (b) climate change and resilience, (c) local content, (d) labour standards (e) transparency & accountability or (f) cities and urban development.


At least 10 years experience in:

  • Delivering high quality research and evidence-based policy analysis
  • Winning research grants and consultancy assignments.
  • Influencing external stakeholders
  • Preparing budgets and managing financial information

Desirable experience

  • Research and policy on climate mitigation and resilience
  • Line managing staff to deliver their objectives
  • Procuring and contracting consultants

Essential attributes

  • Highly motivated with an ability to work within budgets and meet deadlines
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills and an ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritise, plan and organise work.
  • Commitment to EAP’s Mission, Vision and Values.


  • Delegated budget – up to £100k
  • Number of staff line managed – 1 to 2
  • Average number of consultants managed – 2 to 3
Region: London and the southeast
Location: Central London
Sector: Communications Monitoring, evaluation and learning Projects and programmes Research

Application notes

Please email a CV and 1 page covering letter to John Hawkins, EAP Programme Director ([email protected])

Please mention Bond when you apply for this position.