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Policy intern

Six months fixed term paid role from April 2019

Closing date: 17 March 2019

Location: London
Salary: £19,749.60 pa (equivalent to London Living Wage, based on a 36hr week)

We’re looking for a recent graduate/post-graduate in urbanism, community development, housing, politics, public policy or any related subject to join us to help deliver the most radical and exciting community investment programme in living memory.

The Big Local programme is supporting 150 local communities with £1.1m each to spend on improving their neighbourhoods. There are almost no strings attached – all that’s required is that local residents come together and put together a plan around how they intend to make best use of the money. We support them in developing the skills and confidence to deliver on their plan.It’s a radical experiment in devolving power and resources to a hyper-local level, transforming places and lives along the way. And in delivering it, we are learning a huge amount about how communities work; the potential and the limits of our approach; and what it might mean for policy making, both nationally and locally, as addressing issues of place, inclusion and shared economic prosperity become ever more important parts of our public debate.

Main purpose of the role

The main purpose of the role is to help us develop and deliver our policy programme and the research and communications projects which inform and support it.

Specific responsibilities

  • Undertake small scale research projects and draft research reports.
  • Research and draft policy responses to consultations with support and guidance.
  • Research and draft policy briefings for staff and trustees, blogs and other web content.
  • Undertake data analysis (using Local Insights, 360 Giving and other sources)
  • Draft speeches, blogs and other web content.
  • Assist in the organisation of conferences, round tables and other events.
  • Take responsibility for responding to general enquiries about our policy work.
  • Liaise with research suppliers and support contract delivery.
  • Undertake specific administrative tasks in support of the policy programme (for example, booking travel and accommodation, booking catering for events, developing and managing mailing lists etc).
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues taking on other tasks as necessary.

Person specification

Educated to degree level with relevant experience gained in either a paid or volunteer capacity, the appointee will have:

  • the ability to work unsupervised within a small busy organisation and to prioritise competing demands;
  • excellent writing and presentation skills;
  • good analytical skills and an ability to get to the nub of things quickly;
  • strong research skills;
  • good IT skills including use of Word, databases, website and communications software;
  • awareness of, and a curiosity about, social and economic policy and practice;
  • plenty of initiative;
  • a responsible attitude to work;
  • good judgement;
  • good team working skills;
  • a capacity to build strong relationships within the team and with external stakeholders;
  • a willingness to undertake administrative tasks.

How to apply

Please submit a CV and a covering letter demonstrating your suitability for the role to putting Policy Intern in the subject line.

Appropriately qualified candidates will be invited for interview on a rolling basis i.e. as applications come in.

We hope to have someone in post from Monday 8th April 2019.

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