*NEW ROLE* Policy and Engagement Officer

The Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) is an independent think tank working to make Wales better.  Our vision is to help create a Wales where everyone can flourish. An independent charity, we are funded solely by our members, charitable trusts and foundations and our own commercial activity. 

Through our policy projects, we develop and secure commitment to practical ideas that can transform Wales.


About this role

The Policy and Engagement Officer will coordinate the delivery of the IWA’s new project on the Foundational Economy in Wales. This project is in partnership with the Centre for Regeneration Excellence in Wales (CREW).  


The purpose of the Foundational Economy project is to:

  • Research and communicate evidence on how different approaches to the Foundational Economy are most effective in making a positive difference to people’s lives in Wales 
  • Work with partners to shape a consensus and shared understanding around the key terms and concepts within the Foundational Economy, including how to frame and communicate these ideas to the wider public
  • Catalyse and support action by shifting thinking on both policy and practice around the Foundational Economy

We are looking for a proactive self-starter with a strong track record in policy and influencing roles. You will have the ability to operate independently with high levels of autonomy, and the skills to engage effectively with external partners and stakeholders, including at a senior level.  


You will work closely with and report to the Policy and External Affairs Manager, and work collaboratively with the whole IWA team.


Role and Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Developing and delivering a series of impactful work programmes within the project
  • Creating and managing a detailed work plan to ensure the effective delivery of the project as a whole
  • Preparing and delivering a strategy to influence policy makers and opinion formers, based on a collaborative theory of change
  • Compiling and delivering funding bids 
  • Managing the project budget and reporting to project funders
  • Producing project reports (narrative and funding) in line with internal and donor requirements


Developing Partnerships/Coordination

  • Coordinating a steering group consisting of respected academics and practitioners in the field
  • Coordinating simultaneous work streams within the project, and ensure these work streams contribute to a final detailed, timed and costed strategy 
  • Developing partnerships with key individuals, stakeholders, elected representatives and decision makers 


Communications and Influencing

  • Working closely with the Media, Communications and Engagement Coordinator, devise and lead on communications in relation to policy output
  • Contributing to the IWA’s online presence and delivering policy content for high impact communications
  • Contributing to the IWA’s social media output, press and media activity, preparing and delivering content as required
  • Assisting with event planning and management in relation to this project
  • Undertaking other duties commensurate with this post as requested.


Person specification

Criteria Essential
Experience – Proven ability in the management and delivery of complex projects
– At least 3 years in a policy environment, and proven ability to understand and analyse complex policy issues
– Proven track record in developing relationships with key stakeholders across a wide range of sectors
– Experience of delivering or commissioning research to influence policy change
– Experience of delivering successful project fundraising bids 
Skills – Proven ability to communicate at all levels, with both technical and non-technical audiences, and to simplify   complex issues and concepts, both through presentations and through clear written documents
– Good understanding and experience of technology to include use of full Microsoft Office package / Google   equivalent
education and training
– Relevant university degree level or equivalent


Criteria Desirable
Knowledge  – Understanding of economic policy in Wales
Experience  – Experience of WordPress or similar website management, as well as experience of social media management
 – Experience of planning and/or managing events
Skills   – Ability to write and speak Welsh 


Salary: £30k pa.  The salary is based on 37.5 hours per week and 29 days annual leave.  We are a supportive and flexible employer because we care about our team. 


Contract term: Two year fixed term (with potential for extension)


Location: This post will be nominally based in our Cardiff Bay offices, but we welcome requests to work both flexibly and remotely on a regular basis.  Some UK travel is expected.


How to apply: Please send a CV and short covering letter (max 2 sides of A4) to Laura Knight at laura@iwa.org.uk by 5pm on Tuesday 12 November 2019. Your application will be anonymised before being considered by the shortlisting panel.  


We would also be grateful if you would complete our Equality and Diversity Monitoring form when you apply.  This is voluntary, but helps us to ensure that we are being inclusive in our recruitment. 


We welcome questions ahead of applications. Please call Laura on 02920 484387, who will be happy to arrange an informal conversation with our Policy and External Affairs Manager. 

Closing date: 5pm on Tuesday 12 November 2019

Interviews: Thursday 21 November or Friday 22 November 2019, Cardiff


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