Senior Policy Specialist

Development Pathways
London, UK
Full time Staff

Introduction

The Senior Social Policy Specialist will help Development Pathways continue to grow the company and influence social and economic policy internationally. While Development Pathways are well-known for their work in social protection, they aim to continue broadening their engagement in other areas, such as training, social and economic analysis, food security, social development, child protection, gender, livelihoods and financial inclusion as well as building their profile in the humanitarian and refugee spheres. The Senior Social Policy Specialist will contribute to a range of policy areas and Development Pathways are committed to building her/his knowledge and experience on social protection.The Senior Social Policy Specialist position will require someone with an excellent ability to work in a team but also, as required, to manage themselves and work independently.The position will pay a basic competitive salary along with pension contributions, and upon passing the probationary period of six months, will be entitled to  private health insurance and bonuses.The Senior Social Policy Specialist will be expected to work in the Development Pathways London (Orpington) office. The position will involve international travel, up to a maximum of three months per year.

About Development Pathways

Founded in 2010, Development Pathways has grown rapidly into an internationally respected consultancy business, providing expert advice to clients in areas including: social protection, social development, gender, livelihoods, financial inclusion and management information systems. They are committed to innovative, progressive and evidence-based social policy and aim to influence international debates on social policy through their website and participation in international fora. In the past seven years, they have worked in a range of countries – including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Mauritius, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Pakistan, Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Viet Nam, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Fiji, Kiribati and Haiti – and for a range of clients including Australian Aid, DFID, UNICEF, UNDP, ILO, GIZ, KFW, the Nike Foundation, the Girl Hub, HelpAge International, Action Against Hunger and Save the Children. They jointly implement four large scale social protection programmes in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Indonesia.

Development Pathways currently has two offices in London and Nairobi. This includes a technical team of 13 social policy and MIS specialists.

The Role

The Senior Social Policy Specialist will play a leading role in the growth of Development Pathways by: strengthening their reputation as technical specialists in social and economic policy; identifying and successfully bidding for related projects; leading and participating in social policy projects; providing technical advice to projects and clients; building relationships with key clients and partners; and engaging actively in debates on social policy in international development.

SALARY:        £42,000 to £55,000

LOCATION:    London Office

PURPOSE:      To play a leading role in the growth of Development Pathways by: strengthening their reputation as technical specialists in social and economic policy; identifying and successfully bidding for related projects; leading and participating in social policy projects; providing technical advice to projects and clients; building relationships with key clients and partners; and engaging actively in debates on social policy in international development.

REPORTING:   Head of the Social Policy Team       

Responsibilities

  • Provide specialist inputs on assignments contracted by Development Pathways; some will require overseas travel while others will be desk-based.
  • Oversee and participate in the technical implementation of contracts for social policy assignments. This will include timely and high-quality delivery of inputs, and contributing to project outputs (e.g. production of reports, training materials, etc.)
  • Identify opportunities for Development Pathways to undertake work on social policy
  • Input into the technical sections of bids and proposals that will provide Development Pathways with opportunities to work on social policy.
  • Actively participate in the Pathways technical team and help to build a cadre of highly competent and trusted social policy consultants
  • Build the reputation of Pathways as a research organisation and undertake research on social policy, publishing papers that provide innovative, cutting-edge insights. This includes producing regular contributions to “Pathways’ Perspectives,” Development Pathways own publication series, as well as working papers.
  • Identify social policy experts to author Development Pathways’ publications and oversee production of these articles.
  • Build relations with a wide range of stakeholders (i.e. governments, development agencies, consultancy firms, etc.) to strengthen Development Pathways’ international reputation, influence development policy, and identify opportunities for further business. This will include representing Development Pathways in international fora.
  • Support business development by contributing to high quality website content. This is likely to include producing and identifying inputs for the website, such as blogs, news stories, sourcing key resources etc.
  • Lead on and/or support the design of training programmes on social policy and deliver training on specific topics.
  • Manage and mentor junior technical staff.
  • Continually build self-knowledge and awareness of current trends in social policy in developing countries. This will include attending relevant training courses, staying up-to-date with the literature, and feeding knowledge back into the company.

Person Specification                     

  • At least ten years’ experience of working in international development, with a focus on social policy
  • A commitment to transformative social policy, innovation and evidence-based policy and programming.
  • A deep understanding of one or more social policy issues.
  • A commitment to bringing about progressive change

Qualifications/ Education           

  • At least a master’s degree in a subject related to social policy, international development, or economics.
  • Excellent demonstrable writing and communication skills in English; an additional language would be advantageous
  • The ability to work independently and be confident to take initiatives, but also to be an effective and collaborative team member.
  • Excellent team-working and leadership skills.
  • An extensive network of contacts in the international development or humanitarian field would be advantageous.

How to Apply

All correspondence, at this stage, should be via Oxford HR. To apply for this post, please find the role on our website, click on the “Apply” button and complete our online application form. Please attach an up-to-date CV and Statement in ONE single document.

N.B. The documents should be saved in MS Word in the following format:  Your First Name-Your Last Name-Document Name-Date (yymm) e.g:

  • Pat-Jones-CVandStatement-1502

Closing date                     12 March 18
Preliminary interviews                  week 19 March 18
Final Panel Interviews                  week 2 April 18

These dates may be subject to change, and applicants will be advised in advance should this happen.

Selection process

All candidates will receive feedback.  Shortlisted candidates may be required to undertake an additional assessment prior to the final interview.

Equality Statement

Equality and diversity is at the core of Development Pathways values. Staff are expected to work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.

Queries

If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information, or would like to have an informal discussion, please contact Thibaut Mills at developmentpathways@oxfordhr.co.uk in the first instance.

About Oxford HR

Oxford HR operates globally - mainly within the international development and UK charity sectors. We carry out retained executive search mandates at board and senior management levels. We also offer human resource and organisational development consultancy.

Oxford HR has many years of experience in search as well as an extensive network of international development, social sector, corporate, public sector and academic contacts from across the world. We carry out comprehensive and often international searches designed to meet the specific needs of our clients.

Closing date: 
12th March 2018