Help to end

identity-based violence

Job Title: Research and Policy Officer / Deputy Programme Director  (commensurate with experience)
£25,000 - £35,000, commensurate with experience
35+ per week with flexi-time. Some travel and occasional weekends will be expected

Location: London

Job Details:

Reporting directly to the Director of Research & Policy, this varied role will include assisting in the delivery, development and expansion of our flagship atrocity prevention programme; leading the consolidation and development of the Charity’s profile and presence in Westminster; and undertaking individual and collaborative research. The role is likely to include some travel within the UK, to Europe, East Africa and to New York.

The role is a rare opportunity to shape and lead urgent policy conversations about some of the world’s most urgent issues. Because we are small but growing it is a role with immense potential to contribute to the evolution of Protection Approaches’ voice and profile during these critical years of organisational development. The right candidate will be encouraged to build their written portfolio, undertake original research, and pursue relevant avenues of personal professional development.

We are looking for proven research and analysis skills and a good knowledge of politics and public policy in the UK, particularly of international relations and British foreign policy. You will need excellent written communication and interpersonal skills, to be confident engaging with different audiences, and enjoy getting stuck in to varied tasks. We are a small team where innovative, creative, and strategic thinking is essential.

Far more than specific experience or background, we are looking for someone with keen intellect, sharp attention to detail, quick initiative, and genuine commitment to the values of Protection Approaches. The successful candidate will be offered a salary and job title commensurate with their experience. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

For an informal conversation about the role or if you have any questions, please call Kate Ferguson, Director of Research & Policy on +44 (0)20 3488 299 or email

Key responsibilities:

- Develop and manage targeted and impactful policy research projects that provide an evidence base to            support the development of policy recommendations to bring about change

- Conduct qualitative and quantitative research

- Produce clear, concise and authoritative policy materials, including reports, briefings and responses to Government parliamentary consultations

- Respond to day-to-day requests for information and briefings from a range of policy stakeholders

- Coordinate and manage the development of the UK civil society mass atrocity prevention working group  

- Develop and manage relationships with key policy stakeholders including politicians, civil servants and partner organisations

- Represent Protection Approaches at external meetings including stakeholder groups and advisory groups effectively communicating our work, values and policy priorities

- Monitor political and policy activity and proactively identify opportunities to influence key stakeholders

- Organise high profile policy and parliamentary events such as parliamentary receptions and policy round table seminars

- Ensure monitoring and evaluation tools are in place to capture and manage data flow of outcomes and impact of the policy team

Personal Specification Experience:

- Experience of analysing, developing and influencing policy at the national and local level and formulating policy recommendations
- Enthusiasm and commitment for justice, social change and the values and objectives of Protection Approaches 
- Experience of policy engagement at a national level and/or international level, including experience of working directly with MPs and Peers
- Experience of conducting qualitative and quantitative research
- Experience of organising complex high profile events
- Experience of public speaking and/or media work desirable
- Experience of working on issues of equality and human rights desirable

Knowledge and skills:

- Educated to degree level or equivalent experience in relevant field
- Proven expertise in writing high quality, well-argued and engaging communications, including reports, briefings and blogs
- Well organised and a proven ability to manage multiple projects, scheduling work effectively across competing priorities and deadlines while maintaining a good attention to detail
- Knowledge of British politics and public policy
- Knowledge of the UK parliamentary system and an understanding of ‘how Westminster works’
- Knowledge of international relations, the United Nations, and British foreign policy desirable
knowledge of both the UK and  international human rights, development, CVE, and atrocity prevention sectors desirable
- Knowledge of atrocity prevention including international norms such as the Responsibility to Protect desirable
- A track record of successfully fundraising for policy and research projects desirable

About us:

Protection Approaches was founded in 2014 to fill a gap in the UK’s third sector, where attention on the growing challenges of domestic and worldwide identity-based violence was unconnected and ad-hoc. It has always been our belief that while its victims and the ways in which it manifests often look different, the causes of identity-based violence are very often the same. That is why Protection Approaches works to address the full spectrum of identity-based violence, from hate crime to violent extremism and genocide. By understanding the common causes of these seemingly disconnected challenges we can start to develop shared approaches to prevention and protection.

Our intention is never to be everywhere the threat of identity-based violence exists but rather to reframe how the challenge is understood and solutions are pursued. We are an evidence-based organisation that works with and connects stakeholders from the grassroots to global leaderships.

Today, the manipulation of identity to create division lies at the heart of many of country’s and our world’s most serious challenges. Protection Approaches is working at the forefront of efforts to address, understand, and resolve these challenges.

Closing Date: 11.59pm, Friday 15th February
1st round interviews held:
Thurs 21st/Friday 22nd February
2nd round interviews held:
Week commencing Monday 25th February
Start date:

To apply:

Please download the Protection Approaches Job Application Form here.

Compleate and return the applciation form before the deadline to

Please note: due to the volume of applications we will only be able to respond to successful applicants.

Research and Policy Officer / Deputy Programme Director (£25,000-£35,000)