Public Affairs and Policy Assistant

About The Challenge

The Challenge’s vision is a more integrated society where there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences. We design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others.

We also develop ideas to forge a more socially integrated Britain. During 2014 and 2015, The Challenge convened the Social Integration Commission. Following the Commission’s conclusion, we set up the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration, which is chaired by Chuka Umunna MP.

We believe everyone benefits when people from all walks of life come together to better know, understand and trust each other. This also applies to the people we employ to work with us. As an equal opportunities employer our aim is to have a diverse workforce to reflect the communities we work in.

This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic organisation which works with young people and local communities across the country. For more information about what The Challenge does and what its values are, please visit our website: http://the-challenge.org/

About the role

This role is a summer placement position lasting three and a half months, ideal for someone looking to gain experience of working in policy and public affairs. The Public Affairs and Policy Assistant will drive engagement with The Challenge’s work amongst political stakeholders – co-ordinating a programme of visits by MPs and senior civil servants to our National Citizen Service summer scheme. Alongside this, they will support the Public Affairs and Policy team in wider political engagement and the production of original research and policy analysis on themes related to social integration, mixing and connectivity.

The successful candidate will join a department which seeks to cultivate a political landscape and public conversation in which the need for institutions and initiatives bringing together people from different backgrounds to meet, mix and connect is recognised, and to build positive relationships with key policy and decision makers on behalf of The Challenge. The post-holder will:

  • Liaise with internal programmes delivery staff and external stakeholders including civil servants, parliamentary staff and key strategic partner organisations in order to organise and co-ordinate visits to The Challenge’s programmes by political stakeholders.
  • Manage databases containing information relating to programme visits.
  • Attend programme visits, events and meetings with parliamentarians and civil servants.
  • Support the work of the APPG on Social Integration – including the organisation of parliamentary events and member engagement.
  • Contribute to original policy and research reports.
  • Draft blogs and articles on topics and themes related to social integration.
  • Provide administrative support to the team.
  • Pro-actively monitor for political and policy developments relevant to The Challenge’s mission and programmes.

We are looking for outstanding individuals with the following qualities:

  • A highly organised approach to managing projects.
  • A keen interest and understanding of UK politics.
  • Strong written communications skills.
  • Articulate and able to confidently represent the organisation externally.
  • A good self-starter, able to spot opportunities and act on initiative.
  • A team player who enjoys working collaboratively and is capable of supporting colleagues across departments and locations.
  • A talent for juggling numerous tasks and prioritising effectively, and an ability to work under pressure.

Safeguarding Statement

The Challenge is committed to safeguarding and protecting the young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our programmes. We expect all staff and post holders to share this commitment to safeguarding by ensuring compliance with our policies and practices.

Employment Screening

The Challenge operates Safer Recruitment Practices for all roles within the organisation. Successful applicants will be required to provide a valid and acceptable Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously CRB).

Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK or have a valid visa or work permit for a minimum of 6 months at the time of application will be considered for this role.

Further Details                  

  • Benefits: In addition to being part of a fun, dynamic and challenging workforce, we are proud to offer an attractive benefits package including contributory pension, Simplyhealth cash plan, Ride 2 Work, childcare vouchers, season ticket travel card loan etc. to eligible employees.
  • Location: London Waterloo Office.
  • Status: This is a three and half months, fixed term role.
  • Salary: £25,000 per annum equivalent.
  • To apply: Email a CV and one-page covering letter to Andrew Dixon at andrew.dixon@the-challenge.org
  • Closing Date: 31/03/2019
  • Start Date: 1 May or as close as possible

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