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Position: Policy Specialist – Womens Economic Justice

Closing date: 14 November 2023 at 23:59 GMT

Job location: ActionAid International(AAI) offices in South Africa|Ghana|Kenya|Malawi

Contract type: 2 Year Fixed Term

Role Overview:

The International Development Policy and Practice (IDPP) team is a key delivery partner in ActionAid UK’s strategy to promote a world where women, girls, and those facing marginalisation are valued, live free from violence, and can exercise their rights to promote their own economic Justice, safety, equality and voice. The team is comprised of members supporting global influencing policy and advocacy initiatives, mobilisation and organising financial resource mobilisation, grant/ contract management, programmatic innovation, research and learning towards this end. The Research and Programmes Policy unit within the IDPP team is comprised of policy and technical advisers who advance policy perspectives and programme-led learning to ActionAid UK’s target donors, influencers, policymakers and civil society audiences.

A key purpose of the role is the provision of high-quality research and policy development rooted in AA programme and policy work, applying an intersectional, decolonial feminist approach, and to make this research easily accessible and available for grassroots advocacy and influencing. The current focus of this role is women’s economic rights and justice, particularly in relation to macroeconomic policies (e.g., the impacts of trade, austerity and debt on women’s unpaid care work and access to decent work) and directly supports AAUKs Young Urban Women (YUW) flagship project although this could change in future. The role demands a specialist who will bring research and policy analysis skills, the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and partners from the global South, and the ability to tailor high quality written outputs to a range of audiences to ActionAid UK, and passion for achieving women’s economic justice, mobilisation and activism.

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 Who we’re looking for:

  • Good knowledge and understanding of women’s rights in international development, especially women’s economic justice and the structural barriers to these.
  • A strong commitment to / understanding of applying an intersectional feminist analysis and a decolonial, anti-racist lens to policy, research and ways of working.
  • Commitment to ActionAid’s values, including our Feminist Behaviours, anti-racism and promoting women’s rights.
  • An understanding of UK and international politics, actors and institutions in the field of international development, including economic development and women’s rights.
  • Experience of undertaking research on relevant issues gained in a public policy, NGO or academic environment.
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of qualitative research techniques.
  • Knowledge of relevant global data sources on women’s rights, gender equality and international development.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, in particular the ability to translate complex material into concise and engaging communications for a range of audiences, including through the use of illustrations and infographics.
  • Experience of campaigning or advocating for social change and grassroots activism
  • Ability to collaborate effectively as part of diverse international teams and achieve shared objectives.
  • Experience of working closely with colleagues and/or partners in the global South.
  • Proven computer literacy with the ability to adopt new digital platforms.
  • Experience of using social media in a professional context.
  • Ability to travel overseas (up to 4 weeks per year).
  • Experience of undertaking research and/or advocacy in relation to women’s unpaid care work, decent work and livelihoods, and/or on macroeconomic policy areas such as trade, austerity and debt, and related international financial institutions, and the interlinkages with climate justice
  • Experience in engaging in movement building within feminist movements and networks such as the Young Urban Women programme.
  • Knowledge and experience of feminist research methodologies and participative techniques.
  • Knowledge and experience of quantitative research and analysis.
  • Fluency in French and/or a second language spoken in developing countries, in addition to English.

You should also have strong commitment to ActionAid’s values and ethos, including ActionAid’s feminist leadership principles.

What we offer 

ActionAid is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive workplace where we recognise a job well done. We offer a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment. At ActionAid, you can look forward to

  • Fantastic training and development
  • A workplace that embraces feminist leadership
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay.

How to apply

Please click on  the “apply” button to start the application process.  Applications close on 14 November 2023 at 23:59GMT. Please upload an up-to-date CV and a cover letter, clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted- usually within 2 weeks of the closing date.


About us

ActionAid is a global federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice.

We want to see a just, fair and sustainable world, in which everybody enjoys the right to a life of dignity, and freedom from poverty and oppression.

ActionAid recognizes the value that diversity brings to the organization in terms of    experience, skills, talent, and cultural perspectives. 

We are committed to recruiting candidates who promote ActionAid’s SHEA and Safeguarding policies and values. ActionAid will only recruit candidates who are committed to SHEA and Safeguarding and ActionAid’s values, thereby helping to create safer working cultures. As a deterrence measure ActionAid is also committed to deterring candidates who are intending to cause harm from joining ActionAid. 

ActionAid does not discriminate on grounds of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, color, ethnic or social origin, disability, religion, location, pregnancy, and maternity. 

We are committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees are respected, valued, treated fairly, and supported in fulfilling their potential. 

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