Communications and Research Officer vacancy

14 October 2015 | Recruitment

This role is an exciting opportunity to contribute to advocacy efforts at the forefront of key global development issues in partnership with UK and global civil society. The Bretton Woods Project works with civil society organisations and activists worldwide to monitor, challenge, and change the IMF and World Bank so that their impact on the poorest and most vulnerable is improved. We are looking for a strong project manager who is motivated by the opportunity to lead on the implementation and further development of the Project’s communications strategy, write regular articles for the Project’s respected publications, contribute to research and assist in organisational management. The deadline for applications is Sunday, 1 November 2015.

  • Location: London, UK
  • Pay: £28,863 per annum (starting salary) plus contributory pension
  • 12 month fixed-term contract with possibility of extension (with a 6 month probationary period)
  • Closing date: Midnight GMT, Sunday, 1 November 2015
  • We are aiming to hold interviews on Tuesday, 24 November 2015
  • Candidates should have the right to work in the UK

Job profile:

General information

About the Bretton Woods Project

The Bretton Woods Project seeks to challenge the power of the World Bank and the IMF, open policy space, and promote alternative approaches. It is a small organisation established in 1995 by a network of UK development and environment non-governmental organisations. The Project acts as an information provider, watchdog, networker and advocate. The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid-hosted project.

Job Purpose

Under the direction of the Project Coordinator the holder’s primary responsibility will be to work collaboratively with our management team to drive forward the organisation’s communications work and in particular the Project’s flagship publications (the Bretton Woods Observer and Bulletin); manage the Project’s online presence; research and write articles for the Project’s publications challenging the work of the IFIs; support the team in all aspects of budget management; lead on financial and narrative reporting and manage the Project’s volunteer programme.

Key Relationships

  • Bretton Woods Project team
  • ActionAid UK Finance Team
  • External suppliers/ contractors (printing, design, illustration, translation, etc)
  • Civil society partners
  • Academics and other researchers
  • Officials in the UK government, parliament and at the International Financial Institutions (IFIs)

Key tasks and responsibilities

Key Tasks Key elements %
Communications Management

  1. Lead and manage the production of the Project’s communications outputs, ensuring compliance with deadlines; and
  2.  Manage the Project’s communications tools, including its online presence
  • Lead and manage the production of the Project’s Observer and Bulletin.
  • Contribute to the commissioning and editing of external contributions to the Project’s flagship publications, including Comment, At Issue and Guest Analysis.
  • Manage research publications strategy and cycle, including outreach to external contributors and commissioned authors.
  • Implement, and adapt as necessary, the Project’s communications strategy.
  • Liaise with external suppliers (including translation, design, and printing) to ensure timely production of Project communications outputs.
  • Lead on compilation of the Project’s Annual Review.
  • Ensure Project’s website and social media content are current.
Organisational Strengthening
  • With support of Management Team, produce well written and accurate narrative and financial reports for funders.
  • Support the implementation of the Project’s funding plan, including researching key opportunities for fund-raising.
  • With support from the Project Coordinator, conduct financial administration tasks including management of payments, invoicing, income-tracking and relationships with contractors and service providers as required.
  • Support the Project Coordinator and other team members with the management and preparation of budgets and financial planning documents.
  • Manage recruitment processes and administrative tasks of Project volunteers.
  • Conduct desk-based research in support of Project’s advocacy activities, including research outputs.
  • Write articles for the Project’s flagship publications and website on the work of the IFIs.
  • Contribute to editing of Project materials, including Observer and Bulletin articles, briefings and in-depth research publications.
  • Keep track of selected issues related to the World Bank and IMF.
General support to the Project
  • Respond to requests for information and support from team members, and other members of the network.
  • Help maintain BWP information systems, including our contacts database, mailing lists, filing systems etc.
  • Help organise network workshops, seminars and advocacy meetings with UK/IFI officials.
  • Assist with the efficient running of the office, including supporting general administration, inputting into team meetings, strategic planning discussions and monitoring and evaluation processes.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience
Essential Desirable
  • Experience of producing and disseminating communications products for targeted audiences and managing external and internal contributions while meeting tight deadlines.
  • Experience of writing funding proposals and donor reports to charitable trusts or official funders.
  •  Experience of budget management and donor reporting, including financial reports.
  • Experience of in-depth research and/or writing long reports, especially for advocacy purposes.
  • Experience of researching and writing concise articles for publications aimed at specialist audiences.
  • Education and/or work experience in the international development sector.
  • Work experience in developing countries.
  • Experience of maintaining and managing website content.
  • Experience conducting independent policy research.
  • Familiarity with the civil society sector and networks, ideally on issues related to work on the IFIs.
  • Professional experience editing short written outputs, such as articles or blogs.
  • Familiarity with NGO work, ideally on development and/ or environmental issues.
  • Involvement in the development and implementation of communications strategies.
  • Experience working with social media as an outreach tool.
Skills and Abilities
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English.
  • Strategic thinking about communications products and ability to think critically about evolving opportunities to strengthen the Project’s impact through improved communications initiatives.
  • Project management skills, including the ability to take the initiative and drive work forward under tight deadlines, and attention to detail to ensure outputs are of a very high quality.
  • Effective facilitation of discussions and coordination of activities in a diverse network.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with basic financial reporting software and Excel.
  •  Ability to maintain contact databases and content management systems.
  • Ability to work effectively in small-team setting, taking direction and initiative as and when needed.
  •  Familiarity with other languages, in particular Spanish.
  • Confident with using common forms of web-publishing software (e.g. WordPress).
  • Familiarity with publishing print and online material.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a small team.

Application instructions

Please read these instructions very carefully. We are a small organisation and regret that we cannot deal with individual requests for further information.

We encourage all applicants to thoroughly read the Bretton Woods Project website before applying for a job. We have material online that will help you understand our work, our outputs and our priorities. You may also wish to subscribe to our newsletter, newswire or get alerts when we add new content to the website. Useful links:

Send applications by e-mail only to: by the deadline of midnight GMT, Sunday, 1 November 2015. Please ensure that you state your full name and the title of the job, (Communications and Research Officer, Bretton Woods Project) in the subject title of the email. With each application please attach three different documents to your email: a cover letter, a CV and a writing sample. Attachments must be in one of the following formats: PDF, Microsoft Word, Rich Text File, or Open Office document.

Cover letter – the cover letter should, in one page or less, indicate where you saw the vacancy, how you meet all the requirements set out in the job profile, and when you would be available to start the job.

CV – Please send a CV of no more than two pages and please do not include irrelevant personal details such as age, gender, marital status or ethnicity.

Writing sample – Please send a piece of relevant written work of less than 1,500 words produced for an external audience. The written work could be an article, a blog, something you produced for a previous employer, or as a last resort an extract of a longer paper, and preferably not academic work. It should be entirely written by you with preferably no editing by another person. We will use it to assess your ability to write clearly and present a coherent argument, not to test your knowledge.

After you have submitted your application we ask that you fill in our equal opportunities monitoring form.

About your application:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid-hosted project. ActionAid is an equal opportunities employer. We warmly welcome applications from all sections of the community and aim to promote diversity.

Recruitment consultancies / agencies should not approach us with regards to open vacancies. We regret that agency candidates will not be considered.