Engaging policy audiences

Head of Policy & Research: Engineers Against Poverty – Deadline 13 March

By 03/03/2020

Head of Policy & Research, Engineers Against Poverty

Deadline: 13 March, 2020
Location: Central London
Salary: Circa £50,000, depending on experience
Other: Must be eligible to work in the UK

We are looking for a dynamic, innovative and experienced policy and research professional to lead a new research and policy programme. The appointee will be given the space to shape some of the thinking in the new EAP strategy and bring their ideas to how EAP could deliver innovative and influential research, policy, practice and knowledge content in, line with the organisation’s mission of helping to reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.

This will include managing and in due course building a small team and identifying and pursuing funding opportunities, whether through grant applications or consultancy opportunities. It will also involve working with our communications team to identify key messages from the research, policy and knowledge content to maximise our influence amongst key decision-makers through our website, regular newsletters, blogs, social media and external events.

Key responsibilities and tasks

  • Lead the development of a portfolio of policy-oriented research aimed at ensuring that investments in infrastructure contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals including poverty reduction.
  • Line manage a small team to meet their individual and collective objectives.
  • Lead business development activities including developing grant applications, identifying potential commercial opportunities and completing tender proposals.
  • Communicate the findings, recommendations and key messages from EAPs research and policy outputs to ensure their uptake.
  • Deliver the research and policy portfolio to budget.


  • A Masters degree (minimum) in a built environment subject and/or international development or a related social science subject.
  • Knowledge of relevant international organisations and their roles and influence on international development.
  • Knowledge and at least 10 years’ experience in at least one of these areas: (a) infrastructure governance, (b) climate change and resilience, (c) local content, (d) labour standards (e) transparency & accountability or (f) cities and urban development.


At least 10 years experience in:

  • Delivering high quality research and evidence-based policy analysis
  • Winning research grants and consultancy assignments.
  • Influencing external stakeholders
  • Preparing budgets and managing financial information

About the Organization

Engineers Against Poverty (EAP) is a leader in infrastructure policy, engineering practice and international development with strong links with development agencies, government and industry. We develop research, policy and practice in infrastructure investment, labour standards, climate change, transparency and accountability and local content in line with our mission to reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.

Region: London and the southeast
Location: Central London
Sector: Communications Monitoring, evaluation and learning Projects and programmes Research

Application notes

Please email a CV and 1 page covering letter to John Hawkins, EAP Programme Director (info@engineersagainstpoverty.org)