Interim Head of Advocacy

Fixed Term Contract – 11 months

The successful candidate can choose to work from MAG’s Manchester office or to work from home within the UK, with occasional attendance in the office, as required.

The starting salary for this position is £50,340 per annum (plus contributory pension)

The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) finds and destroys landmines and unexploded bombs to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people stay safe and rebuild their lives after war. We also campaign for a landmine-free world, work to remove small arms from fragile communities and deliver innovative risk education lessons to those forced to live with the deadly contamination of conflict. We employ some 5,500 committed and highly skilled people in 26 countries and are regarded as a global leader in disarmament practice and policy.

Our mission is to get to every landmine before a child does. And to save lives and build futures for those whose communities have been shattered by war. We need you to help us maximise the reach, and impact, of work that ensures people are not living in the daily fear and poverty caused by landmines and unexploded bombs.

We are now seeking an Interim Head of Advocacy to develop, oversee and deliver an integrated advocacy and public affairs strategy, delivering purposeful influence and change with a wide range of high value UK and international stakeholders.

As the Interim Head of Advocacy you will:

  • Ensure the effective provision of strategic public affairs and advocacy activity, chiefly in support of MAG’s relationships with international governments and within the disarmament policy sector, working closely with colleagues in global programmes, our UK hub in Manchester and our office in Washington DC and Brussels.
  • Guide MAG’s communications strategy in so far as it intersects with its policy and advocacy ambitions, ensuring effective thought leadership communications and strategies, and effectively engaging target audiences in support of MAG’s strategic objectives and direction.
  • Provide counsel to MAG’s leadership team on the political environment and risks. Ensure that MAG’s advocacy at the national, regional and international levels is coherent and directly supports policy, programming and funding needs.

The successful candidate will have an innate understanding of how to use strategic advocacy and public affairs to drive change. They will have an in-depth knowledge of the UK political environment and with a track record of developing relationships with politicians, special advisers and other key Westminster figures. They will be persuasive and with the ability to operate in a multi-faceted, fast-paced and complex environment.

There will also be the requirement for some international travel in order to visit our programmes in the Middle East, Africa, or South East Asia.

Please note that as part of MAG's commitment to safeguarding, this post is subject to background checks before an offer of employment is confirmed. For more information on MAG’s approach to background checks, please click here. You can also find more information in the candidate information pack, available through the link below.

MAG is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. If you think you would be suited to one of our roles we would welcome your application regardless of your background. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential.

How to Apply

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For further information about this opportunity, as well as the application form, please download the application information pack, below:

MAG – Interim Head of Advocacy Application Pack

Application is by completed application form.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the advert will close if a suitable candidate is found. Therefore, please submit your application as soon as possible to humanresources@maginternational.org.

Applicants who are non-residents of the UK will need to provide documentary evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK.

Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are not able to respond to every application. If you have not heard back from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, it means that your application has not been successful.