Graduate scheme: Policy assistant

Green Alliance

  • Team: Policy
  • Grade: Graduate
  • Salary: £24,250
  • Location: Millbank, London
  • Closing: 10:00am, 11th Jul 2022 BST

Job Description

Our graduate scheme 2022-23 is now open

Our graduate scheme offers talented and ambitious individuals the chance to kickstart their careers with valuable experience working in the UK’s leading environmental think tank.

This scheme is designed to help those new to the sector gain important insights, knowledge and skills, whilst contributing to our exciting programme of projects and advocacy at the centre of political developments and the forefront of environmental policy in the UK.

Our annual cohort of policy assistants receive ongoing training and are assigned a mentor to support their personal and professional development.

1.       The role

These roles support our policy and politics team with tasks relating to current policy projects. You will help to plan, manage, and deliver these projects and may be given responsibility for discrete pieces of work. Your involvement could involve desk-based research, fact checking, drafting reports and helping to organise workshops and events. You will also be expected to attend internal and external meetings and build relationships with our network. You will also have responsibilities for administrative tasks to support general office administration.

  

2.      Position in organisation

Policy assistants are an integral part of our in-house policy and politics team. You will work directly with other policy staff as well as other staff across the organisation.

As a policy assistant you can expect to work on one or more of the following Green Alliance themes:

·     Political Leadership

·     Resource Stewardship

·     Greening the Economy

·     Natural Environment

·     Low Carbon Future

  

3.      Key tasks

You will receive support and training to enable you to assist with key tasks, such as:  

 Research and analysis

·     Researching and summarising data and existing research on environmental policy issues.

·     Undertaking qualitative and/or quantitative research for assigned projects.

·     Providing support to write and produce policy reports, including sourcing content, drafting copy and fact checking.

·     Staying abreast of environmental and political developments.

 

Stakeholder engagement

·     Help manage relationships and communications with stakeholders and external partners, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), MPs and other organisations.

·     Participating in, and contributing to, stakeholder and partner meetings.

·     Attending and representing Green Alliance at external events and meetings.

 

Event management

·     Assisting with administration and logistics of Green Alliance’s core events.

·     Organising project related meetings, seminars, and debates.

  

Administration

·     General office duties such as answering the phone; managing the central email account; and opening and sending post.

·     Helping to manage the contacts database.

·     Taking notes and minutes at meetings.

·     Help to review content on Green Alliance’s website.

·     Any other task which may be reasonably asked within the scope of this post.

 

4.  Key skills and experience

 Skills & competencies

 ·     Enthusiasm for politics, policy, and environmental issues.

·     Diligent and proactive in approach to work.

·     Good attention to detail.

·     Problem solving.

·     Good interpersonal skills.

·     Collaborative and able to work as part of a team.

·     Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·     Ability to read and summarise complex information.

·     Good prioritisation and delivery skills.

·     Good IT skills, must be confident using MS Office software platforms.

·     Confident to ask for clarification when not clear.

·     Ability to take notes and minutes at meetings.

·     Ability to compromise and work in a non-partisan way.

 

Knowledge and experience

 Essential

·     Knowledge of environmental issues.

·     Knowledge of research methods (ideally both, qualitative and quantitative).

·     Administrative experience.

 

Desirable

·     Understanding of UK’s parliamentary system.

·     Understanding of climate change and biodiversity loss.

·     Experience of organising events.

·     Experience of contributing to or producing publications and blogs.

 

 Please see full job pack on Green Alliance website

 

 

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Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application