Research and Grant Writing Associate

Closing Date for Applications: reviewing on a rolling basis

We encourage you to apply as early as possible as we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis - the final closing date is 23.59pm UK time on Friday 27th March. THIS HAS BEEN EXTENDED.

About the Centre for Public Impact

We are a global not-for-profit with a fast-growing, highly motivated team working worldwide to promote a more effective and more legitimate government. Our mission is to help governments achieve public impact, i.e. better outcomes for citizens. We are only four years old but already our global footprint is expansive and we partner with some of the biggest names in government, academia and public sector innovation in the world. We have also just set up a UK only focused team and that is the team we are looking to expand and grow.

We need a motivated, experienced and reliable Research and Grant Writing Associate who can further our research agenda in the UK and help us apply for and win government contracts and public sector grants. We encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to apply and welcome dynamic personalities, who are comfortable working in a start-up environment, with self-managed teams and approaches that make us all accountable to one another as equals – where anything is possible but not always known in advance.

About this position

This is an opportunity to join a high profile not-for-profit in the public policy space, in a team that works with national and local governments in the UK and other public sector organisations across a multitude of policy areas. This is a really exciting time to work on public sector projects in the UK and the successful applicant will have the chance to shape CPI UK's research agenda and direction going forward.

We are looking for a driven individual with ideally 2-3 years experience in qualitative research and grant writing experience in the not-for-profit sector. The candidate will lead CPI UK's thought leadership production, run research projects within our programmes of work, research topics that are pressing in the UK to inform our work and generate new opportunities for CPI UK and source and apply for government contracts and grants.

The role:

The role would be split 50/50 between research and grant writing. Activities would include:

  • Develop CPI UK's research agenda

  • Write articles and blogs for CPI UK based on desk research into what citizens want from the UK government, best ways of working with citizens to achieve change and other trends the UK government needs to be aware of, as well as from our work with citizens and governments at both a national and local level

  • Work with members of the programme team to on research projects within key programmes of work - for instance, in our work in children's social care, understanding best practices across local authorities of how to co-design social services with families to ensure the journey feels as supportive and inclusive as possible

  • Research and monitor government and grant applications that could present new opportunities for CPI UK

  • Lead on grant writing for proposals, working with our Senior Business Development Consultant

About you

We look for people who bring the following experience:

  • 2+ years experience in research, grant writing or not-for-profit sector-related roles, ideally in the UK

  • Passionate about the public sector and improving outcomes for citizens

  • Experience of communicating effectively, having strong plain English writing skills

  • Experience with balancing competing priorities, willing to take initiative and work autonomously to meet deadlines

  • Ability to work at pace, in a collaborative manner

  • High levels of digital literacy, particularly across Google and MS Office applications

  • Adherence to CPI values

How we work

CPI aims to be an inspirational workplace. We operate in a self-managed way, working in project teams and being accountable to one another for what we do and how we do it. You will help shape the objectives and key results of CPI’s Global team. Flexibility is a must as is patience and thirst for experimental approaches! Remote and/or work from home is possible.

Our values

We are…

  • courageous - we have the courage to speak the truth, to challenge without fear and tackle the difficult questions

  • respectful - we respect differences, we seek to understand them and we look out for one another

  • optimistic - we are positive about what we and governments can do for our societies

  • inclusive - we are non partisan, we work together and seek ideas and solutions across the divides

Details and logistics

This is a 12-month full-time position (38 hours per week) at CPI’s offices in East London. We offer the possibility to work from home for one or several days a week. Note that if applying from abroad, you should ensure that you meet the necessary visa and work permit requirements. CPI is unable to act as a sponsor or provide visa support.

Please note the following:

  • We would like a candidate to start as soon as possible, but no later than mid-late April

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis

  • First-round interviews will be conducted on the phone, second round interview in person

  • You do not need to be in London for the phone interview, but do need to for the second round interview

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. This includes candidates that have previously found it hard to be considered for other positions on the basis of their qualifications, disabilities, personal background or life events. If you would like to apply for the position but see a barrier to joining us, please do apply and we will work with you to find a solution.


  • Competitive salary

  • Skip the commute; flexible work from home options

  • Pension plan

  • Private health insurance

  • Regular team lunches, socials and away days

  • Start the day properly with fresh fruit and cereals

  • Stay refreshed: get snacks, tea, coffee and soft drinks on tap

  • Rest up with 25 days’ holiday per year plus office closure at Christmas!

Role posted - 2020-02-10T14:54:10Z 2:54pm, 10th Feb 2020 GMT