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Senior advisor, private sector engagement-London

Organization: Christian Aid

Position Title: Senior advisor, private sector engagement

Location: London, United Kingdom

Hours & Compensation: £38,724 – £44,000 (including London Allowance)

Application Deadline: 5pm, Thursday 20 February 2014


The private sector can play a big role in developing countries to stimulate progress, contribute to economic prosperity and help to make real steps towards eradicating poverty. This is a challenging role that gives you responsibility for engaging the private sector with a strong message about the vital part they have to play in fighting poverty, tackling inequality and fostering sustainable development. It will be down to you to assess the potential contributions that private sector investment and value chains in developing countries can make to employment and income, infrastructure and, vitally, to social sector spending through a responsible approach to paying tax where operations are based. In a resource-constrained world, the impact of businesses on the environment is also of critical importance to our work, particularly where opportunities to leapfrog to cleaner technologies exist.

This role is about promoting an approach to business that delivers a win-win outcome for all the parties involved. And that will rely on your ability to develop strong policy positions, build innovative partnerships and engage in advocacy that not only keeps the door open between the private sector and Christian Aid but also ensures that businesses think about fair and inclusive practices and their important value-added roles as employers in developing countries. It’s a major opportunity to establish the kind of business practices that can deliver fundamental progress for people living in poverty and to shape tax, economic justice and environmental policy too.

You will be a confident, and influential with a strong track record of working in or with the private sector. It’s a background that will include plenty of experience of advocacy work and of representing corporate policy to a wide range of audiences. You’ll be able to see the big picture, but also be able to research and articulate harmful business practices and develop strategies that help businesses to understand and feel incentivised to consider other options. In order to do this effectively, you will bring well-developed policy and high-level lobbying skills. From an academic standpoint you’re likely to be a post graduate in a relevant subject such as business, political science, law or development studies.

More than half the world lives in poverty. We aim to put a stop to that. So we campaign against the inequalities and economic injustices that keep people poor and we work with local organisations to give people strength to find their own solutions to the problems they face, irrespective of their religion. If you’re as determined as we are to end poverty and injustice across the world, work with us to make change happen. For more information, please see our corporate strategy on our website.

We value the contribution each person makes to the success of our organisation. That’s why you can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, an interest-free season ticket loan, and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance

As this post is UK based, non-EC nationals will require current and valid permission to work in the UK.

To apply for this post, please visit our website

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

Secondments from external organisations may be considered

Reference number: 658-MA
Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 20 February 2014
Interview date: To be confirmed

Christian Aid values diversity and aspires to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

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