Interim Director of Policy, Advocacy and Communications At International Alert

A great opportunity has arisen for an Interim Director of Policy, Advocacy and Communication to cover period of approximately 6 months. You will be playing a key role in delivering greater impact and influence for the organisation.

During the interim period, you will lead Alert’s external communications including strategy, media, and digital engagement, and brand promotion. You will shape and define Alert’s policy advocacy priorities, approach, and lead on advocacy towards policymakers on strategic issues, representing the organisation and growing institutional relationships of influence. You will also oversee the work of our Peacebuilding Advisory Unit (PAU), which provides technical expertise in gender, peace economies, natural resource management, and climate crisis both across Alert’s programmes and externally using research, programming realities and evidence from the ground to shape global policy discussions.

You will be expected to work collaboratively with Alert’s regional and country teams in supporting strategy development, linking them into global decision-making processes, and crafting and disseminating powerful advocacy messages and communications products for selected audiences, including policymakers, funding partners, and policy influencers. You will play a strategic role in matching organisational needs with technical expertise and provide strategic insights into cross-organisational initiatives and projects.

You will be a member of Alert’s global Executive Team and be expected to play a key role in strategic and operational decision-making. You will provide policy messaging support to the Executive Director and other senior colleagues on global issues relevant to peacebuilding and international development.

We are seeking a candidate who has a talent for developing and delivering insightful messaging that will gain Alert a hearing by those making, shaping, and influencing policy decisions around the world. To be successful in this role you will have a proven track record of strategic communication and messaging across multiple platforms toward decision-making audiences. Our ideal candidate will be a brilliant political communicator and a strategic thinker, with great ambition and focus.

All job applicants must already have the right to work in the UK

Note: The above include some of the requirements for the job. For the full job requirements, please read the job description.


  • Salary: £65,317 per annum, pro-rata
  • Contract duration: 6 months
  • Location: London
  • Closing date: 5 September 2021 (23:59 pm UK Time)

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While International Alert will endeavour to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you can assume your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful.

International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. All applicants will be judged strictly based on merit.

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