Senior Advocacy Officer

Remote Control Project, Oxford Research Group
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 04

Position description

The Remote Control Project examines changes in military engagement, with a focus on remote warfare. This form of intervention takes place behind the scenes or at a distance rather than on a traditional battlefield, often through drone strikes and air strikes from above, with Special Forces, intelligence agencies, private contractors, and military training teams on the ground.

We have a research and policy team focussed on generating a deeper understanding of these issues, acting as an information resource for policy-makers to help build transparent, effective policies that improve prospects for long-term security.

Our current advocacy strategy focusses on the UK political system, seeking to encourage greater accountability for the use of force, to gain greater clarity over the government’s strategies and plans for intervention in complex conflicts, and to support a strategic review of British use of remote warfare.

The job-holder will play a leading role in presenting the findings of our research to parliamentarians, government, military officials and other key figures and in acting as a spokesperson for the Remote Control Project’s policy recommendations. They will also help to forge policy consensus with key stakeholders, and will play a key role in analysing current and potential policy positions.


About Us: Remote Control is a project of the Network for Social Change, a group of individuals providing funding for progressive social change, particularly in the areas of justice, peace and the environment. The Remote Control Project is hosted in London by Oxford Research Group (ORG), a leading independent ‘think-and-action-tank’ which has been influential for more than 30 years in pioneering sustainable approaches to security.


Location: The post will be based at our office in London, which is currently near Old Street tube station (Oxford Research Group, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, EC2A 4LT)

Hours: Full time

Salary: £30,351 per annum (there is a contributory pension scheme with an employer’s contribution of 6%)

Duration: Fixed term contract for one year with the possibility of extension

Interviews: Will be held on Tuesday the 13th of June at the ORG office in London. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to prepare a short article, ghost-written for a prominent MP on one of our key issue areas, the details of which will be notified to them in advance.


Eligibility: Please note you must be eligible to work in the UK in order to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by Friday the 16th of June we regret that you have not been successful in reaching interview stage.

The duties for the role include but are not limited to:

1.    Playing a central role with the Director of the Remote Control Project in reviewing and implementing Remote Control’s advocacy strategy.

2.    Identifying target audiences and key influencers within parliament and government; building relationships and expanding Remote Control’s network of influence with those identified.

3.    Coordinating advocacy activity and ensuring that our message is consistent; taking responsibility for the related advocacy tasks including written outputs, engagement with influencers, meetings and workshops.

4.    Building coalitions with others on shared advocacy goals; communicating our policy proposals to target audiences and engaging with them on issues relevant to UK and international security policy.

5.    Writing briefing notes for parliamentary and policy debates, drafting submissions to parliamentary inquiries, and producing articles aimed at influencing a policy audience.

6.    Analysing current and potential defence and security policies, as well as comparing UK practice with that of other countries.

7.    Developing policy-friendly messages from our research outputs and incorporating them into advocacy activities with policy-makers and influencers in a coherent and practical way.

8.    Remaining well informed on developments in research and policy that are relevant to UK and international security (including attending relevant external events).

9.    Providing administrative and logistical support for project activities, including workshops and roundtable events.

10. As a committed and enthusiastic team-member, performing other duties and tasks as necessary to support the work of the project.


Education and Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree (e.g. MA, MSc) in a relevant discipline or a Bachelor’s degree with sufficient relevant work experience: Desirable


  • 3+ years’ experience in an advocacy/policy role related to defence and security/international relations/international development: Essential
  • Experience of engaging with the MOD, Cabinet Office, FCO, Stabilisation Unit, DfID, and/or NSC: Essential
  • Experience of working in a public policy environment, agency or within parliament or parliamentary relations: Essential
  • Experience in writing policy briefings and material aimed at informing policy-makers and other audiences: Essential
  • Experience of engaging with the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, the Defence Select Committee, and/or the Intelligence and Security Committee: Desirable
  • Experience of analysing policies related to defence and security: Desirable

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge

  • Fluency in spoken and written English at the level of a native speaker: Essential
  • Excellent written and oral communication with the ability to distil wide-ranging information into productive engagement with audiences: Essential
  • Ability to present in a confident and engaging manner, exercising tact and diplomacy: Essential
  • Demonstrated ability to network, build consensus, and work within coalitions: Essential
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, strategically and politically: Essential
  • Familiarity with UK parliamentary and legislative processes, together with political judgement and knowledge of how public policy is made, including a knowledge of key stakeholders: Essential
  • Familiarity with at least one of the governmental departments key to our issues (MOD, Cabinet Office, FCO, Stabilisation Unit, DfID, and/or NSC), including a knowledge of key stakeholders: Essential
  • Excellent organisational skills; ability to plan and organise work within tight timescales and manage priorities: Essential
  • Sound IT skills: Desirable
  • Knowledge of an additional European language: Desirable

Application instructions

Please send your CV of no more than two pages and covering letter of no more than one page (both in Calibri font 11) by 1pm Tuesday 23th of May, showing how you fit the person specification and why you want to work for the Remote Control Project to Emily Knowles. Please put "SAO Position" in the subject box of your email.

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