Senior Policy and Practice Adviser
Have you ever wondered why Edison patented the first commercial light bulb in 1889, but today 1.3 billion people still lack access to electricity? And why does 90% of research on new technologies focus on the middle class consumer instead of making existing technologies accessible and help transform poor people’s lives?
Practical Action believes that technology is not just about the latest phone application, it is about translating technology innovation and technology access into a reality for poor people to support them on their journey out of poverty. This is why we are seeking a dynamic and innovative individual who is passionate about putting technology, and the transformative role it can play in development, onto global and national policy agendas.
Fundamental to Practical Action’s ways of working is a belief in sustainable and people centred approaches to technology which is central to our new five year strategy. This outlines an ambitious vision to deliver innovative programmes and leverage our work to improve the lives of millions of people living in fragile and marginalised areas.
This is a new role which will build on our longstanding expertise of providing practical and appropriate technology solutions in the areas of agriculture, energy, urban WASH, climate change, disaster risk reduction and the critical role of making markets work for the poor. We are looking for an experienced and committed person with strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills who is passionate about working in a multi-disciplinary international team.
The adviser will have a good understanding of development debates and experience in at least one of the following thematic areas: energy, agriculture, urban WASH, climate change, DRR and/or markets and has proven expertise to work effectively across thematic areasInterested applicants must have a post-graduate degree in a relevant subject and at least 7 years work experience in international development, including extensive experience working in developing countries.
|Date of expiry||25th Feb|
|Salary||Circa £45,000 - £47,000 depending on experience|
|Location||Based Near Rugby, Warwickshire - with International Travel|
|Full/Part time||Full Time|
SENIOR POLICY & PRACTICE ADVISER
AREA/UNIT: Policy and Practice Team
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director, Policy & Practice
RESPONSIBLE FOR: N/A
GRADE OF POST: A
SPECIFIC JOB PURPOSE
• To lead the development & articulation of a compelling case for Technology Justice which is in keeping with Practical Action’s values and narrative and builds on practice on the ground as well as the work of others.
• To lead Practical Action’s efforts to build a movement for change which influences the policies and practices of others, representing the organization to key influencing targets, allies, media, and other social and civil society organizations and platforms.
• To ensure a coherent & consistent approach to Practical Action’s policy positions, feeding into and from the goals, and cross cutting themes, and assisting with the delivery of the group’s priority global change agenda.
SCOPE OF ROLE
The post is one of a number of Policy Advisers based in the Policy & Practice Team, which leads the organisation’s efforts to influence the policies and practices of international actors – governments, donors, private sector, & civil society organizations.
The post holder draws on the full spectrum of our programme experience, plus wider external debates & evidence to develop a compelling case for Technology Justice. S/he works actively with other organizations and actors to begin to build an international movement for change. S/he has a substantive external role, representing the organization with key influencing targets, donors and allies, playing a central role in Practical Action’s work to help us realize our vision for Technology Justice.
Along with other Policy Advisers, s/he will also work in coordination with the Head of Global Advocacy to assist in the development and delivery of the priority global change agenda (initially energy access).
SPECIFIC JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES
The post holder will be accountable for developing a clear, and compelling case for Technology Justice, and building a coalition of alliances around the issue. Success will position Practical Action at the centre of the debate on technology and development and ensure that the issues becomes central to policy processes (i.e. post-2105, SDGs) and practice debates
To provide thought leadership on technology and co-chair the cross-organisational global group on Technology Justice. The group plays a critical role in setting and engaging in a policy influencing agenda and leading learning initiatives across all parts of the organization in an interactive and dynamic manner.
To build an evidence base to improve understanding of how the introduction of technology can have different impacts on different socio economic and gender groups and to demonstrate what needs to happen to ensure technology can be developed and disseminated in a way that impacts positively on the wellbeing of poor people, with a particular emphasis on poor people.
To develop relationships with leading policy and research institutions in the area of wellbeing and technology to help ground our work in current thinking.
Lead organisational efforts to build a movement for change, including NGOs, government bodies, donors, social movements, the private sector and other key international decision-makers, which will influence the policies and practices of others to realize Technology Justice
Represent Practical Action at senior level to key influencing targets, allies, media, and social movements.
Participate in group-wide efforts to advance Practical Actions priority global change agenda.
Contribute to specific key organisational efforts to advance the group-wide strategies on Technology Justice, including the development of programmes & donor submissions; capacity building efforts; and policy analysis.
Internal: The post holder will be expected to maintain regular dialogue with senior managers across the organisation (CEO and SLT members) providing specialist advice, and work collaboratively with other members of the Policy and Practice team, the Programme Support Team and colleagues in regional and country offices. Regular dialogue and collaboration with different units in Marketing and Communications and PAC will also be required.
External: The post holder will be expected to represent Practical Action externally, at all levels, including at a high level. S/he will be expected to maintain and develop contacts with counterparts in INGOs (allies and partners), social movements, media, academic researchers, UN bodies, donors, international networks and partnerships, and relevant parliamentary committees.
LINE MANAGEMENT OR SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
The post has responsibility for managing interns, temporary staff and staff on short fixed-term contracts who may be recruited from time to time to carry out specific activities.
The post holder will from time to time be responsible for managing project or activity budgets, up to about £ 200,000 a year.
OUTLINE PERSON SPECIFICATION
• Post-graduate degree in a relevant subject
• At least 7 years work experience in international development, including experience working in developing countries
• Experience of high level representation, and advocacy with a range of actors, including donors, government, and the private sector
• Experience of organizational learning and policy development on and positioning niche issues on the international development agenda
• A very good understanding of international policy processes and movements for change
• Strong analytical skills (readily able to interpret complex quantitative and qualitative data)
• Ability to quickly develop a thorough understanding of the role of technology in international development and develop policy positions and messaging
• Understanding of current academic research on the use of the concept of Wellbeing in development policy
• Excellent team worker with the ability to facilitate and engage in group processes
• Excellent written, and oral communication skills, and able to communicate to a variety of audiences, including senior policy makers, practitioners and the general public
• Excellent English language, preferably with some knowledge of Spanish and/or French
• Computer literate, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
• Empathy with Practical Action’s mission, and values, with a high level of corporate commitment, demonstrated by an ability to take decisions and to act in the best interests of Practical Action.
• Ability to travel for up to 12 weeks per year.
The post holder will require an excellent level of competency in the following
Competence evidenced by the ability to use a range of approaches and select the appropriate style for a situation. Is able to demonstrate good listening skills, presents own view in a convincing manner, whilst acknowledging different perspectives, feelings and concerns. Works for a win-win outcome in resolving differences, and is usually able to win others over to own way of thinking. Is well networked with excellent external focus.
Competence demonstrated by an ability to understand and react appropriately to motivations that drive colleagues’ behaviour. Is sensitive to cultural differences and behaves appropriately within them. Understands how to develop productive working relationships
Competence is demonstrated by the timeliness and sound reasoning of decisions. There is a balance of consultation with action. Will communicate, will follow through and will be accountable for outcome. Will always have the interests of Practical Action at the core of the decision. Will support decisions once argued through and made.
demonstrated by the ability and inclination to work co-operatively with others. Will recognise the value of sharing ideas, knowledge and information with others and takes personal responsibility for doing so.
The post holder will require a good/proficient level of competency in the following
Drive for results:
Competence demonstrated by the level of responsibility and accountability demonstrated by the individual in meeting or beating commitments and objectives, whatever the organisational level of the role. Illustrated by evidence of seeking better ways of doing things, looking to improve on status quo and willingness to deal with difficult situations that effect output of their role.
Competence demonstrated by the level of timeliness and accuracy the individual displays in carrying out their role, by their personal energy and enthusiasm and by their willingness to learn to exceed expectations in their role.
For further details and an application pack, please complete the form on the "Download" tab of this page to download files, or contact the HR Unit, Practical Action; Tel: 01926 634503 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for return of completed applications is 25th February 2013
We positively welcome applicants from all sections of the community.
All applicants must thave the pre-existing right to live and work in the UK
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