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Head of Policy and Research

£41,000 – £47,000 per year

As Head of Policy and Research, you will be a core member of the Senior Management Team, with overall responsibility for all our research and advocacy initiatives around the world. You will manage a dynamic and passionate team of four staff as well as a number of local consultants. The job is an exciting and challenging mix of team leadership, developing an implementing policy and advocacy strategies, overseeing research projects that build an evidence base for our policy positions and advocacy work, as well as budget and project management. We expect the successful candidate to have a solid background in all of these skill areas.

The successful candidate will be an experienced manager, with at least 5 years of policy, research or advocacy experience, as well as demonstrable experience in managing busy teams, developing and implementing strategy and supporting local partners. We are looking for someone with a genuine passion for supporting local efforts to build peace, who is willing to challenge the current aid system and its reliance on externally-led and directed interventions. We have no overseas offices, employ no expatriate staff overseas and do not intend to do so. The successful candidate will see this as our strength and will be willing to argue the case for greater support to local actors when talking to government, donors and other stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be expected to play a prominent representational role, along with the CEO, and so will be comfortable speaking publicly. She or he will be a creative thinker, an experienced manager and will have an absolute commitment to peacebuilding through non-violent local efforts.

The applicant must be fluent in written and spoken English. Fluency in French would be desirable.

The deadline for applications is 6pm on Sunday 25th August. Only completed applications will be accepted and only applicants with the right to work in the UK will be considered. 

To apply, please complete the application form below and return to [email protected], making sure to put ‘Head of Policy and Research’ in the subject line. 



UK Policy Scoping


Peace Direct is currently undertaking a strategic review and developing its new five-year organisational strategy. As part of this process, the Policy and Research team is seeking a consultant(s) to undertake a short scoping study of the UK peacebuilding sector to inform its advocacy priorities for the next five years. There are two different objectives of the scoping:

  • Broad review of how the narrative of ‘local’ peacebuilding is changing in the UK; and
  • Mapping UK Government policies, processes and strategies on specific thematic areas.

Final parameters of the consultancy would be agreed in an inception meeting either in-person or online.

The consultant(s) should be familiar with the peacebuilding sector and have a clear understanding of advocacy, as well as proven analytical skills. They should have a proven track record of report writing and creating PowerPoint presentations.

Please send CV (maximum three pages) highlighting relevant experience and a motivation letter outlining approach, along with a breakdown of days and fees (maximum three pages) to r[email protected].

Please clearly state if you are applying to undertake both aspects of the consultancy or just one.

Due to the short timeframe available, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 14 August 2019.

Opportunities on our Board of Trustees


Peace Direct is looking for an experienced chartered accountant to join the Board as Treasurer. This is a very exciting time for Peace Direct, as we have been growing at a fast pace over the last few years (with income growing fourfold in as many years, to almost £4m in 2019) and we have a big ambition to scale up our work in the coming years. This will require a detailed understand of managing financial risk, scrutinising budgets and financial strategies developed by Peace Direct’s CEO and Head of Finance, monitoring and reporting on the financial health of the organisation and ensuring that the necessary financial procedures and controls are in place as we evolve into a larger and more complex organisation.

Peace Direct is an international NGO that supports local peacebuilding in conflict zones worldwide. We work with local organisations in twelve countries around the world and aim to support many more in the years to come. We have no country offices, employ no expatriate staff overseas and do not intend to do so, as we believe that this displaces local people’s efforts. All staff and Board members see this as our strength and are expected to be advocates for our approach of supporting locally led peacebuilding, amplifying the voices of local people and changing the system in favour of local action.

Applications for the Treasurer position will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please see the role description below for further information.

lease send a CV and a cover letter to [email protected] explaining why you would like to join the board of Peace Direct as Treasurer and what skills and experience you would bring to this role.