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Head of Knowledge Impact and Policy

Salary:  £46,418 to £57,697 per annum
Initial appointment will be in the above range per annum (depending on experience)
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 15 August 2021
Reference:  10-2021

IDS is seeking a new Head of Knowledge Impact and Policy. The overall purpose of this role is to help shape IDS’ approach to strengthening the linkages between evidence, policy and practice in order to promote a more equitable and sustainable world. The post-holder will lead a dynamic group of knowledge professionals and communications specialists based in the Knowledge Impact and Policy Cluster (KIP) and alongside our Communications and Engagement Team and Fundraising and Development Office, will secure, develop and deliver a portfolio of knowledge, learning and impact orientated projects that strengthen our partners’ organisational/programme effectiveness and maximise the impact of IDS led research and policy work. 

The successful applicant will bring significant experience of leading knowledge management and policy engagement processes at an organisational level and a proven track record of influencing policy narratives with research evidence. They will need to have demonstrable experience of leading a department or large team and provide evidence that they have successfully grown new business and developed new strategic partnerships in previous roles. A background in social policy or development research gained in a government, development agency or think tank/research environment would be a real benefit. 

The postholder reports directly to the Director of Communications and Impact and will work closely with IDS’ other cluster leaders to identify synergies and learning opportunities relating to the brokering of knowledge, policy engagement and the promotion of citizen voice. 

We strongly encourage applications from those who bring significant experience of engaging research with policy in a low- and middle-income country or international context or you have worked directly with research institutions or think tanks in such countries or led evidence informed policy advocacy.

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IDS is committed to eliminating discrimination, and to embedding and supporting equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce, in our work and in all our activities. We welcome applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented at IDS.

 Our vision is of an equitable and sustainable world, where people everywhere can live their lives free from poverty and injustice. 

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