ActionAid – Financing For Development & Economic Justice Policy Advisor.

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Job location: Johannesburg, London or Nairobi

Salary: Grade E

Contract type: Full-time, 1 Year Fixed-term Contract

The Role

A key member of the Programme and Global Engagement cluster within ActionAid’s Global Secretariat, you will lead and coordinate ActionAid’s policy work and external engagement on financing for development & economic justice. You will have a particular focus on how tax justice, debt cancellation and resisting austerity can transform the financing of gender responsive public services, social protection, and environmental policies.

You will help ActionAid transition from its present strategic implementation framework to a new framework through the course of 2021, contributing to the continuing urgent responses to Covid, with a view to increasing public and media engagement on critical finance issues. Crucially you will help ActionAid deepen its connections with key allies and movements as we collectively work to maximise the opportunities to use this year as a turning point – working to build forward green and feminist, supporting economic policies that will care for people and the planet.

You will play a key role in tracking the policies and practices of the IMF, WB, G20 and regional banks. One key priority will be to build on our recent work challenging IMF policies that impose constraints on public sector wage bills, seeking to mobilise national and international evidence to challenge these. You will connect with ActionAid’s programmes across 45 countries and promote coherence between our local programmes, our national policy and advocacy work and our international engagement.

Who we’re looking for

The successful candidate will hold either an advanced University degree or more than 7 years of experience in a senior policy leadership role. Excellent command of English and excellent policy, research and writing skills are required.

You should have a strong knowledge of development finance and public service issues, understand a rights-based approach and be committed to working with like-minded coalitions and movements. A critical understanding of the IMF will be an advantage as will a background in feminist economics or climate finance.

What we offer

ActionAid is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive workplace where we recognise a job well done. Offering a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment. At ActionAid, you can look forward to

  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • A workplace that embraces intersectional feminist principles
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Over 4 weeks holiday a year

How to apply


Please click on the “apply” button to start the application process. Please upload an up-to-date CV and a covering letter, clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

Closing date: 19 February 2021

To be considered for this role, you will require the right to work in the job location at the time of appointment. Therefore, you must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in London, Nairobi or Johannesburg.

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be shortlisted- usually within 2 weeks of the closing date.

About us

ActionAid is a global federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice. We want to see a just, fair and sustainable world, in which everybody enjoys the right to a life of dignity, and freedom from poverty and oppression. We work to achieve social justice and gender equality, and to eradicate poverty.

All our work is underpinned by a set of feminist leadership principles

Self-awareness, Self-care and caring for others, Dismantling bias, Inclusion, Sharing power, Responsible & transparent use of power, Accountable collaboration, Respectful feedback, Courage and Zero tolerance. 

Our commitment to safeguarding

ActionAid is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We are also committed to preventing and responding to any form of sexual harassment, exploitation and child abuse and abuse of adults at-risk, whether carried out by staff/representatives or resulting from our work. ActionAid expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.





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