We’re hiring! Apply to join us as Policy & Advocacy Officer

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Application deadline: 9am, Thursday 5th November.

Choose Love seeks a talented and creative Policy & Advocacy Officer to secure policy changes that promote the rights, justice and dignity of displaced people.

  • Do work that inspires. Every day at Choose Love is an opportunity to make a real, tangible difference to the lives of refugees and displaced people.
  • Collaborate with creative, exciting people that really care. Work with friendly, smart, dedicated people for whom this is more than a job – it’s a passion.
  • Be part of a brave, innovative start-up spirit. We’re a young organisation with big ambition. We’re nimble, always learning and not afraid to take risks.


About Choose Love

  • Our Vision: a world that chooses love and justice every day for everyone.
  • Our Mission: we do whatever it takes to identify, close and prevent gaps in services and protections for refugees and displaced people globally.  


About the Job

Choose Love seeks a talented and creative Policy & Advocacy Officer to secure policy changes that promote the rights, justice and dignity of displaced people.

Policy & advocacy work:

  • Map targets, moments and tactics for achieving change
  • Develop key messages and policy positions using evidence from our partners and in consultation with Choose Love staff, partners and experts by experience
  • Create thoughtful policy recommendations & actions to create meaningful long term change
  • Prepare high quality, evidence-based policy submissions, briefings and responses to Bills
  • Work with our field teams, programmes team and partners to gather data to inform policy work
  • Research, evidence gathering and copy editing for reports to inform advocacy goals
  • Provide evidence for witness statements for strategic litigation cases that advance policy objectives

External Relations:

  • Develop relationships and conduct advocacy with government departments, parliamentary bodies, oversight bodies and other political influencing targets
  • Develop strategic partnerships at local and national levels with allies and relevant institutional bodies
  • Promote the input and voices of experts by experience at external engagements
  • Create and maintain database of parliamentary and other advocacy targets
  • Represent the organisation at external meetings


  • Provide specialist and up to date knowledge on the rights of displaced people and unaccompanied children
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation, when relevant
  • Undertake any other work, as required


About you

  • Have minimum 2-3 years experience working doing policy and advocacy work for an NGO or political campaign, ideally relating to the rights of displaced people
  • Possess authentic passion for Choose Love’s mission and work. Lived experience of any kind is a plus. 
  • Knowledge of UK and international refugee law and policy and a strong understanding of issues facing displaced people
  • Proven experience of delivering policy impact
  • Experience amplifying the voices of people with lived experience
  • A good working knowledge of Parliamentary procedures, and the structure and workings of the Government
  • Exceptional writer and editor with meticulous attention for detail, including in order to influence policy and raise public awareness.
  • Are willing to listen and learn, making space for ideas and approaches that are different than your own.
  • Proven ability to oversee a wide range of tasks and to manage multiple competing deadlines.
  • Take ownership of and initiative in everything you do, while understanding how to work across teams.


How to apply

Choose Love wishes to encourage applications from a wide variety of backgrounds who can drive and inspire change for refugees and displaced people. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic candidates, and candidates with disabilities.

Choose Love promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We make employment decisions by matching business needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We are happy to talk about flexible working and we promote a workplace where you can be your authentic self and achieve success based only on your merit.

This role will be full-time, based in London and the salary is £28-35k.

Please apply with a cover letter (of no more than two pages) outlining your suitability for the role and a copy of your CV to advocacy@helprefugees.org. We are particularly interested in any examples of work you’ve led that demonstrate the requirements above. Please include links to any examples you feel are relevant.


Application deadline: 9am, Thursday 5th November.

Interviews w/c: 16 November