AFF – Head of Policy & Research


About the role

AFF Head of Policy & Research is a new role at AFF. Reporting to the Operations Director, the purpose of this role will be to develop and lead a coherent and coordinated policy and research programme that supports AFF to grow its influence and visibility. The post-holder will be required to: provide leadership and management of the highly-skilled team of Specialists in their fields of research and policy to ensure the team is able to effectively support Army families and challenge existing policies; to establish, promote and maintain relationships with our key audiences including chain of command, politicians, policy makers and other external agencies; to be part of and support the Executive Members Board (EMB) in delivering against the AFF Core Values and strategic aims.

Based in our Central Offices in Andover, this post is full-time (based on 37.5 hours per week) with some travel to other locations within the UK to fulfil the requirements of the role.

What we’re looking for

If you are the appointed Head of Policy & Research you will have: an understanding and experience of working in the public sector/social sector, in particular in public sector policy research, development and delivery; an understanding and experience of influencing and challenging within the public sector, particularly to public offices; an understanding of the broad spectrum of complex issues that affect Army Families such as housing, employment, education etc; a background in analysis of evidence and data and the ability to translate complicated technical information into easily understandable information; experience of managing a team of remotely-based highly-skilled line reports used to working on a largely autonomous basis; you will be comfortable speaking in public and confident in clearly expressing and interpreting research reports to experts or policy makers;

A full list of the skills and experience we are looking for can be found in the Job Description.

AFF welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

For further information

Please visit our website and download the following:

  • AFF Head of Policy & Research Job Description
  • Important Information for Applicants
  • Application Form (completed form to be returned in Word format)

Any enquiries about the vacancy can be directed to Rachel Bishop, HR Manager

Closing, interview and start dates

  • Applications should be submitted by 5pm Monday 24 June. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by close of business on Wednesday 26 June
  • Interviews will take place on 1 and/or 2 July
  • The start date for this post is as soon as possible after appointment (we may be able to flex slightly on the start date).

Army Families Federation is a charitable incorporated organisation registered in England and Wales with registered charity number 1176393 and a charity registered in Scotland with registered charity number SC048282 having its principal office at IDL 414, Floor 1, Zone 6, Ramillies Building, Marlborough Lines, Monxton Road, Andover SP11 8HJ.

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