Campaigning for a cause is at the heart of the charity sector: whether building grassroots movements, political influencing or highlighting injustice through social media, campaigners are the driving force behind social change.
As specialists in this area we view ourselves as an extension of the sector, actively seeking to facilitate the work of campaigning organisations by bringing them together with the right people.
Who we work with
We've already recruited for (and continue to partner with) a wide variety of organisations of all shapes and sizes in this arena, from large national organisations like the National Lottery Community Fund and Barnardo’s, major NGOs and INGOs such as Liberty, ActionAid and World Animal Protection to smaller thinktanks like the International Longevity Centre and Future Advocacy.
Our Policy, External Affairs, Advocacy and Campaigns (PEAC) function
As with every area we specialise in, recruitment for these roles is handled by a dedicated consultant with first-hand understanding of the field.
Harry Marven is our resident policy specialist having been actively engaged with organisations and individuals in this arena for several years already and with a background in youth engagement for a national human rights charity.
For job-seekers and employers alike, that means you'll have a consultant who genuinely understands what you do and appreciates the skills and qualities required for each role; and, as specialists in your field, you can rely on us to have extensive knowledge of the market: who else is out there, who you're competing with, all the opportunities on offer, and much more.
News and updates
If you've ever wondered how to really make a difference, or you're seeking inspiration for campaigns of your own, we think you'll enjoy this great podcast from Steve Tibbett of The Advocacy Hub, available via the links below.
Examining social and political campaigns that have made an impact, 100 Campaigns That Changed The World has recently covered the Hillsborough campaign for justice, the battle to protect the ozone layer, and in the latest episode, Steve talks to Kirsty McNeill and Simon Wright of Save the Children UK about their experience of (successfully) campaigning for free access to HIV medication worldwide in the 2000s.
Senior Global Campaign Manager
A major animal welfare INGO is looking for a Senior Global Campaign Manager to take the lead on its core campaign to protect and increase the welfare of animals - particularly elephants and tigers - in the international travel and entertainment industries. As the organisation's strategic lead for this key campaign, and acting as part of the global campaigns team, you'll be the central point of this varied and exciting campaign, which includes elements of corporate social responsibility, governmental policy influencing and traditional supporter mobilisation. Although there are no direct line management responsibilities, you'll be working both globally and with a wide variety of country offices in a coordination capacity. This INGO has some major corporate partnerships in place, for example, with international travel companies, and is planning to get more on board with its mission of protecting animals worldwide. As such, solid internal and external stakeholder engagement experience is key to this position. Moreover, you'll have experience of managing public mobilisation campaigns and of influencing corporate partners / targets in order to achieve campaign goals, ideally on the international stage. This position can be based in London, Thailand or remotely and pays up to £44,000 p.a., with flexible working arrangements in place. This INGO has achieved major campaign wins in recent years and is stepping up its campaigning activity, so this is the ideal opportunity for a career campaigner to make a tangible benefit to the lives of animals, in particular elephants and tigers, worldwide. I will be sending a shortlist of candidates on Monday May 6th, so please send your most recent CV to email@example.com before the closing date to avoid disappointment. Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted.
£40k - 44k per year
Head of Conservation Outcomes and Evidence
Harris Hill is proud to be partnering with The Woodland Trust in their search for a Head of Conservation Outcomes and Evidence. The Head of Conservation Outcomes and Evidence will lead a team of conservation experts and advocates who provide a central function for the Trust ensuring they have a sound and engaging conversation evidence base to underpin their positions, messages and actions, particularly in outreach and delivery projects and in public policy influencing, communications and campaigning. Working with the Director of Conservation and External Affairs and other senior management colleagues, you will lead the Conservation Outcomes and Evidence Team to ensure that the conservation principles, goals and vision of the Trust are well understood, embedded and applied cross-departmentally, and that this is done based on a robust and up-to-date research and evidence base. As such, the appointed postholder will have excellent leadership and management skills, with the ability to work effectively with colleagues of all levels and disciplines across the organisation. You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in conservation, ecology, environmental or biological sciences, with a proven track record and experience in relevant practical conservation. This is a full-time, permanent position paying 45,000 - 50,000 p.a. to be based at The Woodland Trust's Head Office in Grantham, Lincolnshire. The deadline for applications is 12:00 p.m. April 21st. If you are interested in this position, please send your most recent CV to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted.
£45k - 50k per year
Head of Conservation Policy
Harris Hill are proud to be partnering with The Woodland Trust in their search for a Head of Conservation Policy. The Head of Conservation Policy will lead a team of Policy Officers / Advocates to work with others across the Trust and externally to develop and advocate organisational policy positions and public policy solutions to help them achieve their conservation vision and goals across the UK. Working with the Director of Conservation and External Affairs and other senior colleagues, you will ensure the Woodland Trust takes a strategic, flexible and focused approach to policy advocacy, developing and following integrated influencing strategies to achieve their public policy goals. As such, the appointed postholder will have excellent leadership and management skills, with the ability to work effectively with colleagues at all levels of the organisation and other external partners. You will have extensive experience leading and developing policy and advocacy strategies within the conservation sector and working collaboratively with government affairs, press and campaigning colleagues and teams. Moreover, you will have an excellent understanding and knowledge of key areas of public policy at UK, country and regional levels and its role in securing environmental and conservation goals. A background in conservation policy is not essential but is desirable; experience in relevant areas such as environmental sustainability, climate change and social welfare are also desirable. This is a full-time, permanent position paying 45,000 - 50,000 p.a. to be based at The Woodland Trust's Head Office in Grantham, Lincolnshire. The deadline for applications is 12:00 p.m. April 21st. If you are interested in this position, please send your most recent CV to email@example.com . Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted.
£45k - 50k per year
Campaign Manager - Rabies
A leading international animal welfare and sustainability charity is looking for a Global Campaign Manager to lead on an international humanitarian, disease elimination and animal welfare campaign to eliminate rabies worldwide. Based in London but working as part of the Global Campaigns Team, you'll have responsibilities across policy and traditional mobilisation campaigns, with an additional heavy focus on external affairs to create policy change in eliminating rabies. By nature of the position, you'll work with a wide variety of stakeholders including international health organisations such as the WHO, various UN agencies, major corporate partners in the pharmaceutical and veterinary industries and various governments, as well as local communities across the world. Therefore, this is not a traditional animal welfare campaign, but rather one spanning animal welfare, community development and humanitarianism / disease elimination. As such, this position requires an experienced campaigner with solid policy influencing and mobilisation skills, combined with excellent cross-sector stakeholder engagement skills. A background in animal welfare campaigning is not essential - perhaps you'll be from a health background, in the charity sector or otherwise, or international development or human rights campaigning; what you will have, however, is international experience. This is an ideal opportunity for a career campaigner to play a key role in the global fight against rabies. This position is full time and permanent, paying 36,000 - 38,000 p.a. I am working to a deadline of 31st March, so if you are interested in this position, please send your most recent CV to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted. Although the charity will not appoint before the deadline, I will be sending applications on a rolling basis.
£36k - 38k per year
Campaign Manager - Tourism
A leading international animal welfare and sustainability charity is looking for a Campaign Manager to lead on a UK-focused campaign to improve the lives of animals in the tourism industry. Based in London as part of the UK Campaigns Team, you'll have responsibilities across policy and traditional mobilisation campaigns, with an additional focus on corporate engagement. By nature of the position, you'll work with a wide variety of stakeholders including government policymakers and parliamentarians, current and potential corporate partners and other internal stakeholders to raise public awareness of animals in the travel and tourism industry, in particular, dolphins. Although Manager by title, you will not have line management responsibilities; you will instead be the organisation's lead on this campaign, which is one of their core campaigns in short, it is a transformational position. This position would suit a campaigner with mobilisation and stakeholder engagement experience, who wants to take either a step up from Officer/Senior Officer or a step sideways from Campaign Manager. A background in animal welfare is not essential perhaps you'll be from a gender rights, environmental or CSR background but a desire to make the world a better place for animals is. This position pays circa. 35,000 p.a. and is full time and permanent. I am working to a deadline of 3rd April, so if you are interested in this position, please send your most recent CV to email@example.com . Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted. Although the charity will not appoint before the deadline, I will be sending applications on a rolling basis.
£32k - 35k per year
Director of Advocacy
A leading national human rights organisation is looking for a Director of Advocacy to lead on its policy, advocacy and campaigns work. Working as a key part of the Senior Management Team, you will have three principal responsibility areas: using litigation as a tool for social change; building key partnerships across the political and NGO spectrum to push for legislative change; and contributing to the strategic leadership of the charity, including acting as its spokesperson, as a member of its SMT. You will also deputise for the Executive Director as appropriate. This is an influential and transformational position within the UK human rights sector, and although a broad background in the different thematic areas in human rights is not essential, an understanding is. The ideal candidate will also have an understanding of the legal system, strategic litigation and Parliamentary and legislative processes, along with experience of developing and delivering long-term, strategic advocacy plans. Moreover, you will have substantial line management experience and experience of managing a multi-disciplinary team. This is a crucial time for the organisation as they work to defend human rights and promote democratic scrutiny in the Brexit process, campaign on data surveillance and immigration detention and work to protect the rights of soldiers and victims of crime amongst other key areas. This is a full-time, permanent position based in London, paying circa. 60,000 p.a., working to a deadline of March 25th. Interviews are set for the first week of April. If you are interested in this position, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted.
£60k per year
A leading national youth development charity is looking for a Policy Advisor to lead on its UK-wide policy work. Based in central London, you'll work closely with the Director of Policy in a newly created position which will be central to the charity's external policy work. Due to the hands-on nature of this role, you'll have broad responsibilities across the policy spectrum, including policy research, policy briefings and reports and monitoring and evaluation. You'll also be expected to have a degree of flexibility, as the job likely requires some travel (mainly across the UK). Moreover, you will line manage a Business Analyst. As such, the ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience of working on youth development policy and research, experience of applying evidence from research and practice to develop policy and of leading the implementation of policy change. Moreover, you'll have an understanding of Parliamentary and legislative processes and have excellent internal and external stakeholder management skills. This is a full-time, permanent position paying 35,000 p.a. I will be submitting final applications on 11th April, however, the charity may interview before this date, with applications being sent on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. If you are interested in this position, please send your most recent CV to email@example.com ; the application process will also include a cover letter. Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted.
£35k per year
An international health membership advocacy organisation is looking for a Policy Manager to lead on their policy work. Reporting directly to the CEO, this is a hands-on and varied position, with responsibilities across policy briefings and consultations, representing the organisation in an advocacy capacity at international conferences, for example, in Geneva and Brussels, and policy research amongst others. Although the position has an international focus, a background in international health policy is not essential; rather, you will have an understanding of how the key players in the global healthcare system work, experience of developing and implementing policy strategies and writing policy positions and solid project management skills. This is an excellent opportunity for a policy professional to further their career in health policy, or even to take a step up to Manager level on an international stage. This position pays 28,000 - 33,000 p.a. and is full time over the course of a 12-month contract. The charity is looking to appoint before the end of April and I will be sending applications on a rolling basis, so if you are interested in this position, please send your most recent CV to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.
£28k - 33k per year
Senior Campaign Manager
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Campaign Manager to lead on a newly created campaign for a major international animal welfare and environmental sustainability NGO. Based in London or Bangkok but working across the charity's international, local and national teams, you will project manage the planning, delivery and implementation of a truly global campaign that will improve the lives of wild animals across the world. This position requires a cause-driven and organised campaigner who has substantial experience of working in campaign management, ideally from a mobilisation angle and on an international stage, with experience in a leadership position. This is a highly influential position where you'll have the opportunity to make a tangible benefit to the lives of animals across the world and, therefore, will be highly motivated by this cause. However, it is not essential to come from an animal rights background, and experience of working in campaigning / mobilisation organisations such as environmental sustainability, women's rights or for a trade body/union (amongst others) will also be strongly considered. This position is a full-time, permanent position paying up to 44,000 p.a. I am working to a deadline of April 30th, so if you are interested in this position, please send your most recent CV to email@example.com . It is important to note that I will be sending applications on a rolling basis, and the charity may interview before the deadline. Please note that only suitable candidates will be contacted.
£40k - 44k per year
International affairs and advocacy expert Andreea Petre-Goncalves moved to the UK in 1997, attracted by its culture of openness and diversity. But as she tells our policy specialist Harry Marven, recent events have necessitated a major rethink - and relocation - of her family's plans for the future. We’ve barely mentioned the ‘B’ word here at the Harris Hill blog, because we’re too busy recruiting for charities, and with such a colourful range of opinions widely available elsewhere (particularly at the puce end of the market), you probably don't need ours too. We aim to be impartial, so for example it's not for us to question that what people thought three years ago is obviously more important than what they think now. That's just not how we roll. And you'd certainly never catch us querying the wisdom of trashing your biggest trade partnerships and international standing for such undeniable benefits as…… well, we’re sure somebody will think of one eventually. But this week, as our established work in the area of Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns expands to keep up with growing demand (check out our new page here!) in what could yet be our last week in the EU (again), there's no ignoring the giant Brexit in the room. So we're very pleased to bring you an enlightening and thought-provoking read from someone who understands both the bigger picture and the personal consequences only too well... Meet Andreea Petre-Goncalves Over recent years in the UK we’ve heard a lot of statistics about EU citizens and ‘migrants’, but rather less of the real effects on people's everyday lives. To that end we're delighted to introduce international affairs and advocacy expert Andreea Petre-Goncalves, who has kindly shared her story in conversation with our resident policy specialist Harry Marven, eloquently explaining how the 2016 referendum has affected many EU citizens, why she and her family have taken the difficult decision to leave the country that's been home for over 20 years, and why she's establishing a new and potentially highly-influential NGO to step up the fight for global change. Andreea Petre-Goncalves is an international affairs and advocacy expert with two decades of experience in the non-profit, public and private sectors. She has worked in sustainability, food security, international development, public health, gender and human rights among many other topics. She has driven global policy developments, built international partnerships and connected power and knowledge brokers to promote the greater good. She believes people at all levels are driven by the same instincts, fears and desires and that the best in all of us can be harnessed through respectful and purposeful collaboration. She also believes that our future security and prosperity on our planet depend on our ability to see beyond our myriad of individual interests with a sense of common purpose.ee. Harry Marven joined Harris Hill in 2017 and is our specialist for all Policy, Public Affairs, Advocacy and Campaigns vacancies, recruiting both domestically and internationally. He’s lived and worked in both France and Germany (graduating in French and German) and has first-hand experience of the field having previously worked in social media and youth engagement for a national human rights charity. Harry is passionate about the not-for-profit sector using its profile and resources to effect positive social change and effectively represent its grassroots supporters, and understands both the rewards and what it takes to make change happen. As such he’s able to draw on a wide network of both national and internationally-based contacts. ► Harry: So, to jump straight into things: you, with your family, will be leaving the UK this year. Why do you want to leave, and is it definite that you’ll be leaving? ► Andreea: Yes, my family are leaving the UK this year. It’s not been an easy decision. I arrived in the UK in 1997 and my husband in 2002. Our daughter was born here in 2014. We did not doubt this was our forever home until the 2016 Brexit referendum. That particular moment crystallised for us concerns which had been bubbling under the surface for a few years, particularly around nativist trends in the UK and what we saw as a backlash against multiculturalism. For us, this struck at the heart of why we were here in the first place. We didn’t necessarily choose the UK for economic reasons, but for cultural ones. It was precisely the UK’s culture of openness and respect for differences that appealed to us. We loved the idea of growing roots and raising a family in a country where ethnicity, culture and identity were not barriers to belonging, where the rich tapestry of human differences was embraced and cherished. We are ourselves a multicultural family, with heritage in Portugal, Romania and France, and have always seen our journey in the UK as an illustration of the richness of our wonderful, interconnected world. It was and is heart-breaking to see these values rejected so vocally in public discourse. In 2016, we suddenly became EU migrants, a distinct category that 'othered' us. It marked a sharp change of tone and hardening of attitudes towards us as a group – something we had not really seen ourselves as until then. The very word 'migrant' was rarely present in public discourse 10 years ago. Nowadays it is a frequent feature, even replacing 'refugee', alarmingly. For me it has such negative connotations. We are not an invasion, nor an infection. We are friends, colleagues, family - and until the 12th of April, whatever the UK’s final trajectory, we are your equals as fellow EU citizens. You’ve been in the UK for several decades now and have held predominantly internationally-focused jobs. Why did you come to the UK in the first place, and were there any standout factors that made you want to stay? I came to the UK aged 16 with an Open Society Foundation scholarship which shaped who I am and defined my life journey. A few scholarships later, with financial and moral support from my family and dear friends, I obtained my first degree. I embarked on a career that for many years was driven mostly by a loose sense of wanting to do good in the world. This is how I ended up working on sustainability, international development, gender, agriculture and food security. My Brussels stint, about 10 years ago, was career-defining in that it taught me how to navigate politics and the decision-making environment and be effective. Idealism and good intentions are worth so much more if you also understand the real world. Interestingly, this is something that is stubbornly ignored by the non-profit sector in the UK, where we take too much comfort in surrounding ourselves with like-minded individuals and work on the assumption that we will be heard purely because we mean well. As for the second part of your question, I touched on this a bit earlier. The UK always felt like home culturally, and for me that includes a working culture that is earnest and professional. The only aspects where I felt Europe compared favourably career-wise are work-life balance and the employer-employee dynamic, where in Europe we have a more equal, revolutionary tradition, whereas in the UK the relationship often feels more deferent and feudal. I hope for everyone’s sake that this dynamic will not be further affected by any loss of worker protections as a result of Brexit. Why did you choose to work in the charity sector, given your experience in the EU Parliament? It would have been very easy to walk straight into a well-remunerated corporate lobbying job after my stint in EU politics. That is a common-sense career path for many former political staffers and civil servants. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I always knew that for me it wouldn’t be enough. I grew up in a family where politics and the good society were talked about passionately around the dinner table. My parents dedicated their entire careers to public service. I worked in the non-profit sector both before and after Brussels for the simple reason that it felt like a place where doing right by people and planet was the top priority. So, after all that time, you’re now leaving the UK to pastures new. Given that you have decided to leave, rather than having it as just an option, would you say Brexit has, in an ironic way, given you the motivation and freedom to flexibly look for a new position, wherever you settle? To play devil’s advocate: has Brexit potentially been beneficial to you and your family? Well, there’s the famous adage that every cloud has a silver lining. I don’t really think that’s true. Some things are plain stupid, pointless and thoroughly negative. There’s no bright side to climate change, war or hunger, except for the truly cynical. All we can do is learn from every hurdle, hiccup or failure. For my family, the learning in Brexit is that we are free, that our sense of belonging doesn’t come from a place but from how we feel. That’s a phrase made for Private Eye’s Pseud’s Corner right there, but it’s true. We feel like citizens of the world, which means we are at home everywhere, irrespectively of mean-spirited high-level statements to the contrary (ahem). We will always love Britain, and no one can legislate against that. Two questions in one: what advice would you give to EU nationals living in the UK who are facing similar problems to the ones you have faced; and what advice would you give to UK nationals to assure EU nationals that the UK is still OK to live and work in? (although I appreciate the irony of the latter point!) Well, I don’t have a piece of advice for all EU folk in the UK, we are all different and our own individual realities shape the decisions we make. For me, the idea of becoming a sort of 'tolerated', lesser citizen with permission rather than the right to live here was more than I could accept. I know so many others like me, who have built lives and careers in the UK and find the prospect of asking for permission to continue living here profoundly offensive. However, I also understand those friends who do not feel it fair to throw away the lives they have built for themselves. They have no choice but to jump through the hoops, albeit reluctantly. As for all of our UK friends, I am sure of one thing. Our friendship and love for each other will endure whatever history throws at us. British wisdom, decency and fairness will prevail and if they don’t, you will always be welcome in our homes on the old continent. Thanks for sharing yours with us. Finally, what’s next for you? I feel grateful that for us this otherwise strange time is the beginning of a new adventure, rather than just a painful rupture. We are relocating to Brussels, feeling more European than we have ever done, funnily enough. We’re clearly not immune from Brexit tribalism! Together with a brilliant friend and skilled political expert, I am setting up a new organisation to broker and catalyse powerful, impactful dialogue on the burning issues at the top of the global agenda: climate change, food system reform, protecting democracy and strengthening the rules-based international system, among others. With decades of experience at the highest levels of power and a lot of influential contacts, we are better placed than most to bring together those who can make change happen, from all sectors and walks of life. We will help key actors create solutions so that we can all enjoy the safe and sustainable future we want. The time has come for powerful action – and our new organisation will focus on doing just this. None of us can really afford to stand by and watch our existing systems fail when so many grave dangers threaten our world. We would very much like to be a voice and advocate for our UK friends in Europe and beyond, to ensure Brexit does not diminish your input when urgent global challenges require it most. Look out for Flare in the coming weeks and please reach out to us and remain connected to those who, like you, are fighting for a better world, on whichever side of the Channel we might find ourselves. Andreea Petre-Goncalves Connect with Andreea on LinkedIn We certainly will: our sincere thanks to Andreea for sharing her story with us, and we wish her the very best of luck! Look out for more insight and experience from our network in this field coming soon; meanwhile if you'd like to know more about our work and opportunities in political campaigning, advocacy, human rights and more, visit our Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns page or contact Harry Marven via email or on 020 7820 7324. More billboards from Led By Donkeys @ByDonkeys More from the Harris Hill blog text ► Don't go! 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