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Campaigns and Research Manager

Unchecked UK

Posted: 15/10/2020

Deadline: 06/11/2020

Compensation: £24,000 per annum (£40,000 pro rata)

Paid Part-time

Job description

Job Title: Campaigns and Research Manager

Details: 0.6 FTE. Home-based, with occasional travel. Fixed term: 12 months with a review at six months, and with the potential for extension. Employed by The Ecology Trust. Working hours may be grouped or spread across the working week.

Direct Reports: Emma Rose, Unchecked UK Director

Salary: £24,000 per annum (£40,000 pro rata)


Unchecked UK is recruiting a Campaigns and Research Manager to lead on specific campaigns to highlight the real-world impacts of deregulation and the erosion of UK enforcement capacity, with an initial focus on tax.  

We are seeking an individual with a campaigning and storytelling background as well as strong research and analysis skills, who is experienced in translating complex subject matter into compelling and creative content.

You will be leading on a new project which aims to show why it is important to close the ‘tax gap’ resulting from weak enforcement of tax law and from cuts to the budgets of agencies like HMRC.  You will help us to make the case that recouping this lost government revenue would make it possible to rebuild the other public protection infrastructure on which we rely.

You will be responsible for developing human stories and messages which resonate with the concerns of key voter groups, drawing on the narrative insights from Unchecked UK’s qualitative research, and that of partner organisations like Tax Justice UK. Your focus will be on finding ways to communicate the key role tax plays in a well-functioning, fair and prosperous society, countering the ‘burden’ frames attached to both tax and regulation (‘tax burden’, ‘regulatory burdens’).

You will gather evidence to illustrate the erosion of enforcement capacity in relation to the UK tax system, and carry out investigations and campaigns to bring to life the impacts of this enforcement gap. You will work with our Digital Communications Manager to develop creative assets to communicate these findings to key audiences.

You will develop relationships with other stakeholders working within this space, pooling and sharing data, communications guidance, research and campaign assets.

The initial focus of this role will be on tax, but is likely to spin out into other public policy areas, such as environmental protection, food safety, workers rights and health and safety.

This is a part-time role, comprising 24 hours per week. (These hours may be grouped according to the preference of the successful candidate).


Unchecked UK makes the case for common-sense protections which improve people’s lives and allow businesses to thrive. We are a rapidly growing network of leading and diverse civil society organisations who see sensible, properly-enforced protections as the framework for a decent society - where the food we eat and the things we buy can be trusted, the natural environment is protected, our homes and workplaces are safe, and our rights are safeguarded.

We carry out detailed research and investigations to highlight the loss of protection for the UK public that results from the erosion of vital public protections and the ongoing cuts to the bodies who enforce them. Through public insights research, we help to shape new narratives about our shared protections and the enforcement teams who work hard to keep us safe. We run campaigns to show how important strong rules are to everyday life, and work with our civil society partners to develop policy alternatives to the deregulation approach.

This is a critical moment for the future of regulations and protections in the UK. The combined pressures of post-pandemic recovery and Brexit trade negotiations have the potential to accelerate the UK’s ‘protection problem’, in terms of a new wave of austerity, insufficient regulatory capacity, and a ‘race to the bottom’ on standards.

Unchecked UK aims to shift the political dynamic around regulation, and to build momentum for proper investment in strong rules and the public bodies which defend them. Unchecked UK is a non-partisan organisation, and is incubated as a project of The Ecology Trust.


The main tasks for the Campaigns and Research Manager role are below. Note that these are likely to change alongside a shift in focus towards other public policy areas.

Narrative and framing

  • Narrative research: carry out research into the frames, narratives and metaphors being used by those promoting a low-tax agenda. Creating compelling counter-narratives, drawing on the narrative research which has been carried out by Unchecked UK and other organisations.
  • Creative content: develop/oversee the development of campaign assets to communicate our messages in compelling ways.
  • Media: secure national and local coverage which reflects our narratives and frames. Draft press releases and brief journalists. Help to monitor coverage of tax-related stories.

Public campaigning

  • Evidence gathering: carry out research into the real-world impacts of weak enforcement/ tax evasion and avoidance, gathering both human stories and detailed data.
  • Conceive and deliver public campaigns: this could either be a set of mini-campaigns in key electoral constituencies, or a single, longer-term national campaign.

Evidence building

  • Research the tax enforcement gap: gather data to illustrate the erosion of enforcement capacity in relation to the UK tax system, and document the associated impacts.
  • Share/ disseminate data with stakeholders: through written briefings, graphics, etc.

Relationship management

  • Relationship building: proactively reach out to organisations working on anti-corruption and tax, carry out a light-touch stakeholder analysis to see how Unchecked UK can add value. Help to recruit new organisations to the Unchecked UK supporter network.
  • Support civil society strategy: help to situate tax/ anti-corruption within broader NGO conversations about public protections and enforcement, and support advocacy around national policy developments.


  • Funding: help to draft reports to funders.
  • Budgets: manage project budgets where appropriate.
  • Administration: support the Unchecked UK team with shared administration duties.



  • Strong campaigning and storytelling background (at least five years), with proven experience of translating complex subject matter into compelling human stories for a variety of different audiences
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including demonstrable experience of having used welldesigned narratives to support efforts to effect (cultural and political) change. Strong experience and understanding of media and the media landscape – in particular centre-right or culturally conservative publications
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, with a proven ability to collect and analyse data, and a strong track record of planning and delivering research in support of campaign goals
  • Experience of, and success in, developing and leading major communications and campaigns initiatives to achieve policy goals
  • A strong understanding of the issues and narratives around tax and de/regulation, and of the political institutions that work within these areas OR a sound understanding of other public policy issues such as environmental protection and employee rights
  • Strong relationshipbuilding and networking skills, with proven experience of stakeholder engagement
  • Programme and project management experience. Proven ability to selforganise and to take responsibility for project delivery without close day-to-day supervision.  
  • Support for Unchecked UK’s vision and aims


  • Experience of developing policy positions on regulatory, economic, environmental or social issues
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Experience of drafting funding reports



Application information


Please email your CV and a short covering letter setting out your interest in and suitability for the role to by 6th November. Interviews will be carried out in mid November by zoom video conferencing. Start date: as soon as possible.

We are very sorry that we cannot reply to all unsuccessful applicants, so if you have not heard from us by 13th November, please assume that we were not able to shortlist you.

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About Unchecked UK

Unchecked UK makes the case for common-sense protections which improve people’s lives and allow businesses to thrive.