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Compensation: £24,000 per annum (£40,000 pro rata)
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)
1. ABOUT THE ROLE
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).
2. ABOUT US
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.
3. KEY TASKS
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
4. PERSON SPECIFICATION
Please email your CV and a short covering letter setting out your interest in and suitability for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.