Senior Social Policy Specialist

London (Central), London (Greater)
Competitive Salary with benefits
19 Apr 2018
19 May 2018
Public Sector
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Reporting to: Head of Social Policy Team

Location: Orpington, Greater London

Salary: Competitive salary

Job Posting Date: 19th April 2018

Job Closing Date: 19th May 2018

About Development Pathways

Development Pathways is an international consultancy organisation with a wealth of expertise in the areas of social protection, poverty and vulnerability analysis, social development, management information systems, research and training. We are committed to innovative, progressive and evidence-based social policy and aim to influence international debates on social policy through our website and participation in international fora. We combine country-specific social and political analysis with lessons learnt from extensive international experience in order to ensure that policies and programmes are robust and benefit the most vulnerable, including children, women and persons with disabilities.

Our team has worked extensively across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America on assignments for a range of clients, including United Nations agencies (UNICEF, WFP, ILO, UNDP, UNDESA) and development banks (World Bank, ADB), government donors (e.g. DFID, DFAT), and international NGOs (e.g. HelpAge, Save the Children). Development Pathways is also a consortium partner in the Expanding Social Protection (ESP) programme in Uganda; the Capacity and Policy Development Facility (CPDF) in Rwanda; the Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) in Kenya; and the Mahkota social protection programme in Indonesia.

We currently have 24 staff members, working alongside a global network of trusted consultants. Our offices are located in Orpington (Greater London, United Kingdom) and Nairobi (Kenya). As an employer, we put our staff first and are committed to flexible working practices and developing our staff’s professional capabilities.

About the Position

The Senior Social Policy Specialist will help us continue to grow the company and influence social and economic policy internationally. While we are well known for our work in social protection, we do aim to continue to broaden our engagement in other areas, such as training, food security, social development, child protection, gender, livelihoods, Graduation and financial inclusion as well as building our profile in the humanitarian sphere. The Senior Social Policy Specialist will focus specifically on the areas of livelihood, gender and Graduation programmes, and will lead our work on qualitative research.

The Senior Social Policy Consultant will require someone with an excellent ability to work in a team but also, as required, to manage themselves and work independently.

The position will pay a basic competitive salary, alongside other benefits such as pension contributions, private health insurance and bonuses.

The Senior Social Policy Consultant will be expected to work in our London (Orpington) office. The position will involve international travel, up to a maximum of three months per year.


To play a leading role in the growth of Development Pathways by engaging in the areas of livelihoods, Graduation, gender and leading our work on qualitative research.



  1. Provide consultancy inputs on assignments contracted by Development Pathways; some will require overseas travel while others will be desk based.
  2. Oversee the technical implementation of contracts for assignments. This will include timely and high-quality delivery of inputs, and contributing to project outputs (e.g. production of reports, training materials, etc.) with a particular focus on livelihoods, Graduation, gender and qualitative research.
  3. Identify opportunities for Development Pathways to undertake work on livelihoods, Graduation, gender and qualitative research as well as other sectoral areas of interest (i.e through procurement searches and building relationships with key clients and organisations).
  4. Input into the technical sections of bids and proposals that will provide Development Pathways with opportunities to work on livelihoods, Graduation, gender, qualitative research and other sector areas of interest.
  5. Actively participate in the Pathways technical team and help to build a cadre of highly competent and trusted consultants in the areas of livelihoods, Graduation, and gender whom Development Pathways can engage to work on various assignments, including a team of associate consultants.
  6. Build the reputation of Pathways as a research organisation and undertake research on livelihoods, Graduation, gender and other relevant topics and publish papers that provide innovative, cutting-edge insights. This includes producing regular contributions to “Pathways’ Perspectives,” Development Pathways own publication series, as well as working papers.
  7. Identify experts in livelihoods, Graduation and gender to author Development Pathways’ publications, and oversee production of these articles.
  8. Build relations with a wide range of stakeholders (i.e. governments, development agencies, consultancy firms, etc.) to strengthen Development Pathways’ international reputation, influence development policy, and identify opportunities for further business. This will include representing Development Pathways in international fora.
  9. Support business development by contributing to high quality website content. This is likely to include producing and identifying inputs for the website, such as blogs, news stories, sourcing key resources etc.
  10. Lead on and/or support the design of training programmes on livelihoods, Graduation, gender and broader social policy and deliver training on specific topics.
  11. Manage and mentor junior technical staff.
  12. Continually build self-knowledge and awareness of current trends in livelihoods, Graduation and gender in developing countries. This will include attending relevant training courses, staying up-to-date with the literature, and feeding knowledge back into the company.

Experience, skills and qualifications

  • At least a Masters degree in a subject related to international development.
  • At least seven years’ experience of working in international development.
  • Extensive experience of engaging on livelihoods programmes in South Asia and East Africa.
  • Significant understanding of and experience of working on Graduation programmes in South Asia and in a refugee context.
  • Recognised capability of engaging on gender policy and research
  • Extensive experience of qualitative research, in particular in South Asia and East Africa.
  • Excellent demonstrable writing and communication skills in English; an additional language from the South Asia or East Africa region would be advantageous
  • The ability to work independently and be confident to take initiatives, but also to be an effective and collaborative team member.
  • Excellent team-working and leadership skills.
  • An extensive network in the international development field would be advantageous.

Equality Statement

Equality and diversity is at the core of Development Pathways’ values. In the selection of our staff, we are committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our staff are expected to work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.

How to apply

We invite interested candidates who meet the requirements to email their applications to

 Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter explaining why you are applying for this position, and how your recent relevant experience and skills meet the requirements for this position;
  2. A Curriculum Vitae (maximum of two pages) specifying your qualifications, education and relevant work experience;
  3. One sample of previous written work (for example, a research paper or policy brief);
  4. Names, email addresses and day-time contact numbers for two referees, one of them being your current line manager/supervisor;
  5. Please note that this position is open to those who have the right to reside and work in the UK, so relevant proof of such is expected with the application.

Closing date for this post will be 19th May 2018.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete a brief technical assessment and to participate in an interview.

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