Job Opportunity: National Engagement Manager

The British Foreign Policy Group (BFPG) is an independent think tank, which seeks to promote understanding and engagement with the UK’s foreign policy, and international affairs more generally. With the conversation around our role in the world more important now than ever, we are now beginning a new phase of expansion –  focusing on political engagement, facilitating public debate, strengthening international networks, and producing robust research.

To help us to achieve this, we are now recruiting for a National Engagement Manager – a confident individual with a passion for foreign policy, who enjoys building networks, and working collaboratively to lead a busy programme of events and activities.

About the Role
The National Engagement programme is a core function and area of growth for the British Foreign Policy Group, and its community-based approach is a distinct point of difference for the organisation. Partly funded by the British Government, its aim is to build a network of stakeholders across the UK who are actively interested and engaged on foreign policy, and to better understand regional interests in international engagement. These stakeholders range from businesses and trade organisations, to cultural institutions, local city councils, universities, and more.

The National Engagement Manager will be the face of the organisation’s presence outside of London, and a critical valve of knowledge exchange and partnerships. They will be responsible for building cohesive and engaged networks in a range of UK cities and towns, facilitating events – both workshops and public debates – and feeding back insights into the BFPG head office in London, to be shared with Government.

The National Engagement Manager will also be responsible for managing the organisation’s day-to-day involvement in co-leading the UK Soft Power Group, a new membership organisation with the UK’s leading cultural institutions, to promote Britain’s soft power assets on the global stage.

At times, for example, during the party conference season, this position will also involve collaboration on events with the Communications and Events Manager.

Role Requirements

  • A confident and entrepreneurial individual, who thrives on building networks with a wide range of organisations and institutions
  • Experience in organising events from end-to-end, including managing suppliers, sourcing venues, and identifying and securing speakers
  • Highly organised and structured mindset, able to juggle multiple projects at the same time
  • The willingness and capacity to travel widely across the UK, including overnight stays as needed
  • Equally adept at working independently and making sound judgements, as well as being a communicative and collaborative team player;
  • Knowledge of, and passion for, international affairs is highly desirable, although a willingness to learn is also appreciated.


Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time role, based in our offices in Mayfair, and with regular regional travel expected, and the possibility of some international travel. Salary is circa £30,000 p.a.

The BFPG offers its staff support and development, flexible working conditions and annual leave, and the opportunity to work closely with a diverse range of leading national and international organisations.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit a CV of no more than two pages, along with a one-page covering letter outlining why your skills, experience and ambitions make you a suitable candidate for this role, to:

Applications will close on 29 September 2019.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the views of the BFPG. The BFPG is an independent not for profit organisation that encourages constructive, informed and considered opinions without taking an institutional position on any issue.
Sophia Gaston

Sophia is the Director of the British Foreign Policy Group.