Policy and Development Officer with Carnegie UK

Location: Dunfermline / Remote (Hybrid working)

Salary: £25,000-£35,000 per annum (Depending on Experience) 

Full-time (35 hours per week) 

Duration: 8-month fixed-term contract

Closing Date: Wednesday 22 September 2021, noon 

Interviews will take place on 30 September and 1 October

About the Company 

“Carnegie UK is an endowed charitable foundation, set up in 1913 by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Our purpose is to improve the well-being of people in the UK and Ireland. 

For us, well-being means everybody having what they need to live together well, now and in the future. We believe collective wellbeing happens when social, economic, environmental and democratic wellbeing outcomes are seen as being equally important and are given equal weight. In 2021, we launched our Strategy For Change, setting out our vision and strategic priorities for the coming years. 

We work in ways that reflect our organisational values: 

• motivated by change

• challenging

• kind

• collaborative.”

You can learn more about Carnegie HERE.

The Role 

Carnegie is looking for a Policy and Development Officer to join their team. The successful candidate will support the development and delivery of a range of high-quality programme activities including research, policy, practice development and advocacy as assigned by managers.

You will be expected to support the delivery and continuous improvement of Carnegie UK’s external communications, including publications, social media and (physical and or virtual) events.

The postholder will have a varied project portfolio. that will reach across a range of policy areas and exploring the social, economic, environmental, and democratic factors that affect wellbeing. They will have the opportunity to work with a range of different stakeholders, from politicians to practitioners, in programmes that achieve impact across the jurisdictions of the UK and Ireland.  Successful candidates will therefore have strong transferable skills in analysis, communications, relationship building and stakeholder and project management.

This is a fixed-term role, which will provide staffing cover during a period of maternity leave.

More detail about the Carnegie UK’s Strategy for Change and their role as a wellbeing organisation is available at www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk

‘Carnegie UK is strongly committed to encouraging and supporting a diverse workforce and we have a programme of work in the train to improve our practice and understanding in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We especially welcome applications from all in the community who can contribute to the further diversification of experiences, ideas and perspectives.’

The main purpose of the job:

To support the development and delivery of high-quality programme activities (which may include research, policy, practice development and advocacy) as assigned by managers.

To support the development and delivery of a range of practices in Carnegie UK in order to achieve their organisational priorities.

To support the delivery and continuous improvement of Carnegie UK’s external communications, including publications, social media and events.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing plans for the effective delivery of projects.
  • Coordinating with team members to complete projects on time and budget
  • Developing subject matter knowledge and stakeholder networks’
  • Undertaking or supporting colleagues or contractors to undertake research, advocacy, and practical tasks that support programme aims.’
  • Building and maintaining relationships- with all stakeholders
  • Creation of original content such as blogs, consultation responses, reports, and events , individually or as part of a team.


Carnegie is looking for a  professional with strong transferable skills in analysis, communications and stakeholder and project management. You should be an early career professional looking to work in a generalist policy environment where you can learn a lot and work with diverse stakeholder groups. The ideal person will be a confident and well-motivated individual. Ideally, you will be educated to degree level or relevant professional experience which demonstrates a knowledge of social/political / policy issues.


  • Experience in managing and delivering specific projects or programmes on time and to budget. 
  • Ability to demonstrate a clear understanding of the themes of Carnegie UK’s work.
  • Understanding and experience of using a range of advocacy approaches to achieve change.
  • Understanding of partnership working and the importance of developing relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines whilst working across multiple projects.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure

It would be a bonus if you:

  • Can demonstrate an understanding and experience of using a variety of project management methodologies effectively
  • Have more than 3 years of experience in a similar role
  • Have experience of working at Devolved or UK level

If you have any questions about this role or the organisation please contact jobs@aai-employability.org.uk.  Please do not under any circumstances contact the employer directly as doing so may negatively impact your employment opportunity. 


The closing date for applications is 22 September 2021 at 12 noon.

Please submit a CV and tailored cover letter through the AAI EmployAbility online application form on our website. Examples of what we expect in an application can be found HERE.

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We DO NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.

Successful candidates must, by the start of employment, have permission to work in the UK.


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