Vacancy: Policy Fellow

Full-time, one year with possibility for extension; 6 months probation period

Salary: £30,500 – £37,000

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, early applications are encouraged. Application deadline 27 June 2021.

Submit applications (CV, cover letter and two writing samples) via email to [email protected] with ‘Policy Fellow (June 2021)’ in the subject line.

Please note that you must have the right to work in the UK.

In the first instance, the role will be remote due to COVID-19. Circumstances allowing, there may be the opportunity to be based in an office.



BASIC promotes meaningful dialogue amongst governments and experts in order to build international trust, reduce nuclear risks, and advance disarmament. We envision a world that uses cooperative measures, rather than the threat or use of force, to achieve peace and security. This world will be achieved by taking steps that promote mutual security at the international, regional, national, and individual levels, and sustained through resilient international norms and law.


Role Description

The successful candidate will become an important part of a vibrant and growing think tank team. This role offers the exceptional opportunity to become a core team member working on a range of exciting projects. The appointed person will be expected to be able to carry out project delivery as well as contribute to the development of new projects, including idea development and fundraising. In the first instance, fundraising is going to be a big part of this role.

The Policy Fellow will need to have a good general knowledge of global security and conflict resolution, and a demonstrable ability to design and carry out project management and research to a high standard. We would prefer applicants to have specific knowledge of nuclear weapons issues and an interest in the impact of technologies on security.

Day-to-Day Responsibilities

  1. Programme delivery 

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Manage project timelines, budgets, and reporting requirements
  • Write high-quality, policy-relevant research reports, op-eds and briefings
  • Organise international roundtables, workshops and other events with track 1 and 2 participants
  • Manage relationships with stakeholders and build BASIC’s network and reputation
  • Independently represent BASIC at international meetings
  1. Fundraising

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Build our programmes, by independently and confidently scoping funding opportunities
  • Develop new and existing relationships with funders
  • Write and edit funding applications
  1. Communications

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use online and offline communications skills to promote our / their work
  • Confidently use online social media platforms, and if possible, press contacts
  1. Office support

Applicants will need to be able to support the running of the organisation and colleagues with a range of administrative tasks wherever required.

Role Requirements





Educated to Master’s level



2-7 years of work experience in a think tank, research institute, NGO, foundation or government working on international security issues



Passion and commitment to our organisational mission of promoting dialogue to advance global security



Demonstrated ability and track record in leading the creative development and delivery of policy projects in the UK or internationally, including budgeting and reporting



Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders from a variety of professional and cultural backgrounds and with broad variations in seniority and function



Excellent analytical and methodological skills, and an organised approach to research



Well-developed interpersonal skills, including evidence of working successfully as part of a team



Previous fundraising experience



Experience organising policy roundtables and workshops



Willingness to travel internationally when required



Strong organisational skills and an eye for detail




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