VACANCY: Policy & Research Manager


ENS is seeking a Policy & Research Manager to lead the organisation’s Policy Team for 12 months (maternity cover). This is a great opportunity to work at the forefront of one of the most pressing human rights issues.

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The successful candidate will lead our policy development and advocacy, legal, research, and training functions, to monitor, inform and advocate for effective law, policy, and practice across the region as it impacts on diverse stateless people and those at risk of statelessness.

We are looking for someone with senior level policy, research, and project management experience in a similar role in an NGO environment. They will have an expert understanding of the working methods and advocacy channels of European and international institutions (including the European Union, Council of Europe, and United Nations) and significant experience leading projects to affect change on statelessness or related nexus areas such as child rights, refugee and migrant rights, and/or Roma and minority rights. 

With line-management responsibility for the Legal Policy Coordinator and Policy & Advocacy Officer, the postholder will work closely with the Senior Management Team to manage projects addressing a wide range of issues relating to people affected by statelessness and nationality problems in Europe. They will conduct and supervise legal and/or policy analysis, draft policy papers and submissions, design and develop policy, research, and advocacy projects, facilitate training, represent ENS at advocacy meetings and events, and contribute to the work of the team in other areas, such as campaigning and community engagement. Working in a small charity, the role requires an individual capable of thinking strategically, managing a busy and fast-paced workload, and being hands-on on a day-to-day basis.

The postholder will be contributing positively to our dynamic organisational ethos and cross-team working where all ideas are valued, and innovation is encouraged. They will be able to fit well into a fast-paced and demanding environment with an international focus. We are looking for someone with the ability to bring their experience and skills and adapt and integrate quickly and effectively into the team. The role represents an exciting opportunity for candidates with the necessary aptitude, flexibility, and ambition, as well as a commitment to work with stateless people across Europe to improve their lives.

We particularly welcome applications from stateless (or formerly stateless) individuals, people from a migrant, refugee or minority background, and other under-represented groups.

Making an application

Before applying please read the full role description.

To apply, candidates should send a completed application form with a recent example of a written policy output to no later than Monday 13 June 2022 (9am UK time), stating “Policy & Research Manager” in the subject heading. For questions about the role, contact ENS Director, Chris Nash (

Candidates are also encouraged to fill out an Equality and diversity form. Your co-operation in completing this form is greatly appreciated, but not mandatory. Any information you provide is treated in strictest confidence and does not form part of your application.

Regrettably, due to the large number of applications we usually receive, it is not possible to write to you should you not be shortlisted for an interview. If you have not heard from us within 20 days of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion. 

Interviews are scheduled to be conducted on Wednesday 23 June 2022.