The APPG for Future Generations is hiring
Role: Parliamentary Coordinator
Working with: All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations
Start date: ASAP
Duration: Funding available for 1½ years
Working pattern: Full time. (Part time and flexible working applications accepted.)
Location: Westminster, London
Salary: £29,000 – £37,000 depending on experience.
Come work in Parliament and join the growing team looking to tackle political short-termism. This role offers a unique opportunity to bring together some of the smartest minds and most influential individuals to address one of the key challenges of our times: shaping a political system that can look forward and deal with the risks and possibilities of rapid environmental and technological change.
ABOUT THE APPG
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Future Generations creates a space in Parliament for cross-party dialogue on combating short-termism, raises long-term policy issues – including those that pose an existential risk to humanity – and advocates for ways to internalise concern for future generations into today’s policy making. The APPG supports Parliamentarians through: running events in Parliament, network building, researching and issuing reports on long-term policy making, supporting and campaigning for relevant bills, providing expert briefings and advocating for change.
The APPG was set up in 2018 by two university students working with preeminent scientist, Lord Martin Rees. The secretariat is affiliated with the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER).
The APPG’s current focus includes:
Working with the APPG’s Chair, Bambos Charalambous MP, to run an inquiry into long-termism in policy making. Details here.
Maintaining a focus on technology and risk. See our past events here.
Coordinating the APPG for Future Generations involves:
Strategy and direction setting. This is a small project looking to make as much change in the world as possible. Ultimately you will have the space and responsibility to set the direction for this work, find allies and drive change.
Coordinating Parliamentary events. You will invite experts in relevant fields to speak, and invite MPs, Peers, parliamentary staff and relevant others to attend the APPG’s parliamentary events.
Communications and outreach. You will coordinate regular updates to members of the APPG, arrange meetings with interested MPs and engage with the press to build the public profile of the APPG.
Policy influencing. You will raise the profile of the long-term perspective in policy-making, working through Parliamentary allies (to ask Parliamentary questions, start debates, send letters to Ministers, etc) and through public campaigning.
Policy research. You will work alongside academic experts, including those at CSER, to research policy solutions to some of the most important long term challenges facing the UK.
Our ideal candidate would have:
- A strong commitment to the future of humanity, and a developed understanding of some of the long term risks and challenges humanity faces.
Experience in parliamentary work or lobbying, or a relevant similar field for example in think tanks, advocacy, civil service, fundraising, event organising.
The drive to take on and run a complex start-up project. They would be highly self-directed and capable of taking on various operational tasks.
The ability to influence others, to network with people in positions of leadership and to work with them to drive change.
An understanding of policy and the challenges of good policy making.
The APPG welcomes applications from all sections of society. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of age, race, religion, belief, disability, sexual orientation and other characteristics. If you have a disability or additional need that requires accommodation, please do not hesitate to let us know. Part time and flexible working applications accepted.
Please send an email to email@example.com including:
A copy of your CV
Answers to the questions below
What is one Government policy you would focus on changing and why? (Maximum 250 words)
How would you drive forward change to that policy? Make reference to your personal skill set. (Maximum 150 words)
How familiar are you with existential risk research / CSER / effective altruism / etc? (Maximum 50 words)
Why do you want the job and how do your skills and experience match the job description? (Maximum 500 words)
With Question 1 we will be looking for evidence of your ability to choose and set direction and your understanding of policy making. With question 2 we will look for evidence that you have an idea of how to influence policy and understand how your own strengths and weaknesses might play a role in the approach you take. Applications will be sifted solely on the questions and CV, there is no need for an additional cover letter.
Deadline for applications: Sunday 8 March 2020 (end of day).
Interviews to take place from Monday 16 March.
Do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact Sam Hilton on:
07932 485 772
AGM for the APPG for Future Generations, Feb 2020. Including Bambos Charalambous MP (APPG Chair), Lord John Bird (APPG co-chair, founder of the big issue); and Caroline Lucas MP (APPG officer).
Photography by Louise Haywood-Schiefer