Vacancy: Senior Policy and Research Advisor – deadline October 25th, 2022


GMPA is a not-for-profit organisation that works to prevent and reduce poverty across Greater Manchester.

Our vision is of a Greater Manchester free from poverty where all residents can realise their potential and access the benefits of living in a diverse and vibrant city region.

Over the next three years we’ll be working towards our vision by focussing on our three strategic priorities: Boosting household income and financial resilience, ensuring stakeholders in GM embed a strong strategic approach to tackling poverty and embedding the voices of people with lived experience in the decision-making structures and systems of GM.

We are seeking a Senior Policy and Research Advisor to help drive forward our policy and research work, supporting us to achieve even greater impact. We want Greater Manchester to be at the forefront of efforts to prevent and reduce poverty. In this new position, the successful applicant will play a central role in enabling that to happen.

What we’re looking for:

The successful applicant will have a minimum 2 years’ experience in a relevant policy and/or research role. They will have leadership experience and the ability to motivate a team and support GMPA to deliver against our strategic priorities. They will need a good grasp of policy relating to poverty and an understanding of the opportunities to address it locally. They will be able to plan and deliver on a range of policy and research outputs, inline with our three year strategy, and be adept at producing policy and research copy and communicating this to different audiences.

GMPA Senior Policy and Research Advisor – Job Description

How to apply:

To apply, please send a two page CV and covering letter (of no more than three pages) to by 5pm on Tuesday October 25th, 2022. Please note: Your covering letter must address how you meet the items set out in the person specification section of the job description. Applications that fail to do this will not be considered.

Interviews will take place mid to late November.

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Graham Whitham.

As part of our commitment to diversity, we welcome applicants from people with lived experience of poverty people and from people from backgrounds at greater risk of poverty and discrimination.


Location: Combination of home working and working from our office at St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green N, Manchester M12 6FZ with a minimum expectation of 2 days a week spent working from the office.

Contract: 5 days a week (35 hours). Permanent.

Probationary period: 6 months.

Employer: Greater Manchester Poverty Action Limited.

Purpose: To work with the CEO and Policy Officer to lead on the delivery of GMPA’s policy, research and advocacy work.

Salary range: £37,000 to £41,500 pro rata, depending on experience.

Paid annual leave entitlement: 25 days pro-rata (excluding bank holidays)

Line management responsibilities: Management of the Policy Officer and Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Coordinator.

Managed by: Chief Executive Officer.

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