Community Engagement Researcher

8 May 2024

Job specification


Job Title: Community Engagement Researcher

Responsible to: Head of the Advisers Unit

Salary: £31,000 - £32,500 per annum 

Tenure: Fixed term (until the General Election)

Hours: 40 hours per week full-time. 

Location: Westminster, London, with some travel required. Home-working considered


Purpose of job

This is an exciting opportunity to work with our dynamic Political Advisers team in a General Election year. 

This role will be focussed on conducting research and running campaigns on policy areas which are issues of concern to ethnic minority communities, and particularly the Muslim community. 

Your research will generate press coverage that will benefit, promote and support the Liberal Democrats, on both a national and regional level. 

You will work closely with colleagues in the Advisers Unit, particularly those responsible for the Home Affairs, Equalities and Foreign Affairs briefs, as well as with the party’s communications and policy team, as well as our Parliamentary team. 

You will also work closely with our campaigns team, working with them to engage with the needs of ethnic minority communities as we approach the General Election. 

You will build relationships with external organisations, develop your own expertise, and help to formulate new policies.

We are looking for a self-starter who has experience of working in a role focussed on engagement with ethnic minority communities.

You will have good knowledge of UK politics, an understanding of campaigning, the media and sound political judgement. 

We strongly encourage applications from candidates who would need to work flexibly or remotely. Applications are especially encouraged from people in groups that are under-represented in politics.



  1. Conduct research to generate media stories that are able to garner both national and regional coverage to promote, support and benefit the party, with a particular focus on minority communities. 
  2. Work with colleagues in the communications and campaigns departments to provide support to target seat candidates.
  3. Build links with external advocacy and campaign groups in order to promote key issues, campaigns and policy relevant to the party’s priorities.
  4. Work with Political and Parliamentary Advisers to respond to issues relevant to the needs of ethnic minority communities. 
  5. Work with colleagues to develop issue-based campaigns for the party to run.


Person specification


Essential skills and experience

The ideal candidate will be able to show knowledge of, or previous relevant experience that demonstrates:

  • An in-depth understanding of UK politics, and the personal drive to keep constantly up to date and well briefed.
  • Knowledge and experience of working on policy and/or campaigns and/or community engagement.
  • A strong understanding of the UK’s current political environment and how to engage with Liberal Democrat members and with voters.
  • A track record of being able to cover and understand complex and detailed topics.
  • The ability to cope with strict deadlines.
  • An understanding of what’s needed to promote the party’s policies and campaigns across multiple sectors and platforms, including online.
  • A clear commitment to the ideals and values of the Liberal Democrats.

Desirable skills and experience

  • Prior experience of work in politics, public policy, public affairs, campaigns or journalism.
  • Prior experience, knowledge or understanding of the work of the Liberal Democrats.
  • Prior experience, knowledge or understanding of working in a role with a specific focus on engagement with the Muslim community or other minority communities. 


How to Apply

Please complete a diversity monitoring form prior to your application.

For questions and further details, and to submit an application please email: attaching: 

  1. A copy of your CV; including complete work history
  2. A Covering Letter; no more than 2 pages of A4 in length, indicating clearly how your experience and skills meet the criteria stated in the job and person specification. Please also write your name on top of your supporting statement.   
  3. Please ensure we have the means to contact you by phone and email.

We will be reviewing applications as they come in and reserve the right to appoint prior to the closing date

Please note:  We will not be able to employ you if you are not eligible to work in the UK. We will not be able to obtain a work permit on your behalf.

Applicants are encouraged to inform us if any reasonable adjustments are needed to be made during any part of the recruitment process.

We will not notify applicants if their application has been unsuccessful at the shortlisting stage.

The  Party  believes  it  is  essential  to  foster  equity,  equality,  diversion  and  inclusion  within  our workforce.  We  want  our employees  to  thrive  in  an  environment  where  everyone  is  welcome and  supported  to  achieve  their  potential.  It  is  important  to  celebrate  what  makes  us  unique  and that  you  feel  valued,  appreciated  and  free  to  be  who  you  are.


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