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Senior Policy Fellow – Nuclear Risk and Emerging & Disruptive Technologies

Closing date: 7 April 2023

Salary: ELN Grade D1 (£49,088.18)

Location: Applications are open to candidates based in the UK or Germany. The position is remote but with options for coworking with colleagues and in-person team gatherings roughly every 8 weeks. Travel for business is also to be expected.

Contract type: Full-time; 37.5-hours per week (opportunities for flexible working considered)


Purpose of Role:

To help ensure that ELN is influential and effective in building better security for Europe through an innovative, well evidenced, and practical policy agenda. Our Senior Policy Fellows take a lead on specific policy areas, undertake research, and develop pragmatic policy solutions to tackle the gravest risks to European security in the areas where we can make the greatest difference.

The Senior Policy Fellow role plays a key part in building ELN’s influence and impact by using their policy development to inform government decision making, publications, events, public relations work, and mobilisation of our networks. The job requires high levels of policy acumen and knowledge as well as the ability to identify pragmatic solutions and communicate these effectively.

This position will primarily lead a wide programme of work; exploring impact of EDTs on nuclear risk and strategic stability and develop pragmatic policy proposals to mitigate associated risks. Other projects may also be allocated to this position.


Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Produce pragmatic, real world policy solutions that are underpinned by high-quality, robust research.
  • Scrutinise emerging policy developments and assess their likely applicability to ELN objectives, strategy and mission and our broader interest in European security.
  • Lead individual and significant programmes of work (£500K+ budget) that meet their objectives within budget and agreed timescales. This will involve fundraising, programme planning, management of resources and programme evaluation / reporting. The position holder, if applicable to the programme, will also be expected to oversee the organisation and management of events, conferences, and overseas high-level delegation visits with a focus on designing the event objectives, agenda and suggested speakers.
  • Meet agreed fundraising targets and deliver objectives that meet and satisfy the funders with the programme’s outcomes.
  • Articulate and produce well-written policy briefings, publications, and articles that further ELN’s aims and reputation.
  • Work with the Impact team in effective reach on policy work delivered through a range of government contacts, networks, and media channels.
  • Identify and nurture opportunities for network members and consulting fellows to be involved in the delivery and execution of research and policy, actively working to ensure the network’s engagement in, and alignment with, and activism on our policy agenda.
  • Develop and manage strategic relationships and partnerships that enhance ELN’s ability to influence and shape global security policy.
  • Support the development and delivery of ELN’s overall mission and strategy through development of well evidenced research and policy.
  • Be willing to undertake any other duties and responsibilities commensurate with the post.


Applicant requirements and how to apply


Deadline: Friday, 7 April 2023.


Please see attached PDF for the full person specification, detailing the essential and desirable experience for the position, and expanding on the position’s responsibilities and accountabilities.


  • To apply, please email your CV to: [email protected].
  • The position is open to applicants with permit to work in the UK or Germany.
  • ELN are committed to creating a diverse environment and becoming an equal opportunity employer. Therefore, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.
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