Senior External Relations Advisor/ Consultant

The UK has a once in a lifetime opportunity to ensure its post-Brexit trade policy is aligned with its commitments on the SDGs, climate and the environment - join us to help make this a reality. This post is advertised as a part-time senior external relations advisor, however we are also open to proposals to deliver the work on a consultancy basis. TJM's offices are in London but all staff are currently working from home and flexible working will be offered as a normal part of working with TJM in future.

About the role

The Senior External Relations Advisor’s role is to help us ensure TJM’s trade justice messages continue to be heard in the new political environment. The key activities are to:

  • Conduct research and analysis to inform TJM’s external relations work.
  • Develop a strategy for and help TJM to build our reputation for strong expertise and analysis and ability to work with a diversity of organisations and politicians.
  • Lead the development of TJM’s external messaging in order to influence politicians and a wider range of stakeholders.
  • Develop strategies for and help to expand TJM’s networks, deepening relationships with some organisations and expanding our reach.
  • Support TJM staff to implement the above.

Working with a small team, you will need both a strong ability to develop innovative strategies in the areas identified, manage your time and work plan and to be proactive in developing networks. This is an exciting opportunity to make a big impact as the UK develops its independent trade policy.

Role Description

Development of External Relations

  • Lead a review of TJM’s external relations, including identifying key audiences and testing messaging with them. Work with the TJM team to refresh our messaging to increase impact over the coming four years.

Network Development

  • Support TJM to expand its networks, deepening some existing relationships and broadening our reach.
  • Deliver a review of TJM’s membership and membership structures and refresh our systems.


  • Develop strategies for media communications and support TJM to deliver. This might include promoting TJM’s research or responding to developments in policy or trade negotiations.
  • Support the development of TJM’s media network.
  • Develop strategies for impactful communications among TJM’s networks of member and partner organisations and in parliament.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Establish and maintain good monitoring systems against project aims and manage end of project evaluation.

How to Apply

Applications should be sent by email to Ruth Bergan at recruitment[at]

The closing date for applications is 7th December 2020.

Interviews will be held on 15th December by Zoom, and candidates should keep this day free. We aim to invite candidates to interview by 9th December.

Your application should consist of:

  • A CV of not more than 2 pages, including educational and professional qualifications, a full employment history showing the most significant positions, responsibilities held and relevant achievements.
  • A cover letter of not more than 2 pages outlining your motivation and interest in this role, and describing how your skills, experience and knowledge make you qualified for this role. Please ensure you address the key competencies outlined above.
  • A completed equal opportunities form (below).
  • Organisations or individuals wishing to apply on a consultancy basis should in addition to the above outline in no more than two pages the approach that would be taken to this work.

Full information available in the recruitment pack.