New Vacancy: Director

We are looking for the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict’s next Director. This is an exciting role, and we’re looking for a driven individual who has a real passion for the Group’s overarching aims: championing the protection of civilians in conflict as a cross-departmental priority; ensuring the government adheres to the rule of law in spirit and letter; and strengthening the role of Parliament and Parliamentarians in scrutinising policy and holding the government to account for UK and partnered military operations.

The Director runs the day-to-day work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones and Modern Conflict. They will lead the development and execution of the Group’s strategy and activities, subject to agreement with the Group’s Officers. The Director will also establish and effectively manage the Group’s relationship with its Members, other Parliamentarians, and the APPG’s comprehensive Expert Network. The Director is responsible for upholding and expanding the Group’s expertise, membership and prominence.

This is a flexible position that suits remote working with meetings taken in Parliament. We are not able to sponsor visas for applicants. This position would suit people in a variety of different stages of their life and career.

We encourage people who might think twice before applying, including those from minority ethnic groups, with disabilities, and from the LGBTQ+ community, and anyone whose talent and experience might not be reflected in paid professional roles and formal qualifications.

About the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict:

The APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict is an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) established in 2012. The Group is cross-party, non-partisan and cross-House and works on upholding parliamentary scrutiny of the UK’s use of drones and military force, its military assistance and partnerships, the protection of civilians in conflict and upholding the international rules-based order. In the past two years, the scope and work of the Group has expanded, looking comprehensively at the implications of drone use combined with other ‘remote’ measures, such as conventional airstrikes, explosive weapons in populated areas, covert Special Forces operations and partner assistance, enabling comprehensive examination of the implications of current approaches to security challenges. The Group has 6 Officers, 66 official members, a range of active non-registered MPs and Lords, and an expert network of 110+ individuals and organisations.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with APPG Members to set and fulfil the strategic direction of the APPG, coordinate, direct, oversee and contribute to in depth research and analysis for the APPG on a wide range of issues relating to civilian protection and modern conflict; this may involve identifying and managing consultants on an ad hoc basis
  • Expand the reach, and promote the agenda, of the APPG in Parliament and outside- identify and develop relationships with key parliamentarians, government departments, members of staff, other APPGs, Select Committees and stakeholders for collaboration and partnership opportunities; recruit and retain new members
  • To support members of the APPG in promoting the agenda of the Group by contributing to speeches, parliamentary questions, tabling debates, writing letters and other activity on issues related to the agenda of the APPG
  • Represent the APPG and engage at a national and international level with policy makers, Government departments, NGOs and journalists to disseminate the APPGs work and explore areas for collaboration
  • Project manage the current grant, including periodic reporting, ensuring that progress is made against grant objectives and managing the budget delivery;
  • Identify and obtain new funding to continue the work of the APPG – this will be a significant early responsibility
  • Ensure the APPG complies with the APPG rules set by the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Person Specification

Essential Experience:

  • Experience of working in Parliament and good knowledge of UK parliamentary processes. (An existing professional network of Parliamentary contacts would be desirable.)
  • A comprehensive understanding of I) the changing character of conflict, II) civilian protection III) the UK’s response to security threats and vulnerabilities overseas, and IV) the risks, challenges and opportunities herein. Existing expertise on modern conflict, civilian protection, military technology and emerging issues, human security, and holistic approaches to peace and security, are highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of I) international and domestic legal frameworks governing the use of military force and upholding human rights II) critical policy issues relevant to modern conflict and the protection of civilians,  III) challenges when it comes to UK Parliamentary scrutiny, oversight and accountability for UK military action and partner assistance.
  • Experience managing staff, organisational finances and project management.
  • Experience securing funding, including seeking new avenues of funding, building and developing relationships with funders, writing successful funding applications, managing a funding relationship. (Existing professional funding network is desirable)
  • Experience managing grants, including periodic reporting, managing grant objectives and budget.

Professionalism and Integrity:

  • Attention to detail and excellent time management
  • Ability to work and deliver under pressure with tight deadlines
  • Capable of navigating political sensitivities with neutrality, impartiality and confidentiality
  • Excellent diplomatic, networking and persuasion skills, including consensus-building skills.

Communication Skills:

  • Excellent spoken and written English; capable of communicating complex information and issues to a range of audiences.
  • Experience of engaging with senior staff within Parliament, Government, NGOs and Civil Society.
  • Exceptional relationship management and presentation skills: ability to think clearly and deliver a presentation or key point credibly, fluently and effectively
  • Event planning and management experience
  • Basic IT skills, good knowledge of social media and website management (desirable).

Personal Attributes:

  • Ability to assimilate and understand complex information and issues, including legislation and other policy documents and research findings.
  • Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and under own initiative
  • Ability to make independent judgements and to make and defend recommendations
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders across different sectors

Consultancy terms

  • Consultancy fee £165-£180 per day (£34k – £38k Pro Rata 4 days and £42,900 – £47,580 Full Time Equivalent) to be agreed dependent on experience.
  • 4 days per week (with the option of three days per week).
  • Initial post to October 2025 with availability to extend and recruit supporting staff, subject to funding.

 Closing Date: Applications will be rolling until the position is filled, so we encourage you to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Interview: First round of interviews w/c 22 August

Application Details

Please apply in writing with a CV (2 x A4 max), cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the person specification (2 x A4 max) and relevant (ideally non-academic) writing sample (1 x A4 max) to: guptaab@parliament.uk and molyneuxc@parliament.uk. Applicants should entitle their email: ‘Application for APPGDMC Director (+ add full name)’.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the role or application process, please feel free to contact Aditi Gupta (guptaab@parliament.uk) or Camilla Molyneux (molyneuxc@parliament.uk).

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