Job vacancies

Participatory Grant-Making Consultant


NEF is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in research and policy making and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. Further details follow the jobs listed below.


Homes for Us — Participatory Grant-Making Consultant

What is Homes for Us?

Homes for Us is the (provisional) name of a five year long programme of work and public campaign to reverse the decline of social housing in the UK. This will be facilitated and led by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), together with grassroots groups and leaders from the housing movement. A detailed outline of our campaign aims and methods is available on our website.

Your role

It is important to us and for the success of this programme that our work is as beneficial to grassroots groups as possible, giving them tangible resources as well as skills and knowledge. For this purpose, we will be regranting over £200,0000 directly to grassroots groups nationwide, over three years in the form of individual bursaries, local campaigns funds for housing initiatives and a larger fund for national campaigning resources.

In order to ensure this meets a diverse and wide range of groups, and is distributed as fairly and as democratically as possible, we want to set up a participatory grant-making process, which will ultimately place the decision of how to distribute the money in the hands of the movement it is intended to strengthen. This regranting will start towards the end of the second year of our programme, and the process will be ready to launch in October 2023. This is where you come in!

We are seeking proposals from people who have experience building and running participatory grant-making programmes, to work with our Senior Organiser and our Major Programmes Manager to design and set up the participatory grant-making approach for the Homes For Us programme. The appointed consultant would work with us, and activists we work with, on a freelance basis between November 2022 and June 2023.

We have a budget of £7,000 for this work, in addition to expenses. You can be based anywhere in the UK, although some travel to our offices for in-person meetings with ourselves or activists will be necessary.

About you

You will have experience designing and running participatory grant making processes, and a good understanding of the different forms they can take, and you are willing to work with us to impart your knowledge and skill and teach us how to do this right. You will understand the rules in which NEF, as a charity and a re-granter of foundation money, needs to operate. You will have experience facilitating diverse environments in a way which prioritizes the voices and choices of people with lived experience of an issue.

You will be knowledgeable of, and have experience working with, grassroots movements and their dynamics, ideally motivated by your lived experience. Hands-on experience of the housing movement or sector in particular is desirable, but not essential.

Homes for Us summary document

How to submit your proposal
Please email a short CV and a proposal of no more than 2 pages in Word format to recruitment@​neweconomics.​org by 5pm 24 June 2022, outlining how you would approach designing a participatory grant-making process for Homes for Us, and the outcomes you would prioritise. Those shortlisted will be asked for an informal meeting on the 4 July 2022 to discuss your ideas.


Disability confident employerHappy to talk flexible working

NEF is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in research and policy making and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class now or in the past.

We are also aware that many highly capable prospective candidates nonetheless rule themselves out of work in research and policy because they underestimate their own ability to do the role. With this in mind, we strongly encourage applications from anyone who is prepared to learn and grow on the job and would like to stress that past experience of working in think tanks is not required.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. We make use of positive action to select between candidates of equal merit as a way to address under-representation in our workforce.

We recognise that people have commitments and responsibilities outside of work, therefore NEF supports flexible working. We are also open to suggestions of job shares.