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Expected hours: Full-time
Location: London, UK
(remote working only available for exceptional candidates unable to relocate)
Payment bracket: £28,00 - £38,000 
Application deadline: 25th June 12pm 
(applicants will be assessed on a rolling basis so please apply as soon as you are able)
Start date: Mid-End August 2021

Animal Ask, a recently formed research organisation is looking to appoint a Head of Research to our team to assist our work in maximising the impact of animal welfare asks. 

Animal Ask was conceived through the 2020 Charity Entrepreneurship Incubation Programme. We aim to support both organisations and individuals in their efforts to reduce farmed animal suffering by providing dedicated research. 

Billions of animals suffer on factory farms every year. The animal advocacy movement has so far done great work to help alleviate animal suffering, building up expertise in both public and corporate campaigns.

The foundation of these campaigns is what is referred to as an ask. This is the specific request for industry, food companies, or the government to improve the welfare of animals in their care e.g. asking the UK government to ban cages for laying hens. These animal welfare asks are implemented over a set period and if successful, can change the lives of millions of animals. However, not all asks are equally impactful - good prioritisation of potential asks can greatly increase the effectiveness of the movement efforts. 


Over the past year we have completed a pilot programme working with two prominent organisations on their ask prioritisation, the results of which could see our optimal recommended asks changing the lives of millions of animals. With your help, we will continue this service alongside the introduction of our new Ask Consultation service. 

Given the impressive level of effort and resources animal advocacy organisations currently put behind each ask, we think that supporting our community in prioritising the best asks is key and you would play an integral role in supporting this mission.

You will be responsible for the project management of our dedicated research programmes which support animal advocacy organisations and policy makers to effectively prioritise their ask considerations. You will act as the spokesperson for the research department and liaise closely with the co-founders to ensure we are reaching our targets and organisational goals.


Responsibilities include:

  • Project management of the research objectives 

  • Leading on the monitoring and evaluation of our research

  • Management of two junior researchers

  • Ensuring the timely delivery of research programmes

  • Generating ask ideas

  • Rapid literature reviews

  • Assessing strength of evidence for a given ask

  • Cost-effectiveness estimates including modelling economic flow through effects of asks

  • Conducting interviews with experts and stakeholders

  • Developing relationships with partners, stakeholders and other leaders in this research field

  • Contributing to the decision on which ask or asks are most impactful 


This job will involve rapid learning and application of knowledge, including technical skills (e.g. conducting literature reviews and creating cost-effectiveness analysis) and domain specific knowledge. This job is a great opportunity for someone looking to lead a department and establish a long-term career in the EA or animal advocacy movement


  • Demonstrable project management experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Highly impact-driven

  • Able to both work autonomously and effectively lead a small team

  • Strong research ability

  • Ability to quickly learn new skills

  • Ability to interpret and critically assess scientific literature 

  • Ability to interpret and critically evaluate studies and statistical analysis 

  • Able to break down large challenges into manageable segments and communicate this clearly to staff 

  • Attention to detail

  • A high degree of reasoning transparency

  • Experience with both empirical and a priori research

  • Fluent in written and spoken English

  • Knowledge of the animal welfare movement

  • Strong work ethic


  • London-based or ability to relocate

  • A confident manager with demonstrable interpersonal skills and experience of managing teams

  • Knowledgeable about effective altruism

  • Experience creating and evaluating cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs)



  • 30 days holiday

  • An impact-driven role with a high counterfactual impact

  • Flexible working hours

  • Experience leading a team at an early-stage nonprofit start-up

  • Shared workspace with a community of talented, dedicated and like-minded staff

The deadline for the application is 12pm on the 25th June 2021.

The application process will consist of:

Application form [deadline 25th June]
Interview (30 mins) [w/c 28th June*]
Task 1 (2.5 hours) [w/c 5th July*]
Task 2 (5 hours) [w/c 12th July*]
Final Interview [w/c 19th July*]

*please note that these are soft timeline predictions and could be subject to change depending on the availability of both internal staff and applicants 

Equal opportunities
Animal Ask is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to maintaining a culture of inclusivity. All suitably-qualified applicants will receive consideration for this post regardless of race, religion, colour, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin or veteran status, as required by UK law. If you need any assistance with your application or have any other related questions about the application, please contact


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