What is a Public Policy Consultant?

Public Policy Consultant Job Description 

Public policy consultants use their understanding of the political system to offer public policy advice to their clients, which may include private companies, trade associations, charities, not-for-profit organizations and foreign governments. 


Public policy consultants must maintain current knowledge of relevant political developments in order to properly advise clients on possible responses. Information regarding political developments is sought from personal contacts, media sources and political intelligence and monitoring.


Public policy consultants must identify stakeholders in the decision making process at local, regional, national and international levels and maintain relationships with these individuals and groups in order to assist clients with promoting their interests effectively. 



Typical Job Duties

• Monitor information sources such as reports of proceedings from the House of Commons, government departments, non-governmental organizations, and other bodies

• Keep clients informed of any developments in their field

• Write newsletter, briefs, campaign materials and press releases

• Identify key stakeholders and build relationships with them

• Maintain relationships with existing stakeholders

• Effectively respond to public policy threats and opportunities

• Respond to requests for information


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