You will be working with our Client’s Policy and Public Affairs team who work at the global level to encourage the adoption of effective policies to prevent cancer and other noncommunicable diseases through healthier diets and body weights, more physical activity and lower levels of alcohol intake.
- Lead on the implementation of the Policy and Public Affairs Department strategic plan, and future development of strategy;
- Ensure coordination and coherence in policy activities;
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of key players and activities relating to cancer, non-communicable disease, nutrition (including overweight and obesity), physical activity and public health policy and advocacy at the international level;
- Develop, manage and maintain existing relationships with key institutions, civil society organisations and high-level policy-makers, including officials in international agencies and governments;
- Manage International relationship with the World Health Organization;
- Establish and maintain new relationships and alliances to further our work which extend our Client’s capacity and influence;
- Be the primary point of contact with external policy stakeholders;
- Ensure key policy and advocacy developments are shared with network staff as appropriate;
- Oversee coordination and collaboration between national policy leads in the UK, Netherlands and United States, taking into account the fact that countries are at different levels of development from a policy perspective;
- Participate in the network conference meetings and contribute to our involvement in conferences globally;
- Provide strategic leadership for our unique Evidence for Policy project;
- Represent by attending meetings/conferences and participate as appropriate to promote our policy positions, including presentations and public speaking engagements;
- Oversee the development and creation of policy publications, such as policy briefs, evidence statements, academic articles, blogs and social media postings (e.g. Twitter/Facebook);
- Manage all relevant budgets and activities within the post holder’s area of responsibility.
- Extensive experience of working in health policy (ideally in an area related to cancer and/or non-communicable disease prevention, or nutrition) and in advocating for this at the international level;
- Proven experience of leading and managing a team (including setting objectives, motivating staff, performance management) and strong team-building skills;
- Knowledge of the evidence for policy and understanding of the policy process;
- Knowledge of the workings of key institutions and international policy processes including the UN system, in particular WHO, but also other relevant agencies and bodies, with contacts and connections that will exert influence to improve policy;
- Demonstrable experience of influencing change at an international level;
- Ability to make good judgements and effectively represent WCRF to external audiences, especially political decision-makers.