Policy Adviser

Wellcome Trust
£42,000 - £45,000
Closing date: 7 August 2017
Job Type: Paid
We are expanding our Global Policy Team and looking for Policy Advisers to help us deliver Wellcome's policy priorities.

Job description

In one of these roles, you will lead policy projects from inception to delivery, identifying key stakeholders and building their trust to maximise support and address risks in order to deliver projects to deadline and within agreed budgets. 

Your work will be likely to include:

  • identifying the scope of new policy initiatives, proposing and securing agreement to objectives, impact, timetable, milestones, resources required and risks
  • defining and securing agreement for the business case required to deliver these projects
  • working with Wellcome's Communications team to devise and deliver advocacy strategies for these projects, including giving background briefings and media appearances
  • representing Wellcome in forums covering these projects, such as discussion panels at global policy conferences or briefing Wellcome staff
  • reviewing project progress and plans to ensure that risks are being managed and mitigated where possible and that the scope and objectives for the project remain appropriate, working with senior managers to agree changes as appropriate.

Both permanent and fixed term roles are available. We will consider applications for part-time working for at least one of these roles.

Experience & Skills

To succeed as a Policy Adviser, you will need experience of:

  • working on global health policy issues
  • reconciling conflicting priorities to deliver a project, ideally under time pressure
  • preparing policy advice for team leaders and senior officials in complex environments
  • working on communications and advocacy initiatives
  • working with multiple stakeholders.

You will also need to have:

  • strong analytical and critical thinking skills, with the ability to identify key considerations for a given issue or problem and establish work to determine how each should be weighted
  • ability to convene and structure the work of small groups to investigate problems
  • excellent project management skills
  • well-developed written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to influence at all levels
  • strong stakeholder management skills, with the ability to quickly build the trust of high-priority internal and external stakeholders.
  • Equally important will be your ability and willingness to learn more, develop skills and fill gaps in your knowledge, and to support others in doing the same. You will be a self-starter, comfortable working autonomously but with a strong team ethic and also able to work collaboratively in a matrix environment.

About us

We believe great ideas can change the world and improve health for everyone. At Wellcome, we help great ideas to thrive by supporting scientists and researchers, taking on big problems, fuelling imaginations and sparking debate.

Wellcome isn't just a supporter of great ideas; it's a great place to work. We offer excellent benefits and help our employees to develop in an open, respectful culture where differences are valued.

Next steps

If you are talented and passionate about our work and want to use your skills, knowledge and experience to improve health for everyone, then we’d like to hear from you. You can apply using the link below.

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