Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer

  • British Red Cross
  • Moorfields, London
  • Charity/NGO
  • 22 mins remaining

Salary: Circa £ 35,000 per annum 

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer to join the team and to make a significant contribution to the furthering of our advocacy aimed at securing policy and practice change.

About the role

The Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer will lead key projects and workstreams within the newly-shaped health and social care team within the policy, research and advocacy department. The work of the team covers our priority policy and advocacy areas closely linked to our operations and organisational ambitions: independent living, ambulance support, mobility aids and first aid (education and health).

You will undertake relevant policy development and ensure the experiences of the people we support are reflected throughout our policy and advocacy work.

You will design and deliver creative and impactful advocacy campaigns using the most appropriate methods, from quiet diplomacy to engaging supporters in action.

You will also act as an expert adviser on matters of health and social care and crisis response as they relate to the work and reach of the British Red Cross.

It will be essential for the Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer to work closely and collaboratively within the team and with colleagues in our operations directorate and in our services, to ensure the work is closely tied to our operational experience and our strategic objectives.

About the team

The health and social care policy and advocacy team reflects our significant operational footprint across health, social care and crisis response. Externally, this team will be charged with creating and taking the opportunities for the British Red Cross to become thought leaders in this space, as well as service providers. This represents a significant shift and reflects the organisation’s strategic aims in this area.

The health and social care team is led by a senior manager, with two senior officers and one officer. The policy, research and advocacy department is headed by the Director of Policy and Advocacy and the health and social care team sits alongside a refugees and asylum policy and advocacy team, a UK-wide public affairs team and a policy research team.

The policy, research and advocacy department sits within the communications and engagement directorate which tells the stories about who we are, what we do, what we believe, and the difference we make to people’s lives – so that both externally and internally people act, behave, or make decisions in a way that results in a positive change for people in crisis.

About the person

Educated to a degree level or equivalent with a qualification or experience in public/social policy, social work, politics or similar, the successful candidate should have:

  • Knowledge of the health and social care landscape
  • Experience using advocacy related to one or more of the policy areas of relevance to the British Red Cross (e.g. health and social care, emergency response, refugees and asylum, first aid), to deliver policy or practice change
  • Experience of providing strategic and tactical political and/or policy advice, including to senior management.
  • Experience of using evidence to inform policy development.
  • Experience of running successful and impactful campaigns to influence policy / decision makers / opinion formers

Closing date for applications is 23:59 on 19th of February 2018 with first stage interviews scheduled to take place on the 23rd of February 2018.

About the organisation 

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts. Our volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport. We also teach first aid skills.

The British Red Cross is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences – including disabled and ethnic minority candidates. This is to contribute to the breadth of experience we need to respond to people in crisis.

The British Red Cross, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).

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