Policy and Communications Officer (Obesity Health Alliance)
High levels of obesity is currently one of the biggest public health challenges facing the UK. Working within an established coalition of leading health charities and royal colleges, hosted by Diabetes UK, this role will coordinate policy development and communication activity across the Obesity Health Alliance members. Focusing on policies around food marketing and reformulation, this role is a chance to help influence Government policy to create a healthier environment.
Interview Date: 29 January 2020
- Working closely with the Alliance Lead and policy leads from member organisations to coordinate policy development, research and analysis and stakeholder engagement.
- Producing briefings, reports and consultation responses and building consensus on key issues across the alliance.
- Managing the lived experience panel, ensuring their views are appropriately fed into policy outputs.
- Overseeing communications across the alliance including producing regular updates, overseeing the website and social media plus managing the budget.
The Ideal Candidate
You will have some experience of working in a policy role in a similar organisation – such as a health charity, NHS organisation, Government department and want to develop your career in public health policy.
- Experience of researching and writing reports, briefings and other policy communications materials and comfortable managing multiples projects.
- Experience of using a range of Microsoft office packages and wordpress (desirable)
- Used to working in a team and prepared to take on administrative tasks to support smooth running of the alliance.
- A creative thinker who can propose solutions to policy problems.
The Obesity Health Alliance is hosted by Diabetes UK
What we can offer you:
- Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays
- A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,500 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments)
- Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working
- Discounts on gym membership
- Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life
- Annual season ticket loan (on completion of your probation period)
- Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities
- Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
- Cycle to work scheme (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)
*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.
About the Company
Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time. There are currently 3.8 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes, and 1 million more with undiagnosed Type 2.
We are working to make sure that those affected by diabetes get the best care and support they need to live well with their condition and avoid life-changing complications. We're leading the way by funding critical research, improving healthcare and treatment so we can reach our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.
Diabetes UK staff are motivated and experienced and extremely passionate about helping people affected by diabetes. We have been fighting for people with diabetes for more than 80 years and changed millions of lives thanks to the new treatments, technology and policy changes we've been behind.
But there's more to do. And you can be part of it.
We're a diverse bunch and as a charity we recognise and respect the value of everyone.
We've recently been awarded a One Star Accreditation status by Best Companies. And this year we were named 65th in the top 100 not-for-profit organisations in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list.
We're committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expect all staff and volunteers to actively support this commitment.
We have a vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm. If you’d like to be part of that, why not join us?
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