We are looking for TWO Senior Policy Advisers with a keen interest in health policy to work within our dedicated Policy & Campaigns Team and the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.
One of these Policy Advisor roles will focus on research and healthcare. The other role has a more generalist brief which will cover other issues of relevance to people living with MND, such as welfare support and accessible housing. Please see the job descriptions for full details of each vacancy.
Following our success with the United to End MND and Scrap 6 Months campaigns, as a Policy Adviser, you will help to build upon those successes with the team, taking these campaigns, and others forward; ensuring that our work makes a substantial difference to people living with and effected by MND.
You will be responsible for identifying, researching, and developing policy positions on a range of public issues important to the MND Association. Acting as a representative to external stakeholders, including government, private contractors in welfare, academics, think tanks, charities, and professional bodies. Keeping up to date with policy developments is vital as you support work to influence decision-makers.
These roles will see you manage the Association's policy areas, leading on engagement, setting the agenda, deciding priorities, and taking them forward to improve Government policy.
What are we looking for?
You will need to understand UK political systems, including Government departments, Westminster, and the Devolved Nations as the scope of these roles covers England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
We are looking for knowledge of current health, disability and welfare policy structures, ways of working, and related issues. You will also have experience of outcome-focussed research and policy development and analysis.
Your key skills will include strong analytical and research skills, the ability to analyse and comment on complex issues, good interpersonal, influencing and negotiation, and excellent communication.
The role is described in more detail in the job description and under additional information.
How to apply?
Please submit a supporting statement no longer than one side of A4 that demonstrates how you meet the following areas of the role.
Familiarity with UK political systems, including Government departments, Westminster, and the devolved nations.
Experience of undertaking outcome-focussed research and policy development and analysis.
Ability to represent the MND Association to outside audiences in a professional manner.
Where experience is asked for, please give one example showing what you did and what it achieved. Where we require evidence of ability, please explain in your supporting statement either how you would approach that particular competency or give an example to support your suitability.
We are open to receiving applications via alternative methods, for example if you would like to apply via video or audio format, please send your recorded application, ensuring you cover the supporting statement aspect,
The MND Association was founded in 1979. Our mission is to improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers. We also fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments and brings us closer to a cure for MND. The Association also campaigns and raises awareness so the needs of people with MND, and everyone who cares for them, are recognised, and addressed by wider society.
We operate a hybrid working environment, together with a high level of trust and performance driven culture, we give staff the freedom and flexibility to work in the best way for them, the Association and, most importantly, people with MND. We are open to discussing the possibility of variable hours, remote or home working, flexible start, and finish times etc.
We are committed to equality and value diversity. We are working hard to remove perceived and actual barriers to participation for people with and affected by MND, current and future staff, volunteers, and stakeholders.
Please submit your application as soon as possible; due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we reserve the right to close any adverts before the closing date once we have received sufficient applications.
Our selection process will be multi-stage; this may include video call screening, and competency-based interview/s.
We are committed to the Disability Confident scheme and as such, guarantee interviews for disabled applicants that meet the requirements of the role. Reasonable adjustments can be made as required.
We request that recruitment agencies do not contact us in relation to this role and do not accept speculative CVs from recruitment agencies/ head-hunters