Policy & Influencing Manager - Impact on Urban Health

Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation - London, United Kingdom


Tasks: Communication

Topics: Empower & Participate, Urban Transformation

Type: Full-time

Experience required:

Language: English is sufficient

Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation – LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

apply before September 26th in 2022


We’re looking for a Policy and Influencing Manager to help us achieve our ambition to improve urban health in the UK and beyond. 

Policy and Influencing is a fast-developing function at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation, established to turbo-charge our influence on decision-making to improve urban health and health inequity. Working across the organisation – in particular with colleagues leading our urban health programmes – the Policy and Influencing function uses the insight generated by our programmes to build our networks, raise the profile of the issues we work on and influence policy development. 

We are looking for an experienced policy and public affairs professional to lead our influencing on two of our Impact on Urban Health programmes (currently Health Effects of Air Pollution, Childhood Obesity, Multiple Long Term Conditions and Children’s Mental Health). You will work with our Programme Directors and their teams to develop compelling influencing strategies for each programme, and deliver policy and influencing activity to achieve these strategies. We are looking for someone who enjoys testing new ways of working as we explore how we can best achieve impact, whether acting alone or with our partner organisations: this is a rare opportunity to work in a genuinely innovative organisation that is able to test new approaches and is willing to take risks. 

You will enjoy working on complex and of the moment policy issues, developing in depth expertise on the Programmes you will work on, horizon scanning and spotting opportunities for influence, and sharing this expertise and insight with colleagues. In particular, you will advise Programme Team colleagues on the development of investment partnerships, taking the lead on investment partnerships with a particular influencing focus. This might involve commissioning original research to support our policy development process, working with partner organisations to design campaigning partnerships, or funding others to trial new ways of involving communities impacted by health inequity in the policy decision-making process.

You will work with the Head of Policy and Influencing (Impact on Urban Health) on Parliamentary and Government engagement for your programmes, and will work very closely with Communications Managers assigned to each programme to create impactful communications to influence. 

You’ll be excited by the opportunity to work at an organisation that prioritises diversity, equity and inclusion in all we do, whether in term of the impact we seek to have in the external world on health equity, but also in the ways we work. As Policy and Influencing Manager, this may mean working with partners to explore who we can support their own influencing activity, designing research and policy reports that bring the voice of people most impacted by the issues we work on to the debate or exploring ways to develop our own policy positions in an inclusive and equitable way. 

You will be a team player, who enjoys working in a matrix across multiple teams within the organisation.

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