Salary: £31,605

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Full time – 35 hours per week

Holidays: 25 days plus bank holidays. Staff additionally get a day off on their birthday and our office is closed between Christmas and New Year.

Pension: Employee contributions to pension are matched 1:1 by Results up to a maximum of 5% of gross salary. 

Benefits: Cycle scheme, interest free travel card loan and Employee Access Programme

Line Manager: Head of Parliamentary Advocacy

Location: Results UK works hybridly with most staff coming into the office 2 days a week but other working patterns are possible. Our office is in Millbank Tower, London, SW1P 4QP.

Starting date: This role is available immediately

Role description

Results UK has a long and successful history of engaging with UK parliamentarians around international development issues and providing them with the briefings and questions they need to raise these issues in parliament.  As the Parliamentary Advocacy Officer for Child Health, you will lead our parliamentary work on global child health issues (routine immunisation and polio eradication in particular) in line with our new strategy and commitment to equity.  You will have a good understanding of how the UK Parliament works and how to engage parliamentarians in our issues.  

You will lead relationships with UK parliamentarians around child health, including providing the Secretariat for the APPG Vaccinations for All.

Key responsibilities

Parliamentary advocacy

  • Working with the Head of Parliamentary Advocacy and others in the organisation to develop and implement a high impact and politically astute advocacy strategy for child health.
  • Alongside the specific child health strategy, contribute to the development of Results’ overarching parliamentary advocacy strategy, working closely with the Head of Parliamentary Advocacy and other members of the team.
  • Lead on the parliamentary work on child health for Results UK, by building and strengthening relationships with MPs and Peers that result in their championing the end of poverty, specifically on child health, and building support for child health and vaccination interventions.
  • Provide the secretariat function to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Child Health. The APPG secretariat/coordinator function includes guiding the Group’s work programme and activities, arranging meetings and events, corresponding with the APPG Officers and Members, briefing MPs and Peers to ask questions or speak in parliamentary debates and representing the Group externally, for example with the FCDO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, UNICEF and others.
  • Lead the planning, delivery and evaluation of Parliamentary Delegations to other countries and advocacy tours to the UK, working with the relevant Policy Advocacy Officer and others in the Parliamentary Team.
  • Work closely with the Grassroots Advocacy Team to ensure parliamentary and grassroots campaigning activity is coordinated and the greatest impact is achieved between the relationships our grassroots campaigners build with their local MPs, and the work led from the office to support MPs in Parliament.
  • Ensure our parliamentary advocacy and relationships always remain non-partisan and cross-party, in line with our charitable aims and objectives.

Partners and coalitions

  • Liaise with other global Results organisations, the ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership Secretariat and other ACTION partners to coordinate our parliamentary advocacy at a global level.
  • Work closely with civil society and other partner organisations and allies in the UK to coordinate parliamentary advocacy in the UK.
  • Represent Results UK in global coalitions and consortia relevant to your lead issue area, such as the UK Gavi CSO Working Group, the Polio Resource Mobilisation Group and others as agreed with the Head of Parliamentary Advocacy.
  • Identify and develop new partnerships in line with our new strategy and the focus on equity. 

Communications and media

  • Where capacity allows, identify media opportunities and support media activity (including traditional and social media) related to child health and vaccinations.
  • Contribute content to Results UK’s website, blog and social media to help achieve our organisational objectives and strengthen our brand presence. 
  • Publicise the APPG’s activities, primarily through its website and twitter account. 
  • Represent Results at external meetings and events in relation to child health advocacy. 

Organisational development

  • Carry out effective monitoring, evaluation and learning of your work, recording activity and outcomes that enables Results UK to measure its success, in addition to measuring the impact of your activities towards these outcomes.
  • Be a key part of Results UK’s organisational development by participating in strategic discussions, evaluations, sharing your experience and ideas, and working flexibly to support other staff as required.
  • Actively develop and support funding ideas to help appropriately expand Results UK’s portfolio in close collaboration with the Head of Parliamentary Advocacy and the Operations team.
  • Build new and strengthen existing relationships with donors, external partners, and our advocacy targets.
  • Together with the Senior Policy Advocacy Officer for Child Health, be responsible for regular reporting to grant funders. 
  • Be flexible and undertake other tasks as required

Person specification

This role is ideal for someone with public affairs or political advocacy experience, preferably in the UK, who understands the way that political decisions impact global poverty and wants to influence these decisions. A strong understanding of and passion for global health issues, particularly child health and the importance of vaccinations. Equally important is a proven ability to quickly gain an understanding of a complex new area and translate it into succinct, clear, achievable recommendations. 

This post will provide excellent opportunities for leading parliamentary advocacy to deliver real change in funding and policy outcomes on child health and other issues; for building and deploying a strong understanding of key international development issues; and experience of working directly with UK parliamentarians and other actors across the international development sector.

Essential criteria

  • At least one year of experience in a substantial parliamentary or public affairs role with demonstrable success in managing relationships with parliamentarians from different parties.
  • Understanding of the UK Parliament (including the roles of MPs and Peers; the range of activity parliamentarians can undertake in parliament to influence Government policy; the role of APPGs; Select Committees).
  • A good understanding of international development issues and in particular, the need for approaches based in equity and partnership.
  • An ability to learn quickly about new development issues and clearly convey this information to others.
  • An ability to write clearly and succinctly, for a range of audiences, from lengthy formal submissions to short articles or blogs.
  • Experience in representing organisations, networking, and working in coalitions.
  • Experience of event organisation.
  • Excellent English writing skills with an ability to write clearly and succinctly for a range of audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to build rapport with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Good understanding of carrying out effective Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL), for advocacy work. 

Desirable

  • Experience working in international development.
  • Experience of working with campaigners and advocates.
  • Experience of working with the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
  • Experience of managing activity budgets.
  • Experience of planning and hosting online and in person advocacy events.
  • Experience of media work.

Personal attributes

  • A self-starter, who is highly organised with strong attention to detail and comfortable working with a high degree of autonomy.
  • A commitment to anti-oppression and challenging your own thinking and biases.
  • An ability to respond flexibly to changing priorities, and to stick to deadlines.
  • A team player who enjoys supporting other team members towards common objectives.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within and outside the UK, as required.
  • An interest in working collaboratively with global partners and learning from their experiences as well as sharing your own.

Why work for Results?

Like you, we’re passionate about ending poverty. We’re a small, collaborative organisation that has a big impact. We just do advocacy – we don’t run programmes. The experience you gain with us sets you up for a career in international development.

Work-life balance

  • We offer flexible working so you can manage work around your own needs.
  • Hybrid working means you don’t have to be trapped in a long commute every day and don’t have to be London based.
  • Staff members have their birthdays off as a bonus day of leave and we close the office between Christmas and new year so you don’t need to take leave.
  • We subscribe to the Bupa employee advice line – free confidential access to financial and legal advisors as well as telephone and online counselling sessions.
  • In addition we run training on mental health at work and have named mental health first aiders who can be contacted in confidence if you would like help finding support.
  • All staff have the opportunity to join working groups outside of their work areas according to their interests. Our staff wellbeing team explores how we can improve our staff wellbeing  – most recently publishing a comprehensive guide – and reviews what we have done to date.

Anti-oppression

  • We offer half a day’s anti-oppression learning leave each year
  • As well as making reasonable adjustments, we support our staff in making applications to the Access to Work scheme to get. additional equipment where needed.
  • We offer disability leave for disabled colleagues to manage specific needs they may have without having to give up their holidays.
  • We have a staff working group on anti-oppression which helps to develop our work on anti-oppression and identify gaps in our current work.

Partnerships

  • Results UK hosts three other organisations working on specific aspects of global health and education, so you benefit from other perspectives and get an in-depth understanding of other work going on in the sector.
  • We are part of the ACTION global health partnership which brings together CSOs from around the world to share learning and coordinate advocacy.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At Results UK, we believe in equality, diversity and inclusion, and that it should be the norm. As well as this being an issue of equality and fairness, we recognise that diverse and inclusive organisations are some of the most productive and impactful.

As an organisation, we are aware of the underrepresentation of certain groups and communities in our sector. These include – but are certainly not limited to – people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, refugees, people with disabilities and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

We want to change this and are committed to playing our part as an organisation. As a committed equal opportunities employer, we actively welcome applications from people of a wide range of backgrounds, skills and abilities, recognising the value that these different perspectives bring to our organisation.

How to apply

To apply for this job please submit a CV demonstrating your previous experience and answer the questions outlined below via our online application system. If you would like an informal discussion about the role or have any questions, please contact the hiring manager, Lucy Drescher, at [email protected]

Deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 24th July.

Interviews are provisionally scheduled for the week starting 29th July.

Shortlisting questions

You will be asked to answer the following questions as part of the application process:

  • What motivates you about this role and working on child health?
  • Working collaboratively is an essential part of this role. What do you think are the most important things for building and maintaining successful relationships with external colleagues?
  • You are planning an event for the APPG Vaccinations for All. Describe the process you would go through to decide on the topic of the event and then set up the event with the members of the group.
  • What does the term anti-oppression mean to you? Feel free to reflect on your personal experiences of anti-oppression if you would like to do so.

All candidates must have the right to live and work in the UK. If you are made an offer of employment, this will be subject to verifying that you are eligible to work in the UK before you start work.

If you encounter any difficulties making your application please email [email protected]