UK Advocacy Manager/ Senior Manager
About Malaria No More UK
Malaria has been described as the oldest killer disease in history; even now, despite significant progress, this preventable, curable disease claims the life of a child every two minutes. Malaria No More UK (MNM UK) is part of a global movement that is determined to make this the generation to end malaria. To realise this vision, we are mobilising governments, influencers, businesses and the public, inspiring them to commit funds, energy and resources to end the suffering and death caused by malaria and wipe out the disease for good.
We are at a pivotal moment in both the organisation’s development and the global malaria campaign. Next year MNM UK will be launching an exciting new five year strategy, building on from our successful UK and international advocacy and communications work, including the delivery of this year’s Malaria Summit.
Malaria No More UK is looking for an exceptional leader to further build and drive our work influencing Westminster, Whitehall and the international stage. The UK Advocacy Manager will cultivate a critical mass of support across the political spectrum to accelerate global progress on malaria and will be at the heart of the organisation’s mission.
In a period of significant political uncertainty, this is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of the fight to end malaria - using its convening power, financial muscle and political voice in both domestic and international arenas.
You will be an innovative thinker and doer with proven capacity for self-direction and able to prioritise and manage a portfolio of diverse projects. As an articulate and confident influencer, demonstrating political awareness and sensitivity, you will create sustainable relationships and represent the charity both internally and externally and play an active an engaged role in both supporting UK activity and the broader activities of the charity as a whole.
MNM UK a small but very hard-working team with ambitions, objectives, reach and partner networks that extend way beyond the expected, and every member of our team contributes to winning the fight to ending malaria, saving millions of lives and ending the disease for good.
- Design and lead the delivery of our UK advocacy strategy, with support from the Advocacy Officer, who is a direct report, and the wider team to inspire increased support from the UK government for the malaria campaign.
- Coordinate and drive efforts to encourage projection of UK influence to support and drive enhanced leadership and action on malaria and global health through the Commonwealth and other international platforms (e.g. UN, G7 etc.)
- Develop strong relationships with relevant players in and around Parliament and across Government: including identifying, recruiting and working with champions, key influencers and political targets, and developing targeted collateral such as issue briefs and submissions.
- Monitor and report on the impact of our UK advocacy strategy and evolving external context, informing evidenced based strategy development and course corrections, contributing to organisational funding proposals and M&E processes.
- Monitor UK and international debates and policy across health, development and beyond; working with the policy manager and others to identify opportunities for influence.
- Work closely with colleagues to identify and build synergies between our UK and international advocacy, policy and communications work.
- Work collaboratively with the communications team to develop and deliver effective digital and traditional media and thought leader opportunities.
- Build external relationships and coalitions in the development sector and beyond in support of the malaria campaign and to ensure an intelligence and insight driven advocacy strategy.
- Provide briefings for directors and external partners on the context and status of the government relations strategy, including in advance of meetings with senior politicians and civil servants.
- Provide ad hoc support to the CEO and Leadership Team to develop and support other areas of work as required.
Qualifications, skills and experience
- Experience of designing and delivering innovative high-impact advocacy and/or campaigns which have influenced governments, parliamentarians and the media to bring about change in policy, practice or funding.
- Superb communication skills and demonstrable experience of effective oral and written communications with a range of diverse audiences, e.g. staging advocacy events, formal submissions, presentations, media briefings and engaging correspondence with key individuals.
- Strong research and analytical skills and an ability to get up to speed quickly on new issues.
- Experience of working in or around UK Parliament and Whitehall and an excellent understanding of UK political parties, key institutions and processes, including parliamentary groups, committees and government departments relevant to the role.
- Experience of managing multiple projects concurrently, including events organisation and budget management.
- Proven track record of establishing and cultivating strong internal and external networks and relationships at different levels, and effectively working with others to reach common goals.
- Considerable initiative and be a self-starter ready to take on all tasks necessary within a small team.
- A willingness and ability to travel overseas occasionally as required.
- Experience of working in international development and on global health issues.
- Experience of working with UK government and influencers to project UK influence abroad
- Experience of identifying and recruiting new cross-sector champions and cultivating high level influencer engagement including long-term relationship management.
This job description and person specification is a statement of requirements at the time of writing and is not contractual or exhaustive. It should not be seen as precluding future changes after appointment to this role and it may be amended over time in consultation with your line manager and the CEO
Staff benefits include:
- 10% employer pension contributions
- 28 days’ annual leave plus 8 bank holiday days
- Interest-free staff season ticket loan
- Continuing personal development opportunities
- Professional training & qualification subsidy
Please send your CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the role requirements to: email@example.com to reach us by CLOSING DATE of 5pm on 8th January 2019
1ST Interviews to be held: 15th January 2019 2nd Interviews to be held: 22nd January 2019