Advocacy and Policy Advisor

Full Time
Opening Date:
Wednesday 30 June 2021
Closing Date:
Thursday 5 August 2021
Thursday 19 August 2021

Are you a people person, able to quickly build strong relationships and confidently persuade decisionmakers of the need for change?

Do you want to use your skills in advocacy to end one of the world’s most ancient diseases and transform the lives of those who have been affected by it, across Asia and Africa? Are you passionate about social justice, disability inclusion and human rights, wanting to ensure the voice of marginalised people is incorporated into policies that affect them? Do you have experience of influencing national or international policy on development, global health or disability inclusion?

Join The Leprosy Mission England & Wales’ (TLMEW) team to make sustainable change for millions of people affected by the causes and consequences of leprosy, so they can unlock their potential, improving their lives for good. You will be joining a skilled and diverse team, with a culture of growing and learning together, in addition to award-winning levels of staff engagement.

You will be an excellent relationship builder, skilled networker and confident speaker, able to build partnerships, influence key stakeholders, mobilise champions and convince people of the need for change. With expert knowledge in international development and having a specialism in an area related to our work (such as NTDs, global health, disability, mental health, human rights), you will have a passion for using research for advocacy messaging. With your excellent written skills, you will be able to write powerful advocacy materials suitable for UK advocacy and for supporting partners in the Global South.

With at least two years’ working in an advocacy or policy environment, you will have engaged in influencing Government/ international agencies, presenting complex information simply and powerfully to call people to action. You will have good cross-cultural understanding and know how to advocate effectively in sensitive political environments.

Working with the Research and Policy Manager in the UK, global research experts, in-country partners, leprosy champions and members of the programmes team, you will raise the profile of leprosy, create strategic partnerships and ensure leprosy is on the UK government agenda. You will be required to travel overseas each year (when it is safe to do so), to hear directly from people affected by leprosy, engage in policy discussions, and undertake capacity development of partner staff.

TLMEW is a leading international Christian development organisation with over 140 years’ experience and is part of the TLM worldwide family. TLMEW is active in 10 countries and we have over 50 projects addressing the causes and consequences of leprosy, ranging from health and livelihoods to accessing human rights.

TLMEW has a zero tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, our beneficiaries, staff and communities we come into contact with.

Recruitment to roles within TLMEW includes criminal record checks and the collection of relevant references. A criminal record will not necessarily bar you from joining us as an employee; this will depend on the circumstances of any offences. Safeguarding is our top priority in everything we do. Empathy with the Christian ethos of the organisation is essential, as is an ability to work with all faiths.

We are committed to diversity and welcome applications from appropriately qualified people from all sections of the community, who have permission to work in the UK.

This role is based in Peterborough however there is some flexibility to work from home.

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