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Policy & Public Affairs Officer – Northern Ireland

£30,237 Per Annum Plus Benefits

Home-based with business in Belfast, NI and some occasional travel within the UK and Ireland

35 hours per week, full-time


The Policy and Public Affairs Officer is an exciting opportunity to help the RCPCH lead the way in children’s health in Northern Ireland.

You will be key in supporting the College’s NI policy and public affairs work to secure political support for our policy messages, helping to build and foster relationships with civil servants, MLAs and stakeholders across health services, the third sector and within policy making.

Reporting to the Policy & Public Affairs Lead for NI, you will support the public affairs work and policy development in NI, helping members to advocate for infants, children and young people in the broader public affairs landscape in NI. By providing strong political knowledge and policy insight on key developments across NI which impact on child health, you will support our activities working collaboratively with colleagues throughout the Membership, Policy and External Affairs Division and wider College to develop our campaigning work and secure progress on key policy asks.

With the expertise of the wider Media & Public Affairs Team and the Health Policy Team, you will support the Policy and Public Affairs Lead in NI to deliver a programme of activities to communicate the College’s messages to political and public audiences to push child health up the agenda. This includes but is not limited to; meetings & events (attending and hosting), public consultation responses, data review and update, launches (virtual or otherwise).

You will have strong organisational skills, having worked with senior stakeholders to discharge work plans, prepare key internal and external meetings, prepare briefings, prepare presentations, and discharge actions to advance the work, purpose and objectives of an organisational executive committee or similar.

You should possess first-class communications skills to help influence several issues affecting paediatrics & child health, to communicate with members, and to engage with policy makers. This includes but is not limited to face-to-face meetings, website content, bulk mail drafting and uploading, written policy responses and briefings.

This role calls for an individual with excellent interpersonal and analytical skills which includes the ability to; research and prepare quality outputs and recommending activity aimed at bettering health outcomes for CYP in NI. You should possess the ability to digest and synthesise complex information in this context. You should possess the ability to engage the support of colleagues and members concerning key recommendations for NI and work with the Policy and Public Affairs Lead to evidence this.

The Membership, Policy and External Affairs Division actively promotes the membership, stakeholders and the public awareness of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and core child health priorities.

The RCPCH sets and maintains standards for the education and training of all doctors working in paediatrics and child health in the UK. We advocate on child health issues at home and internationally. Additionally, through a variety of activities, the College influences the quality of medical practice for children in hospital and in the community.

The RCPCH has more than 21,000 members and fellows and employs around 170 staff, most of whom work in our London office in Holborn. We also have teams in the devolved nations, Policy and Public Affairs Leads and Officers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, whose role it is to advocate for our members and for better outcomes in the health and wellbeing of children in our respective nations

Closing date: 31 October 2023.

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