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Head of International Health Strategy roles

Grade 6


Salary Range:

Leeds: £66,832 - London: £70,831

Department and Location:

Department of Heath and Social Care

Leeds and London

Advert Closing Date:


Contract Type:

Loan, Permanent, Secondment

Available Working Pattern:

Flexible Working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Civil Service Jobs Reference:


Job Description:

The International Health Strategy Branch provides a strategic leadership role across government departments and the International Directorate, ensuring that global health strategies align and supporting the development of evidence based - global health policies. The Team provides a central function across the Directorate coordinating Ministerial engagement on global health, providing health analytical expertise and business management support.

We are looking for motivated and proactive individuals to work in the following varied and interesting roles.

Head of International Health Strategy and Policy

You will be at the forefront of shaping the approach taken by DHSC to global health. This role demands an individual with a strategic vision and depth of policy insight to lead cross-government efforts in international health. You will play a pivotal role in aligning ministerial priorities with international activity, with a special emphasis on areas such as climate and pandemic preparedness, and their impact on global health.

The successful candidate will lead a team of policy professionals and oversee engagement with Departments across Whitehall.

Head of International Health Analytics, Communications, and Business Development

A pivotal leadership role in the International Health Strategy branch at DHSC, working across the International Directorate. This role requires a professional with experience across policy and analysis, with the ability to lead data-driven strategic thinking, communications and effective business and stakeholder management.

The successful candidate will lead a team consisting of individuals from a range of professions, providing guidance, mentorship, and fostering a collaborative work environment across a portfolio of responsibilities.

Key responsibilities include providing health analytical insights into policy challenges and using data for strategic decision-making. The postholder will be instrumental in shaping the international health narrative and ensuring consistent internal and external communications including through international considerations that form part of the Covid Inquiry. Directorate business delivery, management of finances, along with effective resource planning, are crucial aspects of this role.

Person Specification:

Head of International Health Strategy and Policy

Strategic Vision and Priorities: Develop and drive a forward-thinking approach to international health, aligning it with the overarching strategic vision of DHSC and government, building on the priorities set out in the Global Health Framework and overseeing progress against this.
Cross-Government Leadership: Provide leadership and coordination across government departments involved in international health efforts, working closely with FCDO and OGDs to ensure a unified and effective approach.
Ministerial Priorities: Collaborate closely with ministers and other high-level stakeholders to shape international health priorities.
Policy Expertise: Provide leadership to develop policy advice on priority issues, including but not limited to areas like climate change, surveillance and pandemic preparedness and their intersection with global health.
Thought Leadership: Foster a culture of thought leadership by facilitating insight and expertise from experts, stakeholders, think tanks, and civil society organizations, ensuring that our strategies are well-informed and forward-looking.
Global Experience: Leverage your experience in international working and global health to navigate complex international landscapes and establish partnerships, to gather insights and information to shape and drive the UK strategy.
Team Leadership: Lead and develop a team, providing clear direction, support, and opportunities for growth.

Head of International Health Analytics, Communications and Business Development

Analytical Insight into International Health Policy Challenges: Provide oversight and direction for in-depth health analysis and assessment of complex policy challenges within international health, including comprehensive information gathering and analysis. Generate actionable insights to guide strategic decision-making.
Future Priorities/SR/Costing: Forecast and prioritise future priorities, supporting strategic readiness and informing resource allocation. Oversee costing analysis for proposed initiatives.
Inquiry/international Narrative and Leadership: Lead and manage efforts related to the inquiry, including developing a coherent international health narrative.
Comms/Internal and External Messaging: Develop and implement internal and external communication strategies for international directorate related matters. Ensure consistent messaging that aligns with organisational objectives.
Directorate-Wide Business, Budget, HR, Resource Planning: Oversee business planning, budgeting, human resources, and resource allocation for the directorate. Ensure efficient utilisation of resources in line with organisational objectives.
Team Leadership (c.9 People): Lead and develop a team, providing clear direction, support, and opportunities for growth.

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