The exact portfolio and deliverables will be agreed with successful candidates. There may be flexing of the role once within post, reflecting the occasionally reactive nature of our work when new disease risks materialise. The team is overseen by one Deputy Director, and led by one Grade 6, supported by several Grade 7s. Each Grade 7 oversees a specific work area.
We are a policy team, bringing together experts, partners, and delivery teams to develop, agree, and oversee implementation of policies to protect the UK against infectious diseases.
The role will involve some of or all the below, noting that exact business needs might mean further flexibility is needed:
Providing input to the development of a refreshed strategic approach to pandemic preparedness.
Delivering a refreshed strategic approach to PPE for pandemic preparedness, including building the case for investment ahead of the next Spending Review Period.
Leading work on targeted procurements to increase UK resilience, in response to, or in preparedness for, emerging incidents.
Leading input to the UK’s negotiating strategy for international pandemic preparedness negotiations (e.g. WHO Pandemic Accord), from a domestic perspective.
Providing senior leadership across the pandemic preparedness team including line management of 2 S/HEOs, working flexibly to support on different emerging priorities and contributing to a friendly, open and supportive team working culture.
Key skills and experience required for the role:
We are looking for people who care about protecting the UK from infectious diseases and are looking for a policy-focused role. You do not need to have a background in health or biomedical sciences, but you should feel excited and comfortable about working with technical concepts and experts.
Key skills required for the role are:
Experience of building networks and strong working relationships with partners and stakeholders in order to effectively develop and deliver policy.
Ability to analyse and assess complex information and communicate clearly and persuasively to senior stakeholders, both verbally and in written form.
Ability to work at pace and flexibly, including within fast moving or complex environments, ensuring the delivery of high-quality products and outputs.
Ability to draw together a range of objectives and perspectives into a clear and coherent strategy and delivery plan.
Ability to support in the development of future facing, innovative strategic approaches to complex problems.
Desirable skills for the role are:
Knowledge of health and/or social care policy.