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Head of Policy & Public Affairs

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Marketing & Communications
£48,000k-£52,000k per annum
Central London
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Josh Taylor

You will be working with World Cancer Research Fund International’s Policy and Public Affairs team who work at the global level to encourage the adoption of effective policies to prevent cancer and other noncommunicable diseases through healthier diets and body weights, more physical activity and lower levels of alcohol intake. You will work closely with other departments within the WCRF London office and also interact with the WCRF national charities in general

Some Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead on the implementation of the Policy and Public Affairs Department strategic plan, and future development of strategy
  • Develop, manage and maintain existing relationships with key institutions, civil society organisations and high-level policy-makers, including officials in international agencies and governments
  • Ensure key policy and advocacy developments are shared with WCRF network staff as appropriate
  • Oversee coordination and collaboration between national WCRF policy leads in the UK, Netherlands and United States, taking into account the fact that countries are at different levels of development from a policy perspective
  • Represent WCRF International by attending meetings/conferences and participate as appropriate to promote our policy positions, including presentations and public speaking engagements
  • Oversee the development and creation of policy publications, such as policy briefs, evidence statements, academic articles, blogs and social media postings (e.g. Twitter/Facebook)
  • Work closely with the WCRF communications department to effectively promote policy work
  • Maintain excellent understanding of the key policy areas and international policy processes relevant to cancer and non-communicable disease prevention, especially as they relate to food, nutrition, body weight, physical activity and alcohol
  • Line manage and develop the skill set of the Policy and Public Affairs Manager and the Policy and Public Affairs Officer, manage short term contractors and consultants, e.g. as part of the EU grant project
  • Manage all relevant budgets and activities within the post holder’s area of responsibility

Person Specification


  • Extensive experience of working in health policy and in advocating for this at the international level
  • Demonstrable experience of influencing change at an international level
  • Proven experience of leading and managing a team (including setting objectives, motivating staff, performance management) and strong team-building skills

Knowledge and technical skills:

  • Knowledge of the evidence for policy and understanding of the policy process
  • Knowledge of the workings of key institutions and international policy processes including the UN system, in particular WHO, but also other relevant agencies and bodies, with contacts and connections that will exert influence to improve policy

Education & qualifications:

  • PhD or Masters degree with public health, health policy (e.g. policies on cancer, noncommunicable diseases, food, obesity, physical activity and/or alcohol) or other relevant subjects


  • A flexi-time scheme is in operation across the organisation
  •  Holiday starts at 25 days per year
  • Approved pension scheme
  • Private Healthcare
  • Health insurance
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme