Medact is looking for an experienced campaigner to lead our work to advocate for a health-centred economic system.
Medact supports healthcare workers to work together towards a world in which everyone can truly achieve and exercise their human right to health. We cover some of the most pressing national and global threats to health and wellbeing including climate change; human rights abuses; conflict and violence; and rising inequality. We’re a member-led organisation, and our members are made up of a range of people who work in health including nurses, doctors, midwives, and clinical researchers.
After ten years of austerity, the UK is one of the most unequal countries in Europe. Health workers are often the first to see the impacts of an unequal society, through the ways in which factors such as poor housing, precarious work, and food insecurity affect their patients. And yet, health is left out of many important conversations about the economy. Our members have told us they want to work for a more equal society, but health workers often feel underqualified to intervene in economic discussions.
We believe the health community has huge potential to drive progressive social change – come work with us to help make that a reality.
About the role
The Economic Justice Campaigner will lead Medact’s campaigning for an economy which puts health and health justice at its centre. We’ve recently received new funding, and this role is an opportunity to design new work to support a group of healthcare workers to campaign on an issue that’s deeply important to them. It’ll include collaborating with our members and allies to develop Medact’s own policy positions on key economic issues, analysing the political context to identify how Medact can create change most effectively, and working to make that change happen.
This isn’t an entry-level role but you don’t need to have had a job in an NGO before or be a professional campaigner to be right for it. You might have worked with your local community to campaign on a social justice or health issue that you care about. Or you might be a healthcare worker who has seen the impact of inequality on your patients and wants to tackle the root causes of that inequality. You’ll have a strong understanding of power and how to work with others to create pressure for change. You need to be a great communicator, able to build trusting relationships with Medact members, academics, partner organisations, and community groups alike – and you’ll have an eye for a good media story and know how to get it out into the world.
How to apply
Please send end a CV and a cover letter of no more than two A4 pages setting out why you are interested in the role, and how you meet the person specification to email@example.com. Please do not state when or where you were educated on your application.
Please also complete a copy of our monitoring form.
If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you to an interview. Interviews will involve a presentation, for which we will ask you to prepare in advance; a written task; and a conversation with a panel of interviewers.
We are happy to reimburse shortlisted candidates for travel costs; childcare costs; and lost wages incurred as a result of attending an interview.
We have put together a guide with some advice on how to write your application.
We also have a member of the team on hand to talk to any candidates who would like further advice on whether or how to apply. This team-member won’t be involved in the recruitment process and any chats will be kept completely confidential. If you think this could be helpful for you please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will close at 9am on Monday 4th November.
Interviews will be on Tuesday 12th or Wednesday 13th November.
We will be holding a staff and board away-day on Tuesday 19th November. We hope the successful candidate will be able to attend even though they will not have started in their role – but we will understand if this is not possible.
Our recruitment principles
Medact aims to be an inclusive and supportive employer, and we recognise that recruitment processes don’t work for everyone. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in the NGO sector, and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of colour; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class or have a working class background. If you have any questions or uncertainties about this position, and whether you are right for it, please do get in touch.