Medact is looking for an organiser to support the growing climate movement among the UK health community in the run up to the Climate CoP in Glasgow this year, and beyond.
Medact supports the health community 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 member-led, and our membership spans a range of people who work in health including nurses, doctors, midwives, and clinical researchers.
Climate change is a public health emergency, damaging the health and lives of millions of people around the world. But so much of the public discourse ignores or gives insufficient weight to the health impacts of a changing climate, and the ways in which these impacts affect different communities in unequal ways.
Healthcare workers have a uniquely powerful voice in political discussions on climate change. There’s huge energy around the issue right now, and an exciting opportunity to bring large numbers of people together to campaign in ways which will have real impact. 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
Medact’s Climate Organiser will work alongside colleagues to deliver a strategy to harness the energy and the public mandate of the health community in tackling the climate crisis. The role will involve a lot of time out of the office, building relationships among healthcare workers and supporting them to develop into confident, effective campaigners and organisers.
You’ll be passionate about empowering people to campaign to stop the climate crisis, and have experience working with volunteers in a campaigning context. A great listener and communicator, you’ll be skilled at building trusting relationships and managing difficult conversations. You’ll have a good understanding of how to use online techniques to engage people, and won’t be scared to test new digital tools. Experience working in health or with the health community would help, but isn’t essential.
How to apply
Please upload 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 using the following form: https://www.medact.org/apply/CHO
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.
For advice on how to write your application, see our guide: How to write a cover letter to apply for our Climate Organiser role
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 applying-for-CHO@medact.org
Applications will close at 9am on Monday 10th February.
Interviews will be in the week of 17th February.
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.