Movement Organiser at Medact

Medact is looking for an experienced organiser to support our work advocating for health justice and building power in the health community.

Background

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: institutional racism; climate change; human rights abuses; violent conflict; 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.

Closing date: 9am, Monday June 10th

Interviews:  w/c Monday June 24th

Hours: Part-time, 28 hours/week or 0.8FTE

Salary: £28,612 (Starting salary with annual increments awarded based on tenure)

Contract 12 months fixed term contract with the intention to be made permanent if funding is secured

Location: Hybrid. Staff work remotely and from the Medact office in East London. We work in-person as a team one day per week, and staff based outside London come in at least once a month. Applications from outside London are encouraged.

Health workers have a uniquely powerful voice, and a strong will to make a difference. There is an exciting opportunity to bring large numbers of people together to campaign around issues they care about in ways that have real impact, and develop leadership within our movement.

At Medact we have a management structure, but we organise ourselves to minimise the impact of hierarchy and make use of everyone’s skills and expertise. Being part of our team means taking an active role in strategic decisions.

We believe the health community has huge potential to drive progressive social change—work with us to help make that a reality!

About the role

Medact’s Movement Organiser will work alongside our Campaign Leads and Head of Movement Building to grow our movement, developing groups of healthcare workers into confident campaigners who can make a visible difference in the struggle for health justice and peace. The successful candidate will spend approximately 80% of their time with one of our campaigners, and 20% participating in cross-organisational work. The ideal candidate will have an interest in, or experience of organising or campaigning around, issues related to economic justice or the climate crisis. 

About you

This is a skilled role, but you don’t need to have worked for an NGO or be a professional organiser to be right for it. You might have organised in your workplace or local community to take action on issues that you care about. Or, you might be a health worker who has seen the impact of injustices such as a poor environment, immigration or counter-terror policies,  low income or precarious housing on your patients, and wants to challenge decision-makers and hold them to account. 

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, partner organisations and community groups. You’ll have an understanding of how digital communications compliment organising and campaigning. Upskilling and empowering our movement is a fundamental part of this role, so you’ll need the ability to deliver training and workshops through an anti-oppressive lens.

How to apply

Send a CV and cover letter of no more than two pages to [email protected] with the subject line “Movement Organiser” Please ensure that your cover letter responds directly to the person specification. Do not state when or where you were educated on your application. We would be grateful if you can also complete our monitoring form.

If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you to an interview via Zoom. Interviews will involve a presentation, which we will ask you to prepare in advance, and a conversation with a panel of interviewers. If necessary we may ask you to attend a second interview.

We are happy to reimburse shortlisted candidates for childcare costs and lost wages incurred as a result of attending interview(s). If invited for interview, please share any reasonable adjustment requests, which we will do our best to accommodate. Interviewees receive the interview questions 30 minutes in advance as standard practice.

Help applying

We 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 chats will be kept confidential. If you think this could be helpful, email [email protected] 

Key dates

Applications close at 9am, Monday 10th June

Interviews will take place w/c 24th June

If needed, second interviews will be on w/c 1st July

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.