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Policy Adviser to The All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS

Salary: £26 - £30k depending on experience

As Policy Adviser to The All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS you will be responsible for the day-to-day running one of the most active and effective All Party Groups in Parliament. You will have the chance to shape the activities of the group and influence government HIV policy.

You will build the Group’s strong foundation of members, making contact with new MPs and peers across all parties. You will identify and push forward policy priorities through parliamentary campaigns. You will maintain excellent relationships with NGOs, private sector organisations, HIV activists and clinicians, ensuring that the APPG stays relevant and addresses the core concerns of people living with HIV. The role can involve international travel.

Person specification

Essential

  • An excellent understanding of how Parliament works, gained in a professional capacity (eg working for an MP or as a parliamentary officer for a charity/company).
  • A willingness to work with MPs of all political parties.
  • Strong academic record
  • A demonstrable interest in international development and/or sexual health
  • Excellent written skills – this could be demonstrated by, for example, reports/briefings/newsletters/press releases
  • Excellent organisational skills, including experience of organising events in Parliament.
  • Fundraising experience
  • Experience of managing a budget
  • A self-starter - the ability to initiate projects, follow through and work with minimal supervision is essential.
  • IT competent.

Desirable

  • Experience of working for an MP
  • An understanding of HIV in the UK and experience of policy work relating to the NHS or an understanding of HIV and its impact in the developing world
  • Familiarity with major international institutions relevant to HIV
  • Media skills – demonstrable success of working with the media.
  • Experience of working on Bills
  • Experience of using new media – eg. twitter.

Main duties of the Policy Adviser

Gathering parliamentary support: You willinitiate and holdmeetings with MPs of all political parties and develop their support. You will prepare written and verbal briefings for MPs. You will work to ensure the officers of the group are always aware of the key issues for the HIV sector.

Campaigning: You willuse parliamentary mechanisms (written and oral PQs, EDMS, debates etc) to raise the profile of HIV in parliament and to push for specific policy outcomes. You will organise meetings for MPs with Ministers and draft letters to Ministers.

Policy work: You willanalyse political and policy developments and, with the officers, agree policy positions for the Group. You will keep in touch with Whitehallofficials and feed into consultations and other policy development activities.

Cooperation with sector: You will ensure contact with HIV support groups, so that the voice of people living with HIV feeds into our policy positions. You willmaintain contact with key partner organisations in the UKand international HIV sectors. You will attend outside meetings as required.

Fundraising: With the support of the officers, you will be responsible for raising the running costs of the group. You will be responsible for raising your own salary.  

IT: You willmaintain the APPG website and twitter account

Publicity and Communications: You willbe responsible for designing and writing all written APPG communications – including when necessary, newsletters.

Administration: You will be responsible for all the administrative functions of the group. This includes issuing invitations, organising meetings, booking rooms, organising mail-outs and complying with parliamentary regulations.

Accounting: You will be responsible for managing the APPG budget and following agreed accounting procedure and record-keeping.

Any other APPG-related duties as may be required by the officers.

 

To apply send your CV and a brief covering letter to cairnsd@parliament.uk, ensuring that you address each essential skill/experience requirement listed above.

For more information about the group see www.appghivaids.org.uk

Deadline for applications: 9am, 7th Feb 2011.

Candidates must be available for interview during the week beginning 14th February.

Job Start date: ASAP