The George Institute for Global Health
We are a medical research institute affiliated with leading universities aiming to challenge the status quo in healthcare. With 700+ people around the world, and projects in over 40 countries, our Strategy 2025 is all about impact – specifically, the impact of The George Institute’s activities on the health of millions of people, particularly those living in disadvantaged circumstances around the world.
Our strategy focuses on three key research priorities:
- Better Treatments: finding better treatments for the world’s biggest health problems
- Better Care: transforming primary health care to support better health for more people
- Healthier Societies: harnessing the power of communities, governments, and markets to improve health
Our innovative commercial enterprises help maximise our impact.
Here is a sample of the things we are doing to achieve our goal of having the greatest possible impact on global health:
- We are identifying better and safer treatments for our biggest killers like stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure
- In many countries, our award-winning Food Switch smartphone app is helping people make healthy food choices when shopping
- In China, we ran a successful education and awareness program to reduce the amount of salt eaten by people by 25% each day
- In rural India, we have shown that mobile technology can help diagnose mental health, as well as help treat cardiovascular disease, and we’re looking at similar approaches to treating chronic diseases in Indonesia and China
- Together with Aboriginal communities in NSW, Australia, we developed an innovative community led program to assist young Aboriginal drivers attain their license, now implemented in a dozen of locations
- We are developing an affordable dialysis machine, with potential to save millions of lives each year and transform the way kidney disease is treated globally.
Context on the role
The Policy Fellow will be crucial to the success of the MESSAGE project. MESSAGE aims to improve sex and gender equity in the UK biomedical research landscape by improving policies, education, skills, and awareness about the importance of including women, men, trans and non-binary people in research studies, and for the data to be analysed according to sex and gender.
Our pilot project has revealed that the UK is far behind other countries such as Canada, the US, and nations in Europe where policies that strongly encourage balanced sex and gender inclusion and sex- and gender-disaggregated analysis in biomedical research are standard.
The Policy Fellow will contribute to the development of the proposed UK sex and gender policy framework by leading activities for the MESSAGE project (desk-based research, interviews, focus group discussions) and organising project events and workshops.
The position holder will work with research funders and regulators to set a new standard of research practice in the UK. It is both an academic and policy position which will result in real-world changes to sex and gender equity in UK biomedical research. Our goal is that this work will improve clinical outcomes for patients.
The Policy Fellow will report to the Principal Investigators for the MESSAGE Project.
- MESSAGE Project Core Team: Project Manager, Principal Investigators, Research and Advisory Group members
- TGI Impact and Engagement colleagues in the UK, to co-create and implement meaningful pathways to impact, and identify opportunities for engagement and advocacy activities
- TGI communications colleagues in the UK, Australia and elsewhere, to enable co-ordination and collaboration across activities
- TGI Global Women’s Health Program, to collaborate with other TGI work and seek opportunities to co-author outputs
- External: Women’s groups, transgender groups, health practitioners, funding regulators, researchers and other key stakeholders.
- Conduct and synthesise desk-based and qualitative research for the MESSAGE project
- Lead and assist with event, interview, and workshop coordination
- Develop written outputs for the MESSAGE project i.e., reports, articles, commentaries, and academic papers
- Maintain communication with the project Advisory Group to involve them and their expertise over the course of the two-year project
- Maintain existing collaborations and establish new connections with research bodies, government organisations and patient & public groups
- Ensure that research being conducted is congruent with international best practice
- Promote the desired research culture of The George Institute by ensuring all interactions, communication and dissemination outputs are conducted in a manner which supports the stated mission
As a Team Member:
- Set achievable and meaningful work objectives and manage personal targets, meeting obligations of The Institute’s Performance Management and Development Policy
- Demonstrate commitment to The Institute’s organisational values, including performing to an exceptionally high ethical standard and focus on integrity, collaboration, and teamwork in all efforts
Work, Health, and Safety
- Comply with Work Health and Safety legislation and operate in accordance with established Occupational Health and Safety practice and procedures at the Institute.
- Promote and contribute to a safe, secure environment for staff and visitors.
Skills, Knowledge, and Experience
- Master’s degree in public health, health policy, sociology, or social sciences [e.g. gender studies]
- Experienced and proficient qualitative researcher, though this need not be purely academic research in a university setting
- Experience and proven effectiveness in organising events – online and in-person – for diverse professional and public groups/individuals
- Experience in writing research papers and grant applications
- Experience with managing external stakeholders, including members of the research community, Government organisations and patient & public groups
Knowledge and technical skills
- Interest and knowledge about current evidence, debates and ethics around sex and gender inclusion in science and medicine
- Knowledge and understanding of how to strategically use social media
- Interest and knowledge about equality, diversity, and inclusion in healthcare
- Strong problem solving, analytical skills and strategic thinking
- Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and databases)
- Skill and enthusiasm for communicating with different groups and promoting the efforts of the MESSAGE project
- Ability to use different communication styles and engagement techniques suited to different audiences to achieve influence
- Excellent time management and organisational skills
- Strong focus on quality of work
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work flexibly, i.e., autonomously, in small teams and with a wide range of varying stakeholders
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities and ambiguous environments
- Demonstrated experience in the development and coordination of health research projects, including participatory research methods
- Facilitation skills running group events and meetings
- Experience in data interpretation, analysis and/or statistical skills
- Ability to travel to overseas events and symposia
How to apply
Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would be suited to, and successful in, this role to Anna Willis (email@example.com) by 5pm on 10th October 2022.
Late submissions will not be accepted.
Interviews will be held within 2 weeks of the submission deadline.
Type of career: Fellowship
Country: United Kingdom
City: London, UK
Application close date: 10/10/2022