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Policy & Advocacy Manager

Wellcome Trust

Location: Wellcome Trust, Euston Road, London, UK

Application Deadline: 30 June 2019 11:59

Date Posted: 21 Jun 2019

Job Summary

We now have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Policy & Advocacy Manager on a permanent contract. Reporting into the Head of UK & EU Policy, you will manage a small team of Policy Advisers and Officers to define and deliver our ambitious and rigorous projects to influence policy in the UK & EU.

Additional info

Do you want to join a world-renowned organisation focused on improving health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive?

We’re a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. We support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate. Our funding supports over 14,000 people in more than 70 countries. In the next five years, we aim to spend up to £5 billion helping thousands of curious, passionate people all over the world explore ideas in science, population health, medical innovation, the humanities and social sciences and public engagement.

The Policy team influences others to create an environment where research thrives, for example, through our work on Brexit and research investment; and to ensure that the benefits of research reach people across the world quickly, by removing the barriers to uptake. We have two parts of the team focused on our different stakeholders: Global and UK & EU.

We now have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Policy & Advocacy Manager on a permanent contract. Reporting into the Head of UK & EU Policy, you will manage a small team of Policy Advisers and Officers to define and deliver our ambitious and rigorous projects to influence policy in the UK & EU.

Experience & Skills

You will lead on EU advocacy to meet Wellcome’s influence objectives, both delivering yourself and through others. Your role will include developing a new EU and Europe engagement strategy; overseeing Wellcome’s relationships with the EU institutions; and acting as our contact point in Brussels.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Experience of policy and advocacy work in the UK or EU – ideally with strong EU and public affairs experience.
  • Experience of planning and managing projects and reconciling conflicting priorities.
  • People management and team building skills – ability to recruit, develop and motivate the people needed to deliver team objectives.

Click here  to view the full job description and person specification

To apply for the role please submit your up to date CV along with a cover letter of no more than one page outlining your motivations for applying for this role.

Education & Qualifications

Appointment Type



Director’s Office

Sub Department



Circa £60,000 per annum

Number of Positions


Interview Timing

W/C 15th July

Applications to be received by 11:59pm on


Senior Program Manager

Rising Tides Foundation

Location: Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Application Deadline: 01 July 2019 00:00

Date Posted: 17 Jun 2019

The successful candidate will possess a strong and demonstrated commitment to the ideals and enactment of the principles of freedom that embody the mission of Rising Tide. The chosen candidate will relocate to Switzerland, but this search is seeking a global applicant pool to review.

Specific Requirements Include:

  • Passion for Rising Tide Foundation’s mission and the philanthropic sector in general.
  • Strong background in the libertarian or classical liberal philosophy and network in the field.
  • Proven ability to identify, execute and evaluate transformational programs.
  • Strong analytic and strategic-thinking skills, with demonstrated ability to create, implement and monitor complex plans and translate those plans into goals and concrete strategies.
  • Emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills necessary to build long-lasting and close relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to and interest in travel, mostly internationally, approximately 20% visiting grantees, attending/leading conferences and being visible in the networks supporting freedom/libertarian thinking and practice.
  • Career track record that shows stability with an organization and capacity to develop and nurture relationships culminating in overall success and a track record of increasing responsibilities in a nonprofit, NGO or Foundation.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in managing an impact-oriented program portfolio (grant making, impact investment, venture philanthropy, NGO, corporate foundation, etc.) preferred.
  • International experience preferred; current passport required
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree preferred.
  • Fluent command (written and spoken) of English is required; German knowledge is an advantage.

This position offers a competitive salary. In addition to standard benefits in Switzerland, RTF offers additive retirement funding and an incentive program. Relocation support is offered. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.

The Rising Tide Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.

To apply access the jobs portal and begin your application.

Public Affairs and Communications Internship


Location: Brussels, Belgium

Application Deadline: 29 June 2019 00:00

Date Posted: 14 Jun 2019

The ideal candidate has experience in EU public affairs, has a record in communications and digital media and is fluent in both written and spoken English. Other languages are an asset. Experience in the civil society and/or philanthropy sector would be an advantage.

Your responsibilities:

  • Assisting the Executive Director in advancing the “Philanthropy Advocacy” project
  • Contributing to regular EU and national advocacy monitoring for members
  • Arranging meetings with policy makers of all three EU institutions and organising policy events in Brussels
  • Working closely with DAFNE team in developing and maintaining DAFNE’s media and communications work, including:
    • Philanthropy Europe Newsletter
    • DAFNE websites
    • Campaign for the European Day of Foundations and Donors on 1st October
    • Social media activities
  • Supporting DAFNE team in event and project management
  • Maintaining the data base on a regular basis
  • Conducting research

What we offer:

This is a paid full-time internship for 6 months. We are offering an inspiring working environment at the Philanthropy House in the centre of Brussels, access to a great European network in politics and philanthropy. You would have unlimited learning opportunities and responsibility from day one.

How to apply:

Please send your motivation letter and CV in English as a pdf as soon as possible, but latest on 29 June 2019, to Max von Abendroth, Executive Director of DAFNE:

Please mention in the email where you found the job listing.

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