Policy Advocacy Officer (Nutrition)

£28,262

About RESULTS

RESULTS mission is the create the public and political will to end extreme poverty by empowering people to exercise their personal and political power for change. 

RESULTS UK believes the building blocks of the end of poverty can be most simply articulated as “health, education, economic opportunities, and citizen voice.” These are the things that all people, wherever they live, need and have a right to. Within these four areas, we prioritise a small number of specific issues where we can have most influence to achieve much needed development progress.

Across all our issues, our aims are to mobilise resources, change policy and policy-in-practice, and create the public and political will that will bring about change.

Role description

Nearly half of all deaths in children under-five are attributable to undernutrition, translating into the loss of about three million young lives a year. A further 155 million are stunted, leading to potentially reduced cognitive and physical capacity. These children could survive and thrive with access to simple, affordable interventions. Global leaders and institutions could improve child health by helping countries to deliver integrated, effective nutrition plans in a continuum, starting with a healthy pregnancy for the mother, through birth and care up to five years of age. Good nutrition is also fundamental to educational success. 2020 is a key year for action on malnutrition with the upcoming Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit and the accompanying need for a renewed UK commitment on tackling malnutrition.

RESULTS UK has a long and successful history of providing policy input to decision makers in institutions that make crucial choices in international development. We are a strong policy voice within our sector, influencing and supporting other civil society organisations. To deliver policy advocacy, where this role sits, we have a team of in-house experts recognised throughout the sector as being among the best in their fields.

The heart of the policy team’s role is to provide solid policy evidence and messaging to underpin all of RESULT UK’s work. The policy team goes beyond the production of this evidence: it also delivers it as highly-focused advocacy messaging to stakeholders who require the most detailed and nuanced levels of technical briefing. These audiences include civil servants and the staff of key development agencies and civil society organisations, including the Department for International Development (DFID), The World Health Organisation (WHO), The World Bank, The International Coalition for Advocacy on Nutrition (ICAN) and the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.

The Policy Advocacy Officer (Nutrition) will be a key part of our Policy Advocacy Team. Reporting to the Head of Policy Advocacy, the post-holder will take lead responsibility for being an issue-area expert on nutrition and share responsibility for some related development issues, including: accountability, development financing, Health System Strengthening, gender, Universal Health Coverage, Early Childhood Development, and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Policy Advocacy Officer (Nutrition) will lead on the development and delivery of high-quality policy advocacy for use in all of RESULTS’ work.

In leading policy advocacy on this issue, the post-holder will lead relationships with UK and global institutions on nutrition policy. Globally, they will work strategically as part of the ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership to mobilise greater resources and political commitment for improved response to undernutrition.As a member of the Policy Team, the post-holder will also be working closely with members of the Parliamentary and Grassroots Teams in order to deliver on RESULT UK’soverarching objectives: being generous with the sharing of knowledge, advocacy expertise, and contacts while working in a collaborative environment is vital to this role.

 

Please apply by sending a CV (maximum 2 pages) and cover letter (maximum 2 pages) to jobs@results.org.uk. The application deadline is 17:00 on Tuesday the 02 June 2020.

 

Please see the attached job desription for more information on this role

 
RESULTS UK is a charity registered as RESULTS Education in England and Wales (1015286), a company limited by guarantee (2761858), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC041481).