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Policy Officer

Address: 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BU (office moving to Stratford in Autumn 2020)
Salary: £25,000 per annum (plus benefits including: 27.5 days’ annual leave and entry into the Civil Service Pension Scheme)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is looking for a permanent, full time Policy Officer to support a wide range of policy-related work. A key part of this will be to support Policy Managers in managing stakeholder groups and in carrying out reviews of HFEA policy, which can involve project management, drafting committee papers, analysing consultation responses, presenting evidence and giving policy advice. You will also assist in the running of HFEA events, stakeholder group meetings, and project groups relating to HFEA policy by coordinating agendas, taking minutes of meetings and liaising with members.

You will be working on various areas of policy likely to include sperm and egg donation, consent, different areas of licensed fertility treatment and patient emotional support. You will need to keep abreast of the latest legal, ethical and social issues relating to the field of IVF and fertility treatment and human embryo research and to help to share this with HFEA colleagues, including via leading on our successful internal ‘Lunch and Learn’ series. The successful candidate will also be responsible for dealing with patient, public and sector enquiries (telephone and email) relating to all our policy areas. You will also be responsible for providing administrative and project support to the team and where necessary for other teams in the HFEA.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who can work effectively as part of a team, and who has good written and verbal communication skills - including an ability to handle sensitive patient enquiries. You should be able to demonstrate experience of supporting or managing projects and of working with a variety of stakeholders. You should also have the skills required to undertake literature searches, be confident at analysing information, and have the ability to summarise and identify key points from a wide range of evidence.

Given the varied nature of this role, good time management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks effectively, is key. You will be educated to degree level (or be educated or have experience to an equivalent level) with good IT skills. We would consider it desirable, but not necessary, that applicants have a degree in a biological science subject.

This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in supporting the Policy team. You will have the chance to make a real and tangible difference to our work and the lives of patients. For more information about the work we do, please visit our website.

For further information, and to apply for this role, please go here.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 22 September 2019

Interview date: Monday 7 October 2019