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Policy And Research Officer

Company: Action on Smoking and Health    Location: Greater London
A full time Policy & Research Officer is required for the public health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). Smoking is the largest preventable cause of death and disease in the UK and accounts for half the difference in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in society. ASHs work touches on a wide range of disciplines - including (among many others) film, advertising, sport, retailing, tax, economics, law, politics, media, psychology, statistics, addiction and its treatment, and medical conditions from cot death to cancer. We do not therefore specify any particular academic background or training.

Rather than having existing in-depth knowledge that you will rely on, you will be able to master a brief and get on top of any subject in sufficient depth to be an effective advocate. The successful candidate will demonstrate: An understanding of how to generate public interest and how to communicate complex issues with clarity. An understanding of research techniques and the ability to interrogate research findings Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate complicated messages authoritatively and clearly, to different audiences. Experience of maintaining good working relationships with contacts in organisations other than your own and ability to manage networks of organisations and individuals.

Experience of working in an administrative and support role including setting up and managing administrative systems and databases. Ability to manage multiple and conflicting priorities, manage projects effectively and identify and act on priorities. Non-EU nationals must already have the right to work in UK.