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Job Vacancy: Policy, Research & Parliamentary Manager – Deadline extended !

Friday, November 27th, 2020

Deadline extended to Friday 29th Jan 2021 !

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Medical Justice team as a Policy, Research & Parliamentary Manager

Role : Policy, Research & Parliamentary Manager

Salary : £33,000-36,000 pro-rata depending on experience

Job purpose : Lead the Medical Justice programme of research and advocacy to secure lasting change, drawing on our evidence of the harm caused by immigration detention.

Working hours : Full time, though as a less preferred alternative a combination of 3 days a week Policy Manager and a 2 or 3 days a week Researcher position would be considered.

Based : Working from home until the end of lockdown – thereafter in the Medical Justice office near Finsbury Park, London, with flexibility to work at home some of the time.

The closing date : Friday 29th Jan 2021

Interviews : Friday 5th Feb 2021  


This is a fantastic opportunity for an exceptional individual with a demonstrable record of policy and research work, ideally within an asylum or immigration detention context. 


You will be responsible for the delivery of our policy, research and parliamentary work.  As part of your role you will gather evidence from our casework and elsewhere to prepare briefings, papers and research reports about the harm caused by immigration detention to alert the Home Office, NHS England, medical professional bodies, parliamentarians, and the courts to ongoing issues. 


Influenced by our robust and unique evidence base, our credibility and effectiveness, as well as the expertise of our staff and volunteers, Medical Justice enjoys excellent collaboration with lawyers, other NGO’s in the field, medical professionals and parliamentarians.  Medical Justice is the only NGO consulted by NHS England on its Service Specifications for healthcare provision in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs).  In 2019 Medical Justice became the secretariat for the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Immigration Detention.  In 2020 Medical Justice was granted Core Participant status in the Brook House IRC Public Inquiry which provides what is probably the best prospect there has ever been to expose ongoing systemic failures in immigration detention.


Working closely with the Director and the Casework Manager, and line managing the Parliamentary and Research Analyst, the successful candidate will play a key role in ensuring Medical Justice has the greatest possible impact on immigration detention policy and practice.


Though the full-time Policy, Research & Parliamentary Manager post is very much preferred, Medical Justice might alternatively consider a combination of a 3 day a week Policy Manager post plus a 2 or 3 day a week Researcher post – if you would be interested in either of those part-time roles, please express your interest as soon as possible.


Medical Justice is keen to look beyond the traditional review of your qualifications and work experience to what relevant knowledge and skills you may have acquired through your life experience. 


To read more and to apply, download the application pack here.