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Director, Health Policy

Job Reference tbigc/TP/5126/896 #LI-AG1

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Permanent/Full Time
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35 Hours per week
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Focus of the Role

The Director of Health Policy is a new role within the Policy and Politics division, leading a team covering all elements of health policy (broader questions around public services policy will be dealt with by a separate team but the two are expected to be closely connected). This will include thinking about the vital elements of health policy, including funding and structures for health delivery, application of new technology, better use of data, life sciences industries, and support for public health.

The Director will play a leading role in connecting Policy work to TBI’s Strategy and Partnerships division. The understanding and network possessed by the holder of the post will be vital in identifying organisations with whom we can work and opportunities for deeper partnership.

The Director is also expected to work closely with other policy teams on issues such as public service reform, fiscal framework, net zero, transport etc to ensure the overall policy package we develop globally is ambitious but also coherent and affordable. 

This role reports to the Executive Director, Policy, and requires close working relationships with the Institute’s Executive Chairman, CEO, senior global Advisory colleagues, our Strategy and Partnerships and Internal Operations teams.

Key Responsibilities

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The holder of this position will:

  • Lead a research programme to explore national and global health trends and policy challenges
  • Develop analysis of issues and policy responses, including specific recommendations for governments and policymakers
  • Oversee production of very high-quality published work and private briefing material, either for health policy specialists, government counterparts, partners, or a general political audience
  • Provide direct advice to senior leaders in TBI, and to external clients
  • Advocate for the Institute’s point of view in external meetings and conferences, or through the media, growing our reputation in the field
  • Provide collaboration and specific expertise to other strands of policy work
  • Lead a stream of work within the Future of Britain programme, contribute to the overall policy strategy and play a part in its presentation and advocacy
  • Support Advisory and Strategy and Partnerships colleagues to develop our reputation for health policy around the world, through appearances at forums outside the UK and work on regional or national policy questions
  • Support senior leaders in the Institute in their external engagements on health policy
  • Manage and be accountable for the team’s budget, ensuring expenditure is in line with budget, with robust management accountability
  • Build, lead, coach and direct a team that operates in a globally integrated way across TBI
  • Ensure the growth and development of a high-performing culture and provide a continued focus on learning, development and employee well-being
  • Oversee and be accountable for recruitment across the practice
  • Build strong, collaborative relationships across TBI and actively champion TBI’s progressive values

Person Specification

  • A sustained and extensive track record producing cutting-edge work in health policy within government, business, academia or a policy organisation
  • Deep familiarity with health policy, including:
    • Structures and models for delivering health services
    • Application of new technology and data to health services, whether in direct citizen interaction or back-office reorganisation
    • Research and development into new treatments and drugs, and their introduction to the market
    • Measures to improve public health
    • Models for delivering investment and day-today spending to health services and have ideas of how to make each of these better
  • Deep knowledge of health policy at a strategic design level, at the service level and from the point of view of citizens
  • Very extensive and deep network of global contacts through medical practice, industry, academia and policymaking in health policy
  • Experience of working closely with political leaders
  • Sustained and extensive track record of public speaking and advocacy on health policy, including via broadcast media
  • An outstanding ability to communicate complex issues to a range of audiences, from executive office level through to technical level
  • A track record of leading high-performing teams and proven ability to build, inspire and retain teams to achieve exceptional objectives
  • Excellent teamwork skills to work successfully within a complex and diverse organisation
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial, and challenge the status-quo and develop plans for successful delivery of challenging objectives

The following attributes are advantageous:

  • Have achieved national or international recognition of their work in the field, e.g. through citation, media coverage, formal recognition or awards
  • Academic qualifications in a relevant field, and/or experience working directly in service implementation
  • Experience of working in a more than one national setting



About The Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. We exist to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies.  We do this through developing policy and advising governments.  We work hard, every day, to make a difference. When governments work well they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We work relentlessly to support leader and governments with the challenges they face. Giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people  

As an organisation, the core beliefs we all embrace are: 

  • Open and Progressive: you’ll believe in the value of teamwork 
  • Bold and Pragmatic: you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity 
  • Optimistic Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results 

TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work.  It’s our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We’re happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you\'re successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.