Biosecurity Policy Adviser

The Centre For Long-Term Resilience (CLTR)
Location London, United Kingdom
Application deadline 8 March 2024
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary £63.4k to £80k depending on skill set and experience, plus a generous benefits package
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The Centre For Long-Term Resilience is seeking a Biosecurity Policy Adviser to contribute to developing, evaluating, and advocating for impactful biosecurity policies aimed at reducing extreme biological risks.

About the organisation

The Centre for Long-Term Resilience (CLTR) is a UK-based (London), non-profit and independent think tank with a mission to transform global resilience to extreme risks. We achieve this by working with governments and institutions, offering targeted, evidence-based advice designed to enhance understanding, decision-making and governance – with a particular emphasis on advising the UK government.

Key roles and responsibilities

Biosecurity policy development (approximately 60% of the role):

  • Collaboratively developing robust and evidence-based policy recommendations.
  • Refining policy suggestions through in-depth evaluation, analysis, and independent research of high-priority topics.
  • Conducting literature reviews and summarising research and reports, including academic and policy papers.
  • Liaising with relevant external stakeholders in academia, industry and think tanks to develop policy and reports informed by expert views.
  • Presenting at biosecurity conferences, meetings and other public and private events, representing CLTR and our Biosecurity Policy Unit.
  • Assisting with running CLTR biosecurity events, including workshops and roundtables, in line with our strategic priorities.

Government engagement (approximately 25% of the role):

  • Liaising with government stakeholders, including planning, attending and leading meetings with senior government officials.
  • Delivering research or policy analysis in response to high-value requests from government stakeholders, where and when these align with our strategic priorities.
  • Evaluating government plans and strategies relevant to our biosecurity priority workstreams, suggesting areas for improvement and methods to support.
  • Assisting with maintaining our positive relationships with current government stakeholders while actively strengthening our network.
  • Connecting leading subject matter experts to government stakeholders.
  • Promoting our policy recommendations to government audiences through private and public engagement, including media outreach.

CLTR teamwork (approximately 15% of the role):

  • Working with the broader CLTR team to further the organisation’s mission.
  • Contributing to the development and creation of organisation-wide policy frameworks.
  • Participating in comprehensive stakeholder analysis with the broader team.
  • Actively contributing to strategic plans, organisational development, and regular team meetings.
  • Providing constructive feedback to colleagues and reciprocating with support for team inputs.
  • Collaborating on cross-unit projects, uniting our policy areas and workstreams under the CLTR umbrella.

Experience and skills

The CLTR Biosecurity Policy Unit is looking for candidates with:

  • Strong motivation to reduce extreme biological risks and alignment with CLTR’s mission.
  • Experience in research, policy, or advocacy in biosecurity or a related field.
  • A good understanding of the biosecurity landscape, with an awareness of key threats and relevant national and international governance measures.
  • The ability to think clearly and independently about extreme biological risks, and the role of government in mitigating those risks.
  • Strong research, critical thinking, and synthesis skills including the ability to conduct literature reviews and analyse and evaluate biosecurity-relevant technical topics.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong project management and organisational skills, with a track record of executing tasks independently and effectively.
  • The ability to balance deep thinking about our strategy and policy recommendations with the pragmatism needed to execute on their implementation.
  • The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion when required.