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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/06/2020.

Policy Officer

Job Reference: J32-A-20-0562

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

The HFEA strives to:

  • be an effective regulator commanding stakeholder confidence by ensuring compliance with the law
  • inform patient choice, securely hold personal data, and maximise public understanding (of available and developing treatments, embryology research, and the HFEA and its role)
  • encourage consistently high quality standards of treatment and research in the sector by putting the patient experience first
  • be an effective organisation with strong governance that adds value and reduces bureaucracy
  • ensure the HFEA and the sector keep abreast of new scientific and research developments through continued collaborative working with scientific and professional bodies
  • recognise and address the needs of the HFEA’s many and varied audiences, and specifically to consider the patient experience in all our work.

Salary £25,430 per annum (plus benefits, including: 27.5 days’ annual leave, entry into the Civil Service Pension Scheme and various others)

Location: 10 Spring Gardens, London, moving to Stratford in late 2020). Due to COVID-19 staff are currently required to work from home. Necessary equipment would be provided.

We are looking for a full time or part time Policy Officer, on a one-year fixed term contract, to support a wide range of policy-related work. We welcome applications from people who are interested in working full-time, part-time or flexible hours.

A key part of this role will be to support the team in carrying out reviews of HFEA policy, project management, drafting committee papers, analysing consultation responses, presenting evidence and giving policy advice. You will 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.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who can work effectively as part of a team, and who has good communication and project support skills. The successful candidate will work on various areas of policy and be responsible for dealing with patient enquiries. You will also be responsible for providing administrative support to the team and across the wider organisation, where necessary. 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.

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 and clinic staff. For more information about the work we do, please visit our website.

Please note that due to COVID-19 interviews will be carried out remotely and the successful candidate will be expected to work from home for the foreseeable future.



We are keen to recruit people with a wide range of skills and experiences and an understanding of issues for a range of people using our services.

We welcome applications from people, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status or pregnancy or maternity status.

Our Equality Objectives include building a diverse workforce, ensuring staff are treated fairly at work and ensuring all staff have the learning and development they need on equality and human rights in order to undertake their job role.

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