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About Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF)

Meningitis Research Foundation is a leading UK and international charity working to defeat meningitis wherever it exists.
 
Meningitis and sepsis are together the second biggest infectious killer of children under the age of 5 globally. It strikes quickly and can affect anyone of any age. We are driven by the call of people who have experienced the devastating effects in their lives. Their demand is simple and powerful - to ensure “no other family has to go through what we have”.
 
Our vision is of a world free from meningitis and septicaemia. A world where effective vaccinations can protect everyone.  A world where people who do get the diseases get the most effective diagnosis and treatments possible. A world where people affected and their families have the best support and information.
 
To achieve this we bring together people and expertise, linking patient experience, research, policy and practice. We do this by supporting research into effective vaccines, diagnostics and treatments. We share results of the research with the public, health care professionals and research networks to raise awareness of what they can do to increase personal, family and community protection, optimise treatments and strengthen health systems.

We provide direct support to people and families affected. We believe that working in partnership the knowledge, experience, skills and finance available from the private sector are essential to achieving long term and sustainable impacts. We fundraise, inform and educate.
 
Over nearly 30 years we have played an instrumental role in helping to reduce death and disability from meningitis and septicaemia wherever it exists. To achieve this our incredible supporters have enabled us to fund research in the UK, Europe, North and South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Australasia.
 
With a drive to continue ongoing work in the UK and Ireland whilst growing our international presence significantly, we are about to embark on a new phase of development for the charity. We believe there has never been a more exciting time to join our 40 strong team at offices in Bristol, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin.
 
We value imagination, effectiveness and productivity in our work and provide an encouraging environment for enthusiastic, dedicated professionals to grow. We reward with good working conditions, competitive salaries and terms and conditions, respect and equal opportunities.

MRF is committed to safeguarding, any advertised role will require references and confirmation of your identity will be undertaken. Specific roles will state if there is a requirement for further checks.

Events Fundraiser 

Salary: £18,000 + 6% pension contribution
Location: Bristol
Benefits:
  • 6% employer pension contribution
  • 24.5 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays
  • Employee assistance programme in place with free access to confidential, professional legal and health advice
  • Cycle to work scheme
Purpose: To work as part of our community fundraising team in organising, recruiting and resourcing our student overseas treks and other student events. Recruit and manage participants for our running programme. Provide additional support to the fundraising team in other areas of fundraising work.

The candidate: We are seeking an enthusiastic, outgoing candidate who is passionate about fundraising especially within the student market. You will be sociable and enjoy networking as the role will require relationship management as well as looking to develop new university partnerships. You will also be a confident presenter and work well as part of a team.

The application process: The closing date for completed applications by email is 9am 11th February 2019. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further please contact Jenny Robinson on 0333 4056 241.

Please return application and equal opportunities forms via e-mail to laurah@meningitis.org or post to Laura Hardidge at Meningitis Research Foundation, Newminster House, Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1LT. Please be advised that CVs alone will not be considered.
Job Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Form

 

Fundraising and Support Officer

Salary: £25,000 + 6% pension contribution
Location: Edinburgh
Benefits:
  • 6% employer pension contribution
  • 24.5 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays
  • Employee assistance programme in place with free access to confidential, professional legal and health advice
  • Home working: where appropriate staff can split time between the office and home as agreed with their line manager
  • Cycle to work scheme
Purpose: 
  • To support, develop and inspire volunteers, community fundraisers and key supporters, utilising these networks to raise funds that enable MRF to achieve a world without meningitis and septicemia
  • To ensure individuals and families affected by meningitis and septicaemia have the support, guidance and information they need
  • To raise the public profile of the MRF with families and key stakeholders in the community
  • To deliver the agreed community fundraising strategy, implementation plan, targets and income growth
The candidate: The ideal candidate will be a natural leader with excellent communication skills. They will bring real energy and drive to a role that requires flexibility, working with volunteers and developing and securing fundraising opportunities in their community.  

The application process: The closing date for completed applications by email is 9am 11th February 2019. Interviews will be held on week beginning 18th February 2019. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further please contact Diane McConnell, Dianem@meningitis.org.

Please return application and equal opportunities forms via e-mail to laurah@meningitis.org or post to Laura Hardidge at Meningitis Research Foundation, Newminster House, Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1LT. Please be advised that CVs alone will not be considered.
Job Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Form

 

Policy and Advocacy Manager

Salary: £30-35k depending on experience + 6% pension contribution

Location: Flexible location, with a minimum of 3 days per week in Meningitis Research Foundation’s Bristol Office

Contract type: Fixed term for 18 months with possibility of extension

Benefits:
  • 6% employer pension contribution
  • 24.5 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays
  • Employee assistance programme in place with free access to confidential, professional legal and health advice
  • Cycle to work scheme
Context: A new global roadmap to defeat meningitis by 2030 is being developed following a high-level meeting hosted by Wilton Park and organised by MRF in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO). The meeting united experts, patient groups and representatives from countries most affected behind a call for global action. MRF was asked to be part of an expert taskforce by the WHO to take this process forward. This role and the roadmap process offer MRF significant new policy, advocacy and programming opportunities in the UK, Ireland and internationally. In addition, our work in the UK and Ireland continues in earnest and several policy barriers exist that prevent maximum available protection from meningitis and the best diagnosis, treatment and support.

The candidate: You will develop and implement Meningitis Research Foundation’s (MRF’s) policy and advocacy plans at UK, Ireland and global levels. You will be a strategic thinker who will draw on outstanding experience building stakeholder relationships to monitor policy developments and implement activities that ensure MRF generates the impact needed to defeat meningitis by 2030. You will employ a collaborative style of working and be driven to make your mark.  

The application process:
The closing date for completed applications is 11th February 2019. Interviews will be held shortly after (14th and 15th February to be confirmed). If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further please contact Rob Dawson at robd@meningitis.org.

Following receipt of satisfactory references the successful candidate will be able to start work as soon as possible after receiving their offer of employment.
Job Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Form

 

Community and Events Fundraiser - Part time 3 days (21.75 hours) a week

Salary: Up to €27000 (€16,200 pro rata) depending on experience + 6% pension contribution

Location: Dublin

Benefits:
  • 6% employer pension contribution
  • 24.5 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays
  • Employee assistance programme in place with free access to confidential, professional legal and health advice
  • Home working: where appropriate staff can split time between the office and home as agreed with their line manager
  • Cycle to work scheme
Context: We currently have well-established community and student fundraising teams based in the UK (partnering with 20 universities nationwide). We are looking to replicate this success in Ireland, building new relationships and increasing fundraising income from local and national events, (including Dublin women’s mini marathon, runs, parachute jumps and local events) as well as student overseas treks.

The candidate: We are seeking an enthusiastic, outgoing candidate who is passionate about fundraising. You will be sociable and enjoy networking as the role will require relationship management as well as looking to develop new partnerships within higher education and the student market. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator who is proactive in encouraging fundraising activity of all kinds and contributes to the achievement of overall fundraising targets.

The application process: The closing date for completed applications by email is 9am 11th February 2019. Interviews will be held on 13th February 2019, please be prepared to attend on this date if shortlisted for interview.
Following receipt of satisfactory references the successful candidate will be able to start work as soon as possible after receiving their offer of employment.
Job Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Form

 

Support and Communications Officer - Part Time 2 days (14.5 hours) a week

Salary: Up to €29,000 (€11,600 pro rata) depending on experience + 6% pension contribution

Location: Dublin

Benefits:
  • 6% employer pension contribution
  • 24.5 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays
  • Employee assistance programme in place with free access to confidential, professional legal and health advice
  • Home working: where appropriate staff can split time between the office and home as agreed with their line manager
  • Cycle to work scheme
Context: This is a new and exciting opportunity for the right candidate to work together with the charity’s established communication and support teams. Historically Ireland has had the highest case rates of meningitis in Europe, we provide support to those who have been affected and raise awareness of the disease.

The candidate: The successful candidate will offer ongoing support to individuals and families who have experienced meningitis and septicaemia. You should be able to demonstrate empathy and experience of handing sensitive content with tact and care. Ideally someone with knowledge in communications to support and promote compelling awareness campaigns in order to to influence opinion and decision makers.

The application process: The closing date for completed applications by email is 9am 11th February 2019. Interviews will be held on 13th February 2019, please be prepared to attend on this date if shortlisted for interview. 
Following receipt of satisfactory references the successful candidate will be able to start work as soon as possible after receiving their offer of employment.
Job Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Form

 

MRF Trustees  - Voluntary 

Context
In September 2018 the MRF Board conducted a skills and board review and identified the need to increase its diversity and experience.  We are, therefore, seeking several new Trustees to join the existing Board of 10 members. Ideally the Board wishes to appoint 4-6 new Trustees at this time.
 

Role Profile
The duties of a trustee are to:

  • Ensure that MRF pursues its stated charitable objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by contributing to developing and agreeing a long-term strategy
  • Ensure that MRF complies with its governing document (ie its trust deed, constitution or memorandum and articles of association), charity law, company law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensure that MRF applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects for the benefit of the public.   This means the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are.
  • Ensure that MRF defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguard the good name and values of MRF
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of MRF, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensure the financial stability of MRF
  • Protect and manage the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds
  • Follow proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the Chief Executive
The application process: If you are interested in this role, please complete the application form and email your CV and a covering letter setting out why becoming a Trustee of MRF appeals and what skills and experience you would bring to the role to Laura Hardidge laurah@meningitis.org.

If you would like an informal discussion before applying, please email MRF Chair Dr Brian Scott bscottbrian@gmail.com

If your application is successful you will be invited to an interview involving the Chair, a member of the senior management team, and another member of the Board.
Job Pack
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Form

 

Student Fundraising Support - Voluntary 

About the role
We are looking for a volunteer to help support our student fundraising department to recruit fundraisers for marathons and the three peaks challenge through phone and email communications. You will gain knowledge of events fundraising and make a genuine contribution to the work of the charity by recruiting fundraisers who will be raising £600 - £1,200 each. 

This role would suit anyone who is interested in fundraising (especially within events or student fundraising) and would like an insight into donor care, understanding mass participation events and would like to develop their IT and communication skills.
 

What activities will you be involved in?

  • Calling up leads for the Three Peaks and Amsterdam Marathon
  • Data input
  • Creating and sending communications to student fundraisers
  • Supporting student fundraisers
  • Supporting the wider fundraising team 

What are we looking for?
If you have some or all of the following skills and experience then we'd love to hear from you:

  • Ideally starting around 28th January – 1st March
  • Available 2 days a week, ideally Monday and Friday for 2-3 hours in the afternoon
  • Good IT proficiency and attention to detail
  • Confident speaking on the phone
  • Good written communications skills

Training will be given where appropriate

If you are interested in this role, please complete the volunteer application form and email to Laura Hardidge laurah@meningitis.org.

If you would like an informal discussion before applying, please contact Jenny Robinson – Fundraising Manager. Contact details 0333 405 6241 or email jennyr@meningitis.org
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Application Form
Equal Opportunities Form

 
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