Cochrane seeks - CEO Support Officer

Specifications: Part Time (0.6 FTE), 12 Month Fixed Term Contract Salary: £50,000 FTE, £30,000 pro rata Location: Remote Working Possible Closing Date 29.03

Specifications: Part Time (0.6 FTE), 12 Month Fixed Term Contract (Secondment Opportunity Possible)
Salary: £50,000 FTE, £30,000 pro rata
Location: Flexible – Remote Working Possible
Application Closing Date: 29th March 2020

This role is an exciting opportunity to use your experience as a Support Officer to make a difference in the field of health care research. 

This role will provide high-level support to Cochrane’s Chief Executive Officer in managing the business of the Senior Management Team (SMT), Central Executive Team (CET) and wider Cochrane organization; and supporting the work of the Governance & Strategy, and External Affairs & Geographic Groups’ Support units within the Chief Executive’s Office.
The key areas of this role include:

1. Support to the CEO

  • Provide general support to the CEO’s leadership and management of the Senior Management Team, Central Executive Team and overall organisation (including ensuring effective preparation and follow up of internal management and external stakeholder meetings).
  • Working with the CEO and Executive Support Manager, manage development of the substantive agendas and follow up of Senior Management Team meetings.
  • Lead and manage development of the substantive agendas and facilitate key SMT and CET meetings - including CET Webinars, SMT Away Days and the CET annual meeting.
  • Undertake other project work, when requested to do so, by the CEO.
  • Support the CEO and the communications staff within the Knowledge Translation Department in the preparation of CEO communications to internal and external audiences.
  • Contribute to Cochrane’s planning and budgeting processes, and prepare and monitor CEO Office budgets on behalf of the CEO;
  • Maintain a culture of dynamic, high-quality work which values attention to detail.

2. Support to CEOO Units
External Affairs & Geographic Groups’ Support Unit

  • Support the Head of unit’s management of Cochrane’s Geographic Networks and Groups: including support to new and existing Networks; facilitating new Geographic Group registration processes; monitoring and supporting development of general management agreements; administering and supporting annual reporting (narrative and financial) of all Groups;

Governance & Strategy Unit

  • Support the review of Cochrane’s Strategy to 2020; and development of its new strategy from January 2021 and the accompanying monitoring, evaluation and reporting processes and systems;
  • Provide support to the team working on Cochrane’s next strategic plan, including project support and written communications (there is flexibility to become more involved as time allows)
  • Provide ongoing project and communications support to the strategy team from 2021 onwards

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • A degree (or equivalent experience).
  • A full understanding of and commitment to Cochrane’s strategic aims.
  • Experience of working within or contributing to Cochrane.
  • Excellent written communication skills – including the ability to draft papers, prepare presentations and other documentation in clear, concise and accurate plain English to tight timescales.
  • Proven analytical skills with the intellectual ability to assess complex documents and issues, commission and quality-assure papers and reports.
  • Ability to work under pressure, make decisions and to solve problems. The post-holder must be able to deal with conflicting demands and prioritise work whilst ensuring that a high-quality service is provided and that deadlines are met.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required as the role involves interaction with senior internal and external stakeholders.
  • A high degree of discretion in handling and/or communicating sensitive and confidential issues and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to with “CEOO Support Officer” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

  • For further information, please download the full job description from here
  • Deadline for applications: 29th March 2020 (12 midnight GMT)
  • Interviews to be held on: From 17th April 2020 onwards
Thursday, March 12, 2020