Head of Research Interpretation

An exciting opportunity to work on World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International’s Global Cancer Update Programme.

WCRF International leads and unifies a network of cancer prevention charities based in Europe and the United States and is responsible for our cancer prevention science and policy, as well as offering strategic and operational direction to the WCRF network of charities. Our shared vision is to live in a world where no one develops a preventable cancer.

WCRF International is responsible for delivering our network science programmes. One of these is the Global Cancer Update Programme (CUP Global), which analyses global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

The Global Cancer Update Programme (CUP Global) analyses global cancer prevention and survival research linked to diet, nutrition, physical activity and body weight and is a unique evidence-based resource that plays a key role in advancing knowledge about preventable cancers.

CUP Global is carried out in liaison with Imperial College London and other external collaborators. Experts input into the work is through the Expert Panel and four Expert Committees (covering the four main work areas in CUP Global – cancer incidence, cancer survivors, cancer mechanisms, obesity).

The main purpose of the role is having responsibility for managing the delivery of CUP Global. They will chair the CUP Global Secretariat and also provide support to the Assistant Director of Research and Policy and the Director of Research, Policy and Innovation in the oversight and strategic direction of the programme of work.

As part of the senior management team in our London office they will serve as a link between the CUP Global and other departments such as Policy and Public Affairs, Health Information and Fundraising. An important aspect of the role is providing information and advice to the national charity members of the WCRF network (in the UK, the Netherlands and the US).

The postholder will work closely with the Head of Research Funding on AMRC principles and guidelines and with the Science Project Manager for overall cohesiveness between the two teams within the Science and Research Department.

The post holder will act as a spokesperson on science-related media activities, working closely with colleagues in the Communications Department to determine how to best utilise the science and media aspects of CUP Global work to promote and communicate the science to a range of audiences, including the public, health professionals, policy makers and scientists.

The Head of Research Interpretation reports to the Assistant Director of Research and Policy and is responsible for two direct reports:

  • Research Interpretation Manager
  • Senior Research Interpretation Officer

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