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Public Affairs Assistant 

Based at: Unit 4D, Leroy House, 436 Essex Road, London N1 3QP
Line Manager: Public Affairs Manager
Term: Full time (35 hours a week) 6 months, with potential to extend
This post is subject to a 12 week probation period
Salary: £22,000 per annum 

Closing date: Midnight Monday 11 July 
Interview date: Thursday 14 July 

About us  

Genetic Alliance UK is the highly respected and authoritative national umbrella charity working to improve the lives of all those affected by genetic disorders. We work in a fast moving scientific and clinical environment putting the issues and needs of patients and families on research and healthcare policy and practice forward to government and the NHS.

Job Purpose

Genetic Alliance UK is looking for a Public Affairs Assistant who will be able to support Genetic Alliance UK’s policy and public affairs work, in particular working on the Rare Disease UK campaign. The Public Affairs Assistant will be a key member of the Genetic Alliance UK policy team, providing assistance with analysing, researching and briefing on parliamentary developments across the UK. 

Key responsibilities of this post  

-Contacting and maintaining relationships with MPs and Peers.
-Undertaking research activity (qualitative and quantitative), identifying critical information and writing reports.
-Assisting the Public Affairs Manager to provide the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions.
-Providing high quality written copy for internal and external publications, including producing briefings.
-Assisting the Public Affairs Manager to arrange stakeholder engagement events and other meetings/events.
-Communicating with Rare Disease UK supporters and other external organisations and individuals.
-Producing regular email newsletters for Rare Disease UK supporters and stakeholders.
-Developing and maintaining our social media presence.
-Responsible for political monitoring activities.
-Regularly producing website posts.
-Responsible for maintaining the patient experiences blog on the Rare Disease UK website.
-Attending relevant meetings/conferences, representing the organisation.
-Undertaking other reasonable tasks required by Genetic Alliance UK when needed.

Person Specification 

Education and qualifications 

-Graduate or equivalent experience.
-Good level of IT literacy. 

Essential qualities, skills and experience: 

-Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. 
-Ability to write clear and logical documents. 
-Ability to work both as part of a team and independently. 
-A can-do attitude to work, with enthusiasm and creativity. 
-Attention to detail to all aspects of work. 
-A logical and organised approach to work. 
-Ability to meet agreed deadlines, prioritise workload and maximise the use of time. 
-An ability to adapt writing style for a range of audiences. 
-Experience in online communication platforms. 
-A commitment to the aims and objectives of Genetic Alliance UK. 

Desirable qualities, skills and experience

-Experience of public affairs work and political monitoring.
-Experience of undertaking qualitative and quantitative research.
-Appreciation of current issues in genetics and health care and their impact on patients and families.
-Experience of the voluntary and/or health sector.

Additional requirements

-To be able to work occasional evenings and weekends.
-Willing to undertake occasional travel in the UK and Europe.

To apply:

  • Send your CV and covering letter to

Internship vacancies

There are currently no internship vacancies, check back soon!

Internships at Genetic Alliance UK

We are a small, expert and enthusiastic team. Our interns become a part of the team and have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the work we do to provide support for, and campaign alongside all those affected by genetic conditions. We always try to ensure that our interns have the best possible experience with us.

We offer a variety of internships. You might lead on your own project, such as organising an event or researching and producing a report, or gain experience of working alongside colleagues on a number of different projects at once. This could involve engaging with our patient group membership, developing policy positions, delivering workshops and focus groups or producing content for our website and social media platforms.

Our aim is to ensure that you have a valuable learning experience and that the skills and expertise you gain whilst working at Genetic Alliance UK will enhance your CV and enable you to progress on your chosen career path. We also like to learn from our interns, and welcome new ideas on how we can improve the way we work and particularly, how we can make sure our interns get the most out of the time they spend with us.

For all our interns, we promise to:

  • Give you interesting work that we would otherwise be happy to do ourselves;
  • Provide a clear work plan whilst giving you the autonomy to shape your own role;
  • Ensure that you have as much support and guidance as you need whilst you are with us;
  • Give you the opportunity to gain experience in the skills areas you are most keen to develop;
  • Work the hours and the days that are most convenient for you.

While we do our best to secure funds to support our interns while they work with us, this is not always possible. We will always cover our interns’ travel and lunch costs though, and do not permit our unpaid interns to work more than three days a week.

You can see what our previous interns have to say about their experience with us below. We use feedback from our interns to improve their experience.


Feedback from previous interns


I really enjoyed my experience of working as a public affairs intern at Genetic Alliance UK. During my time there I was able to attend different meetings and conferences where I got a good insight into the inner workings of the charity as well as its interactions with other bodies. The best part of the internship was completing two research tasks and then feeding back my findings to the rest of the team; the independence I was given during these tasks definitely strengthened some of my key skills. I would highly recommend this internship as you learn a lot, get a fair amount of responsibility and become part of a really friendly and helpful team.


I really enjoyed working with the policy team of Genetic Alliance UK. I had little experience in policy and working with the policy team gave me a good overview of the different tasks they have to complete. I had the chance to draft consultation responses and statements, and help at workshops and conferences. The team was very friendly and supportive and think the internship provides a good insight into the workings of policy.


My time as an intern at Genetic Alliance UK was a great overall experience. I had the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks, from communicating with our members to maintaining our online presence. On top of this, my favourite experience was attending and helping to organise our parliamentary receptions across the UK in recognition of Rare Disease Day 2014. This was a great chance to meet with some of our members and learn more about the benefits of our work. The atmosphere in the office was incredibly friendly and everyone in the team was very welcoming. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in working there!


It was a very enriching experience overall and I learnt a lot. I was directly involved in recruiting companies and community groups for the event. It was the first time I worked in Corporate Fundraising and the internship gave me a good insight of this area of fundraising. I always felt encouraged to participate and the other team members would take into account my suggestions and ask for my opinion. I loved the variety in the role and the working environment was excellent very friendly and helpful.


My experience was really positive; everyone was really supportive, friendly and helpful. The pink hoody was also nice! I enjoyed being part of the Genetic Alliance UK team.


I really enjoyed my internship at Genetic Alliance UK. I had never done an internship abroad before, so I was really excited. In university, all the data you need is served on a platter. At Genetic Alliance UK I saw how it works in reality: sometimes a bit difficult but also a huge challenge. Besides that I liked that the atmosphere was really informal, that way it was easy to talk to someone or to ask and get in touch with each other. I didn't feel boundaries and that causes to really get to know my lovely colleagues). It was amazing to see how the team works, everybody was so tailored to each other and worked together really well!