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We are looking for a team to support and critique us in shifting power in our work.
w/c 5 September or 12 September (availability dependent)
Note: The deadline for applications has been extended to the 2nd September 2022.
Impact on Urban Health is part of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation, a charitable foundation based in South London. We address health inequalities by focusing on a few complex health issues that disproportionately impact people living in cities – childhood obesity, multiple long-term conditions, the health effects of air pollution, and children’s mental health. Most of this work is specifically focussed on the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, and learnings are shared in a national and international context.
The areas of health inequalities are addressed in programmatic structures. Additional to the programmes, there is a Research and Development team, which looks at emerging themes around health in our context (both current and future issues) and introduces new ways of working that can be embedded across the organisation.
As a foundation we are aware of the power imbalances when working in lots of different contexts:
All these aspects are important; however, this brief is particularly relevant to the grantmaking aspect of our work, particularly the decision making and strategy, which falls under Impact on Urban Health’s scope. There is a recognition that too many decisions of how funding could be allocated are sitting internally and with little incorporation of perspectives and expertise from individuals and communities that have first-hand experience of the issues Impact on Urban Health looks to address. There is some expertise that exists internally through some staff, however there is a long way to go to ensure that it is truly centred in our grantmaking.
In the next 12 months and beyond, Impact on Urban Health wants to have tested new approaches to shifting power so that we have mechanisms for people and communities from Lambeth and Southwark to shape our work. These 12 months will mark the start of our power journey that will likely last a lot longer. We have already started testing ways to do this, through devolved decision making and participatory processes in small areas of Impact on Urban Health’s work. There is a recognition that we are not experts in this work, however, and would like to recruit a power partner to be able to support and critique us on our journey.
With that context, we are looking for a team to support on a two-phase project. Below is an idea of what the work could look like, but we would like to offer the space to shape the project with the partner.
1. External research, primarily desk-based, covering:
2. Internal ‘audit’, involving conversations with the team, covering:
We would expect the output to be a report and presentation that covers:
This phase will likely start after phase 1 but could commence before phase 1 is complete (at milestone 1a for example).
In recognition that this work could potentially end up being very broad in scope, we would anticipate working closely with the partner at kick off stage and throughout the duration of the project to ensure the remit and level of detail is appropriate.
The role can be conducted remotely, but there may be opportunity for face to face if geography allows.
In selecting a power partner, we will consider:
We have budgeted circa £150,000 for phase 1 and phase 2, which covers 12 months of work. We imagine the work to be completed in the following timeframes:
We would request the following information to be sent to Farid Kelekun by the 2nd September 2022. To ensure the application process is as accessible as possible, we are keeping the requirements quite brief. In no more than 3 pages, please consider the following:
Subsequent timelines will be as follows:
If there are any interim questions, please do ask. Questions can be sent to Farid Kelekun.
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