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News - Global Affairs

With almost 25% of our members residing outside the UK in approximately 100 countries, this is an exciting time to get involved in the College’s global health work and activities. We are developing an ambitious global strategy and network, underpinned by our commitment to build a diverse and inclusive College, accessible to all of our members wherever they reside and deliver surgery care.

We have a range of opportunities available for members at all levels who wish to represent the College, inform our global health and global surgery agenda and partner with us to improve access to high quality, safe and affordable surgery.

Global Surgery Policy Unit

The Global Surgery Policy Unit (GSPU) is a unique strategic collaboration between RCS England and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Established to advance global public health, surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia care, with a particular focus on low and middle-income countries (LMICs), the Unit will be based at the LSE and will work to strengthen the evidence-base for global surgery through high-level policy research, capacity-building partnerships and advocacy initiatives aimed at influencing decision-makers and empowering communities. The College is seeking expressions of interest for the following roles:

Board Members (x3)

The work of the Unit will be overseen by a nine-member board, which will be co-chaired by the College and the LSE. Further information about the board and its role can be found here: GSPU Board 

Co-Director

The College is seeking to appoint a Co-Director for the Unit who will work alongside the LSE-appointed Co-Director to provide strategic and operational leadership for the Unit. Further information about this role can be found here: GSPU Co-Director

International Advisory Forum (IAF) Members

A multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral International Advisory Forum (IAF) is being established to support and inform the work and activities of the Unit. Further information about the Forum and its role can be found here: International Advisory Forum

Research Fellows (x2)

The Unit is seeking to appoint two Research Fellows who will lead the Unit's analytical research work in relation to the health economics aspect of global surgery systems, care and policies.  Recruitment to these roles is being led by the LSE through its recruitment portal:

Global Governance & Representation

We have established a committee structure to support our global engagement activities. Our Global Affairs Standing Committee (GASC) provides overall cross-organisational leadership, direction and accountability for all aspects of our work. We are creating a network of advisors to represent our international members. Our approach is designed to recognise the value and contribution of our internationally diverse membership base. We warmly welcome expressions of interest for the following roles:

Global Surgical Advisors (x3)

We are seeking to appoint three Global Surgical Advisors (GSAs) to represent the College and act as a strategic voice for international members. A GSA will be appointed for each of the following regions: Americas, Europe and Southeast Asia. Further information about these roles can be found here: Global Surgical Advisors

Country Advisors

We are seeking to appoint a network of Country Advisors to represent the College and act as a point of contact for in-country members. Further information about this role can be found here: Country Advisor - Terms of Reference

Global Policy & Advocacy Committee Members (x10)

We are seeking to appoint members to our Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) Committee. This Committee provides strategic advice and guidance on the development and implementation of our global health policy, advocacy and communications priorities. Further information about this Committee can be found here: GPA Committee

Global Surgery Programmes Committee (x7)

We are seeking to appoint members to our Global Surgery Programmes (GSP) Committee. This Committee oversees the development and implementation of our surgical systems strengthening and capacity building programmes (‘Global Surgery’), volunteering and collaborations. Further information about this Committee can be found here: GSP Committee

Global Oral Health Committee (x13)

We have partnered with the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) to establish a Global Oral Health (GOH) Committee to improve access to high quality, safe and affordable oral surgical care. This Committee will oversee the development and implementation of our surgical and dental systems strengthening activities. Further information about this Committee can be found here: GOH Committee

How to apply

Expressions of interest for all of these positions are invited from members who feel that they are able to contribute to the College's global agenda and international work. Applications from non-UK members are particularly encouraged. To apply for these positions, please complete our online Expression of Interest Form and email your  CV (no more than 8 sides of A4) to the Global Affairs Team by Monday 31 January 2022.

Information webinars

We will be holding three information webinars on Monday 17 January 2022 for those who would like to learn more about these roles. If you would like to attend a webinar, please register below:

We are global: member roles and opportunities

  1. Webinar session 1: 2pm-3.15pm (GMT) - Register for session 1
  2. Webinar session 2: 4pm-5.15pm (GMT) - Register for session 2
  3. Webinar session 3: 6.30pm-7.15pm (GMT) - Register for session 3

Please note: you only need to attend one webinar.

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