Hiring: Programme Manager for Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence for Children programme

Job listing

Published 22nd December 2023

Paediatric Programme Manager – Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence for Children

Please email CV and Cover Letter directly. In the cover letter please explain why you’d like to role and why you’d be a good fit.

Are you passionate about improving cancer care for children with a brain tumour?

A unique opportunity to join a fast-growing public health organisation working on transformational programmes, backed by the UK government and major cancer charities. We are recruiting a programme manager to manage the Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence initiative for children and to assist the Mission with its national programme portfolio to transform care and outcomes for children with brain tumours. We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised team-player with an interest in public health and cancer care to join our team.

To learn more about the Children initiative, read more on our website and the accompanying evidence base.

Salary: £38 – £40k for 37.5 hours a week

Contract type: Full-time

Location: Office is based in leafy Highgate, North London – hybrid working offered with 3 days in the office and other days work from home

Main duties of the job

About us

TJBCM is a national organisation delivering transformative programmes to improve brain tumour research, treatment and care in the UK.

TJBCM designs and delivers a national portfolio of eight transformational programmes. We deliver innovative programmes focused on: Accelerating research, building state of the art clinical trial infrastructure, improving care for today’s patients and connecting and training NHS staff through a novel digital platform. Our work is funded and supported by the government through the National Institute of Health Research, as well as eight different cancer charities. Over 90 NHS doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and scientists from across the UK work daily with the Mission to design and deliver its programmes, which are jointly delivered with its partner organisations.

The Mission is a small but growing organisation with six employees and a pool of research assistants to support the core team. By joining TJBCM, you will have the opportunity to become the seventh full-time employee in a successful, fast-paced, growing start-up with digital and data health programmes, with a unique purpose of improving treatment outcomes nationally.


The TJBCM is currently focussed on brain tumour treatment, care and research in the UK. The aim is to extend the mission in the future by building out the current programme offering and grow its impact by branching out internationally and supporting other hard-to-treat cancers. The successful candidate will be offered the opportunity to help shape this growth.


 Job description

  1. Program Summary

The Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence for children is an NHS and Department of Health and Social Care supported programme that aims to improve brain tumour treatment, care and research in UK NHS paediatric neuro-oncology centres. The programme elevates hospital care through data-driven analysis, designating excellence awards, training, and tailored support. The adult version of the programme is the Mission’s flagship programme, and has to date demonstrated extensive impact across the UK and gained national buy-in, an excellent reputation and is demonstrating real-world impact for patients. We used findings from the adult programme to convene a group of ministers, senior clinicians and academics in the Parliamentary estate to discuss tangible actions on brain cancer care, and we wish to repeat this in 2024 for the children’s programme.

The children’s programme has recently completed its first review round of 15 children’s hospitals in the UK, with several of these centres awarded Excellence status and given feedback to improve their services. The programme manager would therefore be joining the Mission at a crucial time, working to develop and grow the impact of the programme, with the ultimate aim of ensuring that every children’s hospital provides excellent and equitable care.

  1. Job summary

Responsibilities and duties:

Content Creation and Programme Delivery.

Policy activities

Provide efficient and effective programme management functions

Stakeholder Management


Programme and overall TJBCM strategy support


  1. Person Specification

We are looking for an adaptive, driven and highly skilled Programme Manager who will help the team successfully launch and deliver this new programme. The ideal candidate will be a highly organised team player, with excellent verbal and written communication skills and with a clear growth mindset. An interest in public health is a must, as well as a proven track-record in managing complex projects.













If you do not fit every requirement, we still encourage you to still apply noting your other experience relevant to the role. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.


What we offer:


Equal Opportunity and Diversity Statement:

The Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission is committed to achieving a working environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, disability, religion or beliefs, age or sexual orientation. We work hard to remove unfair and discriminatory practices within the Mission and to encourage full contribution from its diverse community. The Mission is committed to actively opposing all forms of discrimination. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.


  1. How to apply:

Please send an up-to-date CV (2 page max) along with a cover letter (1.5 page max), addressing the following:


Application deadline: we will interview strong candidates on a rolling basis.

Email application to: nicky.huskens@tessajowellbcm.org and camille.goetz@tessajowellbcm.org