Senior Research & Intelligence Officer

Jack Judge House, Oldbury, B69 2AJ/Working remotely
Band H SCP 38-43 (£42,614 - £47,665 Per Annum) (£22.09 - £24.71 Per Hour)
14 Jun 2022
28 Jun 2022
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This role is a fixed term contract until July 2023.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop the approach to evaluation and use of evidence across the Council to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities for the Sandwell population.

The Senior Research & Development Officer will spend two days per week focusing on the evaluation of interventions to increase COVID-19 vaccination uptake and reduce vaccine hesitancy as part of the NIHR Public Health Intervention Responsive Study Team (PHIRST), working within the PHIRST Fusion team and with other local authorities in the region (Birmingham and Walsall). As part of this role they will identify key stakeholders to interview, negotiate access to data and governance/data protection measures, and contribute to the evaluation process (qualitative and quantitative).

The remaining time will be spent working across Council directorates and with external partners and stakeholders to strengthen research activity and culture, supporting the embedding of evidence-informed practice alongside effective monitoring and evaluation of programmes, projects, services and interventions. Facilitating links as a ‘navigator’ will be key to both elements of this post, with key partners including other Local Authorities, Third Sector and community organisations, NHS, University of Birmingham and the PHIRST.

The post would ideally suit a postgraduate or postdoctoral researcher looking to apply and develop their research skills in a Local Authority setting, and to understand potential challenges and opportunities within the Local Authority in translating evidence into practice. This post is partly funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

Candidates should have:

  • At least a Masters degree level in a relevant subject, with at least 5 years of experience in research
  • A genuine interest and willingness to engage fully in the research process, and desire to work to improve the public’s health and reduce health inequalities
  • An adaptable, flexible and motivated approach, with the ability to independently drive and support the evaluative and research agenda in diverse communities
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and the ability to build effective relationships with a range of different stakeholders and at different levels
  • Experience and knowledge of research methods and analytic techniques (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Understanding of research ethics and good research principles, and experience of practical application

You will also be required to undertake an Standard Disclosure and Barring Check.

Interviews will be held the week commencing 11 July 2022.

For an informal discussion, please contact Lina Martino: or Jason Copp:

Our Values; Trust, Unity and Progress make us unique, they define how we do things and are reflected in the way we behave. They are important to us, guiding and shaping our organisational culture. Our values are key to us achieving Sandwell’s Vision 2030 and also guide us when we recruit.


37 hours per week

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