Birmingham City Council

Policy & Research Advisor – Public Participation

14 Jul 2022
08 Aug 2022
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Policy & Research Advisor, Public Participation

Salary £36,371 - £44,624 

If you could help communities thrive and grow, how would you do it?

Birmingham is a place where people come together. It’s a city where innovation and empathy meet. Where bold becomes bolder. And people put each other first. Join our brand-new Public Participation Team. Help us make sure our diverse and vibrant communities have the strongest voice for the future of their city. 

About the Public Participation Team

Leading public involvement and developing engagement activity, we’ll ensure the Council can make the best possible use of the insight we gather from Birmingham’s communities. We’ll grow a deeper understanding of public attitudes, experiences, and concerns, to help the Council inform, shape, and improve its services. Bringing together expertise in social and attitudinal research as well as public involvement techniques and approaches, we’ll guide other directorates in their engagement activity. And we’ll set new standards for engaging citizens in strategic programmes.

About the role

In this important role, your focus will be on providing research and insight to support engagement and public participation. You can help increase our understanding of what citizens think, feel, and say about issues and challenges affecting communities across Birmingham. It’s a role that requires social and attitudinal research, tangible horizon scanning and evidence-based thinking.

We’d like you to be involved in promoting the continuing development and delivery of public participation tools and techniques to make better use of opportunities for feedback and intelligence.  Across a complex programme of work, you can help shape strategies, inform decision-making and service-design, and support activities that contribute to the delivery of best-in-class customer-focused services.

To be successful in this role it’s likely that you’ll bring experience of:

  • Analysing business performance, data, and insight management information to recommend solutions
  • Delivering public engagement
  • Research and data analysis tools and techniques, especially those used for social science/social policy research
  • Qualitative and quantitative policy analysis methods and the relevant software packages
  • Collating and analysing data from a wide range of sources, then creating and communicating insights in report, dashboard, or presentation format
  • Working collaboratively with a wide range of colleagues, partners, and citizens, on solution-developing projects

What we offer in return

We’re committed to creating an environment that promotes diversity and inclusivity, healthy lifestyle choices, wellbeing and balance. We’ll empower you to be the best you can be, with coaching, mentoring and training programmes that meet your professional and personal development needs at every stage of your career with us.  

We’re also proud to offer:

  • Family friendly policies.
  • A range of benefits, including membership of the West Midlands Pension Fund, discounted gym membership and a confidential employee assistance programme.
  • 29 days’ annual leave increasing with length of service, plus the option to purchase additional days.

Birmingham is a city on the move. Be part of it.

Please see our microsite for further information and how to apply - 

You must upload a CV and Supporting Statement via the miscellaneous attachment on to your application. This is required for shortlisting; you need to describe how your experience and skills fit the essential criteria for the role as specified in the Person Specification. If you do not attach your Supporting Statement, your application will not be considered.

All roles will close at midday on Monday 8th August, and we will be shortlisting on a rolling basis, because we know how important it is to keep you informed on the progress of your application. Don’t be surprised if you hear back from us prior to the closing date to let you know you’ve been shortlisted.

  • Interviews will commence from wc. 15th August, and we can be flexible with regards to logistics.

For informal enquires please contact Lysanne Eddy via email at 


Proof of Right to work in the UK will be required for all applicants in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed. Non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may need to apply for a visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council for a skilled worker visa (if the job is eligible).

Job Description and Person Specification

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