Birmingham City Council

Programme Senior Officer (Evidence)

28 Jul 2022
11 Aug 2022
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Programme Senior Officer (Evidence)

£36,371 - £44,624 (Grade 5)

Full Time, 36.5 hours per week


This is an exciting opportunity to carry out evidence-based research into health inequalities in Birmingham and to develop public health policy recommendations for the City Council and its partners. The aim is to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Birmingham residents. We are looking for an experienced researcher with excellent report writing, analysis, interpretation and presentation skills.  

Role Context 

This research role shall be based in the Evidence Team within Birmingham City Council’s Public Health Division. The position is permanent and the post-holder shall report to the Service Lead for Evidence and will also have direct/matrix management responsibility. Management responsibility is subject to change and could result in no management responsibility or the responsibility of more than one member of the team at any time.  

The Evidence Team are responsible for the JSNA Deep Dive Programme, which is a rolling programme of evidence reviews about health and wellbeing in Birmingham. This means that the Evidence Team is usually researching two or three different health and wellbeing topics at any one time. The current research portfolio includes Learning Disabilities, Mobility Impairment and Dual Diagnosis. The Evidence Team’s Deep Dive Programme research supports the Health and Wellbeing Board’s work tackling inequalities within Birmingham. 

This post will manage and be managed according to the Council’s Matrix Management principles demonstrating a flexible working approach. 


Role Responsibilities 

The post holder will implement practical and rigorous approaches to ensure that the Evidence Team’s research has a positive impact on Birmingham’s health and wellbeing. These include; 

  • Assisting or leading in the preparation and delivery of evidence reviews and council documents. 
  • Developing evidence-based policy recommendations to inform public health business decisions across the Council, NHS and other partners. 
  • Demonstrating excellent writing, formatting and editing skills. 
  • Providing written summaries and reports (as required).  
  • Accurately interpreting the health characteristics of the Birmingham population, using a variety of different information sources (e.g. needs assessments, literature) and analytical methods (qualitative and quantitative). 
  • Seeking, analysing and interpreting evidence from relevant sources (e.g. patient surveys, NHS operational data etc). 
  • Analysing and interpreting qualitative data (e.g. from interviews and focus groups) 
  • Analysing and interpreting quantitative data from standard public health databases (e.g. births, deaths and hospital admissions). 
  • Peer reviewing and providing relevant epidemiological and project specific comments. 
  • Conducting statistical analysis (as required). 
  • Assisting or leading in the preparation of oral presentations (including the preparation of slides and posters).  
  • Preparing documents and online content interpreting the health of the population. 
  • Actively participating in client-facing meetings and being a recognised member of the project team. 
  • Support in the writing of reports and presentations for committees (e.g. the Health and Wellbeing Board). 
  • Maintaining awareness of relevant policy environment. 
  • Maintaining awareness of data governance guidelines. 
  • Maintaining awareness of accessibility guidelines. 
  • Assisting with organisation and delivery of external data collection. 
  • Providing public health information analysis and interpretation for the wider Public Health Division and Council service commissioners. 
  • Work with procurement colleagues in the delivery of appropriate tenders for Evidence Team initiatives, ensuring that budget costs and procedures are adhered to. 
  • Supporting the Service Lead in budget management and spend for the delivery of initiatives and projects assigned to this role, ensuring that the Directorates’ statutory obligations are met and that all financial transactions are conducted within the provisions of standing orders and financial regulations. 
  • Supporting the Director of Public Health Annual Report (as required). 
  • Utilising project management methodologies to enhance delivery of evidence products. 
  • Delivering response to Subject Access, Freedom of Information and other ad-hoc information requests.  
  • Deputising for Service Lead (as required). 


You must upload a 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. Please do not attach CVs as we do not accept them.

For informal enquires please contact Luke Heslop;

Ref: BCC289

Closing: 11/08/2022 12:00

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

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).

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