Programme Officer - Inequalities

Coventry One Friargate, Station Square, Coventry
£32234 - £38890
01 Mar 2021
17 Mar 2021
Job Ref
Resourcing Team
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern

The Public Health team is part of the Public Health, Insight and Migration Division. 
Reporting to the Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, the team helps people to stay healthy and protect them from threats to their health.

The Public Health team commissions and delivers a wide range of services and programmes that tackle health inequalities and help people to live healthier lives including:

  • Alcohol and drugs misuse strategy, treatment and recovery services
  • Sexual health services including sexually transmitted infections and contraception
  • Healthy lifestyles support with losing weight, getting more active, giving up smoking, cutting down on alcohol and improving your well being
  • Physical activity strategy and projects including school based exercise, parks and cycling
  • Family health including health visiting, infant feeding, school nurses, teenage pregnancy support, family weight management and services supporting BME families
  • Health protection strategy and services including air quality, blood borne virus testing, screening & immunisations, infection control, emergency planning and outbreak management
  • The Marmot City strategy, reducing health inequalities across the city
  • Domestic abuse and sexual abuse strategies and support services
  • Youth violence reduction

This is an exciting and challenging time to work in the Public Health Team.  If you are an individual that is committed to achieving the best outcomes for people across Coventry our team can help you make a difference through high-quality professional support, supervision, excellent learning and development opportunities

What is the job role?

12 Month Fixed Term Contract/Secondment.

Coventry City Council’s Public Health Team is looking to appoint a Programme Officer to support the delivery of the Sexual Assault and Abuse Services action plans across Coventry and Warwickshire. We welcome internal and external applications, although internal applicants must have permission from their manager for a secondment.

The national Strategic Direction for Sexual Assault and Abuse Services (SAAS) was published in April 2018. This Strategy considers how pathways of care need to change by 2023 to ensure those who have experienced sexual assault or abuse have appropriate and timely access to services over a lifetime.

The first year of the strategy was to establish localised action plans to deliver against the six core priorities. This post is to continue to improve population health by co-ordinating and implementing both the Coventry and Warwickshire Sexual Assault and Abuse action plans.

The role will also include identifying funding opportunities to drive forward appropriate actions within the action plans and support and lead projects and programmes as necessary.

You’ll be part of a wider Public Health team at an exciting time for Coventry.  The team are leading on programmes of work across the city to improve health and reduce health inequalities, as well as supporting the City’s new programmes through our partnerships and commissioning approaches. 

For an informal chat about the role please call Hannah Watts on 024 7697 7269 or email

Who are we looking for?

You’ll have strong programme/project management skills and experience of working collaboratively with staff across a range of organisations to develop joint solutions to complex problems, effectively using data to understand local people’s needs and targeting resources in a way which maximises efficiency and effectiveness.

Ideally your background will be in local authority, health or other public service.  Self-motivated and confident, you’ll be happy to work alone and in teams to achieve the desired outcomes.

You’ll be a confident relationship manager able to build and maintain positive and productive working relationships with partners and the community. 

To compliment these strengths, you will also be a strong communicator, able to explain and present information to a wide range of audiences including senior managers from the local authority, policing, health, community groups and a range of other partners. You will represent the local area at regional and national events and work closely with other co-ordinators in the region. Experience of using multi-agency approaches would be an advantage.

The ability to travel across the wider Midlands region in addition to being able to work from home is essential.

When applying for this role you will be asked to write a personal statement, please include the following information in your statement:

•            Have an understanding of sexual abuse and the impacts on those involved

•            Experience of relationship building with a range of partners.

•            Ability and experience of leading and motivating others outside your direct sphere of influence.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): 30th March 2021

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled Coventry CC Application process.

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