Partnership Engagement Officer (Public Health - Test & Trace)
**Fixed Term Contract Until 30th September 2022**
** For existing employees this opportunity is being offered as a secondment, subject to eligibility criteria **
To improve the quality of life for the people of Birmingham today, tomorrow and always. The City Council priorities are to create a city which provides:
- A great city to grow up in
Make the best of our unique demography and create a safe and secure city for our children to learn and grow in
- A great city to live in
Provide housing in a range of types and tenures, to meet the housing needs of all of the current and future citizens of the city
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- A great city to succeed in
Birmingham will be renowned as an enterprising, innovative and green city
- A great city to grow old in
Helping people become healthier, especially relating to physical activity and mental wellbeing
Public Health is an integral part of this vision, responsible for developing the Council into a local authority which actively promotes population health and enables all Birmingham citizens to make healthier choices. This will be achieved through the continual championing of the health and wellbeing of all people across the city, but especially the most vulnerable.
This Grade 4 (GR4) Partnership Engagement Officer within the Public Health Division Test and Trace Communications and Engagement team will reflect the requirements of the wide Test & Trace Team and wider Public Health Division. The GR4 Partnership Engagement Officer will be required to deliver on a selection of the key responsibilities listed within this job description.
The vison, principle and strategic context highlighted above are reflected through this job description. It describes the collective responsibilities and activities required by GR4 officers to meet business need.
This Fixed Term Contract position will be within the Test and Trace team leading a strand of the team working on communications and engagement, specifically partnership engagement, as part of the local response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The team leads on community engagement, community involvement, effective communication and partnerships with communities, use of digital and traditional communication tools and media related to Covid-19 and the local outbreak response. The role will also work across any related health and wider determinants requirements including adhoc requests from external and internal stakeholders. The team is key in developing and delivering the local outbreak management plan and ensuring that public health is offering timely and accurate advice, guidance and appropriate support across the city’s diverse communities in an effective fashion using multiple channels and methods of communication. The team will work closely with the wider test and trace function supporting rapid outbreak response on communication and engagement as well as longer term community engagement and good partnership working across Birmingham’s stakeholder organisations. The team will be involved in many aspects of Birmingham City Council delivering matrix working with internal departments and the wider Public Health Division.
A key aspect of this role is to be proactive in establishing and building relationships with commissioned partners, identifying shared learning and monitoring progress on agreed proposals and aligning opportunities for wider engagement whilst offering advice and support to ensure partner and public health organisational personal needs are aligned. To promote public health priorities using good communication and contract management skills to enable effective partnerships with commissioned services who encourage a wide variety of local residents to get involved and have their say. The role will facilitate the community engagement Test and Trace Communications and Engagement team function by working closely with commissioned partners to target localities with proven interventions that enable populations to improve their health and reduce inequalities. The role will create meaningful opportunities to reach out and engage with local people, particularly hard to reach and seldom heard groups using a variety of methods. You will be a skilled communicator, comfortable networking and engaging with a diverse range of local residents and members of the public. Working as part of a small team, you will be involved in many aspects of the organisation. You’ll need to be flexible, with a ‘can do’ attitude to meet the constantly evolving needs of the team as it develops in the new phase of its journey. Assist in the development of a framework for the strategic engagement and involvement of a wide range of communities. Build positive, constructive professional relationships with communities and other partners in order to understand their needs and expectations of engagement and co-production. To take a pragmatic and solution-focused approach to progressing work related to communication and engagement. To facilitate discussions with community groups, partner agencies and relevant services to seek feedback and input for a range of workstreams.
- Experience and proven success of engaging and involving service users and a range of professionals in activity to inform service and policy development and/or production,
- Experience developing and maintaining engagement networks, facilitation and managing group dynamics.
- Experience of facilitating challenging and difficult discussions, ensuring they deliver tangible outcomes.
- Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders including senior officials.
- An understanding of the principles of co-production
- Support the Senior Officer to create copy and produce materials, delivering this information to specific, targeted audiences, using the most appropriate channels.
- Create regular newsletters and e-bulletins, circulating these to key stakeholders to support engagement.
- Keep abreast of good engagement practice and actively seek out innovative ways to capture and express people’s views/experiences.
- Carry out any other tasks needed for the service to run smoothly, as directed by the Public health senior officers.
- Keep up to date with best practice from Public health England, by reading, attending courses and networking.
For an informal discussion, please contact:
Modupe Omonijo, Consultant in Public Health, Birmingham City Council
Interviews for this post will take place virtually via video conferencing. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information.
Please note: CVs will NOT be considered as your personal statement.
When applying, you are strongly advised to pay particular attention to the person specification and job description when compiling your Personal Statement and do not just attach certificates.
We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.
“Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants. All non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must have an approved visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before any employment offer can be confirmed. Unless they are an EEA or Swiss citizen or their family members, already living in the UK by 31 December 2020, then they will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) instead.”
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