The JBC are looking to recruit a permanent Head of International Assessment to lead our process of understanding the risk of importing COVID-19 and Variants of Concern into the UK, and disseminating that within government.
The role is a permanent role, however is also available on a Fixed Term Appointment of 6-12 months, as well as secondment. The successful candidate will be able to select their preferred contract from those advertised.
The Head of International Assessment for the Joint Biosecurity Centre is a varied and challenging senior leadership role. As one of the key members of the JBC’s senior leadership team, you will be right at the heart of the UKHSA’s ambitious agenda to help the country get back to a more normal way of life beyond COVID-19 and establish itself for the long term to protect us from other known, and as yet unknown, threats.
The International Assessment Team’s primary function is to assess the risks to UK public health from imported infections, by analysing information on new variants of COVID-19 overseas and utilising the full range of epidemiological testing data of NHS Test and Trace.
The Deputy Director oversees a broad programme of work including:
• Running the international risk assessments process and ownership of the overarching methodology with the Chief Medical Officer.
• Analysis of COVID-19 and variant prevalence overseas, testing data and Managed Quarantine Service (MQS) testing data, amongst others.
• Producing timely, analytical assessments products on a regular and ad-hoc basis and briefing insights to decision-makers in Whitehall and the devolved administrations, as well as external stakeholders.
• Ensuring the UK remains abreast of developments internationally in relation to the response to COVID-19, learning and embedding lessons.
• Close working with Public Health England, within NHS Test and Trace and with other government departments.
• Interacting with a range of stakeholders, including Ministers, the Chief Medical Officer, ministers and key specialist groups such as SAGE and SPI-M.
• Liaising with the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and its Posts and Missions overseas.
You will be expected to collaborate across the JBC and PHE extensively to commission and build on the strengths of all relevant teams, as well as building strong relationships with counterparts in the Cabinet Office, FCDO, Department for Transport and other government departments.
The Head of International Assessment will be a member of the newly forming UKHSA analysis community and be required to work closely with DHSC to ensure maximum collaboration and learning can be shared across the departments, and wider public health and emergency response communities.
To be successful in this role you will need to be an experienced manager and team leader.
Person Specification - Essential Criteria:
• Use and application of professional analytical skills to address real issues or problems (lead sift criteria).
• Leadership (lead sift criteria).
• Experienced in working with complex and fast-paced data and information feeds within a relevant field (such as epidemiology, emergency planning, biosecurity or national security).
• Experienced at commissioning and conducting assessment of quantitative and qualitative analysis from partner teams and organisations.
• Proven experience working in a policy environment, providing timely analysis for decision-makers, with ability to command the confidence of Ministers and senior officials.
• Able to lead a growing liaison function, building networks and seeking consensus across international stakeholders.
• An in-depth knowledge of the use and application of analytical capabilities for strategic decision making.
• An understanding of international health security and, ideally, knowledge of epidemiology or genomics.