Public Health and Strategy Officer

Contract Type
Public Sector
£51,029 per annum
Expiry Date
The Mayor wants all Londoners to have the best opportunities to live a long life in good health.

Job Description

If we are to achieve this, we all need to play our part in tackling the causes of poor health to make London a healthier, fairer city, where nobody’s health suffers because of who they are, or where they live.

oin the GLA Group Public Health Unit, and you can help London to become the world’s healthiest global city.
We are looking for an outstanding public health policy and strategy officer to support a portfolio of work that improves the health and wellbeing of Londoners. You will:

work closely with the GLA Group Director of Public Health and the wider team

support two or more of the Public Health Consultants, each of whom will have their own portfolio of work with GLA group functional body stakeholders. 

this post will be primarily focused on housing related activity but does not require any previous experience of this area lead on drafting required documentation and briefings, developing, maintaining and ensuring delivery of project plans, planning and setting up meetings, liaising with a wide range of senior colleagues across partner organisations

be part of a small team based in the GLA (Union Street SE1) 

The GLA Group Public Health Unit has city-wide public health responsibilities. We use a public health approach to implement the Mayor’s statutory health inequalities strategy for London and deliver the health in all policies approach across the GLA group functional bodies; GLA, LFC, LLDC, MOPAC, OPDC and TfL.  Our work helps to build a better London for everyone – a safer, fairer, greener and more prosperous city for all Londoners. 
Principal accountabilities

Support the development, and delivery of the GLA Group Public Health shared service function, including contributing to planning and project management of work. 

Lead, contribute to and coordinate input from others to projects and briefings, on behalf of the public health team, as relevant to the Public Health Consultants’ portfolios. This could include identifying, monitoring, analysing and interpreting data and information from a wide range of sources under the managerial guidance of the consultant. 

Be responsible for the scoping and development of other related public health projects identified in response to changes in Mayoral policy and ambition, GLA Group priorities, government policy direction, changes in the health and care system, public health needs or in other relevant areas of public policy. 

Coordinate and contribute to various corporate processes, developing, maintaining and ensuring delivery of project plans as appropriate, planning and setting up meetings, liaising with a wide range of senior colleagues and, as part of a virtual team, working with partner organisations as required. 

Realise the benefits of London’s diversity by promoting and enabling equality of opportunities and promoting the diverse needs and aspirations of London’s communities, particularly in the context of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on some of those communities.

Technical requirements/experience/qualifications

Understanding of the public health system and public health principles and practice is desirable, although applicants with strong transferable skills and experience will be considered.
Substantial experience of co-ordinating work across a number of stakeholders working in a partnership environment, which could include public sector agencies, voluntary and community groups and the private sector. 
Good drafting skills, with the ability to produce or contribute to the production of concise, clear papers (in Word and PowerPoint format) for a range of meetings, committees and Boards. 
Experience of working in multiple-project programmes and ensuring they deliver results on target and within budget, with first-hand experience of negotiation and monitoring issues and risks.

Behavioural competencies
Problem Solving … is analysing and interpreting situations from a variety of viewpoints and finding creative, workable and timely solutions.
Level 2 Indicators of Effective Performance

Processes and distils a variety of information to understand a problem fully
Proposes options for solutions to presented problems
Builds on the ideas of others to encourage creative problem solving
Thinks laterally about own work, considering different ways to approach problems
Seeks the opinions and experiences of others to understand different approaches to problem solving

Planning and Organising… is thinking ahead, managing time, priorities and risk, and developing structured and efficient approaches to deliver work on time and to a high standard.
Level 2 Indicators of Effective Performance

Prioritises work in line with key team or project deliverables
 Makes contingency plans to account for changing work priorities, deadlines and milestones
Identifies and consults with sponsors or stakeholders in planning work
Pays close attention to detail, ensuring team’s work is delivered to a high standard
Negotiates realistic timescales for work delivery, ensuring team deliverables can be met

Organisational Awareness
… is understanding and being sensitive to organisational dynamics, culture and politics across and beyond the GLA and shaping our approach accordingly.
Level 2 Indicators of Effective Performance

Challenges unethical behaviour 
Uses understanding of the GLA’s complex partnership arrangements to deliver effectively
Recognises how political changes and sensitivities impact on own and team’s work
Is aware of the changing needs of Londoners, anticipating resulting changes for work agendas
Follows the GLA’s position in the media and understands how it impacts on work

The GLA Competency Framework Guidelines further detailing each competency and the different level indicators can be found here: GLA competency framework
This role is based at London Fire Brigade’s Head Office (Union Street SE1 0LL) 
GLA staff are hybrid working up to 3 days a week in our offices and remotely depending on their role. As part of this, you will need to split your time between home working and coming into the office.
Application Process & Additional Information
Please note all applications for this vacancy must be submitted via our online recruitment system. We do not accept CVs alone for this role.
If you would like to apply for the role you will need to submit the following:
• Up to date CV 
• Personal statement with a maximum of 1500 words. Please ensure you address how you demonstrate the essential criteria outlined above in the advert.
Please ensure your CV and Personal Statement have a maximum file size of 1.5MB each and upload your Personal Statement to the ‘Additional Documents’ section of the form, ensuring you address the technical requirements and competencies in your Personal Statement.
Word or PDF format preferred and do not include any photographs or images. Please ensure your CV and Personal Statement are saved with the job reference number as part of the naming convention (E.g. “CV – applicant name - 012345).
Applications submitted without a Personal Statement will not be considered. 
London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic candidates and disabled candidates who are currently underrepresented in our workforce.
We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We would welcome applications from candidates who are seeking part time work as this role is open to job share. 
In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan and a career average pension scheme.

Short-listed applicants will be required to complete a written test before the interview. The test and interview will be the week beginning 2 September 2024.

Application closing date: Sunday 28 July 2024 at 23:59