Senior Evaluation Officer

Contract Type
Public Sector
£51,029 per annum
Expiry Date
The Good Growth directorate is responsible for delivering and implementing the Mayor’s environment, transport and economic strategies and for the effective implementation of the London Plan

Job Description

The Directorate is also responsible for regeneration (where the programme is not housing led), enterprise, growth, capital projects and design work.
About the role
This is an exciting new position in the heart of GLA’s Environment and Energy Unit to help ensure our major programmes are evaluated in a robust and proportionate manner. In this post you will be working with the Principal Evaluation Officer to ensure that monitoring and evaluation evidence is collected and used effectively across our Unit. You will also work closely with the Unit’s senior programme and policy officers and collaboratively with colleagues in the City Intelligence Unit.
You will contribute to the Unit’s Evaluation Strategy, promoting a coordinated approach to evaluation in the Unit and the wider GLA through use of evidenced theories of change and early evaluation planning. You will have the ability to provide expert advice on policy, programme and project monitoring and evaluation, in line with best practice, including HM Treasury’s Magenta Book.
What your day will look like

Leading on identified activities to deliver the Unit’s Evaluation Strategy such as design, management and implementation of selected evaluation projects. 
Supporting project officers to develop monitoring and evaluation plans, including building theories of change, agreeing research questions, and developing proportionate and feasible monitoring and evaluation frameworks. Contributing to external evaluation commissions, including procurement processes, methodological advice, and quality assurance of evaluation outputs.
Building a unit-wide research and evaluation findings repository to establish the evidence base for our key areas of work.
Reporting findings from evaluation outputs as required, including through presentations to encourage uptake of findings.
Delivering training on key evaluation concepts and research methods aligned with Magenta Book best practices.

Principal accountabilities

To be responsible for the development, management and implementation of social research and evaluation activities to inform the Mayoral policy, priorities and service delivery, including management of external commissions.
To work with colleagues across the GLA to understand their research and evaluation requirements, and to manage resulting programmes including planning, organisation of work streams, delivery and reporting. 
To be responsible for informing the Environment and Energy unit of research and evaluation findings; to prepare reports, briefings and presentations as required; and to identify and provide analysis of government and other survey sources that contextualises and adds value to internal research and reporting. 
To promote a coordinated approach to research and evaluation across the Environment and Energy unit; monitoring and evaluating projects; providing advice and expertise on design and delivery that is focused on specific outcomes. 
To utilise innovative research methodologies which results in both impactful research outcomes and high levels of internal client engagement with our outputs. 
To have responsibility for financial management of individual projects including tendering and contract procurement, monitoring spend for the duration of the project, and ensuring value for money. 
To promote and enable equality of opportunities, and the diverse needs and aspirations of London’s stakeholders. 
Manage resources in allocated to the job in accordance with the Authority’s policies and Code of Ethics and Standards
Realise the benefits of a flexible approach to work in undertaking the duties and responsibilities of this job, and participating in multi-disciplinary, cross-department and cross-organisational groups and project teams

Person specification
To be considered for the role you must meet the essential criteria set out below. You will be assessed on these requirements and competencies in both your written application and via the interview process.
Technical requirements/experience

A proven track record of conducting and commissioning social research and evaluation with demonstrable skills in projects planning, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. 
Experience of designing and implementing social research and evaluation projects, and experience of working with datasets to produce accurate analysis and reports. 
Evidence of an imaginative and innovative approach to engaging stakeholders to inform policy and decision making. 
A very good understanding of quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods for process, impact, and economic evaluation in accordance with Magenta Book guidance. 
Excellent IT skills including proficiency with spreadsheets and an understanding of research software, such as SPSS, NVIVO or similar.

Behavioural competencies
Building & Managing Relationships 
…is developing rapport and working effectively with a diverse range of people, sharing knowledge and skills to deliver shared goals
Level 3 indicators of effective performance

Actively engages partners and encourages others to build relationships that support GLA objectives
Proactively manages partner relationships, preventing or resolving any conflict
Adapts style to work effectively with partners, building consensus, trust and respect
Delivers objectives by bringing together diverse stakeholders to work effectively in partnership

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 3 indicators of effective performance

Ensures evaluation processes are in place to measure project benefits
Gains buy-in and commitment to project delivery from diverse stakeholders
Implements quality measures to ensure directorate output is of a high standard
Translates political vision into action plans and deliverables

Communicating and influencing
…is presenting information and arguments clearly and convincingly so that others see us as credible and articulate, and engage with us.
Level 2 indicators of effective performance

Communicates openly and inclusively with internal and external stakeholders
Clearly articulates the key points of an argument, both in verbal and written communication
Persuades others, using evidence based knowledge, modifying approach to deliver message effectively
Challenges the views of others in an open and constructive way
Presents credible and positive image both internally and externally

Research and analysis
…is gathering intelligence (information, opinion and data) from varied sources, making sense of it, testing its validity and drawing conclusions that can lead to practical benefits.
Level 2 indicators of effective performance

Proactively seeks new information sources to progress research agendas and address gaps in knowledge
Grasps limitations of or assumptions behinds data sources, disregarding those that lack quality
Analyses and integrates qualitative and quantitative data to find new insights
Translates research outcomes into concise, meaningful reports
Identifies relevant and practical research questions for the future

Strategic thinking
…is using an understanding of the bigger picture to uncover potential challenges and opportunities for the long term and turning these into a compelling vision.
Level 2 indicators of effective performance

Works with a view to the future, prioritising own and others’ work in line with GLA objectives
Communicates the GLA’s strategic priorities in a compelling and convincing manner, encouraging buy-in
Identifies synergies between team priorities and other relevant agendas.

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 essential criteria i.e. technical requirements and behavioural 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, you will be paid every four weeks, providing frequent salary payments. We also 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.
On this recruitment campaign, as part of GLA’s continuing commitment to be an inclusive and equal opportunity employer we will be removing personal identifiable information from CVs and Personal Statements that could cause discrimination. 
Reasonable adjustment will be made to working arrangements to accommodate a person with a disability who otherwise would be prevented from undertaking the work.
Application closing date: 31st July 2024 at 23:59

We will make every effort to give you as much notice as possible, however some interviews/assessments could be organised at short notice.
Please note, all candidates will need to confirm that the information provided in this application form is true and correct. Should a candidate deliberately give false information, including the use of AI software, they understand that this would disqualify them from consideration.
Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record (DBS) check but some roles may require additional security screening.