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Department of Health and Social Care
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GBP48,086 - £61,976

The Joint Biosecurity Centre: Department of Health and Social Care

Location: Remote

Salary: £48,086 - £58,476 (national) or £51,801 - £61,976 (inner London)

2-year fixed term contract with the scope for permanency

The Department of Health and Social Care are setting up exciting new initiatives to tackle COVID-19, delivering expert analysis that will determine decisions being made at local, national and even international levels. Providing evidence-based insight to influence how the health crisis is being handled, teams are utilising data and contextual information to determine key drivers and concentrations, and to shape a conclusive picture of the risk that COVID-19 presents to the UK population. The Test and Trace service is an integral part of this work, and it is within this data-rich environment that you could find a fascinating career opportunity.

As a senior member of our Analysis and Assessment department, you will lead the team in delivering the facts needed to break the impact of the virus, and get the nation back to normal life as quickly as possible. Prioritising the work of junior colleagues, you will be tasked with meeting the needs of multiple projects, ensuring every output is of the highest standards in order to influence non-pharmaceutical interventions, plus regional and national decisions. Finding, assessing and manipulating large data sets and contextual information, your analyses will impact on a range of sectors, and will highlight communities that are at specific risk. Seeing to it that every deadline is being met, you will share expertise with colleagues, and encourage partnership working to ensure a pipeline of time-sensitive data is being acted on. Crucially, you will advise the four Chief Medical Officers on the COVID-19 National Alert Level, including assessing international developments that will impact on UK travel policies.

Central to the success of this role will be your ability to clearly communicate and present key insights. As such, you will have well-developed verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to meet the competing needs of internal and external stakeholders. As a degree-qualified Economist, Statistician, Social Researcher or Operational Researcher, you will have significant experience of working with complex data and information within a policy led environment. With exceptional qualitative and quantitative capabilities, you will be a natural leader, who is capable of encouraging a large team to work together. You will also have the capacity to make effective decisions at pace, and you will work flexibly, adapting to change quickly. It would also be desirable if you have experience in a relevant field (such as biosecurity, health, emergency planning or national security) or if you you have previously worked in partnership with Ministers and number ten.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get involved in a worldwide challenge. The way we handle this crisis is impacting on every member of the population, so join us, and help us make the best possible decisions. And in turn, we will support you with access to the most interesting projects, excellent career progression and a generous benefits package that includes flexible working and a desirable Civil Service pension.

To apply, please visit our website.

Closing date: 11:55 pm on Monday 21 September 2020.


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