Senior Evaluation Officer
Fixed Term (18 months with potential for renewal), Full Time
Up to £44,165 per annum - pay award pending
Working Style: Anywhere worker
Closing Date: 9th April 2023
At Essex County Council, what we do impacts the lives of 1.5 million people. We work hard to meet our residents’ needs – from protecting vulnerable children, to helping older residents remain independent; from improving quality of life through better public health, to unlocking economic opportunities across our towns and cities. But we know that opportunity is not always distributed fairly. Through our plans to ‘level up’ Essex we want all residents to be able to maximise their potential.
Join us as an Senior Evaluation Officer and you’ll take on a very visible role helping senior leaders to assess the effectiveness of key projects as part of our levelling-up programme. We need to take decisions based on high-quality insights and be disciplined in the way we track our progress. Many of our projects are long-term – touching on issues such as economic growth and education – and have long-term impacts. We need expert support to help us identify the short-term signals that tell us the direction of travel. This is where you come in.
You’ll work to support senior leaders across a number of business functions, leading on complex evaluations and supporting project managers to evaluate their own projects. Your findings will inform political and executive decisions by providing evidence on the effectiveness of levelling-up projects and key lessons to drive improvement. You’ll work hand-in-glove with analysts, researchers and policy advisors to ensure the organisation makes evidence-based changes and invests in projects that improve lives across local communities.
You’ll need a track record of delivering high-quality research and recommendations that informs strategic decision-making. If that was in a local government or public sector environment, so much the better. On a personal level, we’re also looking for the ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders, influence thinking and secure collaboration. You’ll need a commitment to your own professional development and the drive to play a full part in the development of a new and highly influential programme.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience
We are looking for experience of carrying out research and evaluation projects that have resulted in tangible improvements, as well as the ability to identify opportunities to help solve business problems and inform the council’s future strategic direction. Intellectual curiosity will be vital.
In return, you can look forward to an excellent rewards package, as well as flexible working and long-term career opportunities.
If you have any questions or wish to see the full role profile please email Thea.Towers@essex.gov.uk
To read more about us please visit: Chief Executives Office
Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.
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What you should do next
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.
For more information or an informal conversation please contact Alastair Gordon, Head of Profession Research and Citizen Insight, via Alastair.Gordon@essex.gov.uk or 03330136125.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview in the week commencing 17th April 2022.
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