Policy & Research Officer

Client: London Borough of Southwark

Location: Hybrid Working

Salary: £40,005 - £46,053

Closing date: Sunday, 28 April 2024 23:30

Policy & Research Officer 

The Role: 

Our Policy, Partnerships and Performance (PPP) division is a part of the Strategy and Communities department, which sits at the heart of the Council’s corporate centre. We are a busy and fast-past division with lead responsibility for the Council’s overarching strategic Anchor Network partnership work: Southwark 2030, co-ordinating whole council improvement oversight such as our recent LGA Corporate Peer Challenge, maintaining and improving the Council-wide strategic policy framework, and providing corporate performance structure and insights.

We are currently seeking a dedicated Policy and Research Officer, with a drive to embed an evidence-based decision-making culture, who will be responsible for managing high-quality research projects to enhance the organisation's understanding and contribute to policy and strategy development. 

The role involves both undertaking research and, at times, procuring external research services that will facilitate the design of evidence-based strategy and policy. You will be confident and adept at employing participatory methods to engage a diverse range of stakeholders, professionals and residents. The post holder will prepare high-quality reports, briefing papers, project documentation and monitor regional and national policy developments. You will have an interest in learning from across and outside of the organisation to secure the most appropriate, innovations and ideas to embed best practice in Southwark. The post holder will also play a pivotal role in developing and sustaining effective partnerships with colleagues, as well as public and private sector stakeholders at local and national levels.

About Southwark: 

“A people powered council, creating a fairer, greener, safer future for all” 

Southwark is home to a diverse community of over 320,000 residents who live in neighbourhoods ranging from Bermondsey and Rotherhithe on the south bank of the River Thames to Peckham, Camberwell and Dulwich. We’re also home to a thriving voluntary sector, world-class health institutions, and high-performing schools. 

The council itself is one of the largest local authority social landlords in the UK and directly manages over 55,000 homes, which are lived in by nearly 40% of Southwark residents. But perhaps the most exciting fact about our council is that it’s powered by people like you.  

Southwark is a values-led council and our beliefs – in the power of people and the vital importance of tackling inequality – define who we are. Being ‘People powered’ means that we recognise the people who work here, at the council and with our partners, and live in our communities are our greatest strength. That’s why collaboration – with residents, partners and colleagues – is at the heart of everything we do and in every decision we make.

About You: 

• You should have a working knowledge of current social, political, and economic issues, particularly those relevant to the public sector.

• Additionally, you can demonstrate familiarity with UK government structures and policy-making processes.

• You are an effective and persuasive communicator, in both verbal and written form, able to convey complex ideas with simplicity and in an engaging way. 

• You are an expert in utilising a comprehensive range of both quantitative and qualitative social research methodologies, with a proven track record of application within projects, is a key requirement for this role.

• You are educated to a degree standard or equivalent in a relevant area.

Additional Information: 

We’re always looking for new ways to deliver even better services. Join us and you can do more for yourself and the residents and partners in Southwark.

Benefits and more information:

• Training and development programmes, uniquely tailored to your interests

• Standard hours, 36 hours Monday – Friday, may vary, occasional evening meetings may be required 

• Hybrid working arrangements available subject to business needs

• Generous 26 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) and rising to 33 days having met criteria

• Local Government Pension Scheme

• Job share potentially available

 For more detail on benefits, please visit: Working for Southwark Council – Southwark

Guaranteed Interview Scheme:

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

• Members of the Armed Forces and veterans

• Are currently in care, or have previously been in care

• If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition 

Please visit our recruitment site for more information at: www.southwarkpolicyjobs.com   

For further information or a confidential discussion about this role, please contact: Mandy Dhillon on 07543306303 or email Mandy.Dhillon@penna.com