Senior Consultant - Evaluation
Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit
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Senior Consultant (Evaluation Team)
£43,742 - £57,349 (NHS Agenda for Change Band 7/8a)
Evaluation Team Leadership
The Strategy Unit is expanding our Evaluation team to support existing clients and continue to build our offer. We are looking for a Senior Consultant who will engage with clients to scope requirements, design and deliver quality evaluations and work collaboratively to continuously improve our processes and outputs.
The exact interview date is yet to be confirmed, we are aiming for week commencing the 20th November.
Please note Internal applicants will be considered for this role in the first instance.
Main duties of the job
As part of the Evaluation team, you will be working with a wide range of clients to deliver evaluations from small, local interventions to large, national complex and high-profile programmes.
We use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods and work with stakeholders at all levels, from the most senior strategic positions to patients and service users. You will work across and often manage multiple project teams, sometimes in partnerships with other organisations, across a diverse range of topics. Current evaluations include: a large national cancer programme; digital innovations to address health inequalities; virtual wards; new models of managing demand for emergency care; and 2 hour urgent community response.
You will have experience in designing, managing and delivering qualitative and mixed method evaluation projects, with experience of working with clients in health and care or broader social policy. We have quantitative, impact evaluation specialists in our team. In this role, you will understand how to manage this work within mixed method evaluation with or without this specialist knowledge.
You will be a valued member of the Strategy Unit team, supporting the development of our services, systems, strategy, and reputation for excellence.
You will be provided with all the opportunities you require to develop your skills and build your career, both through formal training and hands-on experience.
Our Unit is increasingly diverse and geographically widespread. We value and seek to foster this, recognising that different people bring different perspectives, lived experience, ideas, and culture to the Strategy Unit. We also know that everyone has a life and commitments outside work, and many of us benefit from our use of flexible working arrangements.
The Evaluation team has a voluntary compressed hours nine day fortnight, with a common non-working day.
We are based in central Birmingham but work on projects from across the UK and have a hybrid model of working for team members. This means that there is no minimum requirement for working from the office - it is a resource for collaboration and mutual support and not a duty. But coming together to collaborate still matters to us very much, particularly for project teams whose work is generally more participative and with a higher degree of client engagement. Some projects also require us to travel to locations across the country occasionally.
As a Senior Consultant, you will be responsible for designing and managing evaluation projects, taking operational responsibility for delivery, ensuring that other team members are aware of their role and that they complete tasks to time / quality / budget. Core skills and responsibilities of the role include:
(S)kills and (R)esponsibilities
(R) Managing the full life-cycle of a project from inception, through delivery and completion. Designing and delivering work packages and ensuring their delivery to a defined schedule and budget.
(S) Being calm under pressure and able to juggle competing priorities and tight deadlines.
(S) Ability to think clearly and analytically in complex, dynamic and ambiguous situations.
(S) Managing risks and interdependencies in order to deliver your own work programme and anticipate and communicate the impact on others work areas.
(R) Devise technical evaluation approaches to meet our clients needs.
(S) Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the broader health and care policy / institutional environment in designing and delivering evaluations.
(S) Ability to synthesise multiple sources to communicate on complex issues.
(R) Provision of line management and/or contributing to the development of colleagues.
(R) Building and maintaining good working relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders on a range of strategic and business sensitive issues in a highly political environment.
(S) High quality interpersonal skills, alongside an analytical mindset.
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