The role

About Southwark:

Southwark is a large, ambitious and progressive council with a ‘can do’ attitude and enviable reputation. As a council, we are successful, passionate and forward-thinking. We are committed to our ‘Fairer Futures for All’ promise which ensures that our residents and businesses are central to everything we do. Southwark has a varied mix of cultural communities, where over 120 languages are spoken in Southwark. We have all the challenges you'd find in any inner city area. Southwark Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Role:

The Public Health Division are recruiting a Policy Officer to work in the Healthy Adults team, with a primary focus on sexual and reproductive health.

Southwark has amongst the highest sexual health and HIV need in the country. Working closely with teams in Lambeth and Lewisham, you will play a crucial role in managing our innovative commissioned sexual health services, monitoring the implementation and impact of our 2019-24 sexual health strategy, supporting transformation in the local system, and influencing the development of digital sexual health interventions.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with services that are transforming and modernising access to sexual and reproductive health services, with a strong commitment to patient care.  

You will work with our joint sexual and reproductive health commissioning team that covers Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, and with our wider partners and commissioners across South East London and the London area to collaborate on regional programmes and benchmark services and outcomes. You will be accountable to the Head of Programme for Healthy Adults. You will work closely with teams across public health and the Council to ensure the integration of sexual and reproductive health outcomes with other public health and Council work programmes. You may be required to support the division’s health protection function, including pandemic and emergency response. 

About You:

You must have excellent leadership, commissioning, communication, partnership, analytical and report writing skills. You will be highly organised and comfortable working within a fast-paced and complex political, outcomes oriented environment. A strong commitment to tackling health inequalities is expected. 

Benefits and more information:

For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our Staff Benefits page. 

Please note a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required at Basic level.

For further information or an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact: Nick Sinclair, (Acting) Head of Programmes – Healthy Adults at

Recruitment timetable

Closing Date: 11:59 pm on 6 October 2022
Interview Date: Week commencing 17 October 2022

We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together programme. We particularly welcome applications from members of the Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.