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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

Our vision of a Fairer Future for Southwark includes stretching health targets. We are serious about our investment in Public Health and in addressing the impacts of COVID-19 and inequalities in our borough.

The Public Health division are looking to recruit three Public Health Programme Officers to work with us in tackling inequalities exacerbated by COVID-19 and supporting our plans for recovery and renewal. Each role will have an opportunity to support work in an area of special interest for example inclusion health or older adults, in order to improve access to healthcare and health outcomes in these populations.

The role will involve working with other members of the Public Health Division, the wider council, NHS, charities and the voluntary sector in the provision of health protection and immunisation support, health needs assessments, community engagement, programme improvement and guidance development. You will be accountable to one of the Heads of Programme in the Public Health Division.

About you

You must have excellent communication, analytical and report writing skills. You will be highly organised and be comfortable working within a reactive environment. Working in a fast paced complex political, outcomes oriented and frequently challenging environment, the focus is on the delivery and management of multiple projects to high expectations within tight timescales. This post will also be involved with community engagement projects, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic, homeless and marginalised groups. You will have a strong commitment to addressing the wider determinants of health and be expected to tackle health inequalities

If you want to help make a difference at a local level, apply to Southwark Council today.

Benefits and more information:

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

Additional details

The posts are being offered fixed term for 12 months.

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

For further information or an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Sarah Robinson, Head of Programmes for Health Protection at 

Recruitment timetable

Closing Date: Sunday 2 October 2022 at 23:59
Interview Date: 17 and 18 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.