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Project Officer

University of Birmingham - School of Social Policy

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £32,982 per annum
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th February 2024
Closes: 18th March 2024
Job Ref: 103344

Salary: As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 6, salary £32,982

Hours: Part Time (18.75 working hours per week)

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract up to September 2028

Background

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Health and Social Care Delivery Programme (HSDR) programme has funded the Birmingham, RAND and Cambridge Rapid Evaluation Centre (BRACE) team to carry out rapid evaluations of promising service innovations. BRACE works closely with patients, NHS staff and decision-makers when setting up and running studies; trying always to be inclusive and fair in how we work; doing all we can to complete projects as quickly as possible, and always working to the highest possible scientific evaluation standards.

We seek an experienced project officer to join the BRACE team to support the coordination and delivery of our portfolio of evaluations.

Job Summary

To provide project management to the portfolio of rapid evaluation projects, thereby supporting research staff to deliver rapid evaluations undertaken by BRACE. In order to flexibly use resource, you may be offered the opportunity to work elsewhere in the department or wider University.

Main Duties

You will be expected to work proactively, and use your initiative and planning skills to set your own priorities to ensure progress is maintained as expected, identify any issue and propose solutions.

Some key main duties include:

  • To support research project delivery, workstreams and working groups across a portfolio of evaluations.
  • Support may include some or all of the following:
    • carrying out project planning activities;
    • identifying milestones which will need to be adhered to;
    • milestone tracking/key performance indicator tracking;
    • developing and proposing solutions for any issues;
    • recommending improvements to project management;
    • preparing progress reports for project boards or other meetings;
    • assisting in budgetary monitoring and management, including reporting;
    • assisting with stakeholder management, developing and maintaining regular contact with internal and external stakeholders to understand requirements;
    • assessing and escalating issues and risks as appropriate.
  • Contribute to developing communications plans, presentations, and promoting the projects and outcomes of projects/workstreams.
  • Determine short term priorities for own work, ensuring you maximise quality, efficiency and continuity.
  • Assist in the evaluation and review of projects.

Person Specification

  • Educated to Degree level (or equivalent qualifications). Where no equivalent qualification is held, significant practical relevant experience and expertise in a similar role will be required.
  • Significant practical experience in a similar role, experience of using project management tools.
  • Evidence of literacy and numeracy, with the ability to write clearly, and to analyse information and data.
  • Highly proficient IT skills, including the wider MS Office suite of programmes including Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. The postholder must inspire confidence and command authority with a range of colleagues and provide excellent customer service at all times.

Informal enquires can be made to Dr Manbinder (Manni) Sidhu, email: m.s.sidhu@bham.ac.uk 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the 'Apply' button above.

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