Communications Officer/Senior Communications Officer

We are currently recruiting 2 roles for the Communications Team at Public Health England. 12-20 all together, multiple roles nationwide.


HEO - Communications Officer

SEO - Senior Communications Officer

About the Roles:

Public Health England has a key role in responding to the current Covid-19 pandemic. To provide surge capacity behind our communications response and to support the activities of the NHS Test and Trace programme, we are recruiting a number of communications specialists.

These roles will be fixed term for a year and will also provide the opportunity to get involved in responding to other health protection incidents and promoting health and wellbeing topics.

We are looking for well organised, creative individuals who are self-starters with first-rate written and verbal communication skills. We need people who can draft high quality content, which will make an impact across a range of communications channels for diverse audiences.

In addition, the chosen candidates will be competent in dealing with complex scientific issues and statistical data and have the ability to explain this information clearly to non-scientific audiences.

Capable of taking a strategic approach and providing expert communications advice, the post holders will also have a strong news sense – identifying and developing proactive communications, particularly digital. Strong influencing and negotiating skills are essential, enabling the post holders to deal effectively and persuasively with stakeholders across local Government, the NHS and public health landscape as well as the media.

Adept at managing and motivating colleagues, the post holders will also be able to deal with a wide range of people at all levels, have a flexible approach to their work and be good team players. In addition, being social media savvy is crucial, as is working well under pressure and to tight deadlines.

These posts will be based at home and will be assigned to provide support to one of PHE’s nine regional comms teams who are embedded with the nine local teams around the country. All local staff are currently working from home using video and other technology.

Any Appointment is made via Exception to the Recruitment Principles

Should your application be unsuccessful, we will unfortunately be unbale to give feedback.

For existing Civil Servants, please note that, as these roles are not being recruited to Civil Service Recruitment Principles, any appointments will not be recognised as substantive promotions and you may require permission from your line manager to take up any post you are offered. You should seek guidance from your home HR department if to wish to apply.

Please specify whether you are interested in the IO (HEO) or SIO (SEO) role in your application. Our panel will then assess and inform you which role you are being considered for prior to further assessment/telephone interview. Depending on how you perform during the assessment process, you may be considered for either role dependent on suitability.

Candidates who have applied for the Senior Communications Officer role and the Communications Officer role, will only be required to attend one interview, as the panel will assess if candidates meet the requirements for the SEO Communications Officer role first, using a specific benchmark system.

If your application falls just below the SEO grade threshold and you have also applied for the HEO role, your application will be assessed against the lower grade role. If you are interviewed for the SEO role and you do not meet the required benchmark you may be offered the HEO role or other similar HEO roles.

We reserve the right to close this advert early if we have sufficient applicaitons.

Reference: 40555043

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