Band 6 Research and Information Officer

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job Type Temporary
Salary Up to £14.20 per hour
Published 4 months ago
Start Date ASAP
Contact Kathryn Blair
Job Ref HSC1009_1560956121

Job Description

Role: Band 6 Research and Information Officer

Rate of Pay: £14.20 per hour

Location: Belfast City Centre

Hours: 37.5 Hours

Duration: Until 31st March 2020

Main duties/Responsibilities:

The post holder will assist with a range of information and research activities designed to help provide a strong evidence base for public health activity in Northern Ireland. This will involve liaising with colleagues in public health, nursing, HSCB, Trusts, BSO, DoH and NISRA. They will be supported in this by the Band 7 Health intelligence manager. The role will include:

  • working on specific projects in health intelligence supporting topic areas such as mental health/suicide prevention, diabetes prevention, tobacco and the evaluation of interventions.
  • assisting with research design, data analyses and report writing;
  • assisting in the contracting and management of external research projects;
  • conducting in-house research and evaluation;
  • providing professional advice and support to the Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland (PHA).


  1. Research and development
  • To support a programme of research and evaluation, which will facilitate the effective operation of the PHA.
  • To assist in contracting and managing external research and evaluation and to conduct in-house research and evaluation which will involve assisting in or carrying out:
  • the design of research and/or evaluation frameworks;
  • the preparation of briefs;
  • the design of research/survey and qualitative instruments;
  • the analysis of large-scale data sets, eg lifestyle surveys;
  • qualitative research and its analysis;
  • report writing
  • To assist in education and training programmes as appropriate.
  1. Policy and planning
  • To provide advice to PHA staff and others, where appropriate, on current research and evaluation and information sources.
  • To promote high standards in the research and evaluation work of the PHA with particular regard to matters such as defining appropriate study methodology, sampling, statistical analysis and presentation of results.
  1. Management
  • To provide information to assist PHA staff in the commissioning and managing of external projects. This will include preparing briefs for tender, liaising with consultants, participating in working groups and reviewing draft reports.
  1. Evaluation and monitoring
  • To assist with the development and coordination of evaluation studies as defined in the PHA's operational plan.
  1. Information
  • To support the research and evaluation function of the PHA through the provision of information which will include literature searching and reviewing.
  • To contribute to the development of education materials, information reports and training manuals in support of the PHA's various areas of activity.
  • To provide information support to PHA staff and partner organisations.

Essential Criteria:

  1. Possess a university degree (social science or related) with a significant research component, or an equivalent research related qualification


Have at least two years' experience of working as a research assistant/information officer in a health and/or social research environment whether in the voluntary, statutory, academic or private sectors.


  1. Have at least five years' experience of working as a research assistant/information officer in a health and/or social research environment whether in the voluntary, statutory, academic or private sectors.

  1. Have knowledge of and the ability to demonstrate practical experience of statistical analysis and data management which must include experience of one of the main statistical analysis p

  1. Have knowledge/experience of qualitative research methodologies and p

  1. Have experience of literature searching including the use of electronic bibliographic databases and literature reviewing.

  1. Have the ability to critically appraise relevant research and identify implications for p

  1. Have good organisational and communications skills including the ability to produce and present high quality pap

  1. Have the ability to work on their own initiative and also as part of a team, and to perform to a high standard with the minimum of supervision even under occasional pressure.

To be shortlisted for this role all applicants MUST meet the essential criteria. If you are interested please upload your CV to the link provided, and Kathryn will be in contact to confirm if you have been shortlisted.


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