Senior Policy Officer x 2, Open to job share and flexible working

Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
£44,388 per annum
Posted
22 Feb 2021
Closes
14 Mar 2021
Ref
GLA3626 & GLA3386
Contract Type
Permanent

Since August 2019 the Adult Education Budget (AEB), which delivers education and training to adults aged 19+, has been delegated to the Mayor. With unemployment surging in the capital, ensuring that Londoners have the right skills to find employment and progress in work is critical in supporting London’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis. This is an exciting professional opportunity to be at the heart of supporting London’s economic recovery through efficient management of the AEB.

The Funding Policy and Systems team is responsible for ensuring that the £318 million annual budget funds provision that improves Londoners’ lives and drives the economy forward. This is particularly important now in the context of Covid-19, Brexit and the poor economic outlook.

Within the Funding Policy and Systems team, we are looking to recruit two Senior Policy Officers to work on technical funding policy and systems development and implementation, and AEB programme data management. Both roles will require excellent qualitative analysis skills, including the ability to analyse data and interpret results to understand potential implications to implementation of funding policy.

Key skills and experience required to be successful in either role include:

  • Excellent computer literacy, especially Excel and presentation software – Excel skill level to include creation of pivot tables, use of VLOOKUPs, ability to create rankings
  • Excellent quantitative analysis skills, including an ability to
  • create performance monitoring reports, including current and projected performance vs targets and profiles
  • analyse data and interpret results to highlight trends or areas requiring focus

Additionally, one role will focus on determining provider allocations, funding rates and ensuring the data required to manage the programme can be collected. This role will ensure that the AEB is committed fairly and efficiently across the capital in a way that is good value for money. Additional key skills and experience required to be successful in this role include:

  • Ability to develop scenario-based options models to inform decision making
  • Track record in using research and analysis to inform funding policy and strategy development – ability to handle and analyse survey and evaluation data, or a degree in maths or economics, would be an advantage

The second role will focus on including data processing operations, and performance reporting, to ensure that AEB programme data is handled efficiently and securely, AEB providers are paid, and that performance data and reporting required to manage the AEB programme is available to a range of stakeholders. Additional key skills and experience required to be successful in this role include:

  • Track record in data handling and processing operations and production of MI reports to a range of stakeholders
  • This role will have line management responsibility for a G6 Officer

The team expects applicants from a range of backgrounds, including but not limited to programme delivery, policy, economics, data management operations, and data analysis and performance reporting. We would especially welcome applications from those currently working with AEB or ESF funding or MI, including those from Colleges or other providers, or with experience working with Individualised Learner Record (ILR) or other education-related data. These roles will require strong quantitative and analytical skills.

In addition to knowledge of skills and employment policy in London, knowledge of DfE and Education and Skills Funding Agency funding policy and programmes would be beneficial.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and welcome applications from candidates seeking part time work as this role is open to job share.

London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan, childcare voucher scheme and a career average pension scheme.

Application closing date:  Sunday 14 March 2021 at 23:59 at 23:59
Interviews will take place at: Remotely via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 30 & Wednesday 31 March 2021

Please note we do not accept CV’s for this role. All applications for this vacancy must be submitted via our online recruitment system. To apply and to view a copy of the Job Description and Person specification, please click the "Apply Now" button below.

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