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Community Engagement Officer

Suffolk County Council
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16 May 2021 11:30 PM
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  • £25,991 pro rata for part time
  • 37 hours per week (part time hours can be considered)
  • Fixed term/secondment initially until March 2022

We are committed to flexible working. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Suffolk County Council (SCC) Public Health Covid-19 Response Community Engagement Team as a Community Engagement Officer, working from Endeavour House, Ipswich. 

Your role 

As Community Engagement Officer, you will have a sound working understanding of the social and cultural influences on different vulnerable and minority communities in Suffolk and the ability to engage with community members from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.  The ability to speak a language other than English would be advantageous.

You will be involved in face to face engagement in communities and settings across Suffolk; these may include early starts as well as some evening and weekend activities, most of which will likely find you away from the desk and, possibly, working outside for a considerable amount of time.

This is an extremely important role and a fantastic opportunity to be part of the ongoing local response to COVID-19 in Suffolk.  The role will be varied and challenging, and no two days are likely to be the same.

The team 

The Public Health Covid-19 Response Team is at the heart of the Council’s response to Covid-19 and the work of Community Engagement Team has been fundamental in the continuing fight against the virus by delivering advice and support to community members and groups; assisting with contact tracing amongst minority communities; plus, liaising with workplaces, factories, shops, cafes, places of worship, education settings and any other appropriate settings.  

In addition, the team may seek opportunities to engage communities in wider health inequalities and prevention, including referrals into health services such as weight management and smoking cessation, plus equalities and inclusion topics. Where possible activities will be co-produced with communities.

Travelling requirements for your role

Frequent Travel - This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Claudia Parrino on 07860 827450 or email: Claudia.parrino@suffolk.gov.uk

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we have strict limitations on staff working in our offices and most of us are being asked to work from home.  If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager listed at the bottom of this advert. 

If you are considering applying for a secondment, please read the secondment policy and ensure you have sought permission to apply before completing your application. 

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This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. 

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