Community Engagement Officer

  • Job Reference: 00077539-1
  • Date Posted: 18 June 2022
  • Recruiter: CV-Library
  • Location: Bedford, Bedfordshire
  • Salary: £18.00 Per Hour
  • Sector: Government & Defence, Healthcare & Medical, HSE
  • Job Type: Contract

Job Description

Community Engagement Officer

Akton Recruitment has an opening for a Community Engagement Officer

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB:

1. To build relationships in the community that will support the delivery of essential Covid19 and health and wellbeing messages that will keep the whole community safe.

2. Seek to bring about behaviour and lifestyle changes that will have long-term positive outcomes for our community.

3. To reduce Covid19 infection rates, increase vaccination take up and encourage use of community testing services.

The post holder will be expected to maintain a good working knowledge of health and aspects of public health protection especially in relation to Covid-19. The post holder needs to have an aptitude for learning and information retention. He or she will need the ability to grasp new complex issues quickly, and have the ability to determine the key points.

The post holder will be expected to work in an agile way and build meaningful relationships in the community which help to meet the priorities of this role.

The post holder must demonstrate both flexibility in adapting to changes in procedures and requirements and good customer care, particularly in relation to Councilors.

MAIN DUTIES:

* Identifying and mapping key communities, demographics, groups, leaders and influencers.
* Building understanding of the Council's overall health and wellbeing issues, based on data and insight, and establishing the pressing health inequalities facing those communities.
* Connecting with our underserved communities, building and strengthening relationships to address Covid-19 challenges and supporting improved outcomes
* Engaging with underserved communities to increase understanding of Covid-19 guidance, maximise vaccine take up, increase community testing take up and to ensure council communications address these issues in a range of ways.
* Raising awareness on infection prevention and improving minority ethnic groups and hard to reach communities' understanding of Covid-19 messaging, building relationships to support the health inequalities work.
* Establishing relationships so they are sustainable and resilient beyond the current pandemic, providing a good foundation for future, wider public health and wellbeing initiatives in the borough.
* Creating a network of informal community advocates that can make a valuable longer term contribution to tackling health inequalities post Covid-19 and to champion positive health and wellbeing.
* Using a range of engagement techniques and tools: creating discussion forums, online surveys, having one to one conversations and meetings to build real insight into the community.
* Listening and learning and using the intelligence gathered to inform our council communications campaigns and messaging so it is more effective and makes a difference.
* Writing briefings and reports for senior leadership team and members.
* Targeting spikes and hotspots quickly and effectively with tailored messages.
* Improving local understanding of the challenges faced relating to health protection and feed this information in to longer term health protection strategies.
* Reviewing best practise from other areas.
* Support and act as a point of contact for Covid-19 marshals and environmental health officers.
* To join up with the Covid-19 Champions community and faith leaders work.
* Work in partnership with Bedford Borough voluntary sector organizations on COVID prevention and impact of COVID-19 work
* Keeping up to date on local and national government changes in regard to guidance, communications, innovation, legislation and codes of practice