Knowledge and Evidence Specialist

  • Job Reference: 919-35115121-RPEXT
  • Date Posted: 13 January 2021
  • Recruiter: Public Health England
  • Location: Homebased/Cambridge
  • Salary: £37,526 to £44,240
  • Sector: Government, Health
  • Job Type: Contract

Job Description

Job title: Knowledge & Evidence Specialist – Surveillance 
Employer: Public Health England 
Department: Knowledge & Library Services
Locations: Home based/Cambridge
Salary: Senior Executive Officer [£37,526 - £44,019]
Hours: 37.5
Job Type Fixed term 12 months 



Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the delivery of specialist public health services. We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific and delivery expertise and support.

Job Purpose / Summary

We are currently seeking to expand the workforce within our Knowledge and Evidence Specialist team, working closely with Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (LKIS) and Field Services (FS) teams, to support us in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The expansion of teams will enable us to meet our commitment to support local public health systems, ensuring a rapid, responsive and flexible response to COVID-19 in their localities, by providing timely and granular data, intelligence, evidence and analysis to local partners. The purpose of the role is to contribute to the management and development of PHE’s knowledge and evidence services to support PHE business needs, with specific responsibility for providing embedded library and knowledge management expertise to local Knowledge and Intelligence Service teams and the wider public health system in support of the COVID-19 response locally. 

We are looking for a professionally qualified and experienced library and information professional, with the enthusiasm and skills to fill this high-demand role. The role will involve the assessment of local user requirements; advanced literature searching and filtering, enquiry services and resource discovery. With excellent communication, customer service, and evidence-based skills, you will be confident in your ability to work independently using your initiative, but also proficient in team and matrix working.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Wendy Marsh (07881 512521))


Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see job description for competencies.  This information maybe accessed via the Apply button. 

Closing date: 31/01/2021

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer