Surveillance Information and Data Coordinator
||Animal and Plant Health Agency
||£31,080 - £34,940 (Outer London) or £28,320 - £31,840 (National)
||Animal and Plant Health Agency
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Two-year fixed-term contract with the potential for extension or permanency
At the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), our diverse team of over 2,000 skilled and committed professionals come together to achieve a vital goal: to safeguard animal and plant health for the benefit our environment, the UK economy and for all of us who live here.
By joining us you will be part of an organisation with a wide range of vital priorities. Together, we protect endangered wildlife, conduct research into bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases and vaccines, facilitate the international trade in animals, identify and control endemic and exotic diseases, and manage a programme of bee inspections and so much more.
Joining the Surveillance Intelligence Unit, which is tasked with monitoring new and re-emerging diseases, analysing endemic diseases and identifying potential threats to animal and human heath, you will:
• Support the gathering of intelligence and insights relating to animal health and welfare, utilising a variety of platforms and collaborative environments such as social media and SharePoint.
• Enhance APHA’s surveillance system by collating and reporting animal health information and data, working with both existing knowledge and identifying non-Government sources who could provide access to new surveillance information.
• Develop close working relationships with cross-government departments, agencies and teams, plus external industry and surveillance partners, with the capacity to obtain immediate updates from these partners.
• Coordinate and report the content of discussions that have taken place between those in the field such as farmers, and APHA’s Veterinary Investigation Officers.
• Investigate and share surveillance knowledge with relevant stakeholders and the public, in order to allow the relevant action to be taken quickly and efficiently. You will convey this knowledge by identifying and implementing the best information-sharing approaches such as data dashboards and you will manage the production of scanning surveillance reports.
• Recognise patterns and emerging trends, drawing conclusions and outlining the costs, risks and potential responses.
This is a valuable opportunity to simultaneously develop your career and contribute to the success of British farmers, our trade capabilities and the resulting economy. You will therefore thrive in this role if you have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the capacity to quickly forge animal health and welfare contacts. As you will be involved in all aspects of information-gathering right up to the point of sharing your findings, some knowledge of communications would be beneficial. Crucially, you will be interested in animal health with experience of surveillance information-sharing, cemented by good IT skills.
You will also have the flexibility to work irregular hours in the event of an incident, and some travel in the UK or overseas may be required. As you may be needed to visit farms, abattoirs or other post mortem facilities, you will have a driving license (or be willing to obtain one) and you will not be able to have contact with farmed animals for up to two days before a visit - so candidates who live on a livestock farm may be precluded from applying.
Inclusion, support and the development of our people matter to us. In addition to truly meaningful work, you can look forward to a career built on high-quality training, opportunities for progression and professional mentoring and coaching.
We also aim to support the personal wellbeing of everyone in APHA. Our benefits include generous annual leave, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, salary sacrifice benefit options, and an employee discount scheme. We also offer flexible working.
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