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Title Senior Evaluation Officer
Ref HE/3759
Directorate Strategy & Planning
Preferred Location Birmingham or Guildford
Salary £40,188-£53,049
Number of Positions 2
Working Pattern Full Time / Part Time
Closing Date 24 Oct 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government owned company responsible for driving forward our motorways and major A roads. This includes; modernising and maintaining the highways, running the network and keeping traffic moving. Over recent years, investment in our highways has increased. This has led to advances in technology, such as smart motorways; enabling traffic to flow better. However, even more is yet to be done.

Certainty of funding and greater flexibility will enable us to become a better business. In our first 5 years alone, we’ll invest £11 billion in motorways and A roads – boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety. At the same time, we’ll improve how we work. That means we will be able to; plan roadworks better to minimise disruption; clear incidents more quickly; and save more than £1 billion by working more efficiently.

For further information on Highways England, please visit our website:

Job Description

The role

Highways England are currently recruiting two Senior Evaluation Officers on a permanent basis to be based at either of our Birmingham or Guildford offices to join a newly formed in-house evaluation team.  The successful Senior Evaluation Officers will have key roles in undertaking evaluation projects;  will be responsible for developing methodologies across a variety of specialisms (Role 1 - Road safety evaluation and customer benefits and Role 2 - Meta-analysis and process evaluation); and, provide technical expertise to other stakeholders and specialists within the business.  

These roles would suit highly skilled evaluators who are adept at analysing large-scale datasets and are enthusiastic about building up evaluation capabilities.

Please Note: there will be a requirement to travel with this role between offices and to different sites across the Country.

Day to day

  • Assist the Head of Evaluation and the Principal Evaluation Officer in establishing in-house evaluation capability – developing methodologies and processes.
  • Undertaking evaluations of major schemes including; planning, analysing, reporting and presenting relevant information to internal and external stakeholders
  • Data analysis of large-scale monitoring data and support the team in identifying new data sources (e.g. through surveys)
  • Synthesise the evidence base and work with stakeholders to develop an analytical plan for enhancing the evidence base in the respective areas of specialisms.
  • Develop and test suitable evaluation methodologies and ensure they are applied consistently across the Evaluation Team
  • Deliver timely and robust analysis drawing on be working with a wide variety of data inputs
  • Assess the quality, understand appropriate applications of different data sources in order to interrogate the evidence effectively and draw out the salient messages;

About you

  • Degree or degree-level qualification in a relevant subject.
  • In depth technical knowledge and experience of appraisal and evaluation (ideally in relation to Meta-analysis, process and impact evaluation and logic mapping).
  • Demonstrable experience of using data-analysis to support appraisal or evaluation.
  • Evidence of excellent written and verbal communications skills and ability to convey complex ideas effectively
  • Ability to undertake analytical work accurately


All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all the skills, experience and qualifications requested are clearly demonstrated in your CV as explained in the body of the advert.

All applicants must provide their right to work documentation at interview stage, such as a valid passport.

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received. Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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