Lead Evaluation Officer (Transport) - SCP/R6

Grade K | £36,951 pa | Location Leeds | Permanent | Full time (up to 37 hours pw) | Applications for part time / job share will be considered Closing date: 09 October 2022

Lead Evaluation Officer (Transport)

Grade K | £36,951 pa |
Location Leeds |

  • Do you want to work for an organisation that values you as an individual?
  • An organisation that will support your professional development?
  • What about an organisation that has Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of everything that it does?
  • How about an organisation that does all these things and more?
  • Yes? Then look no further than the West Yorkshire Combined Authority! Listen to what our staff say on our 'Life at West Yorkshire Combined Authority' webpage.

We currently have a vacancy for a Lead Evaluation Officer (Transport) to join our Research and Intelligence team.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Mayoral Combined Authority. We have a wide variety of exciting projects that we are working on which will help shape the West Yorkshire region.

The £830 million City Regional Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) is aimed at providing an integrated and inclusive transport network and was made possible thanks to the West Yorkshire Mayoral devolution deal. This work will build on the significant investment already being made in making it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport around West Yorkshire.  Find out more information about the programme.

The Role

Reporting into the Evaluation Manager, the key responsibilities are but not limited to:

  • Leading the development and delivery of a monitoring and evaluation framework for the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement in collaboration with Policy colleagues, Local Authority Partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Line management of, and collaboration with, the Evaluation Officer (Transport).
  • Championing evaluation within the Combined Authority and across the wider partnership to promote good practice and ensure it is effectively embedded at design stage and capable of generating robust findings.
  • Developing and applying a mixed-methods approach to explore the impact and value for money of transport interventions.
  • Commissioning and managing evaluation consultants, ensuring regular and effective communication to support the Combined Authority’s commissioned consultancy evaluation support.
  • Building an evidence base to inform policy, identifying gaps, and using evaluation learning to shape project design.

Review the Role profile provided for more information about the responsibilities.

About you

You will have the following key skills, attributes, education and experience:

  • A degree or equivalent relevant experience in Transport Studies, Transport Analytics, Geography, Economics, Economic Analysis, Social Research Methods or similar area of study.
  • Experience of effectively applying monitoring and evaluation methodologies in the field of Transport to develop insights that feed back into policy and practice.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative Evaluation methodologies – such as, experimental and quasi-experimental design, co-production techniques, survey, interview and focus group approaches, case study development, difference in difference, process and economic evaluation methodologies.
  • Line management experience with the ability to manage workloads and meet deadlines as well as supporting professional development.
  • Demonstrable commitment to further and ongoing professional development in the area of evaluation.


Our offer

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • 28 days Annual Leave (increasing upon years of service) plus bank holidays
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Free Travel on rail and buses across West Yorkshire with the M-Card (Zones 1-5)
  • Flexible Working Practices with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

We have also recently undergone a major office refurbishment and have bright, airy, modern office space, with all latest technology, and just a 2-minute walk from Leeds Train Station. We also have agile working options too if you would rather work from home, or another suitable location, as well as a generous flexi-time scheme.

Have a look at our Employee Benefits webpage to find out more.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role, please upload your anonymised CV, and complete the application form on our application website telling us why you would be a great fit for our role.

Please apply by 11:55pm on Sunday 09 October 2022. 

Further Information

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

The Combined Authority is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, neuro-divergence, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity. or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability and/or who are neuro-divergent. To find out more about inclusivity at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority please visit our dedicated webpage.

Whilst agile working is an option for most staff, there is an expectation that employees are able to attend the office in central Leeds as and when required.

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone, video or face to face. If you have any difficulty with the type of interview you are invited to, please inform the recruiting manager at your earliest convenience to enable them to consider an alternative solution.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, which is the salary stated above, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we are unfortunately unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has not been successful. We do however thank you for your application and encourage you to continue looking for roles on our Careers with Us website page.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are advised that the Combined Authority is currently in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

The detail of the proposals for change, will be discussed with the successful candidate at the point of offer.