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The Prison Policy Directorate Unit is recruiting permanently for a HEO Policy Advisor. This campaign is being run externally and so is open to all who consider themselves suitable for the roles and meet the eligibility criteria in the wider advert within Civil Service Jobs.
Successful candidates will have the option to be based at one of the following locations:102 Petty France, London 5 Wellington Place, Leeds (occasional travel between Leeds and London may be required post Covid-19)
The current Location Strategy for Policy Group is that all staff with a base location of 102 Petty France or 5 Wellington Place Leeds must be present at their base location for a minimum of 2 days every week.
Ways of Working
At the MoJ we believe and promote alternative ways of working, these roles are available as:Full-time, part-time or the option to job shareFlexible working patternsFlexible working arrangements between base locations, MoJ Hubs and home.
If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies requiring the same skills and experience could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.
We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ)
MOJ is one of the largest government departments, employing over 80,000 people (including those in the Probation Service), with a budget of approximately £9 billion. Each year, millions of people use our services across the UK - including at 500 courts and tribunals, and 133 prisons in England and Wales.
Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice
The Work of the Prison Policy Directorate
The Prison Policy Directorate sits within the Ministry of Justice and is responsible for advising Ministers on all aspects of prison policy. The Prison Safety, Security and Operational Policy (SSOP) division is a key part of the Directorate and has responsibility for one of the most important social policy issues in Government – setting the policy framework for how the prison system works and ensuring that the safety and security of both staff and prisoners is upheld. We work hand in hand in everything we do with HM Prison Service - one of the biggest delivery organisations in government.
We are a friendly, enthusiastic and collaborative division with a strong emphasis on ensuring team members feel happy, supported and engaged in their work. We are keen to make a difference, working closely with partners and supporting everyone to play their part to improve prisons and the outcomes for prisoners. We have a strong commitment to personal and career development, helping everyone to grow and fulfil their potential. We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice.
The SSOP division is split into four teams:
Prison Security: ensuring that we are tackling threats to prison security including drugs, organised crime, conveyance and working with intelligence across government to anticipate and counteract emerging threats;
Prison Safety: focusing on improving safety outcomes for staff and prisoners including reducing self-inflicted deaths, self-harm and violence in prisons;
Prison Regime: providing policy advice to define what a good prison system should look like and unpicking the blockers and enablers to achieving this; and
Operational Policy: owning a range of high-profile policy areas that underpin a safe, decent and lawful prison system such as prisoner incentives and adjudications.
We have one vacancy in the division and are looking for a driven, talented and forward-thinking HEO/Band C to join us:
Policy Advisor - the role
As a member of the Prison Safety Team the post-holder will have responsibility for developing and supporting prisons to embed a range of policy approaches to help improve prison safety outcomes.
The role will provide excellent opportunities to work in a fast-paced and high-profile policy environment and collaborate with colleagues in the Prison Policy Directorate, HMPPS, across other government departments including the Department for Health and Social Care and the Home Office, as well as with external stakeholders.
The successful candidates will be expected to:Have the ability to understand complex policy areas quickly.Work flexibly and independently, effectively leading their own areas of work with support where appropriate. Develop and build strong partnership working with colleagues in HMPPS and MoJ, as well as external stakeholders. Collect a wide range of sources of data and evidence to inform policy development. Analyse, interpret and present evidence to form sound policy options for wider discussion.Effectively organise and prioritise their own policy development work e.g. agree aims, scope, plan and deliver key strands of work and activities. Provide high-quality briefing to senior officials and Ministers, showing excellent oral and written communication skills. Have the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines.
Responsibilities will include:Collect, analyse, interpret and present evidence to form sound policy proposals and approaches and to identify which activities are likely to have an impact.Develop and build strong partnership working with colleagues in both MoJ and HMPPS, both in the centre and operationally to better understand how our policies and approaches will work at an operational and practical level.Establish and develop strong working relationships with agencies across the criminal justice system to influence and deliver policies and improvements.Drive forward and take ownership of the development and delivery of key strands of work and activities.Actively contribute to higher level decision making for business planning, policy and project implementation to progress strategic objectives.Identify relevant linkages across the department to ensure a joined-up approach.Respond flexibly to competing and complex demands.
Skills and Experience
Essential skillsExcellent oral and written communication skillsDemonstrate confidence and skill to act independently and quickly get to grips with a complex area in order to drive forward work, whilst ensuring colleagues and stakeholders are engaged as appropriateStrong organisational skills and the ability to plan and deliver outcomes according to agreed prioritiesAbility to make sound judgments and provide well-articulated advice, with experience in using and interpreting data and evidenceStrong collaborator with excellent relationship management skills and the ability to interact confidently, communicate complex areas clearly, and build trust with stakeholders both across, and external to, government
Further to this it would be desirable for the post holder to:Experience of working in a policy environment with strong policy development skillsAn interest in, or knowledge of, prisons or probationOperational experience in the justice systemHave an understanding of the governmental and parliamentary processesExperience with using project management approachesExperience of line management of staff and/or matrix management to achieve timely delivery
You will be assessed against the Civil service success profiles framework.
You will be asked to provide a CV during the application process in order to assess any demonstrable experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the role.
During the application process you will be asked to provide an example of how you have met the following behaviour (see Annex A for more information):Seeing the bigger picture Making effective decisions Working together Delivering at pace
Please also refer to the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade:
Should we receive a large number of applications, we will sift primarily on the lead behaviour of Seeing the bigger picture. Successful applicants will then be invited to an interview, testing both behaviours and strengths.
Candidates invited to Interview
Please note that interviews will be carried out remotely.
During the interview, we will be assessing you on Behaviours and Strengths from the success Profiles framework.
You can refer to the CS Strengths dictionary for more details: Success Profiles - Civil Service Strengths Dictionary (publishing.service.gov.uk)
Interviews are expected to take place June 22.
The MoJ is proud to be Level 3 Disability Confident. Disability Confident is the approach through which we offer guaranteed interviews for all people with disabilities meeting the minimum criteria for the advertised role as set out in the job description.
Please do get in touch if you would like to know more about the role or what it is like working in our team. Phalisha.email@example.com