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Overview of the job
Job Holder will support the development and implementation of specific policy. Acts as policy lead on certain aspects of the policy providing advice on complex or high profile issues.
The job holder will require a strong knowledge and awareness of current policies and practices and will be expected to write at a level that is suitable for legal correspondence and maintain this in dialogue with solicitors and legal representatives.
Job Holder will on occasions be required to represent NOMS in meetings with outside organisations and stakeholders and Other Government Departments.
Responsibilities, Activities & Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:Provides support and assistance to the Head of PolicyProvides expert policy advice and guidance to staff and managersAct as point of contact for day-to-day written or verbal advice and consultation to key stakeholders and senior officialsResponsible for contributing relevant information to draft Ministerial submissions and briefing for senior officialsWhere necessary commission and analyse reports from internal or external colleagues, including contractors, and criminal justice stakeholders for information related to the subject matterConsolidate and analyse complex policy information and data evidence provided by policy leads and contractors to draft new protocols, sometimes in the face of conflicting stakeholder viewpoints. Develops operational and non operational policyAttend ad-hoc meetings on behalf of the team as requiredProvide secretariat support as and when required. Act as the Key Information Liaison Officer (KILO)Ensure draft responses to reports and correspondence submited to Team Leaders, are compliant and in line with current NOMS and Ministry of Justice (MoJ) policy,Provide senior managers with draft responses or contributions to Parliamentary Questions, Treat Official letters, Freedom of Information enquiries as well as contributing to briefing for minister and senior managers ensuring responses are prepared in accordance with the requirements of statutory legislation.
The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder.
BehavioursSeeing the Big PictureChanging and ImprovingManaging a Quality ServiceDelivering at PaceCommunicating and InfluencingLeadershipWorking Together
Essential ExperienceNeeds excellent written and oral communication skills to present a clear and accurate understanding of these issues to Ministers, the MOJ, other Government departments and the wider public
Technical requirementsA high level of organisational knowledge and operational understanding of NOMS and the prison estate is required.
AbilityThe ability to understand, interpret and summarise complex information is required.The ability to interact with and influence senior staff and stakeholders is required