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Commissioning and Partnerships Officer x2 – 45813
£22,924 - £28,200


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Please note this role can be based at any office in the Yorkshire and The Humber region. 

Overview of the job

The purpose of the Commissioning and Partnerships team is to work closely with operational and contract managers within the region, commercial colleagues, policy leads, external partners/commissioners, providers and service users to identify service needs, review existing services, build partnerships, develop knowledge and build expertise within the business, design new services, source providers and then monitor the effectiveness of commissioned services to promote innovative and strategic solutions and deliver quality, value for money services that meet service user needs and reduces reoffending.

The Commissioning and Partnerships Officer will contribute to the development and implementation of commissioning plans and products and support partnership activity. They will lead on secretariat, planning and research activities to support commissioning and/or recommissioning of services across the region.

They will be line managed by a Commissioning and Partnerships Manager, who will lead on the delivery for a specific portfolio of services or need areas.


The post holder will support the production and implementation of service/need specific commissioning plans and regional commissioning strategy.

The will be responsible for developing reports or briefings for senior managers, portfolio leads and local/regional partners to support the monitoring and reporting of regional commissioning strategy and service/need specific commissioning plans.

They will support operational staff and managers to deliver their responsibilities for the portfolio area. This may include offering consultancy and advice, delivering local training and briefings.

They will support the Commissioning and Partnerships Manager in undertaken budget and financial monitoring for commissioning projects.

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Collate and provide quantitative and qualitative analysis of needs and demand data to support Commissioning and Partnerships Manager, including conducting focus groups with staff and service users.
  • Drafting and amending service specifications for new and existing services and support the development of a portfolio of evidence-based service specifications.
  • Responsible for developing regional and service/need area reporting system to monitor effectiveness of existing commissioning arrangements and availability of local services to inform review and planning.
  • Support on regional involvement in grants and procurement processes, including organising market warming and engagement, producing key grant and procurement documents and support evaluation of bids.
  • Providing secretariat support to regional, cross-regional and multi-agency governance or project groups with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Responsible for organising and facilitating stakeholder and engagement events and meetings
  • Responsible for establishing productive and effective relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders at a local, regional and national level in line with designated portfolio area to support commissioning activity.
  • Develop, maintain and update regional partnership agreements and ensure these are linked to business planning for the region.
  • To undertake and lead specific project work as instructed by the Commissioning and Partnerships Manager

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post 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.

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.


  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Changing and Improving

Essential Experience

  • Experience of commissioning and/or recommissioning services, including assessing need, reviewing services and developing service specifications.
  • Awareness of procurement and grants within the public sector context.
  • Experienced in the field of partnership working.
  • Awareness of community safety, criminal justice, social care, housing or health care setting.
  • Good oral and written communications skills
  • Experience of undertaking research and formulating options, along with problem solving abilities
  • Experience of project management.


  • Proven experience of working in a community safety, criminal justice, social care, housing or health care setting.
  • Good understanding of services to offenders delivered in the community or through-the-gate (upon release from prison)

Additional Information


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail;

2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (;

3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Standard working hours are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid. 


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after ten years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The National Probation Service is covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) run through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF).  Please visit for further information.

Please note: Any current Civil Servant who is a member of the PCSPS, by accepting an offer of employment to the National Probation Services will be opted out of the PCSPS and auto enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.


All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post