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Policy

JEXU Policy Advisor – 38101
£35,530 - £40,863
London

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Overview  

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 issue.

Summary

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. 

The Joint Extremism Unit (JEXU) is jointly run by HM Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) and the Home Office’s Office of Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT). It is the strategic centre for all counter-terrorism work in HMPPS. It has oversight of delivery across the end-to-end offender management process, through prison and probation. The unit encompasses the entire policy making process, from strategy to operational delivery, and consists of a mix of policy officials and operational staff across England and Wales.

The JEXU Operational Policy and Improvement Programme teams manage, develop and improve policy and practice to strengthen the Government’s response to the threat of terrorism in prisons and probation. The Operational policy team ensures that the Policy Frameworks stay up to date with strategic aims, threats and operational needs, that JEXU has a strong grip of external challenges such as inquests and is proactive in preparing them, and that JEXU is able to quickly react to and action urgent and unforeseen policy challenges alongside BAU. The Improvement Programme team takes a programme and project management approach to continually developing, reviewing and improving policy. Projects vary significantly although tend to include conducting research, analysis and evaluation of policy before designing and delivering plans for implementation.

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 Policy

  • Provides expert policy advice and guidance to staff and managers

  • Act as point of contact for day-to-day written or verbal advice and consultation to key stakeholders and senior officials

  • Responsible for contributing relevant information to draft Ministerial submissions and briefing for senior officials

  • Where necessary commission and analyse reports from internal or external colleagues, including contractors, and criminal justice stakeholders for information related to the subject matter

  • Consolidate 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 policy

  • Attend ad-hoc meetings on behalf of the team as required

  • Provide secretariat support as and when required. Act as the Key Information Liaison Officer (KILO)

  • Ensure draft responses to reports and correspondence submitted 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.

Essential Experience

  • Needs 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 requirements

  • A high level of organisational knowledge and operational understanding of NOMS and the prison estate is required.  

Ability

  • The ability to understand, interpret and summarise complex information is required.

  • The ability to interact with and influence senior staff and stakeholders is required

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

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

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate’s Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.

Benefits

Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment

Pension

-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work Life Balance

-HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers

Training

-HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles

Eligibility

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

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS considers to be racist

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.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.