JEXU Policy Lead – 38104
£46,083 - £55,302
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The job holder will have a well-developed understanding and knowledge of the detail of policies as well as a strategic understanding of them.
The job holder is responsible for planning, managing and overseeing the policy development work as well as being the subject matter expert across relevant policies, providing advice to Ministers (through the Head of Team), MoJ policy colleagues, senior officials in NOMS and the operational line. The job holder will be responsible for planning and managing policy development and implementation for a group of policies, which may change rapidly.
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:
Ensure that a high quality and accurate service is provided to stakeholders, including operational prison staff, other NOMS subject leads, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman and HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, prisoners’ legal advisers, professionals from other government departments and wider stakeholders.
Act as a business as usual consultant (will be seen as a subject matter expert) and will be required to provide advice and guidance on all elements of the relevant policy to all stakeholders (e.g. Directors, senior managers, trade unions, Shared Services staff)
Responsible for commissioning contributions for Government’s evidence from various stakeholders across the organisation, ensuring accuracy of the information from both policy and data provision perspective.
Devise the most effective and efficient way of developing and implementing national policies, communicating, engaging and consulting with a wide range of policy and operational stakeholders across the broader criminal justice system as well as within NOMS in order to maintain their confidence. Taking responsibility for driving it forward
Oversee the drafting of business cases and impact assessments
Consider requirements for any central monitoring arrangements for implementation working with relevant stakeholders to set up these up and ensure these are fit for purpose before final approval by the section head
Draft briefing to NOMS senior leaders and Ministers.
Oversee the drafting of responses to Ministerial correspondence and Parliamentary Questions and Freedom of Information (FOI) requests in relation to policies ensuring work is delivered according to deadlines and to an appropriate standard.
Manage, coordinate and draft the response and defence to legal challenges concerning policies and their implementation liaising with relevant teams, legal advisers and Treasury Solicitors.
Manage, coordinate and draft advice to Ministers and senior NOMS officials about issues connected to the Team’s policies, identifying issues that could damage the reputation of Minsters and the department and liaising with Press Office colleagues appropriately.
Setting up projects, with appropriate governance arrangements to support the project, identifying risks and mitigating action and reporting on progress to senior managers and stakeholders.
Undertake statistical analysis of data for reporting and briefing purposes.
Provide support to the Head of Policy Team on the most complex and sensitive issues as required.
- Oversee the drafting of formal instructions and practical guidance.
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.
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Changing and Improving
- Working Together
- Delivering at Pace
- Communicating and Influencing
- Managing a Quality Service
Excellent written skills
Excellent analytical skills
Experience of policy development
Data analysis skills
Excellent communication and people management skills.
An understanding of the process of government, including the workings of Private Office. Experience of writing briefings, submissions and PQs.
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.
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
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
For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
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
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
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