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Analytical

MOJ Data & Analysis Directorate – 5 x roles in the “What works hub” – 62431
£37,683 – £48,067
National

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We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

. Overview

We have five roles within the Evidence and Partnerships Hub, and the Evaluation and Prototyping Hub, within the Data & Analysis Directorate.

Roles are particularly suitable for members of the Government Social Research and Government Statistical professions but areopen to:  

  • Existing analysts from all professions (GORS/GSS/GSR/GES) either on level transfer or on promotion.
  • Other candidates that are not members of GSS, GORS, GSR, GES profession but possess and can demonstrate similar experience at the appropriate level. Badging opportunities will be available once in post for those who wish to apply.

We welcome applications from candidates based across the UK. Candidates will have the option of being based in the Leeds or London HQ offices (with flexible working arrangements available) or your nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. These are in Liverpool, Leeds, South Tyneside, Nottingham, Cardiff, Ipswich and Brighton. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of background checks.

Interviews are likely to take place in September 2022and will be held via MS Teams. We will keep a merit list for a year for those who successfully pass the interview board but who are not offered a post.   

  1. About Data & Analysis

We are passionate about improving justice outcomes through innovative research, data and analysis.

In Data and Analysis, we provide high quality data and analysis helping to ensure strategic, policy, finance, corporate and operational decisions are based on robust evidence.

We create a culture in which people are empowered with the data and information to make excellent decisions; using cutting edge tools, techniques and collaboration; putting evidence at the heart of the justice system.

We are a multi-disciplinary team of around 500 staff that sits at the heart of the Ministry of Justice providing analytical support across a diverse and exciting agenda. We work in a dynamic and fast-paced context and our skills are in heavy demand across the Ministry of Justice. Our collaborations beyond government are seen as ground-breaking.

The Data and Analysis community is made up of analysts and specialists including: Social Researchers, Economists, Operational Researchers, Statisticians, Data Engineers, Data Scientists and other data specialists (such as data strategists, data dissemination, generalists and assurance experts).

Why work in Data and Analysis?
Do you have the passion, values, and ability to help us solve the biggest problems of the justice system?

In Data and Analysis, we want all our people to feel valued for who they are and for the work they do. We provide a warm, inclusive place to work and offer a wide range of flexibilities and benefits as part of our people offer to reward our staff.

What we offer

  • Flexible working arrangements and a focus on equality of opportunity – including welcoming part-time and/or job-share arrangements, compressed hours, working from home or your nearest Justice Collaboration Centres or Justice Satellite Office.
  • Career development – regular development and promotion opportunities across a wide range of roles, career development support, with a generous individual learning and development budget.
  • Range of new areas of work and new tools and techniques – we pride ourselves on our excellent deployment of well-established analytical methods, but also our progress to date. Progress such as our ambitious and innovative transformation programme to leverage departmental data and drive evidence-based decision-making using cutting-edge tools and techniques (for example: experimentation, personalisation, artificial intelligence).
  • Analysis is at the centre of the Department’s decision making – our transformation programme is focused on maximising our impact on departmental outcomes. The Ministry of Justice’s Senior Team and our Ministerial Team want all decisions to be evidence driven – your analysis will be key in influencing decisions and real-world impact
  • Vibrant community – part of a multidisciplinary team that has a supportive culture and is looking to further develop the community with the help of everyone.
  • See the frontline and what your work is influencing – regular opportunities to visit our front-line service providers, including courts, prisons, and probation to better understand the areas your analysis is affecting.

What you’ll do   

The Evidence and Partnerships Hub, and the Evaluation and Prototyping Hub, aim to enhance and innovate in the way evidence is used and created to better understand what works to improve outcomes for justice system users. 

The five available roles include: 

Data First academic collaboration lead: 

Our flagship data linking and data sharing programme, Data First, is driving forward research delivered through partnerships between MOJ and academia. Working closely with our embedded academic lead and our funder, Administrative Data Research UK, you will ensure our rolling Research Fellowship programme runs smoothly and findings have impact; liaise with our advisory and user representation groups; find innovative ways of collaborating with academia; oversee research applications to use our data; and promote the work of the project at conferences and stakeholder events. You will also carry out your own analysis of our linked administrative datasets and shape and deliver research outputs to be published on GOV.UK 

Data First data mapping lead: 

Our flagship data linking and data sharing programme, Data First, is maximising the value of MOJ administrative data for research in the public good. You will collaborate with teams across Data and Analysis, and external stakeholders, to understand the data landscape and decide what administrative data should be shared for access by external researchers. You will develop the project’s principles of research-ready dataset design; explore data structure and quality on the MOJ Analytical Platform using SQL, Python or R; create resources and documentation aiding use of the data for research; and ensure we have governance in place to share data legally, ethically, and with stakeholder buy-in. You will also carry out your own analysis of our linked administrative datasets and shape and deliver research outputs to be published on GOV.UK 

Prototyping & Evaluation Research Specialist 

The Hub’s ambition is to become a centre of excellence in Evaluation and Prototyping. We are a new hub so you will have significant scope to shape the type of work that we take on within the Hub. We are also keen to encourage innovation within the team and innovate how we collect data and the methods that we use from a research perspective. In this role, you’ll lead rapid iterative prototyping projects in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service to assess whether there is demand for a particular intervention, understand if it shows promise and assess if it can scale. This will be scope to use a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. There will also be opportunity to be involved with and/or advise on larger evaluation projects. The post holder will manage a HEO analyst and there will be opportunity to build their own prototyping and evaluation capability. 

Legal Support Research and Evaluation 

Legal Support is a relatively new but high priority policy area which pilots several ways of helping people with a variety of legal problems early on, before they get worse and lead to damaging consequences for people and their families. Some pilots use technological and digital approaches, others are more about tailored face-to-face advice and joining up different services. The post holder will be involved in an interesting and intellectually challenging design and implementation process, exploring new methodologies and data sources, carrying out primary and secondary analysis, and commissioning. The post holder will manage an HEO analyst and have a chance to deepen their knowledge of a range of evaluation techniques while working closely with a variety of policy customers, external experts, front-line service providers, and a network of experienced academics. 

Dispute Resolution Analysis 

The Dispute Resolution (DR) policy programme is a new high priority area which will streamline and improve how disputes are routed into and through the justice system, including ways alternatives to court (such as mediation) can be mainstreamed. It includes a range of new analysis and research and covers core questions about what people want from a justice system. The post holder will be involved in variety of projects and there will be opportunities to work independently, take ownership of the work and develop it over time. The work itself covers early design thinking such as Theory of Change and Logic Modelling, exploring a variety of methodologies, conducting primary and secondary analysis, external commissioning and a significant element of external relationship building with academics and other experts, including international centres of expertise. The post holder will work in a mixed discipline analytical team and will gain line management experience. 

Who you are 

The following experience and skills will be required:

  • Strong analytical skills

You will have robust data skills and good working knowledge of the main quantitative, qualitative and/or evaluative research methodologies of relevance in your field of expertise. You will have an understanding of how to use evidence to drive decision-making and achieve impact. 

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills

You will need to establish good working relationships with a range of stakeholders inside and outside of Ministry of Justice. You will need good communication skills that enable you to engage and collaborate with others whilst being able to translate the data sources and analysis for common understanding in communications with non-analysts.

  • Good project management skills

Experience of managing analytical projects and ability to direct your own work and liaise with stakeholders to set priorities, goals, objectives and timescales. 

The following experience and skills are desirable: 

  • Experience of analysis in R, Python or SQL
  • Experience of drafting and publishing research reports
  • Understanding of issues in using and analysing administrative and linked data
  • Knowledge of data sharing, data governance and data ethics.
  • Background knowledge of justice system, justice data, and justice research. 

How to apply 

You’ll need to submit an anonymised CV and Statement of Suitability as part of your application. You will not be considered if you do not provide both. 

Your CV should be no more than 2 pages long and should show us your work history and previous experience. It should be well structured, succinct and written in clear language. 

Your Statement of Suitability should be no more than 750 words and should give us examples of how your skills and experience match those needed for this role. Consider giving an example for each bullet point, in the skills requirements ‘Who you are’ section and use work you have completed to demonstrate how you meet each one.  

Selection Process

There will be an initial sift of applicants through comparing submitted evidence against the ‘Who you are’ bullets. This usually takes two weeks, depending on the number of applications. 

Those who make it through the initial sift will be invited to a Civil Service Success Profile interview. In the Civil Service we use Success Profiles to help us find the right person for the job. We will be using a mixture of methods to assess your abilities, strengths, experience, technical skills and behaviours. We highly recommend learning about Success Profiles and using the Situation, Task, Action, Result and Reflection (STARR) framework when structuring your answers. 

The highest scoring candidates that pass the interview will be offered the roles. The whole process can take up to a month. 

Behaviours

You will be assessed against the Civil service success profiles framework at interview stage: 

  • Communicating and Influencing  
  • Changing and Improving 
  • Working Together 

Please also refer to the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717275/CS_Behaviours_2018.pdf  

As well as the three civil service behaviours stated above, you will be assessed on two sets of professional competence at interview. 

Professional Competencies  

Professional Competency (1) Knowledge & Skills 

  • GSS – Data Analysis. 
  • GORS – Knowledge and application of OR Skills and Techniques. 
  • GES – Analysis of Data. 
  • GSR – Knowledge and application of GSR technical skills  

Professional Competency (2) Influence & Impact 

  • GSS – Presenting and disseminating data effectively. 
  • GORS – Achieving impact with analysis. 
  • GES – Effective communication. 
  • GSR – using and promoting social research  

For more information regarding Professional Competency (2) please refer to the analytical profession internet links below. Please note that some aspect of the professional competency may overlap with the MoJ competencies listed above. We therefore recommend that in providing evidence for the professional competency, candidates focus on the technical and methodology aspects of the competencies that are specific to the profession. We will use evidence presented for the MoJ competencies in assessing the wider skills candidates have.  

Government Statistician Group (GSG): Further information, including a user guide, can be found within the link below:  

Competency framework for the Government Statistician Group (GSG)

Government Social Research Service (GSR): Further information can be found within the link below: 

GSR Competency Framework 2022

Government Operational Research Service (GORS): Further information can be found within the link below:  

GORS Competencies 

Government Economic Service (GES): Further information can be found within the link below: 

GES Professional Standards 2022  

Applicants invited for Interview  

You will be required to give a 5-minute presentation/test at interview. Details of this will be sent to those candidates who are invited for interview.  

Further Information

If you require any additional information about the roles, please contact: 

Data First academic collaboration lead and Data First data mapping lead

  • Kylie Hill (kylie.hill@justice.gov.uk) 

Prototyping & Evaluation Research Specialist

  • Jo Greenfield (joanna.greenfield@justice.gov.uk) 

Legal Support Research and Evaluation & Dispute Resolution Analysis

  • Cris Coxon (cris.coxon@justice.gov.uk)

Salary

The national salary range is £37,683 - £41,506, London salary range is £43,647 - £48,067. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s 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.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five 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.

Pension

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

Training

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

Networks

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 employees.

Support

  • 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 UKor Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • 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

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.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.