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Analytical

MOJ Data & Analysis Directorate -Analyst roles within the Analytical Priority Projects and Business Partnering units x 10 roles – 62454
£36,049 – £47,591
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

Do you have the passion, values, and ability to help us solve the biggest problems of the justice system?

We have 10 SEO analyst roleswithin the Analytical Priority Projects and Business Partnering units, within the Data & Analysis Directorate.

Roles are open 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, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Stafford, Manchester and Brighton. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of background checks.

Interviews are likely to take place in early September 2022 and 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.   

About Data & Analysis

We are passionate about improving justice outcomes through innovative research, 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?
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
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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  

We have 10 SEO analyst roles available across two units; Analytical Priority Projects and Criminal Justice Business Partnering Teams.

We have provided descriptions of the current SEO analytical roles available, however we are not asking you to select which role you are interested in at this stage. Should you be successful following an interview we will provide an opportunity to select which roles you are and are not interested in. You will then be allocated a role accordingly.

Analytical Priority Projects (6 roles)

The Next Generation of Accredited Programmes (3 roles) HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) are world leaders in developing offending behaviour change programmes and there are currently 11 programmes delivered across prisons and probation. These programmes are the Department’s main rehabilitation offer and aim to change the thinking, attitudes and behaviours which may lead people to reoffend, and many are based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based approaches. The Next Generation of Accredited Programmes will signal a change in the way these programmes are designed and delivered for the first time in 30 years. One of the posts will entail supporting the Grade 7, to work closely with programme developers to design and conduct high-profile impact evaluations to assess intervention effectiveness in terms of proven reoffending and other treatment-related outcomes. The evaluations will be conducted in-house, with some commissioned to external expert providers, using statistical techniques such as propensity score matching. The other two posts will also support the G7 to design and deliver a process evaluation of the new suite of accredited programmes, this will include both qualitative and quantitative work to understand how the new programme is being implemented, delivered and the experiences of those involved in the programme. There will also be opportunities for the two post holders to lead the design, management (some work will be commissioned to expert providers) and delivery of other short to medium term qualitative work focusing on a range of aspects of offender behaviour programmes and other prison and probation service interventions. The evaluation and research findings produced will be published and will build the evidence base for the new offer and future design and delivery of programmes and help the Department to deliver one of its corporate objectives to reduce reoffending.

The Offender Health Projects team (2 roles) provides the opportunity to work closely with Health and Justice stakeholders across Government to lead the delivery of a programme of analytical work. One of the roles includes monitoring and evaluation of prison Telemedicine. Telemedicine has been rolled out across the prison estate, facilitating the access to videocall healthcare appointments. Laptop devices are also available for accessing digital offending behaviour programme to address the substance misuse. This role will focus on bringing existing evidence and ongoing research together, whilst leading the design of monitoring and evaluation work to independently assess the effectiveness of Telemedicine. This high-profile evaluation project is included within the Departmental priorities, and the findings will inform our approach for reduce reoffending and improving offender health. There is also a project to deliver a programme of analytical work, including monitoring and evaluation of Community Sentence Treatment Requirements (CSTRs). CSTRs are sentencing options that can be incorporated into community sentences to treat substance misuse or mental health issues that are contributing to offending behaviour. An internal impact and economic evaluation are underway, which aim to assess the effectiveness and value for money of CSTRs. This work involves working with other teams such as the Justice Data Lab in MoJ, as well as with BOLD (Better Outcomes through Linked Data) a cross-government initiative, to develop the analysis. This high-profile evaluation project is included within the Departmental priorities, and the findings will inform our approach for reduce reoffending and improving offender health

Evaluation accelerator analyst (1 role) is funded by the evaluation accelerator fund which was set up to support evaluation across government and to transform our understanding of the impact of activity in priority policy areas. The post will support the development of the Drugs strategy evidence base, building understanding of the methods and interventions which provide the best value for prisoners, staff and taxpayers. The key research question you will work on is “what is the most cost-effective method or combination of methods to identify and deter individual drug misuse and to support prisoners to become drug-free and to live a drug-free life”.

Criminal Justice Analytical Business Partnering Teams (4 roles)

The Youth Justice and Vulnerable Offenders team (2 roles) provides high quality evidence to improve outcomes for children and women in the justice system, who represent some of the most vulnerable in society. One of the roles will work closely with policy colleagues, analysts and evaluation experts to evaluate the Department’s first Secure School. Secure Schools are a new form of youth custody which seek to align the youth custodial estate with international evidence that smaller, more therapeutic units are more successful in rehabilitating offenders and reducing reoffending. This project has a high degree of ministerial interest and will involve collaborative working across government and the youth custody sector. In the second role you will play a part in providing expert analytical advice that drives policy and operational decisions to help women offenders to better address their needs.  Your role will involve developing and delivering evaluations of specific interventions to enhance the evidence base of what works for this cohort, and providing support in measuring progress in outcomes for women across the Criminal Justice System (CJS).

Reducing Reoffending team (2 roles) – Reducing Reoffending is a high-profile priority for the government and has received a substantial increase in investment from HMT over the next three years. The Prisons Strategy White Paper sets out the government’s ambitions to improve prison leavers’ access to education, accommodation and employment support.  This new role is for a Senior Analyst to help design and conduct evaluations of the key policy interventions designed to reduce reoffending. We are looking for people who are proactive and confident in scoping and developing evaluations and analytical projects, and driving them forwards. This is a fast paced and high-profile role which involves working closely with analytical and operational colleagues across MoJ/HMPPS.

Who you are

The following experience and skills will be required:

Have strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to explain complex technical data and analytical concepts and practices to non-technical stakeholders, including senior leaders and ministers.

Strong analytical ability – in particular robust data skills and good working knowledge of the main quantitative, qualitative and/or evaluation impact and process methodologies of relevance in their field of expertise. 

Manage partners’ expectations over time, dealing constructively with challenges and where appropriate adapting the analytical or data programme when requirements and circumstances change.

Strong ability to plan, prioritise and lead an analytical project with challenging and competing timelines.

The following experience and skills are desirable:

Knowledge and experience using excel and/or statistical software such as RStudio.

Experience in designing, scoping and managing complex evaluations and an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Experience managing external contractors

Knowledge of the evidence around the Criminal Justice System.

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  

Delivering at Pace

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 

Professional Competencies 

For existing analysts from all professions, as well as the three civil service behaviours stated above, you will be assessed on two sets of professional competence at interview.

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: GSS Competency Framework 2021

Government Social Research Service (GSR): Further information can be found within the link: GSR Competency Framework 2022

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

Government Economic Service (GES): Further information can be found within the link: GES Professional Standards 2022

For other candidates as well as the three civil service behaviours stated above, you will be assessed on your experience of working in analytical, research or data engineering roles – typically you will have 3 to 4 years experience.

Applicants invited for Interview 

You will be required to give a 5-minute presentation 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 role, please contact:

Analytical Priority Projects

Next Generation of Accredited Programmes team: Alana Diamond alana.diamond@justice.gov.uk

Offender Health Project team: Lisa Robinson lisa.robinson@justice.gov.uk

Evaluation accelerator role: Lucy Cuppleditch lucy.cuppleditch@justice.gov.uk

Criminal Justice Analytical Business Partnering Teams

Youth Justice and Vulnerable Offenders Analysis team: Rob Crawford robert.crawford@justice.gov.uk

Reducing Reoffending Team: Davnet Cassidy and Nita Bhupal (jobshare) Cassidy-Bhupal.jobshare@justice.gov.uk

Salary

The national salary range is £36,049 - £41,095, London salary range is £41,747 - £47,591. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Additional Information

These roles are advertised nationally but the Directorate prefers its staff to work at one its hubs across the UK. These hubs or Justice Collaborations Centres (JCCs) located in Cardiff, London, Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham, Brighton, South Tyneside, Ipswich or at Justice Satellite Offices located at Stafford, Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol, Wolverhampton.

    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.