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Policy Lead – C&E / MMR – Probation Workforce Programme – 62470
£42,626 – £55,302


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:

Presentation at interview – What challenges do you see facing probation workforce in next 12 months?

There are roles in two different teams, the candidate pack has information relating to the two different teams, we would recommend you read this as we will ask you for your preference at interview 

Overview of the job

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.

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

Essential Experience

  • Excellent written skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Experience of policy development
  • Data analysis skills
  • Excellent communication and people management skills

Technical requirements

  • IT literacy
  • An understanding of the process of Government, including the workings of Private Office. Experience of writing briefings, submissions, and PQs.


The national salary range is £42,626 - £51,154, London salary range is £44,898 - £55,302. 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.

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

Childcare Vouchers

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 provides 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 the 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. 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: