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Policy Officer within the Death Management, Miscarriages of Justice, Inquiries & Coroners – 75030
£31,265 – £39,000
Multiple Locations


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:

Policy Officer


Death Management, Miscarriages of Justice, Inquiries & Coroners 

The Death Management, Miscarriages of Justice, Inquiries and Coroners Division is recruiting permanently for a HEO Policy Officer. This campaign is being run externally and so is open to all who consider themselves suitable for the roles and meet the eligibility criteria in the wider advert within Civil Service Jobs. 


Successful candidates will have the option to be based at one of the following locations:
1.    102 Petty France, London 
2.    5 Wellington Place, Leeds (occasional travel between Leeds and London may be required post Covid-19)

In order for Policy Group to meet its evolving business needs all Policy Group staff are expected to attend their base location (102 Petty France or 5 Wellington Place Leeds) at least 2 days a week. This hybrid working arrangement is not contractual and as a result staff could be asked to attend their base location more frequently.

Ways of Working

At the MoJ we believe and promote alternative ways of working, these roles are available as:
•    Full-time, part-time or the option to job share
•    Flexible working patterns
•    Flexible working arrangements between base locations, MoJ Hubs and home.
If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies requiring the same skills and experience could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: 


New entrants to the Civil Service will be expected to join on the minimum of the pay range.  
If you are already a civil servant and are successful in an external recruitment competition for a role with us, your starting pay will be the better of:
•    promotion terms or transfer terms, as appropriate; or
•    pay on appointment arrangements (minimum of pay range)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

MOJ is one of the largest government departments, employing over 90,000 people (including those in the Probation Service), with a budget of approximately £9.5 billion. Each year, millions of people use our services across the UK – including at 500 courts and tribunals, and 133 prisons in England and Wales.
Further information can be found at

Death Management, Miscarriages of Justice, Inquiries and Coroners Division
This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a key role in a fascinating, sensitive and often high-profile area of the MOJ’s portfolio. The Death Management, Miscarriages of Justice, Inquests and Coroners Division (DMIC) delivers a wide range of high-profile policy and complex statutory casework on behalf of the Lord Chancellor. MoJ is the lead on burial, cremation and coroner law and policy, although other departments also have a direct interest. We are also responsible, together with the Cabinet Office, for policy on public inquiries. We also lead on the complex and sensitive miscarriages of justice policy and royal prerogative of mercy in which this vacancy has arisen. The role also involves regular liaison with lawyers, analysts, ministers and their private offices as well as colleagues in other government departments.

Higher Policy Officer – the role

The postholder will:
•    Administer the Miscarriages of Justice Application Service (MOJAS) for compensation, applying the statutory test as set out in section 133 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. 
•    Undertake and draft high-quality assessments demonstrating the ability to analyse and evaluate documents relating to specific cases.
•    Provide high quality advice, briefing, correspondence and policy recommendations to ministers and senior officials.
•    Draft MOJAS submissions to ministers for ratification of applications that meet the test as set out in section 133 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
•    Working with external stakeholders – Home Office, External Counsel to best deliver policy priorities across government. 
•    Provide support and line management duties to other members of the team.
•    Work closely with internal stakeholders – analysts, lawyers, parliamentary branch and the legislation team.
•    Lead on parliamentary and press engagement, drafting answers to PQs and press enquiries.
•    Ability to interrogate and scrutinise internal management data, employing attention to detail to ensure data accuracy and quality is maintained.
•    Assist in drafting responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests ensuring effective interrogation of internal management information and data.

Skills and Experience


•    You will have proven excellent drafting experience, written communication and oral communication/interpersonal skills
•    You will be highly organised and able to prioritise and manage your own caseload. 
•    The role involves regular liaison with lawyers, analysts, ministers and their private offices as well as colleagues in other government departments
•    You will be able to be self-starting, to prioritise competing demands and to work proactively in a small team
•    Ability to take responsibility for solving problems and using those solutions to develop and improve your own and the team’s ways of working.
•    You will also have an aptitude for detailed work, with the ability to communicate complex, legally based policy issues clearly to non-experts and senior stakeholders.


•    Knowledge of Office 365 applications.
•    Knowledge of advising, briefing and drafting policy and submissions.
•    Understanding the Parliamentary system, including PQs.
•    Awareness of operating in a legal setting.

Candidates applying from HMPPS should note that the Ministry of Justice does not have the same conditions of employment as HMPPS. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful.

The MoJ is proud to be Level 3 Disability Confident. Disability Confident is the approach through which we offer guaranteed interviews for all people with disabilities meeting the minimum criteria for the advertised role as set out in the job description.

Application process

You will be assessed against the Civil service success profiles framework.


You will be asked to provide a Work History during the application process in order to assess any demonstrable experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the role.

You will also be asked to upload a Statement of Suitability of no more than 250 words stating what you would bring to the role, with reference to the Skills and Experience listed above.


During the application process you will be asked to provide an example of how you have met the following behaviour (see Annex A for more information):

•    Communicating and influencing
•    Delivering at pace
•    Making effective decisions
•    Working together

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

Should we receive a large number of applications, we will sift primarily on the lead behaviour of Communicating and Influencing. Successful applicants will then be invited to an interview, testing both behaviours and strengths.

Candidates invited to interview 

Please note that interviews will be carried out remotely. 

During the panel interview, you will be asked behaviour-based questions to explore in detail what you are capable of, and strengths-based questions to also explore what you enjoy, and your motivations relevant to the job role. 

There is no expectation or requirement for you to prepare for the strengths-based questions in advance of the interview, though you may find it helpful to spend some time reflecting on what you enjoy doing and what you do well.

You can refer to the CS Strengths dictionary for more details:  Success Profiles – Civil Service Strengths Dictionary (

Candidates will also be asked to complete a Written exercise to be completed prior to the interview; details of this will be sent to those candidates who are invited for interview.

Interviews are expected to take place late-June 2023

At interview stage, if candidates do not score high enough to be appointed to a HEO role, but have passed the minimal requirements, they could be offered a Policy role at an EO grade.
Contact information   

Please do get in touch if you would like to know more about the role or what it is like working in our team; Clare Timmins,

Annex A – The STAR method

Using the STAR method can help you give examples of relevant experience that you have. It allows you to set the scene, show what you did, and how you did it, and explain the overall outcome.

Situation – Describe the situation you found yourself in. You must describe a specific event or situation. Be sure to give enough detail for the job holder to understand.
•    Where are you?
•    Who was there with you?
•    What had happened?

Task – The job holder will want to understand what you tried to achieve from the situation you found yourself in.
•    What was the task that you had to complete and why?
•    What did you have to achieve?

Actions – What did you do? The job holder will be looking for information on what you did, how you did it and why. Keep the focus on you. What specific steps did you take and what was your contribution? Remember to include how you did it, and the behaviours you used. Try to use “I” rather than “we” to explain your actions that lead to the result. Be careful not to take credit for something that you did not do.

Results – Don’t be shy about taking credit for your behaviour. Quote specific facts and figures. Explain how the outcome benefitted the organisation or your area. Make the outcomes easily understandable.
•    What results did the actions produce?
•    What did you achieve through your actions and did you meet your goals?
•    Was it a successful outcome? If not, what did you learn from the experience?

Keep the situation and task parts brief. Concentrate on the action and the result. If the result was not entirely successful describe what you learned from this and what you would do differently next time. Make sure you focus on your strengths.


The national salary range is £31,265 - £34,446, London salary range is £35,405- £39,000. 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.


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.


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


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


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.


  • 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 GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • 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: