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Probation Counter Terrorism Lead – 49964
£41,020 – £49,016
Stevenage

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Probation Counter Terrorism Lead

Eastern Region

NPS Band 6

HMPPS Directorate of Security

The Joint Extremism Unit (JExU) in the HMPPS Directorate of Security have a vacancy for a Probation Counter Terrorism Lead (PCTL) in the Eastern Region. The post is part of JEXUs National Operations team, which comprises prison and probation networks. The postholder will manage the Eastern regional probation team as part of the JEXU Probation Counter Terrorism (PCT) Network, which comprises of small probation teams in every Region. The post holder is directly line managed by the National Counter Terrorism Lead for Probation in JExU.

The teams offer support and guidance to probation and other staff in the management of National Security cases, and deliver specialist processes, assessments and interventions designed to address the risk posed. The post holder will work alongside other PCTLs, JEXU Prison and Home Office staff, National Security Directorate and Probation Service Regions and other colleagues involved in managing national security. There is also an opportunity to develop subject matter expertise within the role and represent the PCT team at a national level. Staff members move into the Directorate of Security on a permanent basis, on Probation Service terms and conditions.

The role applies across the whole Eastern Region, and regular travel between probation, prison and police sites will be required.

The Probation Counter Terrorism Team role is as follows

  • Advice support and guidance in the management of Terrorism Act convicted offenders and those presenting a terrorist risk to support NSD and NPS Regional colleagues
  • Providing assurance for JEXU and the Division/Region around the effective management of cases
  • Delivery of specialist extremism assessments and interventions
  • Support training and guidance to staff in extremism related issues, including co-working demanding cases
  • Collaborative working and information sharing with police, prison and other partners at a strategic and operational level, ensuring effective joint systems and processes are developed and followed, and sensitive information is appropriately shared and managed for individuals of concern

There will be a need for additional security clearance to Developed Vetting (DV) level. The post will involve travelling around the area to different prison and probation sites and a willingness to travel nationally to attend meetings and manage projects as required

Experience of working in a multi-agency context, or with extremist cases, or in a probation management role are advantages.

For further information please contact Clare Fuller National Probation Extremism Lead JEXU clare.fuller@justice.gov.uk or Jo Tierney PCTL Eastern Region, Joanna.tierney@justice.gov.uk

Overview of the job

Working to the NPS National Lead for Extremism within HMPPS Joint Extremism Unit this is a specialist post providing direction and capacity to Divisions to deliver the HMPPS Counter Extremism and Counter Terrorism (CE & CT) strategy.

Summary

The job holder will represent the NPS National Extremism Lead and Divisional Senior Lead with responsibility for CE and CT with external agencies and stakeholders at a divisional and national level.

There may be a requirement to deliver such representation across agency boundaries to co-ordinate activity with partner agencies and stakeholders.

The post holder must adhere to all policies in respect of the sensitive/confidential nature of the information handled whilst working in this position. As such, there is a requirement for enhanced security clearance, minimum SC or DV as necessary.

May be required to participate in out of hours rotas for specific purposes.

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Divisional operational and strategic lead on counter extremism and counter terrorism caseload segment.
  • Guidance to ACO functional lead to deliver the National Extremism and Counter Terrorism strategy at a divisional level.
  • Represent the National Extremism Lead and Divisional functional lead in local strategic partnerships with regard to CT and CE activity in line with statutory responsibilities and operational policy.
  • Represent the Division and/or national extremism lead with regard to extremists and terrorists considered at case specific interdepartmental meetings, such as Home Office (TPIM and Desistance and Disengagement Programme cases).
  • Ensure effective relationships are maintained with key stakeholders at a divisional and national level, in particular police leads and Regional Counter Terrorism Leads.
  • Contribute to the effective delivery of the pathfinder programme via effective preparation for release and supervision on licence across NPS and CRCs including within the HSE and with prison offender management unit staff.
  • Recruit induct and manage a team of specialist staff delivering support training and guidance to managers and staff, and ensure professional development of all staff engaging in CT and CE work.
  • Coordinate appropriate intelligence sharing between NPS, CRCs, Parole Board and Police, Home Office and other stakeholders including intelligence graded above Official Sensitive.
  • Provide specialist guidance and support to MAPPA meetings on CE and CT cases.
  • Coordinate the NPS response, and the management of sensitive information, with regard to particularly complex TACT/TACT related cases such as TPIMs and those with a high media profile.
  • Coordinate the NPS input into tasking, Prevent Case Management and all other Divisional multi-stakeholder meetings with regard to the assessment and management of extremist and terrorist cases.
  • Ensure offender managers and team leaders are supported with regard to case based activity with external stakeholders such as Home Office Intervention providers.
  • In the absence of the Head of Function or National Extremism Lead make decisions and provide advice on the management of offenders where senior management authorisation or involvement is necessary e.g. in the management of TPIM cases or recall of TACT offenders out of hours.
  • Engage in the coordination and delivery of national projects and initiatives to improve delivery and performance including leading those projects as required.
  • Deliver briefing and awareness raising inputs to key stakeholders as required.
  • Ensure methods to deliver effective accountability, including IT functions, audit and inspection activity for counter extremism and counter terrorism are functioning effectively.
  • Act as Divisional advisory lead for performance and quality for CT/CE cases.
  • Provide Operational support to Head of Function in completing reviews and action plans such as HMIP inspections, SFOs SCRs etc. with regard to CT/CE cases.
  • Support all police Prevent and Pursue based activity with appropriate information and assessment.
  • Support the National Intelligence Unit within SOCT with appropriate information and analysis as required.
  • Ensure Cluster leads and Directors are regularly informed regarding trends risk and threat picture for the Division.
  • Ensure Divisional capacity to deliver specialist assessments as required, and that staff directly managing TACT cases receive appropriate support training and guidance.
  • In conjunction with HMPPS Interventions Services deploy and maintain an up to date training needs analysis for the Division to include core and specialist training needs such as e-learning products, and face to face training such as ERG and HII.
  • Advise and guide MAPPA meetings on extremism issues related to specific cases and national initiatives.
  • Represent the Security Order and Counter Terrorism Directorate and NPS at national and international events.
  • Ensure the Division is compliant with all relevant Instructions with regard to CT and CE cases.
  • Carry out adult and children safeguarding duties in accordance with NPS statutory responsibilities and agency policies.
  • Ensure compliance with HMPPS Health and Safety and equalities management policies.
  • Work within the aims and values of HMPPS.

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.

Behaviours

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Working Together

Experience

  • Working in a multi-agency context
  • Representing the agency at a strategic level
  • Experience of terrorist or extremist cases

Technical

  • Probation Qualification Framework Graduate Diploma/Honours Degree in Community Justice Integrated with Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice.
  • Or a qualification which was recognised at the time of qualification by the Secretary of State for Justice as per Section 10 of the Offender Management Act 2007.

The following qualifications gained in England and Wales were previously recognised as providing such eligibility:

  • Diploma in Probation Studies
  • Diploma in Social Work (with Probation option)
  • CQSW (with probation option)

Desirable

  • Leadership and Management Qualification

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Standard working hours are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid. 

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after ten 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 National Probation Service is covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) run through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF).  Please visit www.gmpf.org.uk for further information.

Please note: Any current Civil Servant who is a member of the PCSPS, by accepting an offer of employment to the National Probation Services will be opted out of the PCSPS and auto enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

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.

Eligibility

All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

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

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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.