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Security Risk Development Officer – 47659
£27,697 - £35,324


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The role sits in the newly formed Risk and Capabilities Unit (RaCU) within the Security, Order and Counter Terrorism Directorate.

The Risk and Capabilities Unit (RaCU) was formed in October 2020 by the merging of Security Countermeasures Unit and Security Risk Unit. RaCU is dedicated to identifying, prioritising and mitigating security risks and enhancing staff capability within prisons, probation and youth custody.  The term ‘Capabilities’ covers a wide spectrum of support and interventions. For example:

  • Our technological or physical advances to detect, prevent usage of, or disable illicit items
  • Our formal training and skilling
  • Our clear and constant learning communications
  • Our contemporary security procedures and practice improvement to enable staff to perform their duties consistently well.

These are all ‘Capabilities’ and give people the tools to achieve.  

This post will sit within the Security Practice Team. The post holder may have direct line management responsibilities.

This is a national post and attendance to meetings in London and across the HMPPS estate may be required. Occasional travel to prison and probation establishments, regional offices and law enforcement partners’ offices may be required.

This is a non-operational post.

Overview of the job

  • This role sits in the Risk and Capabilities Unit (RaCU) formerly Security Risk Unit (SRU). Its objectives are to ensure HMPPS is managing its security risks effectively; identify new and emerging security risks; prioritise and plan responses to those risks; and provide the organisation with a library of knowledge for security practice. Strong risk management, risk resilience and risk practice will support HMPPS in better assessing security risks and the Agency’s tolerance to risk.
  • The jobholder will be required to work in one of two teams within the RaCU; the Security Practice Team or the Risk Team. Considering the rapidly changing nature of security, the post holder will be expected to be able to work interchangeably or across both teams if necessary.
  • The Security Practice Team within the RaCUseeks to create a centre of excellence in security standards and ensure HMPPS becomes a ‘learning’ organisation. To achieve this, the team will focus on three areas – practice management, practice review and practice development. To embed and manage effective practice, we will create a central security knowledge hub to collate and analyse data from a range of sources. Through the hub, key areas for learning and support will be identified and shared with the estate. We will also seek to improve engagement and communications with the frontline through regular security updates, thematic bulletins and a secure information portal. To review our practice, we will undertake both light touch and deep dive assessments to national security risks to identify our vulnerabilities and consider opportunities for improvement. To develop and refine our security practice we will ensure staff have the capability needed to ensure security underlines their work and provides the foundation for rehabilitation. We will also explore new approaches to security including the use of behavioural insights. Our focus is to create a modern security culture throughout the organisation.
  • The Risk Team works to ensure the organisation is successfully identifying and prioritising new security risks, enabling HMPPS to become more proactive in its approach to managing security. The team will help determine the current operational resilience and tolerance to new and emerging security risks. Where a vulnerability exists, the team builds HMPPS resilience to prioritised risks through engagement with the relevant internal or external stakeholders and provides recommendations on response plans.
  • This is a national post, regular attendance to meetings in London and occasional travel across the HMPPS estate will be required.
  • This post has line manager responsibilities.
  • This is a non-operational post.


  • Security Practice – In the Security Practice team the Development Officer will support and develop a specific work-stream. The post holder will be expected to develop a number of initiatives within their dossier, as well as supporting the wider implementation of a proactive and outward looking practice/learning function to ensure effective delivery of operational security.  The post holder will be responsible for identifying, researching, assessing, building and communicating effective practice to drive improved outcomes in security performance within HMPPS. The individual will develop high quality, effective communications and produce evidence-based information that will provide advice/guidance to secure settings managed and contracted out by HMPPS to achieve a high standard of operational practice.
  • Risk Team – In the Risk team the Development Officer will support a team of Resilience and Risk Managers in building resilience to priority security risks.  They will be responsible for scoping projects that fall within their area of responsibility by gathering and assessing a wide range of information from multiple sources and then extracting and surmising the information to help the team achieve its objectives.  They will engage a variety of internal and external stakeholders in these scoping exercises and ensure they are informed of any outcomes. The post holder will need to be aware of different research and analysis methodologies needed to help the team make effective decisions on the risks that can be tolerated or those that require mitigating actions. 
  • The post holder will require strong communication and interpersonal skills. The individual will be required to develop and support a range of initiatives, whilst being able to deliver at pace. Attention to detail and an ability to deliver high quality products are vital. The job holder will need to build credibility with a range of internal and external colleagues.
  • The post holder will be required to demonstrate the values that guide our work when dealing with colleagues and external bodies at all levels, in all transactions. SRU’s values are creativity, communication, integrity, effectiveness, purpose and teamwork. We continue to be a values-driven organisation and will use these to set a common standard for behaviour and set expectations around how we interact with one another.

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties

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


  • To effectively develop allocated work-streams.
  • To promote the work of the Directorate and Unit internally and externally
  • To engage with a network of internal and external security experts to effectively deal with queries from operational staff. 
  • To lead on and support projects and bespoke pieces of work on behalf of RacU and SOCT directorate.
  • To build relationships with the operational line, HMPPS HQ and MoJ teams relevant to designated areas of work. 

Security Practice Team:

  • To act as a point of contact for secure settings under HMPPS with regards to security practice, capability and communications.
  • To effectively communicate security practice to different target audiences through varying tools such as digital platforms, bulletins, workshops, learning days etc. 
  • To support and contribute towards a corporate security knowledge base to inform strategic decision-making by identifying key trends, reviewing recommendations and sharing procedural or thematic learning.
  • To help build an evidence-based approach to security practice, undertaking research and/or evaluation related activities to support the work of the Unit and Directorate.  
  • To support and develop the security capability needs of frontline staff. 
  • To provide advice and guidance across the organisation on various areas of security practice. 

Risk Team:

  • To gather information on different risks facing HMPPS and disseminate as required.
  • To support Risk Resilience Managers in prioritising and de-prioritising risks in line with our Risk Methodology.
  • To help define our operational resilience and tolerance to emerging risks.
  • To horizon scan for potential future risks that may affect the stability 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.


For the purpose of selection the following competencies will be measured:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Essential Skills Qualifications, accreditation & Registration


  • Understanding of project management techniques.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Strong organisational skills with an ability to deliver at pace, multi-task and manage pressing deadlines.
  • Experience of producing high quality written products.


  • An understanding of criminal justice.
  • An understanding of evaluation approaches.

Additional Information


  • 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

1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail;

2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (;

3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

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.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, 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 provide 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 HMPPS considers to be racist