Policy Adviser (HEO) London

Home Office
London (Central), London (Greater)
£32,867 - £37,797
22 May 2018
14 Jun 2018
Contract Type

About the job Job description

We have a number of vacancies for talented and ambitious individuals to drive forward the government's agenda on policing, crime prevention, border security and counter-terrorism. Whether it’s fighting crime, protecting our borders or combating slavery, the Home Office is at the cutting edge of public policy in this country. 

This role is fast-paced and rewarding, with exceptional long-term career prospects. We provide an exciting opportunity to: 

• Work at the heart of Government, dealing with some of the most high profile and important issues our country faces; 
• Make a real difference, helping to keep the UK safe and secure; 
• Build and maintain a fascinating and fulfilling career; 
• Travel domestically and potentially internationally. 

These roles make significant contributions toward decision-making at the very highest levels of government, in areas such as business planning and policy implementation. 

You will make use of research and analysis approaches and techniques to support recommendations. 

You will work within a supportive team structure, helping to make sure that decisions are made within existing guidelines. However, you may also hold individual responsibility for specialized pieces of work within a programme or project. 

You will play an active role in the fast-paced environment of the directorate to which you are assigned. 

You will be a team-player, supporting colleagues and team members through change and bringing the best out of people to achieve the delivery of key outcomes. 

Successful applicants are likely to have a track record of success in a fast-paced environment in which stakeholder engagement and analysis of data were leveraged through high quality written and verbal presentation to achieve transformative change. 

Please ensure that you download and read the Candidate Information Pack where we have provided additional important information about the role, who we are and what we do. 

Essential Criteria 

• Excellent written communication skills; using language with precision to clearly articulate recommendations for senior stakeholders in strategy documents, briefings, white papers and presentations; 
• Experience in developing and using a sound evidence base; 
• Strong interpersonal skills and experience of stakeholder management with senior leaders; 
• Experience as a team-player, supporting colleagues and team members through change and bringing the best out of people to achieve the delivery of key outcomes; 
• Ability to plan, collaborate, and deliver, including through others, to short deadlines. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at the Home Office. We are committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people are able to bring their whole selves to work and perform at their best. 

Benefits Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and a Statement of Suitability. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form. 

Please note that your Statement of Suitability should be aligned to how you meet the Essential Criteria for this role as outlined in the job description. 

Candidates will be sifted on their CV and statement of suitability based on the essential criteria as outlined in the job description. 

Please refer to the Candidate Information Pack for full details. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Terms & Conditions

Please ensure that you read the Terms and Conditions with the Annex of the Candidate Information Pack. 

Further information Contact point for applicants

Marie Dewick 

Email: Marie.Dewick@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk 

Sift/interview dates and location

Please refer to the Candidate Information Pack for full details. 

Further information

Please refer to the Candidate Information Pack within which you will find guidance and information to include: 

• The role itself; 
• Background to the Policy Profession; 
• Details of the selection and assessment process; 
• Home Office recruitment policies and procedures. 

For further information please see the attached notes for candidates which must be read before making an application. 

Existing Civil Servants should note that some of the Home Office terms and conditions of employment have changed. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the Terms and Conditions they will adopt should they be successful in application and should refer to the notes for candidates for further details. 

Transfer Terms: Voluntary 

If you are invited to interview you will be required to present your current valid passport together with a range of other forms of identification at interview. 

Please see the attached list of Home Office acceptable ID documents. 

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

Reasonable adjustment 

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via HOrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs. 

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional. 

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