Capability Officer for the Project Delivery Profession


Newport, Fareham



Could you use your skills to develop others? Do you have experience in learning & development and an interest in project delivery?

The Office for National Statistics has an ambitious new organisational strategy, ‘Statistics for the public good’. To deliver on our strategy, we need a capable Project Delivery profession. Our project professionals deliver a range of high-profile programmes and transformation across our organisation, such as the Census and Data Collection Transformation Programme (CDCTP) and the Coronavirus Infection Survey.

We are looking for somebody with the skills to help realise our Project Delivery Capability Strategy, develop the Project Delivery Profession and build project delivery capability across the organisation. We are looking for someone who is passionate about developing others, is a skilled communicator and has strong organisational skills.

Job description

As part of the Planning and Portfolio Management team, the role provides support for developing organisational capability within the Project Delivery profession. We have recently launched a new Capability Strategy to support the development of a highly respected, motivated, diverse and inclusive workforce of professionals who will deliver ONS transformation. The post holder will play a key role in the delivery of this strategy, supporting and delivering a range of capability building activity.


• Capability strategy. Support colleagues with the design and delivery of Project Delivery capability initiatives arising from the Project Delivery Professional Development Framework and our new Project Delivery Capability Strategy
• Communications. Deliver a schedule of regular communications and engagement activity and support the development of the profession, community and network of project delivery professionals. Share the Developent of the Project Delivery Sharepoint wiki.
• External links. Stay abreast of initiatives and activity offered by internal teams eg Learning Academy and external bodies, eg APM to ensure that our activity is aligned and complimentary and ensure useful resources are signposted and accessible to project professionals
• Capability assessments. Support both ad-hoc and profession-wide capability assessments to help identify and develop opportunities and development requirements within the profession
• Organisation of training. Support the provision of appropriate development opportunities for project professionals using ONS Learning Hub, maintain records to support procurement and budget management, track trends to support planning
• Evaluation. Use feedback and engagement tools to systematically evaluate capability activity and support continuous improvement

Person Specification:

Essential Criteria
• Have experience working in learning & development, or have experience of working in a formal project or programme environment
• Strong organisational skills, the ability to prioritise and deliver a varied workload and adapt to emerging requirements
• Strong interpersonal skills with a proven track record of establishing and building collaborative relationships across functional and organisational boundaries
• Strong communication skills in a range of situations and channels, such as editing newsletters and writing for the web
• Ability to use your judgement and take a considered and informed approach to situations and tasks when making decisions
• Focus on people development and learning, an ability to develop yourself and support others to develop

Desirable Criteria:
• Proficiency using SharePoint wikis and/or ONS Learning Hub


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving
  • Developing Self and Others


The Office for National Statistics is part of the Civil Service, and as such we share a number of key benefits with other departments, whilst also having our own unique offerings to support our 5000+ valued employees across the business.

Whether you are hearing about us for the first time or already know a bit about our organisation, we hope that the benefits pack attached (bottom of page) will give you a great insight into the benefits and facilities available to our employees, and our fantastic working culture.

We are an organisation that takes the well-being of its employees seriously and lives and breathes the desire to modernise the workplace of the future. Everyone, from our office-based staff in Newport, London and Titchfield, to our field interviewers and airports and ports passenger survey staff, are part of a diverse and inclusive family.

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