Data Protection Policy Advisors - HEO


Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield


About the job


This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join one of the Government’s leading Data Policy Teams. The Home Office’s Data and Identity Directorate helps the department and wider sector make best use of data whilst maintaining the highest levels of public trust and confidence. It was at the heart of the UK’s policy development behind the Data Protection Act 2018 and was responsible for the law enforcement and intelligence services’ data protection regimes. It continues to play a key role in the UK’s future data protection policy post-Brexit. These roles therefore provide an unrivalled chance to shape data protection at a national level.

The Home Office works to keep our citizens safe and our country secure. As well as working to reduce crime, enforce the law and protect our borders, we also work to protect the most vulnerable. The Home Office is at the cutting edge of public policy and our work is some of the most challenging and rewarding in Government.

Job description

The Data Policy Unit provides high quality advice on data protection and wider data issues for the Home Office. Its functions are divided into ‘Data Strategy’ and ‘Data Protection Policy’. The successful candidates will be at the forefront of this rapidly growing area with significant read-across to the wider EU exit process.

The Unit works closely with colleagues across the Home Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), as well as external stakeholders such as law enforcement agencies and the Information Commissioner’s Office.

We are looking to recruit 8 high calibre Policy Advisers who are willing to work flexibly to deliver the Government’s objective of maintaining free flow of personal data. Working as part of a team, they will shape the development of data protection policy across Home Office interests. The roles will focus particularly on law enforcement, immigration and national security data processing and require close working with the data protection policy teams in DCMS.


You will be allocated to a role in International Data Protection Policy or EU Data Protection hub.

International Data Protection Policy: Data flows will be fundamental to the UK’s future international relationships. The successful candidate(s) will work alongside the Senior Policy Advisers for adequacy; international negotiations; and international data transfers to ensure the department’s policy positions are reflected in the broader Whitehall policy development. The post holder(s) will provide expert advice on their policy area and will need to be comfortable writing briefings for ministers, senior officials and boards. It will be important to either have a strong understanding of data protection law or have an aptitude for picking up complex subjects quickly.

EU Data Protection Hub: The successful candidate(s) will provide a rapid response function by coordinating and responding to official/ministerial briefing requests and other commissions relating to law enforcement data flows. The Hub is central to the effective running of the wider team. The post holder(s) will be responsible for development and maintenance of key products (briefings, lines to take, board updates, programme plans, risk logs, dependency maps). Good organisational skills and an ability to perform well at pace will be essential. It will be important to either have a strong understanding of data protection law or have an aptitude for picking up complex subjects quickly.

The jobholders may be required to carry out other duties within the scope of the grade and within the limits of their skill, competence and training.

Person specification

Essential Criteria:
We are looking for motivated individuals who can demonstrate the following:

• A strong understanding of data protection law.
• An aptitude for grasping complex subjects quickly.
• Experience of working in a fast-paced environment often dealing with sensitive, complex and high-profile issues.
• Self-motivated, able to work proactively and prioritise large and varied workload.
• Able to take decisions under pressure on own initiative and meet challenging deadlines.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence stakeholders at senior and junior levels.
• Experience in gathering and interpreting information quickly and coherently.
• Ability to develop strong and collaborative relationships within own team and with a wide range of stakeholders.
• Strong organisation skills and the ability to work at pace.

Desirable criteria:
The following experience would be beneficial, but is not essential:

• Awareness of working in a policy environment.
• Experience of working with the police and/or stakeholders in the Home Office sector.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
• Project management skills in risk management and project planning.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Apply today!