About the job
The work of the policy profession is central to the work of government. Policy is about implementing the programme of our democratically-elected government in a way that best serves the needs of our citizens, to help them enjoy better public services and a higher quality of life.
Policy people work within all government departments designing, delivering and communicating policy, and working across organisational boundaries and professional disciplines to deliver results. We are a profession organised around our professional standards which set out the core skills we expect from our policy professionals. In addition to your departmental policy team, there is a network of policy working level contacts throughout the Civil Service, and a central Policy Profession Unit, who work on strategic issues for the policy profession.
Currently, the profession has vacancies in a number of specific Departments, with vacancies in other Departments potentially also becoming available in future.
Further information about the departments currently involved in this campaign, please refer to the Department Overview section of the attached Candidate Information Pack.
Candidates should note that future opportunities may be available within other Departments.
• Be researching, organising and analysing perspectives, facts and data. Judgement and interpretative ability will be required where the issues are complex or conflicting.
• Be expected to weigh up a number of factors to produce constructive ideas and solutions, exercising discretion to make decisions
• Have a good understanding of diversity and consider the impact of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of policy development/work
• At times work independently on day-to-day issues. This may include providing technical or expert advice to feed into policy development.
• Develop expertise in the policy area and be the representative on the issue at internal and external meetings
• Draft policy submissions and speeches and engage with Parliamentary activity
• Support legislative development
• Develop good working relationships with a variety of government departments and senior stakeholders
ResponsibilitiesTo be successful in this role you will need to have strong interpersonal skills, the ability to research problems, and the passion to solve them.
Policy is about implementing the programme of our democratically elected government in a way that best serves the needs of our citizens, to help them enjoy better public services and a higher quality of life. Policy professionals work within all government departments designing, delivering and communicating policy, and working across organisational boundaries and professional disciplines to deliver results.
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with the potential to become subject matter experts, who can demonstrate knowledge, experience/skill in the following key areas;
• Researching and interpretive skills;
• Effective problem solving;
• Self-motivation and innovation.
• Leadership and communication;
• An interest in the current political landscape.
Successful candidates will have excellent communication skills, and use these to make a corporate contribution to the directorate and wider department.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Making Effective Decisions
- Working Together