Rapid Response Team and Resilience and Emergencies Division


Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield, Truro, Warrington

About the job


The work we do influences the lives of everyone, whether it's through the homes we live in, our local councils, or the communities we are all a part of. With so much of our work at the top of the political agenda this an exciting time to be joining the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Our work helps people throughout the country to have access to affordable and high-quality housing. We look to provide opportunities for all parts of the country to thrive economically. We devolve power and budgets to boost local growth and provide vital support for public services. Further info can be found here.

Not only will you have the chance to make a difference, you will also have the opportunity to develop yourself and build a career with us. We give our people the opportunity to use their skills and talents to build a rewarding career.

We look for people who share our values and want to make a difference in a small, friendly but influential department. If you are interested in public services and are excited by being involved in the running of the country, we want you to join us.

We welcome people from any sector or background to play a key role in developing and delivering our part of the government's policy agenda.

This is a great opportunity for individuals who thrive in complex and fast paced environments, enjoy problem solving and managing rapid change.

We are advertising for people to join one of two teams within MHCLG and you will be asked when you apply to be clear which role you are applying for and which location

Job description

Resilience and Emergencies Team (RED) – Team 1

The Resilience and Emergencies Division supports communities across England to be prepared for all types of incidents and supports them in response and recovery. This is achieved by working with Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) to develop their plans and preparedness for emergencies.

RED have taken an opportunity to reflect on, and improve, how we support the local tier, and work with other government colleagues, building on what we have learnt from dealing with complex and frequent incidents over recent months and years. This has culminated in a transformation programme to design a new operating model with a larger team of permanent staff to meet the challenges ahead. The new operating model will include a particular focus on gripping and fixing local, regional and national issues; enhancing our analytical function to better enable us to forecast and respond to events; and providing more leadership and influence on policy making across Government, representing the interests of local partners. A new Corporate Hub will also be established to provide overall direction and support. A variety of different roles will be available at different grades across these different areas of work.

This work puts you at the forefront of the Civil Service’s “Shaping Our Future Together” agenda, meeting up to the challenge to ask ourselves “not just how can we make this better? But how can we make this ten times better?”. These are exciting and varied roles that will provide individuals with the ability to influence and deliver key priorities for central and local government.

It is important to note that when applying for this role there will be occasions from time to time, that operational requirements determine the need for shift working and duty cover which includes working after 8 p.m. and at weekends. You should reflect on whether you will be able to work unsociable hours/shift cover and consider this carefully before submitting your application to ensure you fully understand what is expected of this role and the working environment. Additional hours working and duty cover would be remunerated via overtime and on call payments.

Locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, London, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield, Truro and Warrington.

Rapid Response Team – Team 2

MHCLG are creating a new team to work on priority projects – injecting specialist support, and delivery into planned peaks of activity or unexpected crisis situations. The individual will be part of a multi-disciplinary team and will be deployed onto priority areas – working in complex and ambiguous situations. The team will be deployed to short-term projects across the Department – working on a range of varied projects/activities of work from working with the local tier on local impacts, to homelessness, EU exit or preparing for and responding to economic shocks.

The team will be based in Birmingham responding to priority project in all locations. This is an exciting and varied role that will provide individuals with the ability to influence and deliver key priorities for central and local government


As a leader working on either role - we are looking for:

• Strong, responsive and adaptable leaders that are comfortable working with changing priorities, situations and deadlines at pace. A strategic thinker with the ability to see the big picture, think laterally, and find ways to meaningfully push an agenda forward.

• Leaders from all walks of life, who will build a diverse and inclusive team – empowering colleagues to deliver and perform at pace and under pressure. We want to hear from people who are diverse in thought, ethnicity and background.

• Individuals with a broad range of skills to contribute and be part of a high performing team.

• Solutions-focused people with a focus on problem solving and delivery – with excellent analytical and stakeholder management skills.

• People who are adept at managing change – and comfortable with ambiguity and complex backdrops.

• Individuals who can establish and build relationships quickly in diverse policy/delivery contexts – delivering across team and organisational boundaries to deliver the department’s priorities.

• Colleagues who thrive in a project-based environment– seeing rapid outcomes and with a real focus on delivery.

• Excellent communicators with the ability to influence and shift stubborn views, ‘find ways through’, and clearly and concisely articulate highly complex issues.

• Resilient and motivated individuals, who can take setbacks in their stride, set direction, and motivate those around them.

• Build capability with their team and across organisational boundaries in order to build a strong knowledge base for the future

• Establishing an essential and rich Whitehall network to be able turn around policy within short deadlines and under substantial ministerial scrutiny, bringing along Whitehall colleagues to a point of agreement whilst advocating MHCLG interests.

• Successfully lead your team and contribute to leadership and development across MHCLG.


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing

Apply today!