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 Candidate Information Pack.
Candidates should note that future opportunities may be available within other Departments.
• Be the subject expert in your policy field and have a strong knowledge base;
• Have experience in researching, organising and analysing perspectives, facts and data. Judgement and interpretative ability will be required where the issues are complex or conflicting;
• Provide advice to the most senior leaders on your policy area, for example writing ministerial submissions and briefings, keeping the impact on the citizens at the forefront of your thinking and ensuring that you integrate evidence from a range of sources;
• Have a good understanding of diversity and consider the impact of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of policy development/work;
• Lead policy teams and work with stakeholders to design and implement policies and to feed into legislative development, as appropriate, ensuring messages are tailored appropriately so that the intended audience understands its purpose and objectives;
• Build and maintain positive relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders, working together to find solutions;
• Coach, train and mentor others within your team;
• Participate as an active leader within the profession and across Civil Service and model the behaviours expected of a senior policy professional, so as to provide an example to your Civil Service colleagues.
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.
• Experience of using and analyzing credible evidence, data and research to form sound decisions and recommendations that demonstrate a thorough understanding of the topic;
• Experience of working collaboratively with others calling upon relevant expertise when relevant. As part of this, you consider views, perspectives and insight from across an appropriate range of stakeholders, and challenge assumptions where necessary;
• Experience of using effective methods to identify and engage with stakeholders from the earliest opportunity, keeping them engaged throughout;
• Experience of drafting documents that are logically structured, containing carefully assimilated and selected information and evidence, to present a full, balanced picture with a persuasive conclusion;
• Experience of writing in a manner that is clear, shows critical thinking and understanding of the subject, brings clarity to complexity or ambiguity, and is without jargon and technical terms.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Delivering at Pace
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together