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- Band B2 - Senior Policy Advisers, UK

Band B2 - Senior Policy Advisers

Cabinet Office


£31,029 - £38,484 a year - Full-time, Part-time, Permanent


There are two vacancies for the post of Senior Policy Adviser to the Committee on Standards in Public Life, an independent public body which advises the Prime Minister on ethical issues relating to standards across public life. 


You will support the Committee in monitoring ethical standards across the public sector, upholding the Nolan Principles, conducting broad inquiries into standards of conduct, and recommending updates in ethical practices. 


The Committee is looking for a dynamic and adaptable team member with experience of drafting reports, who is interested in ethical issues across public life. 


Forthcoming areas of work include standards of conduct in Parliament and local government. You will work with senior stakeholders on a range of high-profile subjects relevant to ongoing issues across central government, government agencies, and local government, amongst others. 


Main Duties 


1) Working within a small team, with shared responsibility for: 


Drafting high-profile reports and responses to stakeholder consultations; 

• Conducting desk-based and face-to-face research; 

• Advising the Committee Chair on on-going standards issues; 

• Working alongside the Press Officer on digital and media communications; 

• Event management for a range of key stakeholders; 

• Managing evidence sessions arranged by CSPL; 

• Coordinating research and evidence collection by external stakeholders including academics; 

• Managing the design and publication of reports. 


2) Attending monthly committee meetings, which includes the preparation of policy papers and briefings; 


3) Shared responsibility within the team for corporate management - including finance management, managing the Chair’s diary engagements, GDPR compliance, freedom of information requests. 


Competency-Based Person Specification 


As a Civil Service application, all candidates will be evaluated based on their experience within four competency areas: 


Seeing the Big Picture 


We are looking for someone who can use their initiative to be alert to emerging issues and trends across public life, including local government, central government and public services. 


Making Effective Decisions 


In the role you will need to identify a range of relevant and credible information sources, and be involved in the Committee’s research. You will need to recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence and draw conclusions. 


Leading and Communicating 


We are looking for someone who can communicate in a succinct, engaging manner, using appropriate styles, methods and timing. An important part of this role will be promoting the work of the Committee and the Nolan Principles to key stakeholders. 


Collaborating and Partnering 


You will need to be able to establish relationships with a range of high-level stakeholders, as well as collaborating with the Committee’s Chair, members, Research Advisory Board. 


Applications may be sifted based on the lead competency: Seeing the Big Picture. 


Specialist Experience 




Experience of drafting briefing-style papers and/or reports 




Experience of managing a medium-sized budget, or willingness to learn. 

• Demonstrated discretion suitable for handling sensitive and personal information as evidence. 


Please note that this role requires CTC clearance, which would normally require 3 years’ UK residency in the past 3 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.


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


Seeing the big picture

Making effective decisions

Leading and communicating

Collaborating and partnering

Civil Service Competency Framework




Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Job posted on 3 August 2018.

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