D7 Overseas Territory Law Enforcement Adviser (Miami)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Closing date: 6 May 2019

Reference number





Grade 6

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

5 years

Business area

Other - Overseas Territories

Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern



Full Time - See Candidate Pack

Number of posts



Miami, Florida

About the job

Job description

The UK’s Overseas Territories (OT) are a unique part of the UK’s history and culture. The UK strategy towards the OT set out in the 2012 White Paper states the Government’s commitment to provide security for the OT, safeguarding its citizens and their way of life.

The Law Enforcement Adviser (LEA) will play a key role in meeting this commitment and the strategic priorities set out in the White Paper and related strategies on security and serious and organised crime. Operating out of the British Consulate General in Miami, the LEA provides advice and guidance to the UK and to OT Governors and Commissioners of Police. The LEA will lead the shaping and delivery of UK support to the territories in law enforcement and will be a strategic leader in developing wider UK activity in justice, security and governance in the Territories.

Roles and Responsibilities

The LEA will deliver the following functions:

• Providing strategic policy advice, guidance and assistance to the OT Directorate in the FCO and to the Governors and Commissioners of Police in the Caribbean OT and Bermuda (and where necessary, other OTs) on the implementation of law enforcement policies, practices, procedures and initiatives.

• Lead (in partnership with OT Governors and Commissioners of police) the development of common minimum professional standards for OT police forces.

• Establish appropriate inspection and accountability structures (with a potential personal role in providing independent accountability).

• Develop and deliver plans to improve inter-operability between OT and regional forces and establish mechanisms for calling in external support (UK or Regional) where requirements exceed local capabilities.

• Work with OT and with the programme team for the OT Conflict Security and Stability Fund to develop and deliver the next iteration of programme support on Justice Security and Governance, including through an oversight of project and financial management

• Ensure effective integration of our support for law enforcement with wider justice, security and governance activity through engagement with stakeholders and partners working on criminal justice, prisons, child safeguarding, immigration and maritime security.

• Facilitate, coordinate, and Chair the OT Commissioners and Chiefs of Police Council and facilitate the procedures for mutual assistance arrangements between the territories and as required with UK and international law enforcement partners including as part of a crisis response.

• Act as the senior official within the OT Regional Hub in Miami and as one of the leadership group within the Hub and OT Directorates wider Network, contributing and leading as appropriate on pastoral and corporate priorities and working with the Consul General in Miami to ensure the OT team is a fully integrated participant in the Consulate’s corporate platform.

Person Specification

It is essential in your application that you provide evidence and proven examples in each of the following minimum criteria as far as you are able to do so. These responses will be further developed and discussed with those candidates invited for interview.

Minimum Criteria

A depth of knowledge and expertise across policing, including recent UK or OT policing experience.

Strategic experience and insight into challenges to delivery of strategic policing priorities.

Be able to demonstrate creativity and innovation in reaching solutions to strategic challenges.

Strong communication and influencing skills including influencing of external stakeholders.

Be able to demonstrate professional expertise in implementing crime reduction and prevention strategies.

Successful candidates should also be able to demonstrate their ability against at least two of the following command competencies or trainings:

• Strategic Command Course
• Casualty bureau
• CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear)
• Bronze, Silver and Gold Command in:
Multi-agency major incident
Public order
• Disaster victim identification (DVI)
• Emergency procedures


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

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

  • Developing or Realising Professional Standards



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
Please refer to the attached candidate pack for further information.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Should you require assistance or further information please contact FCOrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk giving the seven digit reference number (1628151) in the subject line of all correspondence.

Sift/interview dates and location

Please refer to the attached candidate pack for further information.

Further information

For further information on this role including Terms and Conditions, please read the Candidate Pack attached.

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