Policy Advisors - HEO *Closing Date Extended*

Cross Departmental Opportunities

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 17th August 2020


Reference number



From £28,122 (National) and £31,837 (London). Exact salaries will be advised upon matching of successful candidates to Departments.


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

2 year Fixed-term Appointment

Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Currently, roles are available in London, Leeds, Sheffield, Glasgow and Edinburgh with potential for home working also. Roles in other locations may become available.

About the job


For full details around the roles, please view the attached Candidate Information Pack.

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.

Job description

As a Policy Adviser you will:
• 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


To 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.

Essential Experience
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
  • Delivering at Pace


Although Departments vary, a range of benefits exist for Civil Servants such as access to the Tax Free Childcare Scheme, a beneficial pension scheme, employee discounts, season ticket loans, bicycle loans, generous annual leave allowance and flexible working.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability and Experience.
Application Process
For full details around how to apply and an expected timeline of the campaign, please view the attached Candidate Information Pack.

Reserve List
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made. Candidates should note that there may also be opportunities in other departments as additional roles become available.

Reasonable Adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

- Contact Government Recruitment Service via policyprofession.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
- Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Criminal Record Check
If successful and transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Internal Fraud Database Check
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

Security Clearance:
Due to the variety of roles, and number of Departments, different levels of security clearances will be necessary, from basic upwards. If successful, but you fail or are unwilling to apply for a higher level of clearance than that required for a role you are matched with, this will not affect your successful status and we will seek to match you with an alternative
role. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/securityvetting-and-clearance

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: policyprofession.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here to visit Civil Service Commission

We are closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly for any updates from us as this is how we will communicate with you.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  GRS Policy Profession Recruitment Team
Email :  policyprofession.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk
Recruitment team :
Email :  policyprofession.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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