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Children’s Commissioner seeks Senior Public Affairs and Policy Analyst

Children’s Commissioner 5<y Senior Level  London, England, United Kingdom 15 Feb 2018

Job Description

Senior Public Affairs and Policy Analyst

With very wide remit to effect positive change for children, we are looking for someone who can support the Children’s Commissioner to have real impact on policy, by managing policy projects, influencing ministers and civil servants, and winning support in Parliament for improvements for vulnerable children.

You will be part of a team producing high quality evidence and policy analysis for the Children’s Commissioner. An ability to think critically and analyse complex policy areas to develop strong recommendations and clear briefing, often at speed, is therefore essential.

You will need to develop the authority and credibility to represent the Children’s Commissioner across Whitehall, in Parliament and beyond, in a wide range of policy areas from the youth justice and care systems to children’s digital rights. You will therefore need excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and some knowledge of Whitehall, Parliament and the legislative system.

Job Description

Purpose of the Job

The Senior Public Affairs and Policy Analyst will manage the delivery of evidence-based projects; take the lead in briefing the Children’s Commissioner ahead of meetings or select committees; produce concise and clear policy notes on emerging issues; and support other teams across the office in delivering the Children’s Commissioner’s business plan.

S/he will be expected to identify opportunities for the Children’s Commissioner to effect change across Whitehall on behalf of vulnerable children and to represent the Children’s Commissioner at external meetings, including meetings with highly vulnerable children

Specific duties

  • Monitor the policy landscape relating to children to identify opportunities to influence Government and other stakeholders, making proposals to senior managers on new projects and pieces of work based on rigorous analysis of evidence.
  • Analyse existing policy and formulate reasoned and evidence based arguments for change.
  • Lead policy-based projects, acting as the project manager for multiple pieces of work, coordinating project roles, tasks and use of resources, and developing proposals for efficient delivery of projects.
  • Work with colleagues to inform the commissioning of research and gathering of evidence, using the Commissioner’s statutory powers, to develop a robust evidence base which supports the Commissioner’s policy work.
  • Develop and maintain networks of stakeholders of relevance to the Commissioner’s ongoing work and strategic priorities, ensuring that the Commissioner has high quality relationships with key stakeholders, and developing partnerships with stakeholders for the delivery of projects as appropriate..
  • Produce fluently argued highly credible policy reports and briefings, ensuring that outputs are of a high quality and meet the standards expected by the Senior Management Team
  • Achieve recognition for our agenda throughout Whitehall and turn policy propositions into real legislative and regulatory change.

Essential Skills/Experience Required

  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Willingness to present at meetings and seminars
  • Ability to think ‘outside the box’ and balance strategic and pragmatic issues.
  • Excellent analytical skills. Able to interpret complex information to inform decisions.
  • Ability to balance diverse work to tight deadlines under pressure.
  • A team player.
  • Proactive and able to use own initiative.
  • Personal integrity and honesty
  • Firm commitment to advancing social justice
  • Ability to travel within the UK, including occasionally at weekends and evenings
  • Understanding of and willingness to abide by the 7 Standards of Public Office, including political impartiality.

Desirable Skills/Experience

  • Masters degree in relevant subject
  • Qualitative and/or quantitative research training
  • Experience of working in a children’s policy field
  • Experience of writing and developing policy or legislation
  • Project management training
  • Demonstrable experience of writing public-facing documents or articles at speed
  • Experience of making public presentations

Supporting documents

How to Apply

Download the attached job description and send a copy of your CV (no more than two pages), application form and Equality and Diversity form to OCC.RECRUITMENT@childrenscommissioner.gsi.gov.uk

Submissions by noon on Monday 26 February 2018

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 6 March 2018 and will include a written test

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