Online Harms Policy and Regulatory Framework x5 Roles

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 3-5y Mid Level  Anywhere 12 Apr 2019

Job Description

London 

Contract
£32,618 – £38,426 a year
We are looking to recruit several exceptional policy advisers to join the Security and Online Harms (SOH) Directorate. These are exciting opportunities, as key policy makers, to shape the future of the Internet and tech in the UK – an industry which plays an intrinsic role in people’s lives as well as being a substantial part of the UK economy. Our teams work closely with industry, civil society, regulators, academia and policy makers across DCMS and Whitehall. These roles will provide exciting opportunities to drive forward existing policy priorities for Ministers as well as leading strategic thinking about new challenges facing the online world.

There are five roles available in the Online Harms Policy and Regulation teams, some of which involve the line management of one or more Grade Cs (EOs).

THE DEPARTMENT

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is here to help make Britain the world’s most creative, connected and exciting place to live, visit and do business. DCMS has recently become the UK government’s home for digital policy, and we are rapidly growing in size. Our goal is to make Britain the most innovation-driven, digitally-skilled, cyber-secure and safe place to be online in the world. The department also has responsibility for the creative industries and cultural sectors, including media, broadcasting, publishing, film, advertising, arts, museums, heritage, tourism, sport and other cultural sectors.

THE TEAM

SOH is the newest Directorate in DCMS and was set up to deal with the rapidly changing landscape of social and security harms in the online space. Indeed, the Prime Minister has made tackling online harms one of her key priorities, taking a personal interest in the policy and setting the clear ambition of making the UK the safest place in the world to be online. The Online Harms White Paper was published earlier this month and sets out the UK Government’s approach to tackling harms online. Security and Online Harms has a leading role in tackling a diverse range of online harms and broader internet policies including fake news and disinformation, child online safety, tech for good, EU trade and international internet governance. SOH is rapidly expanding to meet this brief and is looking for enthusiastic, ambitious and collaborative individuals to work on high-priority policy areas.

THE ROLES

These roles are expected to sit in two of the Directorate’s Teams: Online Harms Policy Framework Online Safety Policy Team.

Online Harms Policy Framework

This is an area of cutting edge policy in which the UK seeks to lead the world. The team is expanding to meet the challenge of implementing the joint DCMS – Home Office Online Harms White Paper, which sets out the Government’s intention to create a regulator to hold internet companies to account for failure to protect users from harmful material on their platforms. The roles will involve exposure to ministers – for whom online harms is a key policy area – very senior officials and Number 10. The Online Harms White Paper set out the Government’s intentions in this area and is likely to lead to future legislation. A number of the advertised roles will be at the centre of implementing the White Paper and drawing up plans for a regulator. They will involve developing policy in largely uncharted territory, and engaging closely with lawyers, the tech sector, civil society groups and regulators.

Online Safety Policy

The Online Safety Policy Team is responsible for developing technology, education and awareness policy solutions and works closely with a range of Government colleagues and external stakeholders. The role in this team will focus on child internet safety and work imaginatively and innovatively to further develop the proposals in the Online Harms White Paper. The team works regularly with Ministers, senior officials and colleagues across Government and the role will involve developing policy in this exciting area to deliver outcomes which support the Government’s Digital Charter aim of making Britain the safest place in the world to go online. The role will also organise co-ordinated stakeholder engagement activities and provide high-quality briefings to Ministers and seniors.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Successful candidates will be responsible for developing our policy response, and will work with senior officials and relevant stakeholders from across government to agree how to take it forward. You will be expected to deliver high-quality work to tight timelines and analyse information from a number of sources in order to make effective policy decisions.

The successful candidates will need to demonstrate a range of essential skills and experience as outlined below:

    • Seeing the Big Picture: Understand how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives. Recognise the wider Civil Service priorities and ensure work is in the national interest.
    • Delivering at Pace: Take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.
    • Making Effective Decisions: Use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. Carefully consider alternative options, implications and risks of decisions.
    • Working Together: Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.

Behaviours

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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
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