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Policy Adviser Role – Judicial Policy

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Location : Leeds , London
Salary : £ 24,002 - £ 38,373
Type : Permanent
Closing Date : 2020-09-11
Date Posted : 2020-09-06
Reference : 36706  

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity

About the Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is one of the largest government departments, employing around 70,000 people and with an annual budget of approximately £9 billion. Each year, millions of people use our services, including at 500 courts and tribunals and 133 prisons in England and Wales. Our principal role is to uphold the rule of law, the cornerstone of the British way of life, and we deliver services which are some of the most fundamental in a democratic society. MoJ supports the Secretary of State for Justice, who is also the Lord Chancellor, and his ministerial team to deliver the Government’s priorities. Our vision is to deliver a world-class justice system that works for everyone in society.

These roles sit within the Judicial Pay and Pensions Division which advises the Lord Chancellor on the high profile and sensitive issue of judicial remuneration, including both pay and pensions. The Lord Chancellor, departmental ministers and the judiciary take a keen interest in our work and there will be genuine opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge.

We are a sociable and motivated directorate that puts a premium on providing a quality service. We encourage a flexible working culture, including working from home, condensed hours and part-time working, and we welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates. We also have a strong emphasis on continuous learning and development. Each of the roles outlined below will require the ability to develop a good overview of the work of the judiciary and to take account of political and other sensitivities.

About the role

Judicial Pensions

We have established the Judicial Pension Reform Programme to oversee a number of complex and inter-dependent work streams currently underway. We are offering a role in one of our pension policy teams who have recently launched a consultation in response to high-profile litigation. You will join at an exciting time as we review the responses to our consultations and prepare to implement policy proposals through legislation. In this role you will prepare advice and briefings for ministers and senior officials, working with colleagues in other MOJ teams, and with external stakeholders including other government departments, to ensure the achievement of key project milestones. Successful candidates will be driven, keen to make a difference, and will look to take responsibility for ensuring quality outcomes.

Band C (HEO) Policy Adviser role in the Core Judicial Pensions Policy Team

The Core Judicial Pensions Policy team deals with policy issues and delivering required changes to judicial pension schemes and their underpinning regulations. In particular, the team is taking forward proposals to amend the Fee-Paid Judicial Pension Scheme to provide benefits for eligible office holders required by judgments in the O’Brien and Miller litigation. You will play an important role in the publication of the Government response to our recent consultation on our proposals and the programme to develop required amendments to the Fee-Paid Judicial Pensions Regulations. You will have the opportunity to work with internal and external stakeholders and to contribute to advice and briefings for senior officials and ministers. You will also help to field policy enquiries, including those affecting individual judges.

Criteria for Band C Role

  • Ability to carry out desk research and interpret complex information to provide advice and recommendations on policy questions.
  • Take the initiative in areas of policy responsibility.
  • Collaborate across the pension policy teams and work effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing and lead policy discussion at briefings and meetings.
  • Deal with policy related correspondence effectively and efficiently.
  • Manage other aspects of a varied workload to deliver results in a timely manner.
  • Generally support achievement of the objectives of the directorate and the MOJ.

The ‘Behaviours’ that you are required to demonstrate for this Band C role

1. Communicating and Influencing

2. Making Effective Decisions

3. Seeing the Big Picture

4. Working Together

The criteria for each ‘Behaviour’ can be found at this link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717275/CS_Behaviours_2018.pdf. The relevant level is Level 3: HEO/SEO.

Please note that if we receive a high volume of applications, the initial sift will be based on:   1. Communicating and Influencing.


If you would like to apply for one of these posts, please provide examples of how you have demonstrated each of the required ‘Behaviours’ on the application form provided.

Additional Information

Work location: All of these posts can be based at either one of our offices in London, or our office in Leeds as the work primary location:

  • 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ
  • 10 S Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 4PH
  • 5 Wellington Pl, Leeds LS1 4AP

The department operates a flexible working policy where remote working is encouraged. At present, owing to Covid 19 control measures, a significant proportion of our staff are working remotely.

New entrants to the civil service will normally join at the lower end of the pay band for their grade.

Start date: We are looking for the successful candidate to start as soon as possible. The start date will be agreed with your existing employer/manager. If you are an existing civil servant please discuss this with your current manager before submitting your application.

Selection Process: Suitability for the post will be determined by a paper sift (to take place in w/c 7 September 2020) followed by interviews (in w/c 14 September 2020) following the Success Profiles framework.

Reserve list: If you apply for and meet the Band C/HEO standards, but are not successful for these roles, we may offer you an alternative policy role in the wider Judicial and Legal Services Policy Directorate.

Any questions? Please contact the recruitment manager noted above.


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