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We are looking for a committed and ambitious individual to take forward work to prevent deaths – both self-inflicted and natural – in all forms of state custody, including prisons, secure health settings, policy custody and immigration detention.
As Policy Officer and Communications Lead, the postholder will lead on projects for the Board and the IAPDC. This is a unique role which combines supporting Ministers and senior officials with support for an expert advisory body that is independent of Government, working collaboratively across three departments and four agencies.
- COMMUNICATIONS: Leading the communications output of the IAPDC. This will include responsibility for the panel’s website and social media, and leading on the panel’s outreach to the media in order to achieve strategic visibility for its work to prevent deaths. It will also include work to grow and enhance the impact of the Practitioner and Stakeholder Group.
- DATA: Oversight of the data and workplan updates presented to Ministers and other MBDC members. This will include working with partners to continue to refine the new deaths in custody dashboard, which brings together data on all places of detention, and scoping and monitoring an ambitious MBDC workplan.
- PROJECTS: Leading and supporting the wider team to deliver projects for both the MBDC and IAPDC, bringing together partners and experts to progress impactful work to prevent deaths. Examples of recent IAPDC projects include: work to prevent substance misuse related deaths in the criminal justice system, an initiative in collaboration with the policing minister and Police and Crime Commissioners on good practice to prevent deaths in police custody, and the development of recommendations to enhance the impact of Prevention of Future Deaths reports issued by coroners.
- WIDER SUPPORT: Contributing a range of other high-quality work to the Ministerial Council, including through the production of high-quality written materials for the MBDC, organization of and agenda setting for key meetings, and delivery of the IAPDC’s responsibilities as a non-departmental public body.
- Confidence and skill in acting independently to drive forward work, and the ability to proactively engage colleagues and stakeholders as appropriate.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Existing skills – or firm enthusiasm to develop relevant abilities – in communications, including press relations, social media and website management.
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to plan, track and deliver work according to agreed timelines and priorities.
- Knowledge or experience of policy or operational processes for keeping people safe in custodial settings such as prisons, police custody, immigration detention and/or secure health settings.
Qualification & Experience:
- You will be asked to provide a Work History during the application process in order to assess any demonstrable experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the role.
- You will also be asked to upload a Statement of Suitability of no more than 250 words stating what you would bring to the role, with reference to the Skills and Experience listed above.
Company: Ministry of Justice UK
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Functions: Management
Job Location: London, England, UK
Application Deadline: N/A