Digital Forensics Policy Advisor

Home Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Saturday 5th June 2021

The first duty of the government is to keep citizens safe and the country secure. The Home Office has been at the front line of this effort since 1872. As such, we play a fundamental role in maintaining the security and economic prosperity of the UK.

The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, refugee protection, counter-terrorism, policing, fire services, and crime and drugs policy.

Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) enables the Home Office to keep the UK safe and secure. We design and build the services that help people apply for visas or passports; support policing and counter-terrorism operations; and protect the UK’s borders.
This is an exciting time to be at the Home Office. You’ll have a chance to shape the future and support our mission to deliver exceptional public services that work for everyone.

Our work is guided by these principles:
• We put user needs first.
• We value delivery and outcomes over process.
• We work in the open.

Our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. We also nurture talent and offer a broad range of learning and development opportunities that will help you to flourish in your role.

We work hard to maintain a positive working culture and are committed to helping you fulfil your potential. We value diversity and provide an open, inclusive and supportive environment to help you do your best work.

You can keep up-to-date with our work on the Home Office DDaT blog.
Job description
The Identity Policy Unit is a small team in the Data and Identity Directorate, providing strategic policy advice across a range of high-profile issues for the Home Office. The team provides cross-government leadership on biometric, forensic, surveillance and civilian identity policy, delivering on the Directorate’s mission to build public trust and shape the data and identity agenda.

Fair and efficient police investigations and outcomes in the criminal justice system in England and Wales depend on the delivery of world leading forensic science.

Digital forensics covers the use, extraction, analysis and retention of data taken from digital devices as part of a police investigation. This is a rapidly developing and high-profile policy area which needs to reconcile the police’s ability to effectively investigate crime with the proportionate and secure use of data to safeguard privacy and therefore attracts a high level of political and media scrutiny and attention.

We are looking to recruit an experienced SEO policy professional into the Digital Forensics policy team. This role provides the opportunity to learn about rapidly changing technology, and to develop the policy framework within which it operates.

Key Duties will include:

• Developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships across the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, police and wider criminal justice system to achieve departmental objectives.

• Coordinating and tracking key policy activities across the sector to build public trust in digital forensics, including identifying where additional actions are needed and holding senior stakeholders to account for delivery of existing commitments.

• Undertaking detailed, evidence based, policy analysis to inform, advise and support operational delivery partners, senior officials and Ministers.

• Working collaboratively with operational delivery partners and police forces in England and Wales to understand and take account of the operational impact of policy development in this area.

• Project management of various strands of work to ensure coordinated, aligned and timely delivery.

• Producing high-quality briefing, policy advice and recommendations and presenting to Senior Stakeholder boards, senior officials and Ministers as necessary.

• Ability to quickly build relationships, influence and negotiate effectively with senior stakeholders and experts across the Department as well as operational partners such as police, regulators and national representative bodies.

• Strong communication skills, with an ability to grasp legal, analytical and technical issues accurately, work at pace and produce high quality written work and presentations for a range of audiences.

• Flexibility, given the high-profile nature of the work and adaptability to meet new demands.

Essential Criteria

A proven track record of Government policy development and delivery, including experience of working with Ministers and Parliament.

Desirable Criteria

• Experience of working with the police and/or stakeholders in the Home Office sector.

• An interest in technology and/or data policy issues.

• Project management experience.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Making Effective Decisions
Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace
Seeing the Big Picture

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