Ref: 1626940

Original Listing

Company: 1626940

Salary: £18,499 - £20,565

Closing Date: Closing date: 9 Apr 2019


Counter Terrorism Researcher (Ref: 24739)

Counter Terrorism Researcher – Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) National Intelligence Unit

Do you have what it takes to help HMPPS develop its intelligence function? To help us make effective use of intelligence and deliver an intelligence service function, providing direct intelligence support to prisons and probation?

This exciting and challenging roles sits within the Directorate of Security, Order and Counter-Terrorism (SOCT). The objective of SOCT is to support prisons and probation to recognise, understand and manage threats to operational and national security, prison order and safety, and to support our partners in upholding the rule of law. SOCT, and within it the National Intelligence Unit (NIU), exists to support HMPPS in its mission to prevent victims by changing lives. Therefore, intelligence is at the heart of our work and will inform our decisions at every level. Working with law enforcement, the wider intelligence community and through our relationships with front line staff, we will develop a picture of threat and deliver and support strategic, operational and tactical responses, with both national and local impact.

The Counter Terrorism Researcher role provides administrative support to the Regional Counter Terrorism Team. Achieved by maintaining administration systems within specified timescales for the Joint Extremism Unit in supporting the delivery of the PREVENT agenda 2015 and CONTEST, The United Kingdom’s Strategy for Countering Terrorism.

HMPPS’s efforts to tackle Counter Terrorism are integral to delivering a safe and secure Prison and Probation Service. We remain resilient to this key operational threat and adequately equipped to tackle threats and/or risk as they arise.

We have two Counter Terrorism Researcher vacancies based as follows:

1 x Eastern Hub at Cygnet Park Peterborough and 1 x North East, Yorkshire & Humber Hub at Forrest House Durham.

Overview of the job

This is a an administrative job in Headquarters


The job holder will provide administrative support to the Regional Counter Terrorism Team (up to four Regions) by maintaining administration systems within specified timescales for the Extremism Unit in supporting the delivery of the NOMS counter terrorism strategy.

The post holder must act with the highest levels of personal and professional integrity and must be vetted to Security Clearance (SC) standards with a further STRAP accreditation.

The job holder will report to the Regional Counter Terrorism Coordinator.

This is a nonroperational job with no line management responsibilities.

Responsibilities,Activities & Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

Collate, process and allocate all intelligence disseminated to their allocated RCT Team, including Intelligence Reports for further investigation.
Populate Case Records with all relevant associated information for their RCT Team/s.
Have responsibility for the Regional Extremism database making certain an accurate record of all associate information is kept and maintained, across multiple RCT Teams.
Carry out quality assurance checks for the Extremism database, both at a national and regional level.
Assist the Intelligence Analyst by researching trends/commonalities in Regional intelligence reports (IRs)
Support Regional Analysts in generating the six weekly Regional Intelligence Briefing
Organise and prepare all documentation for establishment Pathfinder Meetings: typically one meeting per month across each RCT Team covered.
Organise and prepare all documentation for meetings with partner agencies including the MAESM (MultirAgency Extremism Screening Meeting).
Organise and prepare all documentation for meetings with law enforcement agencies.
Manage the completion of actions from the various meetings you are responsible for organising and preparing documentation for.
Build and maintain good working relationships with partner agencies in line with the MoU between NOMS, Police and Security Services supporting the sharing of quality terrorism and extremism related intelligence with law enforcement agencies.
Build and maintain good working relationships with all NOMS RCT Teams ensuring all associated documentation and information affecting other regions is shared promptly.
Disseminate reports to relevant stakeholders
Coordinate the training requirements for Establishments across the Region, and organise training delivery in response to demand.
Collate the national training returns for all Extremism training delivered across HMPS.

Undertake other administrative tasks including:

Organise, produce and maintain accurate records for area of work
Act as contact point for all communications to the team. Prioritise and distribute communications to the appropriate person or relevant department in establishment
Complete monitoring returns for area of work
Input requisitions on to the finance database and process requisitions for defined area of work
Corordinate any awareness sessions for area of work
Prepare paperwork for checking by manager, conducting initial checks as required
Correspond with relevant stakeholders and agencies to ensure that they are aware of information so that information is adequately shared
Maintain and check regional and national databases, manual filing systems and logs of information, responding within agreed timescales and producing reports as required
Act as secretary to meetings as required including organising agenda, taking and, distributing minutes and action points

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require rerexamination under the Job Evaluation scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder