Ref: 1625019

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Company: 1625019

Salary: National 48,231 London 51,172 (Both Full Time)

Closing Date: Closing date: 3 Apr 2019

Location: Fareham, South East, PO15 5RR : City of Westminster, London, SW1V 2QQ

Census and Data Collection Policy Advisors

About you
Are you experienced in policy and have an understanding of how the wider political landscape can impact on decision making?

About us
Never has there been a more exciting time to join ONS. Our “Better Statistics, Better Decisions” strategy is driving a transformational change throughout the organisation and the Office has already taken huge strides forward to becoming a modern, technically focused, data driven organisation. As part of this, ONS will deliver the first digital Census in 2021 and be a leading producer of online surveys across government and beyond.

The role
These are exciting roles that requires enthusiastic policy professionals. We are looking for individuals with significant experience of leading policy development whilst providing policy advice at the highest levels on sensitive and contested issues. In these roles you will be working as part of a team to maximise opportunities to engage across Whitehall and beyond, supporting delivery of Census 2021 through effective policy development, briefing, and support of parliamentary engagement and the legislative process.

Roles and Responsibilities:
• Working across the organisation, Whitehall and beyond, to develop robust Census and Data Collection policy, and provide policy advice and briefing to peers, senior Civil Servants and Ministers. This will provide the policy insight to support the delivery of Census 2021, and the development of the future strategy for Census and Data Collection.
• Providing high quality policy positions and briefing to effectively influence stakeholders across a wide range of areas both within and external to ONS (including: Ministers, Senior Civil Servants, and other National Statistics Institutes), to ensure the delivery of the Census and Data Collection Programme is fully supported by a robust policy position.
• Working with the Parliamentary Unit in Central Policy Secretariat to ensure delivery of Census 2021 is supported through effective parliamentary engagement and the provision of sound policy advice.
• Providing and developing policy knowledge to support colleagues working on required legislation needed to deliver the Census and wider Data Collection transformation.
• Collaborating with colleagues in the ONS Central Policy Secretariat Division to ensure delivery of Census and Data Collection Policy is aligned and consistent with wider ONS Policy requirements. This will include influencing where there is a need for the wider ONS policy to reflect the needs of the Census and Data Collection Programme.
• Supporting the Divisional Director in holding colleagues to account and assuring the delivery of policy commitments outlined in the Census White Paper, ‘Help Shape our Future’.
• Leading a small team on the provision of high quality responses to Parliamentary Questions and Official Correspondence, as well as wider queries on the topic of Census and Data Collection policy.
• Supporting the Deputy Director to develop policy capability across Population and Public Policy group.

There are two posts available with a successful candidate for post 1 to be based at either Titchfield or London and for post 2 the successful candidate will be based at London only. There is an expectation for both candidates to undertake an element of travelling to other locations with overnight stays.

Person specification
Essential criteria:
• Significant understanding and experience of policy development, with extensive experience of providing policy advice on sensitive and contested issues.
• A track record of managing stakeholder expectations, with highly developed communication, networking and negotiation skills.
• Expert policy and strategic analysis skills to provide policy challenge and fresh ideas.
• A track record of providing high quality briefing, and/or responses to Official Correspondence and Parliamentary Questions on complex issues.

Desirable criteria:
• Experience of working in Whitehall, and working on a major policy

**Whilst these roles are full time we would welcome applications from candidates looking for part time hours, with a minimum requirement of 28 hours per week which would have a requirement to be completed over a minimum of 4 days. Please note that the salary advertised is the full time equivalent and if part time hours are requested salary will be pro rata**