Policy, Research and Support Officer

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Job Sector:
Public Sector
Salary Description:
£22.00 - £28.00/hour
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Experience working in a policy role is essential

Job Summary
On organisation that provides fire services across the UK a prime opportunity to deliver and develop the Fire Reform agenda is looking for a flexible individual who can provide executive and policy support to the Chair, and other team members within the office of the Chair.

This role will require an agile self-starter who can multi-task, work in a fast paced environment, and manage relationships across a wide range of stakeholders. You will ideally have undertaken previous roles providing administrative support to senior decision makers, and be quick to build good rapport.

This is a politically neutral role, and the successful person will ideally be a politically aware individual with previous experience working in a public sector environment. You will need to have a ‘can do’ attitude, with meticulous attention to detail, be hands-on, work highly effectively in a small team and be able to multi-task and prioritise work.

This is a challenging role, but potentially a real career development opportunity for the right person. This role is new and therefore it is anticipated that aspects of this job will shift, change and develop as the position beds in.

Key areas of responsibility

My clients is looking for someone who can provide flexible support in the following areas:

1) Provide executive support to the Chair of the NFCC This may include provision of administrative support for other team members in the office of the Chair, as required. Responsibilities will involve:

* Diary management for the Chair, including organising meetings and conference calls, booking travel and accommodation etc. as required.
* Administrative support for the other members of the Chair’s office, such as booking travel and accommodation etc. as necessary, organising meetings, booking rooms, producing agendas and minutes, monitoring and/or taking actions (as the case may be).
* Stakeholder management with strategic leaders across different sectors.
* Acting as a general contact point for the Chair’s office.
* Managing the Chair’s formal correspondence, such as drafting replies to correspondence and other written material.
* Coordinating requests for information and responses.

2) Policy development and analysis Undertaking a wide variety of tasks to support other members of the team in the delivery of projects and policy across a wide range of fire policy issues. This may include:

* Responsibility for leading on bespoke projects or pieces of work that assist the Chair and the NFCC to support its members and the role of Chief Fire Officers.
* Meeting scheduling, agenda planning and the drafting of minutes, meeting notes etc.
* Carrying out research, as well as capturing and analysing information and data.
* Assisting with the drafting and reviewing of policy discussion papers and briefings, including presentations and/or speech materials where needed.
* Dealing with ad-hoc policy queries.
* Monitoring new policies and announcements from Governments and other relevant stakeholders
* Preparation of written materials for the Chair as appropriate or related to particular policy projects as requested, proof-reading and formatting etc. including liaising with colleagues within the NFCC support Hub.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Knowledge, Skills and Experience The post holder will need to use initiative and judgement to resolve problems encountered, which may be complex in nature. The post requires a self-motivated individual who can plan, organise and be adaptive. You will be adept at providing support to senior decision makers, have excellent time management skills, attention to detail and the ability to prioritise competing demands. You will also be able to gather and analyse information from a variety of sources, drawing out relevant points and communicating them succinctly. You will be confident building rapport with senior leaders.

Applicants must have the following skills and experience

* Experience working in a policy role
* Organisation and attention to detail.
* Experience providing support to busy, senior decision makers.
* Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information to non-expert audiences.
* Experience of working in a fast-moving environment, ideally with experience from a public sector background.
* Ability to deal with urgent, potentially high profile and unplanned requests for information and analysis at short notice.
* Experience of writing reports, briefings and other high level communications.
* Thorough, with the ability to establish and maintain procedures and systems.
* Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to deal with a wide range of stakeholders.
* Ability to understand and analyse complex information including research reports, legislation, data sets and pick out the potential implications or salient points for further work.
* Ability to work as part of a small team and deliver under pressure.
* Understanding of public sector information handling requirements.
* Political awareness, with the ability to exercise discretion, judgment and confidentiality when dealing with elected members and officers at every level, and to demonstrate political neutrality at all times.
* Degree level qualification or relevant work experience.

The following knowledge and experience will strengthen your application.

* Knowledge and or/experience of the UK emergency services.
* Understanding of wider public and social policy
* Good digital presentation skills across Microsoft and web based platforms; adept in Powerpoint and visual presentation.

What you'll get in return
This is a full-time, three month temporary assignment – with opportunity of extension. The role falls in-scope of IR35, paying an hourly rate of £23.23 PAYE Premium / £26.02 LTD Umbrella (~£37,888)

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