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Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and ensures the smooth running of government - from developing policy, to modernising public services. We welcome talented people from all backgrounds with the skills and the commitment to build a career in the Civil Service.
The Cabinet Office Purpose is:

to maintain the integrity of the Union, coordinate the security of the realm and sustain a flourishing democracy;
to support the design and implementation of HM Government's policies and the Prime Minister's priorities; and
to ensure the delivery of the finest public services by attracting and developing the best public servants and improving the efficiency of government.

The work Cabinet Office delivers is vast and therefore presents opportunities to develop your skills and experience in a variety of critical government agendas.
An organisation of approximately 7,000 employees, the Cabinet Office is a vibrant, modern and exciting place to work, attracting a diverse workforce which represents the people we serve. Our main offices are in London, but we have staff based around the UK.
At the heart of this are our Cabinet Office values. To deliver our Purpose and help make Cabinet Office a great place to work, we all commit to:-

treating everyone with Respect
actively Collaborate, and
build Trust

We have an aspiration to become the most inclusive employer across the Civil Service. We have a number of staff benefits, including flexible working, and access to a number of staff support networks to ensure we meet this.

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is an advisory NDPB, with a statutory duty to independently review the size and shape of all Parliamentary constituencies in England, and make recommendations for any change. The next constituencies review is due to formally commence in December 2020, and conclude by July 2023.

The role is based in Whitehall, and is full-time, but we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements subject to the particular demands of the Review (e.g. attendance at public hearings).

The post holder will work on the development of constituency scheme options for Commissioners in the next statutory review of constituencies, being focused on the whole of one of the nine English regions, and providing support as necessary to colleagues working on other regions. Key responsibilities are:

In conjunction with the Review Manager, use the BCE's Geographic Information System (GIS) to map proposals, analysing multiple possible options for a complete scheme of constituencies across the whole of one English region, assessing optimum matches against a statutory framework of requirements and factors to take into account.

Assist in the written and oral presentation of a small number of these optimal proposals for the region, first to senior managers, then to Commissioners for approval.

Produce a draft of the selected regional scheme to a set standard of documentation, in readiness for editing by senior managers, and subsequent publication as the Commission's initial proposals in each region.

Work with colleagues to prepare the consultation responses to the initial proposals exercise for publication, initiating the secondary consultation period.

Support the delivery of public hearings, through assisting and providing advice and guidance to Assistant Commissioners during the conduct of the hearing, and general support duties as a member of the staff team on site.

Work with colleagues and Assistant Commissioners to analyse the viability and relative strength of multiple alternative proposals for the region, put forward through public consultation in writing and orally at public hearings.

Assist in presenting assessments of alternative proposals to senior managers and Commissioners, again using written and oral skills to summarise and evaluate evidence presented, supported by GIS mapping.

Develop initial draft of relevant region-based sections of the final statutory report and recommendations of the Commission.

Conduct extensive quality assurance and fact checking on drafts and maps.

Provide temporary support to colleagues in the Review and admin support teams as workflow demands.

Essential criteria:

Experience of evidence-based analysis, and presenting complex and detailed arguments and recommendations succinctly in writing and orally;
Experience of engaging effectively with a wide range of interested parties.

Desirable criteria:

Experience of analysing responses to large-scale public consultations;
Experience of analytical geography and cartographic design, utilising GIS software;
Basic understanding of arrangements for electoral registration and administration, and understanding of local government hierarchy in England;
Basic understanding of regional geography in England.

As part of these roles, you will have the opportunity to complete a Professional Apprenticeship, which gives you a way to work towards a formal qualification while also learning on the job. A policy apprenticeship will likely be the best option for these roles, but other qualifications are available.

More information about Professional Apprenticeships at the Cabinet Office can be found here: https://www.vercida.com/uk/features/professional-apprenticeships-at-cabinet-office?company=302

Please note that this role requires CTC clearance, which would normally require 3 years' UK residency in the past 3 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

Please refer to job description


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

Please refer to job description

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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£25,997.00 - £30,168.00
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