Head of Policy and Communications

City of Westminster, London (Greater)
£51,549 - £69,659
30 Apr 2018
18 May 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

Head of Policy and Communications – Independent Monitoring Board and Lay Observer Secretariat

Location: 102 Petty France, London

Grade:  Band A

Salary:  £51,549 - £69,659

Post Type: Permanent

It is an exciting time to join the Secretariat supporting Independent Monitoring Boards and Lay Observers. Both Arms’ Length Bodies carry out an important role in the justice system, monitoring the treatment of prisoners and people detained in court custody or under escort.

They operate independently of Government and are part of the UK’s National Preventive Mechanism, under the UN’s Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT). 

Independent Monitoring Boards (IMBs) monitor the treatment received by those detained in custody to check it is fair, just and humane and complies with the relevant rules and standards of decency. Their members provide statutory, independent oversight, monitoring the treatment and care of prisoners and detainees. They operate in prisons, young offender institutions, immigration removal centres, some short-term holding facilities and on flights for those being removed from the UK.

Lay Observers (LOs) are independent people appointed by the Secretary of State to monitor the treatment of people being brought to court in cellular vehicles and held in court custody. They monitor how well detained people are cared for and promote their access to justice.

We are looking for an experienced, first-class communicator who can work well as part of a team, and also on their own initiative. They will develop and lead the new communications and policy function; demonstrating high level strategic communication skills across internal, external and digital communications.  Experience of working with the media on high profile news stories will be essential to be successful in the role. Additionally, they will be responsible for analysing IMB and Lay Observer reports to identify key themes and develop a national response – both to inform future monitoring priorities; and to engage with key stakeholders across Whitehall, Parliament and the third sector.

As the most senior communications professional within the Secretariat, the Head of Policy and Communications will provide expert advice to the Head of the Secretariat, the IMB National Chair and LO Chairman as well as to individual members. Therefore, they should have a high level of political awareness and, ideally, experience of working within an independent or Arms’ Length Body.

For more details and to apply visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/recruitment, follow the link ‘Apply for a Job’ and search reference 17286.

Closing Date: 18th May  2018

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