266412 Cyber ​​and Digital Policy Advisor WITHDRAWN (2023)

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Job Summary

Note: To apply for this position, you will need to submit an anonymous resume and cover letter, combined in one document. More details can be found in the Selection Process section below this announcement.

OLocal digital team at DLUHCsupports councils across England to deliver the local public services of the future – services that meet the needs of citizens and are more cost-effective, based on modern technology and new collaborative ways of working. We are based on the ambition of theLocal Digital Statement–our vision for the future of local public services, which has been jointly signed by more than 280 local councils, sector bodies and government departments.

The team is an energetic mix of policy consultants, user researchers, content designers, collaboration managers, product managers, cybersecurity experts, and delivery professionals exploring initiatives to help municipalities improve their resilience to cyber threats and deliver the digital public services of the future.

Our program is expanding and we are looking for a Cyber ​​and Digital Policy Advisor to help shape, communicate and realize our ambitions.

We work with a variety of partners, including the National Cyber ​​Security Centre, central government departments and most importantly local councils. You can know more in ourwebsitemiBlog.

Work description

Working closely with the Cyber ​​Policy and Engagement Lead, you will collaborate with stakeholders to help design and deliver key aspects of our cyber program, with a focus onour work to help define a clear cyber standard for councils in England.

This will include:

Plan and lead engagement with councils and other government departments

Build strong relationships between the local government sector and the cyber ecosystem

· Develop options to achieve our objectives: explore challenges, identify and evaluate evidence, analyze problems with the advice of experts and stakeholders, and make recommendations

· Keeping up with developments in the political landscape: developing your own understanding of local government and cybersecurity trends

· Elaboration of internal opinions and contribution to public communications

Matrix management / project leadership

person specification

You don't need IT or technical experience to excel in this role, but you'll be eager to learn about it and engage with the technical community.


· A strong communicator, skilled at working collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment with a wide range of partners

· A demonstrated ability to convey complex topics clearly and accurately, both verbally and in writing

Experience in policy development and/or service design or user-centered design

· Strong analytical and decision-making skills

Interest and enthusiasm in learning about cyber security, cyber threats, and the legislative and political context


· Experience of working closely with central or local government

· Experience in the development of research projects

Experience in matrix management and cross-team work.

benefits offered

  • Learning and development tailored to your role

  • An environment with flexible work options

  • A culture that fosters inclusion and diversity

  • Apublic service pensionwith an average employer contribution of 27%

Details of the selection process

we are for everyone

At DLUHC, we value diversity and inclusion and encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in our workforce. We promote equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and a work environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and victimization.

We strongly recommend that applicants contact their job manager for more information on this position.

we are for everyone

Curriculum vitae and presentation card

We recruit based on your knowledge and skills, not background, gender or ethnicity; this is called blind recruitment.

Remove references to your:

  • title

  • educational institutions

  • age

  • gender

  • Email address

  • Postal Code

  • phone number

  • nationality/immigration status

You will need to merge your resume and cover letter into one document. When submitting your application, Applied will ask you to upload a resume, when doing this you must submit your combined resume and cover letter document.

Most of our campaigns use multiple reviewers, so your post may be seen by different reviewers.

At sift, through your CV and cover letter, we will evaluate:




Keep the following behaviors in mind when writing your cover letter: see the big picture, make effective decisions, and work together. Civil Service Behaviors can be foundhere.

Your cover letter should be no longer than 1 page referencing how you meet the criteria set out in the job description.

The interview will be mixed in nature and will consist of behavior and strengths based questions as stated in the ad. Communication and influence will be tested as an additional behavior in the interview phase. Strengths-based questions will require natural responses from candidates.

In its entirety, the campaign will test the following elements of the success profile:

Experience: Yes. Questions about experience will be based on the essential skills and criteria listed in the job description.

strength: yes

Behaviors: Seeing the big picture, making effective decisions, communicating and influencing, working together

We do not consider direct CV requests; You must apply for this position through the application link under Civil Service Jobs:

Please note that near miss bids may be placed at the bottom tier for applicants who do not meet the qualifying criteria for this campaign.


Transfers in Civil Service from October 4, 2018:

Any change to DLUHC from another employer means you can no longer access child care vouchers. This includes changes between government departments. However, you may be eligible for other government schemes, including tax-free childcare. Determine your eligibility athttps://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

For more information on the benefits available to DLUHC employees, please see the attached candidate packet.

  • Location

  • Birmingham

  • Bristol

  • cambridge

  • Darlington*

  • Leeds

  • Manchester

  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne

  • Nottingham

  • Wolverhampton

There may be opportunities for candidates to work flexibly based on business needs. This will be discussed with the job manager on a case by case basis if you are successful in the position.

*Note: The Darlington Economic Campus is a pioneering new intergovernmental hub that will bring together people from all public departments and organizations to play an active role on the most important economic issues of the day. Campus' work will make a real difference to people in the UK and internationally. There will be significant career opportunities and exciting prospects - a career on Campus means you'll be working in the heart of government, with access to the fantastic benefits and opportunities that public service offers. This role is based on the DLUHC and will join us on campus:

  • His Majesty's Estate

  • International Trade Department

  • Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Office for National Statistics

  • Education deparment

For more information on DEC, please see the attached DEC Candidate Packet.

Selection and interview dates

We'll review applicants as we go, so don't wait until the deadline to submit your application. Interview dates will be confirmed later, all interviews are conducted remotely via video calls.

reserve list

Should we identify more eligible candidates than currently available positions, we will hold the candidate's details on a reserve list for a period of 6 months, after which further appointments may be made. This may include functions at a lower grade. Candidates on a reserve list will be informed accordingly. Due to the length of time that CTC checks can take, our HR Shared Services team will contact reserve list candidates for London positions to initiate CTC checks. Applicants who do not wish to remain on the reserve list should contact Recruit@communities.gov.uk to be removed from the reserve list.


  • The salary for this role is £37,064 (Domestic).

  • For existing public servants, the usual rank transfer and promotion policy will apply and is non-negotiable.

Fixed Term Details

For external candidates - a 23-month fixed-term contract with the possibility of permanence will be offered.

For existing staff, you will have a 23-month loan opportunity. Before you apply for the position, you'll need to get approval from your parent department to accept a loan commitment if successful.

For DLUHC employees: you will keep your existing contract

Before starting your application, it is very important to make sure that you are eligible to apply and meet the civil service nationality requirements. All applicants are expected to read the information provided in the DLUHC applicant packet regarding nationality requirements and rules.

Candidate Pack Information

Please see the attached Candidate Packet for more information.

Internal fraud database

The Internal Fraud function of the Fraud, Error, Debt and Donations Function of the Government Delegation processes the data of officials who have been fired for committing internal fraud or who would have been fired if they had not resigned. The Cabinet Office receives details from participating government organizations of public officials who have been fired, or who would have been fired had they not resigned, for internal fraud. In cases like this, public officials are disqualified for 5 years from other public service jobs. The Cabinet Office then processes this data and releases a limited set of data to the DLUHC as participating government organizations. DLUHC then conducts pre-employment checks to catch cases where known scammers are trying to reapply for public service positions. In this way, the policy is insured and the repetition of internal fraud is avoided.

For more information, see-Internal Fraud Registry

Contact details

Who can candidates contact if they have questions about this vacancy?

emily mayhew

Email address for questions from candidates


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