Vacancy: short term Policy Officer post based at Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons, supporting the UK’s National Preventative Mechanism

Vacancy: short term Policy Officer post based at Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons, supporting the UK’s National Preventative Mechanism

It is hoped to be able to recruit for the permanent post externally, but at present we would like to find someone to fill the post temporarily. We hope to offer a six month contract for the temporary post and for this to be paid at £29,495 annual salary pro rata.

We need someone who is available to start as soon as possible to be based in our office in London, preferably full time, and has the right to work in the UK. They would need to go through a basic security vetting.

The role supports both policy work at HMIP and the coordination of the NPM and sits in HMIP’s secretariat. We need someone who would hit the ground running. It’s an interesting post for someone looking to work on detention issues and policy, and requires good analytical and organisational skills.  More details below.

Send a CV and a brief letter setting out their interest and experience to


HM Inspectorate of Prisons Policy Officer
Job Description

Duties will include:
Monitoring and tracking policy and legislative processes to ensure the Chief Inspector and HMIP colleagues are briefed on relevant developments.
Providing policy support to the Chief Inspector, Senior Policy Officer and HMIP, including supporting and drafting briefing papers, consultation responses and ad hoc requests.
Organising NPM meetings (including bi-annual business meetings and quarterly steering group meetings) and supporting NPM governance.
Contributing to NPM coordination tasks (including research and policy projects, NPM self assessment, preparing training materials and factsheets and updating NPM website).
Supporting the work of HMI Prisons’ Secretariat.

Skills & Qualifications

You will be required to have:

Experience of applying research and analysis in a policy context.
Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
Excellent organisational skills, including planning and organising multi-stakeholder meetings.
Attention to detail and ability to prioritise, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
Proven experience and understanding of criminal justice and/or detention-related issues.
Interest in and commitment to strengthening human rights protections and preventing ill treatment in detention.
Demonstrable understanding of working independently of government.
Experience of working with Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint.

Also highly desirable:
Understanding of legislative processes.
Awareness and understanding of human rights.
Experience of working with coalitions and multi-stakeholder bodies.

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