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We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.
Would you like to work as part of a small, dynamic team on a high priority policy issue?
Could you inspire and support different teams, both inside and outside of Government to collaborate in order to deliver a stretching project?
We are seeking an exceptional individual who enjoys applying creative thinking and has an interest in diverse policy areas to lead a new team to take forward an exciting cross-cutting project.
If this sounds like you then we’d love to hear from you!
The Government’s Loneliness Strategy was launched in October 2018. Establishing tackling loneliness as a major Government priority, it seeks to bring together Government Departments and other organisations in the public, private civil and voluntary sectors in developing a more connected society. It is recognised that the impact of restrictions on movement as a result of COVID have deepened or widened the impact of loneliness for many individuals, but it has also increased public awareness of the problem.
As one of five central government departments with a designated Minister with responsibility for Loneliness, the Department of Transport has a key role to play. The Department has funding for an innovative project that will pilot new schemes for tackling loneliness. The main aims of this project are to:
• Establish, fund and evaluate pilots trialling a number of innovative transport-related interventions to improve our understanding of the problem of loneliness, and potential solutions to help overcome it, and strengthen the publicly available evidence base
• Create a publicly available toolkit of best practice for transport-related schemes that help reduce loneliness, and
• Maximise the opportunity for collaborative cross-sectoral working in supporting related Government priorities and other social and economic issues.
You will be leading a new team based within the Local Transport Directorate. You will be reporting to the Deputy Director for the Accessible and Inclusive Travel Division. The team will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the project, engaging with key delivery partners in the design and testing of the initial version of the toolkit, and – crucially – working with key stakeholders both within government and beyond to maximise the effectiveness of the product and its value amongst potential users.
You will also lead on generating interest from stakeholders within the transport, local government, and civil society sectors, to identify and develop potential candidates for local pilot schemes. As evaluation will be integral to measuring the success of the toolkit and the pilot schemes, you will be working closely with others to develop success criteria for the pilots, together with the process for monitoring progress and evaluating findings.
Your role responsibilities will include:
• Overall day to day management of the project, leading a small team through the establishment of key milestones and reporting to senior officials with oversight for the project;
• Shaping the direction of the project and advising on overcoming issues and making recommendations to senior officials in conjunction with an advisory panel;
• Establishing, leading and maintaining constructive relationships with stakeholders within government and beyond;
• Leading policy teams, designers and other internal and external stakeholders in producing, testing and publicising a best practice toolkit, including agreeing deadlines and specifications;
• Developing and maintaining strong internal and external communications in conjunction with communication colleagues, ensuring that these are aligned with other key policy and delivery partners;
• Leading discussions with potential delivery partners across multiple sectors to identify candidates for pilot schemes;
• Leading on cross-cutting work with relevant teams across Government in developing other aspects of pilot initiation and operation, including financial and data sharing arrangements;
• Providing high quality advice to brief and influence Ministers and senior officials, including when preparing reports to HM Treasury and engaging with other central government departments;
• Line management of 1 x SEO.
You will be an innovative and creative thinker who has the ability to lead and shape the direction of this high profile project. You will have excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing, with the ability to adapt your delivery to suit a wide variety of audiences, maximising both impact and understanding. You are someone who gains rapport quickly with others as you build effective working relationships with both colleagues and stakeholders.
You will have confidence in your ability to come in and make a real impact within our team where you will lead from the front and drive those around you to achieve the same shared objectives. You will have excellent organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple and often conflicting priorities to time and of a high standard. You are someone who is not afraid to challenge, and who can push back to our stakeholders where necessary in managing their expectations.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.
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Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.
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The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
How to apply:
When considering your experience, please tailor your CV to provide evidence of when you have:
• shown leadership on a project or task, outlining how your actions personally made a difference to the team and outcomes
• prioritised your work (or the work of your team) to successfully deliver a complex piece of work, and
• used project or programme management skills to deliver against agreed timelines
The sift is due to take place 04/05/21.
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held between w/c 17/05/21.
This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview and written exercise
You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.
The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.
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This job is broadly open to the following groups:
- UK nationals
- nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
- nationals of the Republic of Ireland
- nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
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- certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
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