Senior Policy Officer

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Not disclosed

Salary See description

Updated 1 week ago

Reference 1434256

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for Senior Policy Officer (Northern Ireland) based in Belfast.

Senior Policy Officer (Northern Ireland)

Location: Belfast

£35,013 Per Annum plus pension and excellent benefits

Post ref: AUG20192281

One permanent and one fixed term role until 31 July 2020

Are you interested in privacy and transparency?

Do you think information about people should be protected properly?

Do you have excellent analytical and communication skills?

About the role

ICO’s Belfast office aims to make a positive difference to information rights and plays an important role in influencing important stakeholders in Northern Ireland.  It does this by writing guidance, providing training and producing clear and consistent lines and advice on the legislation regulated by the ICO. Our senior policy officers play a vital role putting all this into practice and, with information rights becoming even more important than before following the strengthening of our data protection laws, they are never far away from the key information rights issues of the day.

About you

The role requires excellent analytical ability and strong communication skills. We need people who can prioritise competing issues and tasks in a very varied workload and contribute effectively as part of a team often with demanding deadlines. Degree educated or equivalent, you will have a strong interest in the information rights landscape. Whilst knowledge of information rights laws would be desirable we would also welcome applications from those who can demonstrate experience of applying similarly complex legislation and the ability to adapt quickly.

Work can include leading day to day engagement with important stakeholders, developing the ICO’s policy positions, producing influential guidance and undertaking projects aimed at developing our information rights laws further. You will need to get to the heart of complex issues at pace developing practical outcomes. You will need to be a clear and confident communicator both with the written and spoken word.

These full time posts (one permanent, one fixed term) are based in our Belfast office but on occasion you may be required to travel throughout Northern Ireland and to our other Regional Offices or our Head Office in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Therefore, your ability to travel and willingness to work outside of normal office hours is essential.

To apply please click the APPLY NOW button below to be directed to our website

Closing date: 23:59, Sunday 1 September 2019

Interviews are expected to be held on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 September 2019 in Belfast.

Please note if you are appointed to work for the ICO you will be required to complete security clearance processes. These include identity and qualification checks and a Basic Disclosure level check of unspent criminal convictions.

We are proud to provide our people with a premium benefits package and we are continually improving the rewards we offer.  Just a few of the rewards available are flexible working hours, flexi leave, a civil service pension and 25 day’s annual leave with extra “privilege” days in addition to normal bank holidays. Please visit for further details.