Senior Policy Analyst

Job Description

Do you want to produce high quality statistics that respond directly to the needs of the Cabinet Office? Tasked with improving outcomes data on disability, we are seeking someone to develop innovative products that improve access to data and identify and address gaps in evidence.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK’s National Statistical Institute and largest producer of official statistics; producing statistics on a range of key economic, social and demographic topics. Based within the Health and Life Events (HALE) Division, you will contribute to our vision of improving decision-making and informing debate through high-quality, easy-to-use statistics and analysis.

As a member of the Census, Lifecourse and Disability team, this post seeks a self-starter who is confident in working with data and statistical analysis. The role focuses on working closely with the Cabinet Office to deliver on their request for a ‘disability dashboard’ and to improve the evidence base on disability outcomes. Other tasks include influencing Census 2021 design and analysis plans, undertaking new longitudinal analysis and establishing new stakeholder groups to improve access and coherence of data on disability across the UK. The successful applicant will work closely with different areas of the office, including the Sustainable Development Goals and Inequalities Teams to help design and produce outputs which meet the needs of some of ONS’ most influential policy making stakeholders. Working alongside the harmonisation team, you will also be involved in developing and improving disability measures, and harmonised data outputs that improve UK data quality on disability issues.

You will be expected to work flexibly and at times on your own initiative to produce quality work, often to tight deadlines. You will also be expected to communicate with stakeholders in other government departments, the wider public sector, think-tanks and academics. This will include occasional travel.

Job description
• Working with ONS and other government departments to explore and develop and maintain a ‘disability dashboard’ that meets the needs of stakeholders.
• Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders across government, health data providers, academics and the third sector.
• Conduct new analysis and publish evidence to shine a light on the experiences of disabled people across the lifecourse.
• This post does not currently manage staff, although matrix management and team leadership across wider ONS teams are possible.
• Working independently as well as flexibly across wider teams.

Person Specification:

• Readily seek and analyse data to ensure decisions are made on the best evidence available.
• Have experience of analysing data, identifying trends and able to use this to make decisions and to make recommendations for the best course of action to meet business requirements and goals.
• Communicate confidently both in writing and in person in order to effectively engage with stakeholders. You will have the ability to tailor your communication style to your audience and simplify complexities so that others understand.
• Have a curiosity about the data you work with, and a desire to understand the data in its wider context of government policy.

You should have one of the following;

• A first or second class honors degree in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography Data Science or similar); or

• A higher degree, e.g. an MSc or PhD, in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Data Science, Psychology, Geography or similar) or

  • • Applications from candidates who do not have a degree are welcomed, but they must demonstrate that they have worked in a statistics/data science related field. Candidates will be required to demonstrate their continuous professional development (via a CPD Log Book) in statistics/data science to demonstrate knowledge at the same level as a foundation degree/HND (Level 5).

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Acquiring Data/ Understanding customer needs effectively
  • Data Analysis
  • Presenting and Disseminating Data

As well as a competitive salary, you’ll enjoy:
• Good work-life balance – working options include flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm;
• Highly competitive contributory Civil Service Pension;
• Generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service in addition to public holidays;
• Career development and progression – Career pathway options such as apprenticeships and recognised qualifications for a variety of professions are available;
• Strong ethos of equality and diversity;
• Up to 3 days paid leave per year for voluntary opportunities;
• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and statutory paternity leave of 2 weeks plus an additional week of departmental paternity leave all at full pay;
• Free onsite car parking in Newport and Fareham;
• Cycle to work scheme

Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Assessment at application stage will be based on your CV and personal statement. Your CV should be tailored to demonstrate any skills, knowledge and experience that are relevant to the content of the role.

Your personal statement should be no longer than 1250 words. You should use this space to provide evidence for each essential criteria within the person specification. As the criteria are scored, we would recommend that you give clear examples for each including the impact of your actions. Success Profiles Behaviour examples are not required at this stage.

In cases where there is a high number of applications the sift pass mark may be adjusted and candidates will be invited to interview in merit order, i.e. those scoring the highest.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the new Civil Service Success Profiles, where you’ll be assessed against all of the behaviours outlined in the advert.

In certain circumstances, interviews may be conducted by Video Conference.

A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

Sift: 03/10/2019
Interviews: W/C 14/10/2019

For the full terms and conditions of the post, please see attachment.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants
Job contact :
Name : Helen R Colvin
Email :
Recruitment team :
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Further information
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Paul Cudmore, Office for National Statistics, Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8XG. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at

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