13 Sep

Counter Extremism Intelligence Development Officer Jobs Vacancy at Department For Education London

Counter Extremism Intelligence Development Officer
Department For Education
London ENG
13 Sep, 2017 30+ days ago

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Counter Extremism Intelligence Development Officer Jobs Vacancy at Department For Education London Jobs Details:

The Department for Education (DfE) plays a crucial role in the government-wide strategy to prevent extremism. All children deserve to be protected from harm, receive the best education possible and be prepared for adult life. The role of the Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Division (DDCED) is to ensure extremism has no place in the education system and that children and young people are protected from exposure to extremists and extremist messages.

The Operations Unit within DDCED is responsible for investigating allegations of extremism within schools and further education settings in England. The threshold of interest and investigation is based on the Government’s definition of extremism and tends to be lower than the threshold for criminal investigations undertaken by the Police Service and Security Service partners.

DDCED’s investigations are broadly split into cases and leads. Cases are allegations where there is a clear indication of extremism. Leads are where the allegation contains factors that could be indicative of extremism, but further intelligence development is required to identify whether extremism is believed to actually be present or not.

The IDO will have 3 core responsibilities:
1. To receive, assess and develop new information and allegations that come through the Single Point of Entry (SPOE) function, including allegations of extremism, safeguarding concerns and requests for due diligence research in support of free school applications, independent school applications and ad hoc checks to support the wider Department, ensuring that enquiries and requests for information are dealt with in a timely fashion and that service level agreements are met.

2. Undertake high quality research and stakeholder engagement to develop a Lead allegation. This will typically involve conducting research and open source checks, developing the intelligence by engaging with stakeholders and making an assessment on what should happen next.

3. Where the allegation has a clear indication of extremism a Case is opened and investigated by the Counter Extremism Investigators (CEI’s). An IDO will be assigned to a Case to support the CEI’s through the provision of high quality research and intelligence development. This support might also include assist in witness interviews to gather evidence in support of a Case.

Crucial to the work of the team is working with partners, such as the;

• Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)

• Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

• Independent Education Division (IED)

• The National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL)

• Regional School Commissioners (RSCs)

• Head Teachers

• Designated school safeguarding leads

• The Police Service and those within local authorities responsible for Prevent (the government’s counter-terrorism strategy) or the safeguarding of children.

The RAD Team also engages and works with Counter Terrorism (CT) partners including the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) and CT police network to provide intelligence development support to investigations in education and children’s services provision.

The work of the RAD Team is varied and fast-paced. The role will suit someone that is agile and who can work flexibly to support the changing demands which can include anything from drafting briefing to Ministers on current investigations, to preparing metric reports for senior officials or responding to an urgent CE helpline call and undertaking quick time research to support an Investigator. The RAD team is also the single point of contact for emergency response for crisis incidents relating to extremism or terrorism activity impacting children, young people and educational establishments.

Key Responsibilities

Role holders will embody the Civil Service Code, 4 Ps and values as wells as the Civil Service Leadership Statement and have a keen sense of how ministers operate and understand how their work fits into the bigger picture. Duties and responsibilities will vary over time and role holders will need to be adaptable and resilient, ready to undertake a diverse range of tasks and activities.

The key responsibilities of the Counter Extremism Intelligence Development Officer are grouped under the three IFD priorities of; corporate improvement, people and business (operational) delivery and include the following:

Operational Delivery

• Assess and evaluate information to determine its intelligence potential, explore options and suggest a course of action(s).

• Ensure information is recorded (created and updated) on internal systems in accordance with legislation and DDCED information management guidance.

• Undertake checks and research in support of the Single Point of Entry function, including conducting due diligence on Free School and Independent School checks.

• Investigate allocated Leads ensuring that all actions comply with minimum common standards and are within regulatory and procedural boundaries.

• Conduct systematic research and analysis of open and closed sources to determine intelligence potential and inform decision-making, risk management and proposed course of action.

• Reassess risk and vulnerability in relation to children being exposed to extremism when new information is received.

• Manage, organise and prioritise own workload to ensure that work objectives and outcomes are delivered on time and to quality ensuring both internal and external expectations are met.

• Receive and deal with incoming calls via the confidential Counter Extremism Helpline, gathering sufficient information to respond and action as efficiently and appropriately as possible.

• Assist other grades produce updates and briefings for relevant parties on the progress of investigations and other issues, including draft responses to; Freedom of Information (FoI) requests; Parliamentary Questions (PQs); submissions; lines to take as well as situation reports.

• Support the Investigations Team with research and ad hoc requests

• From time to time, lead on specific elements of the team’s / IT’s work ensuring that tasks and actions are delivered.

• Use and apply project management techniques to support the team’s / IT’s work and objectives.

Corporate Improvement

• Work collaboratively with internal / external agencies and partners to better develop and analyse intelligence to help investigate, intervene and disrupt extremism.

• Liaise with customers and stakeholders using a range of communication methods to set out messages and information clearly and accurately so that stakeholders understand the Department’s vision along with the Division and IT’s purpose, priorities, objectives and policies.

• Support the improvement of Division & IT procedures, systems and processes.

• Take personal responsibility for developing own learning, development and Continuing Professional Development (CPD), keeping up-to-date with all policy, procedural and regulatory developments and making full use of all available learning opportunities.

• Attend and represent Division / IT at internal / external partner meetings, forums and events.


• Arrange, prepare and participate in management and team meetings, briefings (Daily Intelligence Meeting (DIM); Weekly Investigations Meeting (WIM) and the Vulnerability Case Management (VCM) monthly conference) and training events.

Although key responsibilities of the role are set out above, a flexible approach to work is essential. The role holder may be required to adapt the above responsibilities to take account of changes to Division / Operations Unit priorities or working practices.

Role Competencies

The role specific competencies are grouped under the three high level clusters detailed in the Civil Service Competency Framework (2015 - 2017) that every civil servant is expected to model:

• setting direction

• engaging people

• delivering results

Within these high level clusters, the role holder should be able to demonstrate the six essential competencies. The competencies most relevant to this role are summarised below and set out in full in the Civil Service Competency Framework (2015 - 2017) document. For each competency there is a description of what it means in practice and examples of the type of behaviours expected of a Counter Extremism Intelligence Development Officer.

Setting Direction

Making Effective Decisions

o Examine complex information and obtain further information to make accurate decisions

o Explain clearly, verbally and in writing, how a decision has been reached

Seeing the Big Picture

o Focus on the overall goal and intent of what they are trying to achieve, not just the task

o Take an active interest in expanding their knowledge of areas related to own role

Engaging People

Collaborating and Partnering

1.1 Actively encourage team working, changing ways of working to facilitate collaboration for the benefit of the team’s work

1.2 Proactively seek information, resources and support from others outside own immediate team in order to help achieve results

Delivering Results

Managing a Quality Service

o Ensure delivery of professional excellence and expertise

o Promote adherence to relevant policies, procedures, regulations and legislation, including security, equality and diversity and health and safety

Delivering at Pace

o Create regular reviews of what and who is required to make a project/activity successful and make ongoing improvements

o Take ownership of problems in their own area of responsibility

o Remain positive and focused on achieving outcomes despite setbacks

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Essential qualifications and experience for this role include:

• Proven ability to gather and collate information, create and maintain accurate records.

• Experience of maintaining and interrogating computerised systems.

• Ability to assimilate large volumes of information and produce succinct reports

Desirable qualifications and experience for this role include (Role holders without the following can expect to develop these when in post):

• Working in either a regulatory, counter extremism / terrorism or law enforcement environment.

• Open source research experience/qualifications

• Working in an investigative or intelligence research environment.

Essential knowledge and skills relevant to this role include:
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

• Good interpersonal skills.

• Ability to analyse and interpret material / information, apply judgement and make recommendations.

• Competent IT skills including Microsoft suite of packages

Desirable knowledge and skills relevant to this role include (Role holders without the below can expect to develop these when in post):

• Intelligence research skills
• Open source research skills
• Ability to handle difficult and sensitive conversations
• Risk assessment techniques
• Presentation skills
• Up-to-date knowledge of law, regulations and procedures including but limited to:
• Education Regulatory Framework
• Keeping Children Safe in Education
• Independent School Standards
• Safeguarding in Schools
• DDCED Investigations Team Vulnerability Case Management (VCM) System
• Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998
• HMG - Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST)
• HMG - Counter Extremism Strategy
• The Prevent Duty
• Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000
• Police and Criminal Evidence (PACE) Act 1984
• Criminal Procedure & Investigation Act (CPIA) 1996
• Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA) 1988
• Rules of Evidence & Disclosure
• Equality & Human Rights
• Computer Misuse Act 1990
• Achieving Best Evidence (ABE)
We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
Making effective decisions

Seeing the big picture

Collaborating and partnering

Managing a quality service

Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework Benefits Pensions Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

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