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A great opportunity has come about to join the Policy team on secondment for up to 12 months. The Policy Team provides a flexible resource and capacity to take forward the strategic priorities of the CSB and Cabinet as set out in the Borough Plan.

This is a politically sensitive and high profile role where you will be able to hone your relationship building skills, political nous, stakeholder engagement and strategy development skills. It would provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience and exposure to the corporate centre, CSB, Members and partner organisations to support your career development and be involved in key priority agendas for the Council such as Community Safety, Equalities, the Borough Plan, Voluntary and Community Sector and Scrutiny.

Main Duties / Accountabilities

  • To conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis as a basis for evidence-based strategy development, performance management and commissioning.
  • To undertake projects ensuring rigorous research and consultation methodologies are followed, that the research and analysis supports the project objectives and that conclusions are well developed and recommendations add significant value to existing Council practices or services.
  • To support the development, implementation and monitoring of the corporate plan and other corporate strategies as determined by the Head of Policy
  • To manage the allocated programme of policy projects and scrutiny reviews
  • To develop constructive working relationships with Members, Council staff, and other external parties so that the policy function is able to add value to the council’s overall policy and service improvement function.
  • To scan and influence the policy environment
  • To be an expert on corporate policy and scrutiny issues by developing and engaging with networks with other practitioners and maintaining information on best practice, procedures and processes, and local and central government initiatives.

Experience and knowledge required is:

  • Understanding of the purpose of the scrutiny function
  • Expert knowledge of local government policy and performance environment
  • Expert knowledge of research methodologies
  • Understanding of the Harrow community
  • Managing effective working relationships in a political environment
  • Working with councillors and senior managers
  • Managing and conducting research projects
  • Maintenance of ongoing policy expertise briefing materials for councillors/managers or similar
  • Managing a committee work programme

For more information, please refer to the Role Profile/Selection Criteria or contact Rachel Gapp – Head of Policy on or Mark Gwynne at

Closing date for applications is 24th August 2020.

Interviews w/c 7th September 2020.


We particularly welcome female applicants, individuals under 25 years of age, those from the BAME community, LGBT applicants and disabled applicants, as they are under-represented within Harrow Council at this level. Appointment will always, however be made on merit.

Role Profile/Selection Criteria

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