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Office for Communications Data Authorisations - Authorising Officer

Contract Type
Public Sector
Birmingham, Manchester
£23,330 - £26,831 + 18% AHA
Expiry Date
We are currently recruiting for Authorising Officers to join the Office for Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA) which is a new organisation taking up its powers in April 2019

Job Description


We are looking for people who are highly organised, with excellent attention to detail and the ability to work in a team. Your role will be to make decisions on whether to authorise applications for communications data. This will mean examining large amounts of information on a case–by-case basis so that you can make considered, timely and objective decisions based on the facts available. This is a vital aspect of the role as communications data supports or disproves alibis and identifies any links that may exist between suspects and a crime scene. Sometimes it is the only way to identify offenders, particularly where offences are committed online, such as child sexual exploitation or fraud. 

Due to the nature of this work, high levels of discretion will be expected from successful candidates. Work will be completed on a shift pattern basis between the hours of 0700-2200, including some weekends. Over time the shift patterns may change if the operational hours of the organisation are changed. 

Full training and a decision-making framework will be given because you will need to interpret sometimes complex legislation within a defined decision-making framework. 

Further support will be available from Team Leaders and others with operational experience and you will have access to welfare services should you be affected by any investigatory material. 

What we can offer 

Although working for OCDA, staff will be part of the Home Office so will have a competitive salary, interesting work and other benefits offered to Home Office staff. We will give you all the learning and development, mentoring and support (including welfare support) that you need to deliver in this role. If you are looking for the opportunity to participate in a first-class learning and development programme, gain valuable experience working within a legal framework on complex cases and experience working within the Civil Service, it is the ideal environment for you. 

Standard travel and subsistence rates will apply for any work-related travel and training. 

PLEASE NOTE-there are a mixture of permanent and fixed term appointments available. Actual numbers for FTA and permanent roles are unconfirmed, candidates should express their preference in their statement of suitability. Preferences will be considered although not guaranteed. Fixed term appointment roles are available to help with a temporary increase in work. 

For full person specification please refer to Candidate Information Pack available on CS Jobs website. 

Closing date: 19th August 2018.