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Policy Adviser - Data Policy and Ethics

Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport
Contract Type
Public Sector
£32,618 - £38,426
Expiry Date
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) helps to drive growth, enrich lives and promote Britain abroad.

Job Description

Data is the fuel of the digital economy and global trade. Data analysis is driving new business models, supporting innovative technologies like artificial intelligence and improving the way we deliver public services. Advances in data science will help us solve some of the biggest problems facing society, by advancing scientific research and shedding new light on old problems from congestion to cancer treatment.

Data’s importance in our modern digital economy raises big policy questions for government: how can we ensure that the benefits of the UK’s data assets reach the whole of society; do we have fair and productive data markets which support innovation and growth; how do we modernise the way in which our economy works by creating digital identities based on data rather than paperwork; do we have the right legal and ethical frameworks in place to ensure data is used appropriately and keep the public’s trust; and are we as government making the most of the data we hold to deliver better and more efficient public services.

The Data Policy & Governance team at DCMS leads on cross government policy and governance issues to help public sector access and use of data to improve services and decision making.

The team have developed the Data Ethics Framework to encourage and support the ethical use of data in cross-government projects (and beyond). As the lead for the Data Ethics Framework within the Data Policy & Governance team you will work across DCMS, wider government, industry and academia to implement and drive adoption of the Framework, developing compelling case studies for its use, and generating proposals for future iterations.

In addition to developing the Data Ethics Framework,

Key Responsibilities

  • Support iteration and development of the Data Ethics Framework
  • Engage with the cross-government data community and influential external stakeholders to test the framework in live projects and exemplars, generating compelling case studies and developing proposals for further iterations in due course.
  • Coordinate external engagement, including large-scale events and external communications around the framework.
  • Support and build upon the work of the Digital Economy Act team as they work with stakeholders to demonstrate the benefits of the legislation through coordinate campaign activity.
  • Support the development of nascent data policy work and initiatives across government.
  • Extensively engage with departments over new proposals and build strong relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Drafting of data policy briefings and ministerial submissions.
  • Supporting development of a national data strategy.

Knowledge and experience of digital and data policy is desirable

Person specification

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with drive and energy, strong engagement skills and a work ethic that revolves around the team to drive our relationship with stakeholders in the generation of future iterations of the Ethics Framework. The candidate will also show flexibility in supporting the team to develop and achieve domestic policy objectives.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Building capability for all
  • Leading and communicating
  • Changing and improving

You must provide evidence against the following on your application form:

  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Leading and communicating