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Policy Adviser - Open Government Data Policy and Governance

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 UK is committed to Open Government, and is seen as a world leader internationally in providing access to information, civic participation, public accountability, and harnessing the power of technology and innovation to achieve reform. The UK was a founding member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an international organisation formed in 2011 to promote transparency, open government and citizen participation globally.

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 also lead on the OGP agenda on behalf of the UK Government. Our role is to lead Government’s efforts to ensure the UK maintains its position of leadership in driving government to become more transparent, more accountable, and more responsive to citizens.

In addition to the OGP work, the position will also provide support and engagement to the wider work around government data policy, including current areas such as improving understanding of data held, and initiatives to improve data quality across government.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support delivery of the 4th OGP National Action Plan, ensuring appropriate governance structures are in place, stimulating dialogue between Government and civil society, and communicating regularly on progress against commitments.
  • Act as the UK Government’s official-level Point of Contact for the Open Government Partnership, and represent UK Government at OGP events (including internationally).
  • Act as the UK Government’s point of contact for the Open Government Network, and liaise with international organisations and NGOs to communicate the UK’s progress against objectives.
  • Provide ministerial and stakeholder briefings on the UK’s position and standing across a number of international league tables, and coordinate activity to ensure that survey responses and reports accurately reflect the UK’s world leading position in Open Government.
  • 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 international Civil Society organisations, maintain the UK's position as a global leader in data, and support the team in developing and achieving domestic policy objectives.


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

  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Delivering value for money
  • Leading and communicating
  • Seeing the big picture

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

  • Delivering value for money
  • Leading and communicating