Home Office seeks leader for Policy and Innovation Lab

Written by Sam Trendall on 3 August 2020 in News
News

Department recruits for individual to apply design principles to solve government challenges

Credit: Pixabay

The Home Office is seeking a head for its Policy and Innovation Lab.

The unit, known as CoLab, aims to take the skills of digital experts – such as service design and user research – and apply them more broadly across government by working with policymakers and delivery professionals.

The role heading up CoLab, which is based at the Home Office’s Croydon location, comes with a salary of up to £75,190.

“You’ll combine a depth of expertise in user-centred design with the breadth of experience needed to use it effectively and pragmatically to solve a wide range of problems,” the department said. “This is an opportunity to lead meaningful design that genuinely shapes people’s lives, while building an exemplar for fresh, collaborative ways of working in a large, complex organisation.”


Related content


In addition to overseeing the work of the team and setting its overall strategy, the new head will be expected to “increase the visibility and build the reputation of CoLab across the Home Office, wider government and beyond”.

The leader will be tasked with finding the right policy and delivery projects on which to work, and building relationships with external parties – with the goal of “creating advocates for CoLab and its approach”.

“CoLab was set up to draw together elements of service design, design research and lean UX, and apply them to diverse policy and operational challenges from across the Home Office in order to achieve better outcomes,” the Home Office said. “It’s a small team of designers, researchers and technologists, that collaborates closely with Home Office subject matter experts and practitioners from a wide variety of other disciplines.”

In addition to a range of technical design and development skills, candidates must possess experience of leading multidisciplinary teams. 

Also required is experience of “considering and working with the different materials of products and services, including policy, processes, people, technology or infrastructure, front or backstage, across any channel or touchpoint”.

Applicants will also be expected to show evidence of “designing evidence-based solutions… while working creatively within constraints”.

To apply for the role, candidates must submit a CV and a personal statement of up to 750 words before the deadline of 11.55pm on 30 August.

 

About the author

Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology

Share this page

Tags

Categories

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS

Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

Related Sponsored Articles

Email security incidents happen every 12 hours – it’s time to close the gap in Microsoft 365
21 January 2021

The remote-first world has seen email being relied on more than ever as a core communication mechanism - but with 93% of IT leaders acknowledging a risk to sensitive data, what steps should be...

Remote working opened the doors to cyberattack and data breach risks – we can close them
8 December 2020

In 2020 public sector organisations have been tested to a degree never experienced before. According to CrowdStrike, increasing cybersecurity attacks are an additional complication they must...

Are You Ready for the Future of Cyber Security?
15 January 2021

2020 was a cyber security wake up call for many organisations. Attempting to provide secure remote access and device flexibility quickly exposed the flaws in legacy systems and processes. As we...