Job title: EO policy advisor (Multiple Roles)
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Salary type: Annual
Salary: Negotiable
Location: London
Job published: 13-01-2021
Job ID: 35316
Contact name: Cristina Iniguez
Phone number: 03333070616
Contact email:

Job Description

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EO policy advisor (Multiple Roles)

Salary: £24,827 - Permanent

We are recruiting for 2 posts in the Funding Policy Design Division, with specific responsibility for:

  • Future Funding Policy Adviser (x2): The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will help to level up and create opportunity across the UK in places most in need, such as ex-industrial areas, deprived towns and rural and coastal communities, and for people who face labour market barriers. As an Executive Officer your role will supporting the policy development of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund by producing high quality, well-evidenced technical work to support policy design and delivery; contributing to the team culture and ways of working; engaging key stakeholders to advance policy development and facilitating good governance of the project within the department and across Government.

The Funding Policy Design division leads the development of funding programmes in support of local growth across the UK. The team is responsible for the European Regional Development Fund, the design of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, as the successor to EU structural funds, and the Levelling Up Fund announced at the 2020 Spending Review.
We work closely with a wide range of senior stakeholders across government, including HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office, as well as the Devolved Administrations, local leaders across the country, and senior external experts (such as think tanks and academics). Our relationships with the Unit’s Funding Delivery and regional teams are critical to ensuring policy design and delivery are joined up and local intelligence is fed into central policy development.

We are recruiting for up to 2 posts within the Regeneration and Urban Policy Division, with specific responsibility for:

  • Commercial property: The successful candidate(s) will work on measures to support businesses during the pandemic and on the recently announced review of the commercial property legislation
  • Regeneration investment and financing: The successful candidate(s) will work on Freeports policy as well as how local authorities invest in and develop regeneration projects

The purpose of the division is to develop, implement and influence policy that promotes the development of and investment in regeneration and future-proofed mixed-use places. It covers high streets, town and city centre policy; commercial property and private sector investment; and the policy/financing of area-based regeneration projects.

We are recruiting for 2 posts in the Funding Delivery Division, with specific responsibility for:

  • Funding Delivery Policy Advisor (x2): Main tasks will include: supporting the assessment of proposals from selected towns; supporting Ministerial announcements and drafting briefings; engaging with local government, local area teams and other local stakeholders through various channels; and administrative support on board, project and team meetings. Some prior experience of project delivery is ideal, with some experience of regeneration policy/delivery or a commercial background being highly desirable.



The Funding Delivery Division is responsible for establishing, delivering and ongoing management and assurance of all CLGU funding programmes and deals. This includes: the Towns Fund, including 101 Town Deals and the Future High Streets competition; City and Growth Deals in the Devolved Administrations; the Local Growth Fund, including the new Getting Building Fund; and Business Grant Funds as part of the government’s Covid-19 response.

The roles will be working within the Towns Fund team. The Towns Fund team is responsible for delivering a £3.6 billion funding programme to support towns that currently do not have the right conditions to develop and sustain strong local economies. It aims to provide a selection of struggling towns across England with funding to address issues such as ageing populations, limited regional economic opportunities and lack of investment. The programme is reaching an exciting phase where places across the country are beginning to submit their plans to us on how they will spend the funding and what it will achieve in their local area.

We are recruiting for 1 post in the Institutions, Engagement and Operations Division, with specific responsibility for:

  • PMO Officer: There is scope for the role to be developed around your interests and strengths, but will require: leading on Unit wide weekly and monthly reporting; supporting the PMO Lead on improving risk management across the Unit; supporting the PMO and providing secretariat for cross cutting policy and governance meetings; supporting the PMO with other regular commissions, working with team to ensure accurate and appropriate information is captured; and promoting the work of the PMO across the unit and building networks across the Unit to encourage collaborative working.

The Institutions, Engagement and Operations division is the engine room for policy delivery and operations across the Cities and Local Growth Unit to empower economic growth in places. We work closely with HMT, local partners in Mayoral Combined Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and local authorities and other government departments.
We are the central policy team responsible for stewardship and delivery of reforms to local economic institutions; convening policy conversations between policymakers and local partners to shape government policy to better meet local need; and business & programme management, briefing and stakeholder management

Desirable skills for the roles include:

  • Enthusiasm for working within a team to deliver shared objectives
  • A passion for driving economic growth across all parts of the country, with expertise in economic growth policy
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to deliver high quality work to requirements at pace, responding positively


For The PMO Officer Role

  • Project or programme management experience
  • Good PowerPoint and Excel proficiency


***Applications and online assessments must be submitted by 11:55pm on Wednesday 27th January 2021