Policy Lead - Online Harm, Terrorism and Incitement, Open to flexible working

6 days left

London Cardiff, Birmingham, Bristol
16 Sep 2020
29 Sep 2020
Contract Type

Policy Lead - Online Harm, Terrorism and Incitement
Any Ofcom regional office (including London, Birmingham, Cardiff or Bristol)

Team Overview

Ofcom has been protecting audiences from harmful content across traditional broadcast media for many years, and as viewers and services increasingly move online, a key part of our work is to consider the challenges this poses. This is an exciting time to join us, to work in an innovative new team leading on video-sharing platform (VSP) regulation and any future responsibilities Ofcom may be given regarding regulation of harmful and illegal content online.

Purpose of the Role

This exciting new role has been created to help develop Ofcom’s approach to online regulation, with a specific focus on its approach to Terrorism, Online Hate and Incitement.

You will have an excellent understanding of the nature of online hate, terrorism and harm and draw on your experience and expertise to inform new online standards and develop innovative regulatory approaches to assessing, measuring and enforcing compliance. A key part of this work is to understand the challenges for regulation in a fast-changing world of digital and technology innovation. You will be part of Ofcom’s broader online programme of work as it contributes to the live policy debates around online harms.

What you’ll bring to the role:

  • Subject matter expertise in the nature of online hate and terrorism harm with experience of developing strategies and policies
  • A genuine desire to be part of something bigger than yourself, to make a difference and be part of creating a legacy
  • A love of the opportunity to continuously collaborate, share information and support colleagues and partners
  • The ability to understand others’ points of view, to walk in their shoes and keep our consumers at the heart of your work
  • A natural passion to distil complicated messages into a simple form that engages and influences people
  • The ability to take decisive action after assessing options against varied criteria and be confident in your approach
  • A desire to build proactive, successful relationships and a natural interest in understanding others’ drivers, needs and expectations, truly respecting and valuing a diverse range of opinions
  • A love of thinking big! Curious about the broader context, with the ability to learn quickly and continually develop
  • Motivated by seeing the benefits of change, with a desire to be involved in bringing about change with a determination to overcome obstacles and get stuck in!
  • The ability to be flexible in a continually changing environment and evolving business objectives
  • Sound political awareness and an understanding of Ofcom’s role in policy building
  • Proven analytical policy skills with the ability to frame and analyse a problem, and to identify the merits of different approaches and interventions
  • Knowledge of the online technology industry, business models and commercial drivers (Desirable)

Further Information

Diversity and Inclusion

Ofcom is a forward-thinking, inclusive employer and recognises the value of diversity to truly “make communications work for everyone”. We are a Disability Confident employer, ranked among the Times’ Top 50 UK employers for women 2020 and a Race at Work Charter signatory. We partner with a wide range of organisations to ensure that we are guided by best practice on inclusion and diversity: we are a Stonewall Diversity Champion, members of the Business Disability Forum, Business in the Community for age, gender and ethnicity and Carers UK. We have a range of colleague diversity networks to support our colleagues and our organisational diversity and inclusion programme.

We have an agile working model allowing us to have a location-neutral approach to filling our roles. We also support flexible ways of working, wherever possible. Our colleagues are free to move around all our offices, enabling them to work alongside and collaborate with other teams and groups. These initiatives help Ofcom colleagues to work flexibly in way that supports them.

The closing date for this role is the 29th September 2020.

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Other organisations may call this role Senior Policy Advisor, Senior Policy Analyst, Cyber Policy Lead, Online Policy Lead, Lead Digital Policy Advisor, Online Harm Advisor, Online Terrorism Advisor, or Online Incitement Advisor.