Head of Policy and Commissioning x2
MOPAC Grade 2: £76,071
Vacancy Description
Job reference number: MOPAC HPC
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £76,071-85,425 per annum
Grade: 2
Closing date: Sunday 1st September 2019 at 23:59 GMT
Interview date: To be held during September/October 2019
Do you have a passion to make London safer, reducing crime and therefore improving the lives of the people who live, work and study here? 
Do you have experience leading commissioning programmes, ensuring the effective use of evidence and putting in place services that can demonstrate value for money and good outcomes?
Do you enjoy bringing people together to make a positive difference?
Would you like to put in place new services and innovation to meet the needs of Londoners, be addressing victimisation and offending behaviour?
Do you recognise the disproportionate impact of crime on specific places, communities and individuals in London, and want to address this?


London is the greatest city in the world, but for too many Londoners, crime is a part of their everyday reality. We are focused on tackling and reducing crime and making London a safer city for all.


MOPAC is recruiting two Heads’ of Policy and Commissioning within the Criminal Justice Commissioning Directorate to lead MOPAC’s significant commissioning programme which focuses on delivering the Police and Crime Plan. These two posts will responsible for over 40 staff members, over 45 existing contract and grant arrangements, the continued development of MOPAC’s strategic approach to commissioning, strategy policy development and the effective spend of a £68 million annual commissioning budget.


The directorate works with a range of partners from local authorities, police and voluntary sector organisations to develop effective new strategies, policies and commissioning approaches, maintains funding for programmes/services that work and test innovative new ways of working to reduce crime. In the last 4 years we have increased our commissioning budget by over £25 million per annum, developed and implemented knife crime and Violence Against Women and Girls strategies, put in place innovative new services such as the pan London Integrated Victims and Witness Service, alongside bespoke programmes such as GPS tagging of knife crime offenders, pathfinder programme in a London prison to reduce violence and a new service called ‘The Lighthouse’ in Camden which provides service to youth victims of sexual abuse.


The directorate will continue to deliver an exciting and effective programme of work, through informed partnerships and a strong evidence base, developing readiness for the Mayoral election in 2020.


The Head of Policy and Commissioning will be expected to work strategically, collaboratively and build constructive relationships across all criminal justice partners and voluntary sector agencies, as well as with prospective providers, external partners and stakeholders to. The postholders will be providing strong leadership within the directorate, MOPAC, GLA and wider criminal justice organisations, managing and developing staff, sustaining high performing teams and able to be flexible in a fast-paced political environment. The postholders will be expected to ensure a strong programme of performance and budget management, supporting excellent contract management principles as well as internal governance to ensure continuous improvement and value for money.  The postholder will work with the Director of Criminal Justice Commissioning to deliver the Police and Crime Plan to a high standard. 

Please click here to view the job description for Head of Policy and Commissioning


London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.


Want to find out what it’s really like to work at City Hall?


Read our interview with Samantha Cunningham (Director of Criminal Justice Commissioning), Ruth Bloomfield (Acting Senior Policy and Commissioning Manager) and Aisha Graham-Sharif (Programme Manager).


Open Evening


We held open evenings for interested applicants to meet existing staff and ask them questions and learn more about MOPAC and the work of the Criminal Justice Commissioning Directorate.

Monday 19 August 2019 

Session One: 17:30-18:15

Session Two: 18:30-19:15

Thursday 22 August 2019
One Session: 17:30-18:15

Please click here to view the presentation that was given on that evening.


You can also find out more about MOPAC on the dedicated pages on our website.


If you would like to discuss the post in detail then please contact Samantha Macleod, Executive Assistant to the Director Criminal Justice & Commissioning Directorate at Samantha.Macleod@mopac.london.gov.uk to arrange a date and time for a telephone appointment with Samantha Cunningham, the Director of the Criminal Justice and Commissioning Directorate.


If you have a question about the recruitment process please contact a member of the HR team via email on HR@mopac.london.gov.uk


Political Restriction

Political Restriction; under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (as amended by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011) all members of staff of the MOPAC will be politically restricted without the right to apply for an exemption.


Security Vetting Clearance

The successful candidates will be expected to undergo the necessary security vetting which may take around 8 weeks to be completed. Applicants will also need to have resided in the UK continuously for at least the last three years.


Reward and Benefits

In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 32.5 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan and flexible working arrangements.


This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate. If that sounds like you, please click on the apply button to visit our website.



Please note we do not accept CV’s for this role. All applications for this vacancy must be submitted via our online recruitment system. To apply and for a copy of the Job Description and Person specification, please click the "Apply Now" button below.