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National Organisational Learning & Development Officer

Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU)
210000IU Requisition #
🕔 Closing date: 28 October, 11:59pm


Salary: £36,369 - £41,718pa   ▪  Grade: 7  



Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands (CTP WM) are looking for a motivated, dynamic and suitably qualified Organisational Learning & Development (OL&D) Officer to work within the National Counter Terrorism (CT) Network’s Operational Development Unit. The unit forms a key part of the Prepare strand of the Home Office CONTEST strategy. Working alongside a number of strategic partners the Operational Development Unit (ODU) harnesses the value of shared Learning, Training and Exercising to ensure the CT Network and partners are ready, prepared and interoperable to respond to current and emerging terrorism threats.

The post is currently based at West Midlands Counter Terrorist Unit in Birmingham and necessitates occasional national travel and occasional out of hours working. As business moves into a post Covid environment the option to work remotely will be considered.


The role

The NCTP Organisational Learning and Development Unit (OL&D) is a dedicated team responsible for strategic development and improving & implementing knowledge management and learning systems across the CT Network. The role of the National OL&D Officer includes supporting the CT Network with the co-ordination, development and delivery of Counter Terrorism exercises involving strategic partners and the implementation and quality assurance of organisational learning processes across 9 CT regions.  You will set national priorities, support and provide guidance to OL&D staff throughout the CT network under an agreed matrix-management protocol, and quality assure organisational learning, assessment and progression.



  • To support national projects aligned to the National CT Organisational Learning Strategy to develop an interoperable Organisational Learning capability for the CT network.
  • To make complex decisions and provide strategic direction and taskings to NCTP funded regional OL&D posts
  • To plan and organise individual and team activities including setting aims/objectives and managing actions for delivery within set deadlines.
  • To produce management reports including project proposals/business cases and performance reports.
  • To develop and build relationships with partner agencies in relation to organisational learning & development, including national leads in the Security Service, MOD and Home Office.
  • To lead and coordinate working groups/conferences and represent the unit at National Working Groups to promote shared learning and operational improvement.
  • To support the development, implementation and management of the Network-wide Organisational Learning System IT application, which tracks lessons progression from identification (via exercises, operational debriefs and thematic reviews) through to resolution, testing and closure.
  • To co-ordinate, design, prepare and deliver National Counter Terrorism exercises involving the Police CT Network and facilitate opportunities for learning and testing of new operational initiatives in accordance with the National OL&D Strategy.
  • Support planning, delivery and production of National Operational debriefs and delivery and production of debriefs for Operational activity and National CT exercises.
  • To manage the quality assurance regime for the CT Network in capturing, validating and evaluating organisational learning activity across all CT units to ensure that exercising, debriefing and lessons capture processes are consistent and comply with national standards.
  • Promote and comply with NPCC policies on equal opportunities and H&S both in delivery of services and maintenance of discipline and professional standards for Organisational Learning activity across the UK.
  • To support the Unit in the development and delivery of national CT training programmes and continued professional development of national cadres.


Skills and competencies


Experience and/or relevant qualifications in management of organisational learning & debriefing. 

Experience of delivering presentations for a specialist audience.

Strong and effective communication and interpersonal skills as the post holder is required to support, negotiate and influence at all levels throughout the CT network to ensure organisational learning activity is delivered to a national standard.

Experience of identifying learning, implementing initiatives and contributing to best practice within a work environment.  

Able to demonstrate awareness of equality and diversity appropriate to this role and have a high level of personal integrity.

Experience of IT packages including Microsoft packages such as Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio etc.


Evidence of successful interpretation and application of relevant legislation, including contributing to new legislation /national bodies.

Experience of collating, evaluating and processing complex data sets to identify trends and common themes and present outcomes in a formal written style.

Evidence of attending, organising, facilitating and chairing local, regional and national working groups.

Knowledge of Counter Terrorism Policing.

Experience of policy formulation and development.

Experience of delivering exercises.

Management of national portfolios.

Experience of matrix-management or line management of personnel.

Additional information


This role is subject to successful completion of Security Checks with the willingness to undergo Developed Vetting when in post.


You must be a British citizen to work for the Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands (CTP WM). If you hold dual nationality, with the primary nationality British, you may also be considered. For the purposes of safeguarding national security, applicants will be required to hold or acquire the appropriate national security vetting clearances of Security Check (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002). CTP WM will support preferred candidates through the appropriate vetting process.


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We are a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.  As part of our commitment we operate a "Disability Confident Interview Scheme" - all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be offered an interview.


It is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practicable or appropriate to interview all disabled people who meet the essential criteria for the job.  For example, in certain recruitment situations such as high-volume, seasonal and high-peak times, the employer may wish to limit the overall numbers of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people.  In these circumstances, the employer could select the candidates who best meet the essential criteria for the job, as they would do for non-disabled applicants.

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