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NFCC Protection Policy and Reform Unit: Expressions of Interest (REF: PPU)

Listed 19 June 2020

NFCC Protection Policy and Reform Unit 

  • Location: London based, flexible arrangements available including working from home arrangements.  
  • Salary: To be negotiated
  • Grade: We are looking for a wide range of people to fill a range of roles spanning multiple pay grades.
  • Open to: External and Internal
  • Role Type: Policy, Research and Drafting, Enforcement, Engagement, Strategy, Data Management
  • Duration: Secondments or Fixed Term Contracts (period up until 31 March 2021 with possibility of extension)
  • Closes: 11:55 pm on Sunday 5th July 2020
Do you want to shape and influence the future of fire safety?

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) is looking for a range of individuals to support a new policy and reform unit focused on building and fire safety regulatory reform. The NFCC is looking for people with relevant skills in:

  • Fire safety regulation, legal regulatory enforcement and quality assurance
  • Policy research and drafting
  • Public affairs, communications and stakeholder engagement
  • Data management
  • Administrative support

On June 14th 2017 the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower led to the loss of 72 lives with many more injured. The fire was an unprecedented event and since that day NFCC have been working closely with HM Government, FRSs and many other partners to ensure it should never happen again. NFCC have been working tirelessly with stakeholders to ensure that issues are identified and corrected, and that moving forward the public can be reassured about fire safety in all premises.

In 2018 NFCC set up a Building Safety Programme Team (BSP Team) to lead the Fire and Rescue Services’ response to reforms proposed in Building A Safer Future, in response to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, lead by Dame Judith Hackitt.

In late 2019 the Government invited the Chair of NFCC Roy Wilsher, to Chair a new Protection Board (PB). The Board consists of senior representatives from the Home Office, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the Local Government Association (LGA), with the involvement of the shadow regulator (the Health and Safety Executive).

This year the Government have provided £20m in funding to support an uplift in FRSs Protection activity and capability, with part of the funding available for the work of the NFCC’s PB secretariat and BSP Team.

In order to lead and co-ordinate NFCC’s Protection activities a new unit is being established to lead on Protection Policy and Reform. The purpose, structure and activities of the unit are still being formalised, but there are a number of workstreams already underway or identified as necessary. These may include but are not limited to:

Building Safety Programme Team

Protection Board

Service Improvement

Service Delivery

New Building Safety Regulator and regime, feeding into new legislation and guidance.

Building Risk Review Programme (focused on high-rise residential buildings)

Protection National Organisational Guidance and Learning (NOG/NOL)

Risk Based Inspection Programmes, and HMICFRS recommendations  

GTI Protection recommendations


Enforcement quality assurance

Enforcement Guidance and Tools

Public affairs, communications and stakeholder engagement

Response to COVID-19 and ongoing guidance

Data Management


There is an immediate need to seek expressions of interest from staff to lead and assist with work across all workstreams, particularly across the areas of service improvement, service delivery and data management.

We are looking for candidates with experience in the following areas
  • fire safety within fire and rescue services, either in policy, inspection and enforcement, fire engineering or related areas
  • legal roles, particularly in areas of regulatory enforcement
  • senior roles within the emergency services, particularly in policy, enforcement or areas of governance
  • policy roles, with experience working with, or within, the civil service
  • data management
  • communications or public affairs roles; web based skills and social media experience welcome but not essential experience.

Candidates would benefit from having a good understanding of project management approaches to delivering their work and a working knowledge of good practice in assurance, governance and reporting mechanisms.

Opportunities may be offered to successful candidates either on a secondment basis, or via fixed term contracts subject to skills, experience, and knowledge. Roles are for an initial period up to 31 March 2021, with the possibility of extension, subject to future funding.

It is anticipated that there may be further opportunities in the near future for further roles, either more specific or general to support to the wider work of the teams in the Protection Unit as the function is developed.

How to apply

please email your Expression of Interest (EOI) setting out your relevant skills and experience, and what you feel you could bring to the team (no more than one – two sides, this may be supported by a copy of your curriculum vitae if desired) addressed to: and cc to

Closes: 11:55 pm on Sunday 5th July 2020

  • If you are applying for a secondment on release from a FRS, we ask that you seek agreement from your manager or relevant CFO before applying.
  • If you are applying for a secondment from another organisation such as the Civil Service, we recommend you speak to you manager before applying as to whether this is likely to be supported.

 Full role details

Closing date: 05 July 2020

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