The Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group seeks to appoint new member – a legal professional with forensic science, biometric data and the ethics of consent expertise
Home Office Appointment: Members of the BFEG are appointed as individuals to fulfil the role of the group and have a duty to act in the public interest. Members are not appointed as representatives of their profession, employer or interest group.
Committee members are expected to:
- Attend and contribute to quarterly plenary BFEG meetings and subgroup meetings, as necessary; and
- Act corporately with other members to ensure that the BFEG fulfils its responsibilities by providing ministers and the Department with impartial, independent, balanced and objective ethical advice on issues within the group’s remit.
Members also have responsibility for:
- Developing the evidence base of topics under consideration to formulate advice;
- Examining and challenging, if necessary, the assumptions on which advice is formulated;
- Ensuring that the BFEG where appropriate the concerns and values of stakeholders are considered before a decision is taken; and
- Ensuring the BFEG acts in accordance with the Code of Practice for members, which incorporates the Seven Principles of Public Life and the Code of Practice for Science Advisory Committees.
To complement its existing skills and knowledge, the BFEG is seeking up to 4 new members. Applicants should have demonstrable expertise as either:
- A legal professional with considerable knowledge of forensic science, biometric data and the ethics of consent.
- A social scientist with considerable knowledge of the social and ethical impact of technological innovations upon individuals; or
- A data ethicist with experience of working with large data sets and who can demonstrate experience of applying this to issues across the biometric, forensic and criminal justice arena or other relevant fields.
In addition to the above your supporting statement should provide evidence of your skills and experience against the essential and desirable selection criteria set out below. Please be clear about the scale and significance of your role/achievement. The evidence you provide against the selection criteria will be used by the selection panel to determine your suitability for the role.
Essential skills and experience
- An understanding of the breadth and depth of ethical issues related to the collection, storage and use of biometric and forensic information and data;
- The ability to think logically and objectively to analyse complex information from diverse sources, identify key issues and make effective impartial and balanced decisions;
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with committee members and stakeholders and to actively and constructively contribute to discussions, negotiating between conflicting opinions and values and generating options to reach consensus;
- The confidence to deal with difficult situations sensitively and take accountable decisions;
- An appreciation of equality and diversity and a willingness to champion difference; and
- An awareness of how the views of the scientific community and the public are changing politically and socially.
- Evidence of working successfully in a professional, community or voluntary capacity on committees or other decision-making groups and reaching impactful and timely conclusions.
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