Secondments/Loans

Below are the current short term secondment opportunities open to current civil servants. Please direct any questions to the department advertising the post.

International secondments

The GCS Knowledge & Capability Unit in collaboration with FCO brings together the best of GCS expertise to provide governments and public institutions around the world with the tools and training they need to develop effective and efficient communications.

We offer professional development opportunities to seconded GCS staff supporting international governments in country. A secondment to the Unit will offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills on demanding and worthwhile projects in support of HMG’s objectives overseas.

To register your interest please complete this form, and email us for more information.

GCS secondments and temporary opportunities


    Head of Communications Civil Service HR


    Grade: Grade 6
    Job title: Head of Communications Civil Service HR

    Location: Windsor House – Cabinet Office

    Closing date: 4 May

    We are seeking an experienced senior communicator with strong strategic skills to lead a team and a broad range of communications and engagement activity across Civil Service HR (CSHR).

    The Cabinet Office is the strategic centre of government, co-ordinating policy and strategy across all departments. CSHR is a cross-government function, which supports a key pillar of the Cabinet Office’s purpose to ensure the delivery of the finest public services by attracting and developing the best public servants and improving efficiency. We are led by the government’s Chief People Officer, Rupert McNeil. In addition to departmental HR teams, there are around 800 people from a range of professional backgrounds in a central team. Responsibilities include delivering the new Civil Service Leadership Academy; diversity and inclusion; pensions; recruitment; learning and the Civil Service Fast Stream.

    This role will lead CSHR’s communications team, working across business areas to advise, integrate and build on a range of communications activity that showcases HR transformation. Joining Civil Service HR in the Cabinet Office will present you with an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, high profile environment with regular exposure to senior leaders as well as the chance to build and draw on a cross-government network.

    The successful applicant will be experienced in leading on the development, planning and co-ordination of communication across a range of low/no cost channels. With experience of working with and through partners, you will be adept at relationship management and working with others to drive up the quality of deliverables and work with competing priorities.

    This post is offered as a 12-month loan, with the possibility of future permanence.

    Job Profile: 

    • Provide strong and visible leadership of a comms team of 9 to support CSHR in delivering its improvement programme, advising the Chief People Officer and his teams.
    • Oversee the development, planning, co-ordination and delivery of internal and external communications strategies and activity across CSHR.
    • Lead and facilitate a culture of joining up, including with the wider ‘communications family’ within CSHR, to ensure comms activity is high quality and co-ordinated, particularly in support of the Workforce Plan.
    • Ensure all communications plans have clear objectives and impact, and that delivery is actively and accurately tracked.
    • Build relationships with senior stakeholders across the business to understand how strategic communications can best support business needs and CSHR’s priorities and objectives.
    • Build relationships with Cabinet Office communications and comms leads in other functions to ensure the team’s activity is aligned to the CO SDP and the functional agenda.
    • Identify creative solutions to resource pressures, challenging where necessary to ensure CSHR is making best use of its communications resource.

    CSHR is looking to better coordinate stakeholder engagement activity across its business areas. Once the current business planning round has been completed, there may be discussion about bringing existing engagement leads together, potentially under the Head of Comms, which would significantly expand the remit of this role.

    Person Specification:

    You will need to meet the following criteria:

    • Strong experience in a strategic communications role, which includes planning communications through to delivery.
    • Experience of developing and delivering high impact low and no-cost communications using multiple channels, including digital.
    • Good analytical skills and knowledge of how to use data to effectively track communications effectiveness and shape future approaches. A solid grasp of using communication evaluation techniques and methods.
    • Experience of developing and using audience insight to drive messaging and channel choices.
    • Experience of managing stakeholder engagement activity in a complex business area.
    • Credibility and negotiation skills in working with senior leaders to understand businesses requirements, and able to develop trusted and authoritative two-way relationships.
    • First rate writing skills with the ability to draft convincingly for a range of audiences.
    • Strong personal impact and confidence in verbal briefing with a strong customer service ethos.
    • Good planning, project management and organisational skills.
    • Line management experience.
    • Flexibility in responding to a changing business environment.
    • Strong political judgement and creative thinking – able to provide advice and manage risks and reputational issues.

    Competences

    The core competences that will be tested at sift and interview will be level 4 of the Government Communications Service Framework:

    • Insight
    • Ideas
    • Impact
    • Implementation

    At interview, we will also assess against the following government core competencies:

    • Leading and communicating
    • Collaborating and partnering

    The Cabinet Office offers excellent career development prospects, competitive pension and benefits arrangements, and extensive professional support networks. Exactly as you would expect from a large, progressive employer like the Civil Service. This is a specialist communications role. In addition to the essential skills and experience we would expect you to be educated to degree level or hold a relevant professional communications qualification or equivalent industry experience. Applications not meeting this standard will not be sifted.

    Knowledge needed for the post, as well as the broader skills and attributes.

      How to apply:

      For more information contact –

      Rosanna Wong, Deputy Director PMO and Communications

      Contact Tel: 07909229529

      Contact Email: rosanna.wong@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

      How To Apply –

      Please send your CV and a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) setting out how you meet the person specification to rosanna.wong@cabinetoffice.gov.uk


      HMRC – Press Officer


      Grade: SEO
      Job title: Press Officer

      Location: 100 Parliament St, London, SW1A 2BQ

      Closing date: 11 May

      Six month secondment in HMRC press office.

      HMRC has one of the largest and busiest press offices in Government, and we are recognised as running one of the top communications operations in Whitehall.

      Whether we’re promoting new policies, explaining our work to tackle tax avoidance and evasion, or publicising our latest successes against aggressive tax avoidance schemes, our press office is HMRC’s reputational front-line.

      You will help us build on the 34,000 items of news coverage every year with a proactive and positive approach to media engagement, helping the team to take the next steps in innovative digital and social news management. No other department has such a constant impact on the lives of every man, women and child in the country and the communications challenge this presents is both unique and incredibly exciting.

      Job Profile: 

        • Identify proactive communication requirements.
        • Provide media handling advice to directors and other senior managers in HMRC and HMT.
        • Identify opportunities to promote departmental message via media facilities and social media.
        • Commission briefing for use in background briefings. Writing press releases, drafting and issuing statements, arranging interviews for HMT Ministers (working with HMT press office) and HMRC officials, rebutting inaccurate media reports and social media.
        • Identify both negative and positive news angles in HMRC issues
        • Build and maintain strong relationships with journalists and HMRC officials
        • Use network of contacts to sell in stories to appropriate media
        • Take part in 24/7 out of hours duty rota

        Person Specification:

        You will be assessed against the professional practice framework for government communicators:

        • Implementation: Press & Media
        • Ideas: Press and Media
        • Impact: Press and Media
        • Insight: Press and Media

        Essential Criteria:

        Previous experience of working in a Government press office or relevant private sector.

        The ability to work flexibly and manage a number of competing priorities, at pace.

         

        Competences

        The core competences that will be tested at sift and interview will be level 4 of the Government Communications Service Framework:

        • Insight
        • Ideas
        • Impact
        • Implementation

        At interview, we will also assess against the following government core competencies:

        • Leading and communicating
        • Collaborating and partnering

        The Cabinet Office offers excellent career development prospects, competitive pension and benefits arrangements, and extensive professional support networks. Exactly as you would expect from a large, progressive employer like the Civil Service. This is a specialist communications role. In addition to the essential skills and experience we would expect you to be educated to degree level or hold a relevant professional communications qualification or equivalent industry experience. Applications not meeting this standard will not be sifted.

        Knowledge needed for the post, as well as the broader skills and attributes.

          How to apply:

          For more information contact –

          Rosanna Wong, Deputy Director PMO and Communications

          Contact Tel: 07909229529

          Contact Email: rosanna.wong@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

          How To Apply –

          Please send your CV and a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) setting out how you meet the person specification to rosanna.wong@cabinetoffice.gov.uk


          How to advertise your secondment


          If you have a short term secondment that you would like to advertise via GCS, please complete this template (doc , 39kb) and email it to GCS. Please ensure that you have followed your departmental HR process and Civil Service Resourcing procedures before submitting a vacancy to us.