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


Accelerate Senior Consultant, Cabinet Office, London, 12 months (minimum)


Accelerate: senior consultants (SIO)

Do you want to join the most innovative change programme ever delivered by the Government Communication Service (GCS)?

Accelerate is our most ambitious skills transformation programme to date. Drawing on expertise from over 50 senior leaders and 80 leading industry experts, the programme is fundamentally shifting how digital is positioned within UK Government communications.

We are now hiring a new, dedicated team to spearhead skills transformation in the heart of Government by providing consultancy, training, industry networking and thought leadership. Leading training internally is a new approach for GCS; if successful, it will set the standard across all future learning, development and thought leadership.

The Senior Consultant role offers unique opportunities to immerse yourself in complex problems; drive through meaningful change, and become leaders for this exciting new digital skills transformation programme.

You are a communicator above all else. You may not currently see yourself as “digital” or a learning expert, but you do need an interest in emerging trends, gravitas, personal impact, public speaking, and experience of working in a fast paced communications environment. Ultimately mindset will be more important than skill set.

This roles give you the opportunity to shine as a natural leader and promote change within both senior Government and the highest levels of industry.

Responsibilities range from facilitating leadership workshops at major digital communications platforms and news organisations to ensuring that all learning is current, rigorous and genuinely transformational. Once fully immersed you will provide trusted counsel and thought leadership.

Successful candidates will work on (but not expected to have any pre-existing knowledge of) world-leading learning opportunities including the latest in AI, disinformation and machine learning as well as consultancy skills including change management, executive coaching and training in an agile manner.

You are a natural leader, highly collaborative, excited about generating innovative ideas being part of a new team, new ways of working and the most transformation programme ever undertaken in government communications through groundbreaking learning.

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities:

Digital innovation leaders will:

  • Plan, organise, facilitate and deliver flagship inspirational and impactful immersion and training sessions aligned to needs agreed by the Accelerate programme board, chaired by Director for Government Communications Alex Aiken.
  • Lead learning pathways (curriculums)
  • Support commissioning activity, and assist in the research and design of new and existing learning products
  • Use insight and evaluation to develop learning aligned to clear objectives, supporting transformational goals.
  • Develop effective relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders (inc. senior), challenging appropriately and providing expert advice and support
  • Partner with the Project Leads to promote, secure and align the participation of user groups in learning sessions
  • Work with external suppliers to secure design and print solutions, venues and event services, demonstrating financial awareness and a commitment to providing quality and value for money.
  • Monitor and report on industry news and issues relevant to the impact of technology on communications.
  • Pilot new approaches to skills transformation, measurement and evaluation, collaborate with in-house creative designer to create bespoke toolkits, presentations and website design and maintenance.   
  • Direct development and maintenance of all learning including new, cutting edge virtual approaches.
  • Collaborate with Programme Management Office, digital, production and professional development colleagues to deliver outstanding results.
  • Line manage consultant (IO).

Required Technical Competencies:

You must possess the Government Communication Professional Competency core skills for the grade.

Essential experience

  • Communications acumen from working in a fast-moving GCS function delivering to tight deadlines.
  • Experience of planning, running and evaluating events or projects involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Presenting or speaking to groups including at senior levels.
  • Translating complex requirements into SMART solutions

Desirable (but not essential, training will be provided)

  • Training in the science of learning and workplace pedagogy
  • Knowledge of blended instructional methodology (eg ADDIE) and measurement (eg Kirkpatrick)
  • Working knowledge of change management (eg Kotter)
  • Experience of programme management and board governance

Key behaviours (summary)

  • You have a passion for learning
  • High level problem solving, communication, and project management skills. You understand organisational complexity and how to thrive within it. You know your audience and communicate in ways that resonate with them.
  • A love for change and the ability to pivot at speed
  • The ability to let data speak for itself and create new hypothesis. You know how to find data driven insights and use these insights to shape your path forward.
  • The ability to work in a “peaks and valleys” world. You can sustain an intense pace when needed and understand the importance of recovery periods.

Key behaviours (detail)

Delivering at pace

  • Show a positive approach to keeping the new team’s efforts focused on the top priorities.
  • Promote a culture of following the appropriate procedures to ensure results are achieved on time whilst still enabling innovation.
  • Ensure the most appropriate resources are available for colleagues to use to do their job effectively.
  • Regularly monitor your own and team’s work against milestones ensuring individual needs are considered when setting tasks.
  • Act promptly to reassess workloads and priorities when there are conflicting demands to maintain performance.

Making effective decisions

  • Understand own level of responsibility and empower others to make decisions where appropriate.
  • Analyse and use a range of relevant, credible information from internal and external sources to support decisions.
  • Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making.
  • Display confidence when making difficult decisions, even if they prove to be unpopular.
  • Present strong recommendations in a timely manner outlining the consideration of other options, costs, benefits and risks.

Developing Self and Others

  • Identify capability gaps for self and team.
  • Ensure development objectives are set and achieved to address any gaps and enable the delivery of current and future work.
  • Take time to coach, mentor and develop other colleagues to support succession planning.
  • Reflect on own work, continuously seek and act on feedback to improve own and team’s performance.

Communicating and influencing

  • Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner, choosing appropriate styles to maximise understanding and impact.
  • Encourage the use of different communication methods, including digital resources and highlight the benefits, including ensuring cost effectiveness.
  • Ensure communication has a clear purpose and takes into account people’s individual needs.
  • Share information as appropriate and check understanding.
  • Show positivity and enthusiasm towards work, encouraging others to do the same.
  • Ensure that important messages are communicated with colleagues and stakeholders respectfully, taking into consideration the diversity of interests.
Organisation Cabinet Office: Government Communication Service
Unit name Accelerate PMO
Grade Senior Information Officer (Senior Executive Officer equivalent) (SIO)
Job title Senior Consultant
Location 70 Whitehall
Salary range Cabinet Office pay scales
Closing date Phase 1 recruitment open until 22 March
Available on promotion: Yes
How to apply or get additional information Contact Roberto Pulcini, Head of Programme Management Office

Roberto.Pulcini@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

This is a new role, unique in Whitehall and we appreciate you may have lots of questions. We are very happy to discuss the opportunity informally over coffee or the phone.


Accelerate Consultant, Cabinet Office, London, 12 months (minimum)


Accelerate Consultant (IO, HEO)

Do you want to join the most innovative change programme ever delivered by the Government Communication Service (GCS)?

Accelerate is our most ambitious skills transformation programme to date. Drawing on expertise from over 50 senior leaders and 80 leading industry experts, the programme is fundamentally shifting how digital is positioned within UK Government communications.

We are now hiring a new, dedicated team to spearhead skills transformation in the heart of Government by providing consultancy, training, industry networking and thought leadership. Leading training internally is a new approach for GCS; if successful, it will set the standard across all future learning, development and thought leadership.

The Consultant role offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in complex problems; drive through meaningful change, and become a leader for this exciting new digital skills transformation programme.  

Responsibilities range from facilitating workshops at major digital platforms and news organisations to ensuring that all learning is current, rigorous and genuinely transformational.

Successful candidates will be exposed to (but not expected to have any pre-existing knowledge of) world-leading learning opportunities including the latest in AI, disinformation and machine learning as well as consultancy skills including change management, training and coaching.

You are a digital native and fascinated by the potential opportunities presented by evolving technology to improve the impact of government communications through groundbreaking learning.

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities:

Digital innovation consultants will:

  • Plan, organise, facilitate and deliver inspirational and impactful training sessions aligned to needs agreed by the Accelerate programme board, chaired by Alex Aiken.
  • Underpin learning development with insight and evaluation
  • Create innovative and compelling content which drives engagement with our learning events (including pre, post and in event communications), drawing on your own skills and commissioning others both internally and externally.
  • Develop effective relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders, challenging appropriately and providing expert advice and support.
  • Work with external suppliers to secure design, digital content and print solutions, venues and event services.
  • Monitor and report on industry news and issues relevant to the impact of technology on communications.
  • Innovate, develop and maintain virtual learning modules (full training will be provided) and distribution
  • Collaborate with Programme Management office, digital and professional development colleagues to deliver outstanding results.

Desirable (but not essential, full training will be provided)

  • Training in the science of workplace learning/ pedagogy
  • Knowledge of blended instructional methodology (eg ADDIE) and measurement (eg Kirkpatrick)
  • Working knowledge of change management (eg Kotter)
  • Experience of project management

Required Technical Competencies:

You must possess the Government Communication Professional Competency core skills for the grade.

Key experience

  • Experience in working in a fast-moving communications function delivering communications to tight deadlines.
  • Experience of planning, running and evaluating projects.
  • Presenting or delivering training to groups
  • Experience in one of the digital communications disciplines from one of the areas set out in the Accelerate digital skills guide (available from bramwell.blower@cabinetoffice.gov.uk).

Key behaviours

Delivering at pace

  • Regularly review the success of activities in the team to identify barriers to progress or challenging objectives.
  • Identify who and what is required to ensure success, set clear goals and areas of responsibility and continually assess workloads considering individual needs.
  • Have a positive and focused attitude to achieving outcomes, despite any setbacks.
  • Regularly check performance against objectives, making suggestions for improvement or taking corrective action where necessary.
  • Ensure that colleagues are supported where tasks are challenging.

Making effective decisions

  • Take responsibility for making effective and fair decisions, in a timely manner.
  • Analyse and research further information to support decisions.
  • Talk to relevant people to get advice and information when unsure how to proceed.
  • Explain how decisions have been reached in a clear and concise way, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate the consideration of all options, costs, risks and wider implications, including the diverse needs of end users and any accessibility requirements.  

Developing Self and Others

  • Identify gaps in own and team’s skills and knowledge.
  • Set and consistently meet development objectives.
  • Seek learning opportunities.
  • Support the development plans of all colleagues, recognising how diversity of experience/background can help to build an inclusive team culture.
  • Consider the contributions of all team members and delegate work to aid the learning and development of all.
  • Encourage and listen to developmental feedback from colleagues.  

Communicating and influencing

  • Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Take time to consider the best communication channel to use for the audience, including making the best of digital resources and considering value for money.
  • Interact with others in an enthusiastic way.
  • Respond constructively and objectively to comments and questions.
  • Handle challenging conversations with confidence and sensitivity.

 

Organisation Cabinet Office: Government Communication Service
Unit name Accelerate PMO
Grade Information Officer (IO)
Job title Consultant
Location 70 Whitehall
Salary range Cabinet Office pay scales
Closing date Phase 1 recruitment open until 22 March
Available on promotion: Yes
How to apply or get additional information Contact Roberto Pulcini, Head of Programme Management Office

Roberto.Pulcini@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

This is a new role, unique in Whitehall and we appreciate you may have lots of questions. We are very happy to discuss the opportunity informally over coffee or the phone.

 

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.

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