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

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.

Department for Work and Pensions, Senior Information Officer, Closing Date 13 May

Organisation Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Unit name Strategic Communications Directorate (SCD)
Grade Senior Information Officer – SIO (Senior Executive Officer equivalent
Job title Senior Campaigns and Events Manager
Location London, Leeds or Sheffield
Salary range National:   Minimum – £38493       Maximum – £47661

London:   Minimum – £42649      Maximum – £52440

Closing date Midnight on Monday 13th May 2019
Available on temporary promotion? Yes – open to both substantive SIO’s and IO’s with relevant experience
Vacancy description Do you want to work in a team that’s widely recognised as one of the best in class across government and beyond?

Fancy broadening your skills, and bringing energy, leadership and creativity to an exciting role and team, communicating with the biggest internal audience in government?

We have the perfect opportunity for a high performing IO, or an SIO looking to broaden their experience, covering a 12-month period of maternity leave.

We deliver campaigns and events that get real results against some of our highest organisational priorities. With over 80,000 colleagues throughout the UK, in job roles ranging through policy development, change implementation and customer service delivery as well as business support functions, we work towards challenging engagement, inclusion, wellbeing, safety and security objectives in a strategic, targeted and creative way.

Our Senior Campaigns and Events manager will be a key part of the Internal Communications team and a leader within the wider Strategic Communications Directorate, as well as line managing in a small team.

You will lead your team to deliver exceptional campaigns and events, ensuring that we:

·      understand our internal colleague audiences

·      build and maintain effective relationships with, and manage a range of internal stakeholders

·      effectively plan and evaluate insight based campaigns and events

·      innovate and improve continuously

·      deliver on time and to budget

·      be trusted advisers to DWP’s senior executives

·      react quickly to any communications need

In DWP we expect people to work hard, but we are committed to treating people fairly and with respect so that they have a good work-life balance and where the only limits on their career are the ones they impose themselves.

Job profile: Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities:

The Senior Campaigns and Events Manager will:

·      Use insight and evaluation to develop campaign and event strategies and plans with clear objectives, supporting departmental goals and addressing departmental issues

·      Plan and organise cross department campaigns and flagship internal events, using project management skills to maintain a firm grip on all activities and coordinating planning teams

·      Implement campaigns and events effectively and efficiently, building relationships with stakeholders (including senior colleagues) and leading delivery teams

·      Create innovative and compelling content which drives engagement with our campaigns and events (including pre, post and in event communications), drawing on your own skills and commissioning others both internally and externally

·      Build up insight and evaluate thoroughly, building capability of the team in this area

·      Develop effective relationships with a range of internal stakeholders, challenging appropriately and providing expert advice and support

·      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

·      Develop, lead and inspire a small team of direct reports

The Strategic Communications Directorate uses a flexible resource model, in which colleagues are expected to be flexible in their job responsibilities dependent on the business priorities.

Person specification: Required Technical Competencies:

You must possess the Government Communication Professional Competency core skills for the grade in terms of:

•        Insight

•        Ideas

•        Implementation

•        Impact

Key experience and behaviours:

·      Experience in working in a communications function – external or internal

·      Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·      Proven track record of planning, running and evaluating campaigns to meet organisational and communications objectives

·      Experience of planning, running and evaluating events to meet organisational and communications objectives

·      Skills in gathering and analysing insight and evaluation for use in campaign and event development

·      Excellent planning and organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and challenges

·      Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills, comfortable influencing at senior levels

Highly desirable criteria:

·      Track record of collaboration and teamwork across functional boundaries

·      Experience of line management and team development

More Information


How to Apply

To find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact either:

Helen Hartley on Tel. No. 0113 208 3146


Penny Richards on Tel. No. 0113 232 7017


To apply, please send a CV (maximum 2 page A4) and a short covering note explaining why you are the best candidate for this role.

Please send your applications to Helen Hartley and Penny Richards (jobshare) following email:



Please insert the following in the subject heading box:

SL 1568: Campaigns and Events SIO Mat Leave Cover


Also note: Informal interviews for selected candidates will take place on a rolling basis between the go live date and the closing date. As such please submit your application as soon as possible.

HM Inspectorate of Probation, Senior Information Officer, Closing 22 May

Organisation HM Inspectorate of Probation
Unit name Communications Team
Grade Senior Information Officer (Senior Executive Officer equivalent) (SIO)
Job title Senior media officer (25 hours per week)
Location The successful candidate will be given a notional base of one of HMI Probation’s offices in either Manchester or London, whichever is closest to their home. However, they will only occasionally be required to attend an office base and will be able to work from home for much of the time. When required to attend the nominated office base, travel expenses cannot be paid by HMI Probation and these costs will need to be met by the staff member themselves.
Salary range The successful candidate will remain on the payroll of their current department and will retain their current salary (please also see “Available on promotion” below
Closing date 22 May 2019
Available on promotion: It may be possible to offer temporary promotion if the successful candidate’s substantive grade is lower than SEO. However, as the post holder will remain on their home department’s payroll for the duration of the secondment, this will only be possible if the home department is agreeable to placing them on temporary promotion.
Vacancy description This advert is for a one-year secondment. There is potential to extend the secondment for a second year.

We are recruiting for a part-time Senior Media Officer to join HM Inspectorate of Probation’s Communications Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, delivering and evaluating our media activity. We are looking for someone with a strong news sense, experience of proactive and reactive media handling, and the ability to handle complex information.

The successful candidate will report to the Head of Communications and working alongside four other team members. We have a positive culture, including a commitment to individual and team learning and development. We strive to give our best every day and to reflect the Inspectorate’s values: working with integrity, being accountable, being effective, and being inclusive.

Who are we?

HM Inspectorate of Probation is the independent inspector of youth offending and probation services in England and Wales. We report on the effectiveness of probation and youth offending service work with adults and children. We inspect these services and publish inspection reports. We highlight good and poor practice, and use our data and information to encourage high-quality services. We are independent of government, and speak independently. Find out more about us at:

Who are we looking for?

Please read the job profile and person specification below.

As this role is part-time, we can offer a degree of flexibility in the working pattern. For example, the successful candidate could work a set number of hours (e.g. five hours across five days per week); or they could work on fewer than five days per week (e.g. four days); or they could work a combination of longer and shorter days throughout the week. The Head of Communications will speak to the successful candidate about their preferred days/hours to see if this can be facilitated.

This post is offered on condition of evidence from references and various statutory checks.

We warmly welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

Job profile: The Senior Media Officer will lead media activity to promote our inspection reports and findings. This includes: drafting press releases, providing media handling advice, and selling in to regional, national and specialist media. The successful candidate will support the Chief Inspector of Probation with media activity, for example helping them to prepare for media interviews or securing a regular column in a criminal justice/probation magazine. Experience of drafting speeches is desirable but not essential.

The successful candidate will create and maintain a planning grid with key events, speeches etc and horizon scan for emerging issues in the media that could affect the Inspectorate’s work/reputation. They will build positive relationships with regional, national and specialist media, and act as the first point of call for media enquiries. This includes preparing for reactive communications, for example ensuring we have up-to-date lines to take and working with senior managers to prepare responses.

The Senior Media Officer will work with the Communications Team to circulate media coverage and evaluate performance to Government Communication Service standards. They will also deputise for the Head of Communications and take on other communications tasks as required.

Person specification: The successful candidate will have a strong news sense, excellent writing skills (e.g. press releases and magazine articles) and the ability to convert complex information into accessible content. They will have experience of proactive media handling (e.g. setting up interviews with journalists) and reactive media handling (e.g. responding to journalists’ enquiries). They will also be able to look at the broader context of our work and spot media opportunities/risks. Ideally, this experience will be gained from working in a media/public relations role in a government, public sector or not-for-profit organisation.

The successful candidate will have strong collaborative and influencing skills, and be comfortable working with a wide range of people including senior managers, journalists, and media officers in other organisations. They will be able to work quickly and accurately, and to adapt to changing situations. They will appreciate how media relations fits into a broader communications effort, and have a willingness to be a full member of the Communications Team. They will share our commitment to continual learning and development (prior knowledge of Government Communications Service or industry standards is helpful but not essential).

How to Apply To apply for this role, please send your CV and an expression of interest (no more than 500 words) to Head of Communications Catherine Chan –

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Head of Communications Catherine Chan – or 07889 405930

We intend to sift shortly after the closing deadline and to invite candidates to interview w/c 03 June.

Department for International Development, Press Officer, Closing 7 June



Department for International Development
Unit name Press office
Grade Assistant Information Officer (Executive Officer equivalent) (AIO)

Information Officer (Higher Executive Officer equivalent) (IO)

Job title Press officer
Location Whitehall
Salary range Candidates will remain on the payroll of their current department and will retain their current salary
Closing date 7 June
Available on promotion: n/a
Vacancy description Are you a press officer keen to try working with foreign correspondents on everything from humanitarian crises to tackling Ebola?

DFID is offering press officers from other departments a one-month secondment to learn all about communicating the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global goals and tackle some of the world’s most pressing global challenges.

This opportunity is open to anyone who is currently an AIO or IO.

Job profile: In this role, an average day could involve pitching a story on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen to national media, preparing for an overseas visit, collaborating with NGOs, celebrities or a big name in the private sector on a joint event, organising communications for a Ministerial visit or briefing an exclusive story into a national broadcaster.

Joining the DFID communications team will give you a range of opportunities to develop your career in one of the government’s highest performing and most innovative communications divisions, as part of a committed and supportive team.

Person specification:
  • Proven experience of effectively supporting the delivery of high-impact media campaigns with proven outcomes;
  • Proven record of handling reactive media enquiries including controversial issues and incidents.;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrable ability to simplify complex issues accurately while writing inclusively for different audiences and channels;
  • A good ‘news sense’;
  • Experience of applying insight in your communication planning;
  • Experience in using a range of digital channels;
  • Ability to build effective working relationships in a complex, multi-organisational environment;
  • Strong organisational and creative skills, with the ability to see projects through from inception to completion and meet their objectives;
  • A positive approach and drive to collaborate openly with others.
How to Apply


For more information –

Contact Name: Emma Tilley

Contact Tel: 0207 023 1053

Contact Email:


To apply, please email Emma Tilley (above).


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