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


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.

 


British Chambers of Commerce, Press and Communications Officer, Closing 23 June – 12 – 24 months


Organisation

 

The British Chambers of Commerce

www.britishchambers.org.uk

Unit name Communications Department
Grade Information Officer (Higher Executive Officer equivalent) (IO)
Job title Press & Communications Officer
Location St James’ Park, London
Salary range £30,000 – £35,000
Closing date 23 / 06 / 19
Available on promotion: Yes
Vacancy description The Press and Communications Officer role will contribute to and drive the organisation’s objectives through sustained creative media strategies. With a focus on integrated media plans to support a strong campaigning approach, this role will contribute to creating positive change for business communities across the UK and beyond.

In the current environment it’s more important than ever to champion the voice of business, proactively leading the conversation on the issues that matter most and commenting on key announcements and policy developments from Westminster and around the country, as well as monitoring economic trends and showcasing the great work of members across our business communities.

Working to multiple and tight deadlines, day to day duties include drafting reactive media comments; writing press releases; liaising with and pitching stories to national and trade journalists; coordinating with Chambers on case studies and messaging; and creating plans to support our proactive campaigns. Furthermore, as part of the small team, the candidate will drive the BCC’s digital offering, including social media, video editing and maintaining the company’s website, as well as compiling media statistics and analysis. The positions offers an opportunity to build great relationships with national journalists and key stakeholders, as well as business leaders from across the country.

Job profile: Reports to:

Media Manager

Duties and responsibilities:

Lead on proactive press releases and draft reactive media comment relating to key government announcements, economic statistics and BCC research

Develop proactive media plans as part of the broader communications strategy and campaign work

Promote BCC policy positions and proactive outputs to media and key external stakeholders

Organise broadcast opportunities and prepare briefs to support BCC spokespeople

Develop digital content for external and internal purposes, aligned to our presswork, including filming videos, creating engaging social media content and updating the website

Keeping on top of the news agenda and maintaining relationships with media contacts, to monitor upcoming announcements and areas for comment

Work with colleagues at all levels internally across the Chamber Network to support them in media efforts, provide toolkits around proactive BCC messaging, share best practice, and field case study requests

Identify, pitch and develop thought-leadership opportunities and draft opinion articles and letters to the editor from key spokespeople

Compile and proof-read internal and external communications

Flexible to be on-call for media relations outside of normal hours and occasionally travel within the UK

Adhere to company policies and procedures

Any other duties as required that are appropriate to the scope of the role

Person specification: Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to communicate to a wide variety of audiences

Able to build strong, existing relationships with media contacts

Digital skills and a strong social media interest

Ability to make sound judgments, and understanding of what makes a good news story

Knowledge of, or ability to develop knowledge of, important business-related issues across a range of policy areas

Strong organisational and planning skills, and demonstrable experience of multi-tasking and prioritising work to fit with tight deadlines

Attention to detail, good proof-reading skills and ability to adapt writing styles for different channels

Capability to be a self-starter but also a team-player that can work closely with colleagues in the public affairs, policy, marketing and commercial departments

A hard-working attitude, and the ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and under pressure

Computer literacy skills:

Microsoft proficiency: Outlook, Word, Excel

Social Media sites: Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Experience with CRM and CMS systems is desirable

How to Apply For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Orla Hennessey, Press & Communications Manager

0207 654 5813 o.hennessy@britishchambers.org.uk

To Apply – Send CV and covering letter to Suzy Jirh

suzy.jirh@hrdept.co.uk

0203 8174 430


BEIS, Head of Strategic Insight, Capability & Performance, Closing 25 June – 7 months

Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Unit name Communications Directorate – Strategic Communications
Grade Grade 6 (G6)
Job title Head of Strategic Insight, Capability & Performance (up to 7 month secondment)
Location 1 Victoria Street, London
Salary range £67,250 – £75,444 (inclusive of the £5,050 Comms allowance) per annum
Closing date 23:59, Tuesday 25 June 2019
Available on promotion: Available on level transfer or on temporary promotion to a high performing G7
Vacancy description This is an important strategic communications role in the BEIS Communications Directorate that underpins all the work we do, ensuring we are a high performing team and continues to develop our research and insight function which is considered best in class across the GCS.

The successful post holder will lead on:

  • Research, insight and evaluation;
  • People, capability building and recruitment;
  • Relationships with Partner organisations comms teams, embedded communicators;
  • Coordination of our nations’ comms planning and engagement;
  • Performance management and governance;
  • Business support, financial planning and management information;
  • Director’s Private Office.
Job profile: Your key responsibilities:

RESEARCH, INSIGHT AND EVALUATION

  • Drive and champion insight and evaluation across the directorate, department and with partner organisations to ensure communications are evidence-based and appropriate feedback is being passed on to policy teams;
  • Lead a strategic research programme that is at the core of our communications and campaigns;
  • Implement and embed a social and organisational listening and reporting programme, in collaboration with the Head of Digital and External Affairs;
  • Oversee a regular reporting cycle of progress against our priorities for ministers, Directors General and the Perm Sec;
  • Create a strategy that engages fully with all teams in communications ensuring our insight influences their work.

CAPABILITY BUILDING

  • Implement delivery standards for all grades, ensuring they feed through into objectives and development plans, and performance management;
  • Improve capability across the Directorate and in Partner Organisations, ensuring the development and implementation of a learning and development plan, including talent management and GCS talent programmes (GCS Aspire and Inspire);
  • Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of the annual People Survey action plan;
  • Ensure recruitment processes, including Fast streamers/ Apprenticeships/ Interns meet high standards and are exemplars for diversity and inclusion;
  • Introduce a new Directorate Induction approach that engages all members into a proper professional development programme and good start to their BEIS careers;
  • Following our people survey results, have a focused programme on developing all managers at every grade across the directorate.

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT, GOVERNANCE, PARTNERS AND NATIONS

  • Lead Directorate Governance including secretariat for the SMT, Comms Board and Directorate events, as well as managing visits from senior stakeholders;
  • Build strong relationships with embedded communicators and across our Partner Organisation Network, ensuring high professional standards and leveraging productive relationships for the whole Directorate;
  • Oversee our co-ordination of our Nations communications, ensuring we are effectively communicating with and listening to our audiences in our Devolved Administrations;
  • Manage relationships with Cabinet Office, including professional assurance processes, capability reviews and the single budget;
  • Manage the Directorate’s budgets, including meeting efficiency targets, and oversee the business support function that includes recruitment, finance, procurement, contract management and year-end processes;
  • Oversee internal corporate reporting processes, including HR and financial management reports and risk registers;
  • Implement the directorate’s new Business Partnering approach, ensuring all DGs and Directors have a point person and that the Service Level Agreements for both parties are being met.

PEOPLE

  • Build strong relationships across the department, Whitehall and beyond to ensure priorities are integrated;
  • Establish a culture of innovation, creativity and continuous improvement with emphasis on activity which is digital by default;
  • Promote diversity and inclusion within BEIS and across Government;
  • Ensure that all team members are managed appropriately, fostering capability building, and ensuring that the overall strategic direction is embedded and delivered;
  • The team – 3XG7s, 5xSIOs, 2xIOs, 3xHEOs, 2xEOs, 2xApprentices (on rotation across the Directorate).
Person specification: You will be an experienced communication professional with a strong track record of delivering high profile communications strategies and leading teams. In addition, you should be able to demonstrate evidence of:

  • Strong analytical, project and programme management skills, and managing teams to deliver;
  • Ability to manage complex research and insight programmes, understanding how these relate to strategic objectives;
  • Becoming a trusted advisor and giving clear, evidence based advice to senior stakeholders including the Deputy Director for Strategic Communications, Director of Communications, and at Director General level;
  • Having awareness departmental business objectives and the broader political/Governmental context;
  • Being confident and authoritative when speaking on behalf of your organisation;
  • Good relationship management skills;
  • Being able to work outside the organisation (e.g. with other government organisations and No.10) to co-ordinate presentation and policy;
  • Understanding audience needs;
  • Being engaged with the communication industry, keeping up to date with industry developments in communication through GCS and other professional networks;
  • Being able to work under pressure for sustained periods, whilst maintaining sound judgement;
  • Being collegiate in your approach, capable of building relationships across the Directorate, BEIS, Partner organisations and wider HMG.

As part of the Strategic Communications Management Team you will be expected to be a role model to staff and be committed to the success of the Directorate and Department, beyond your immediate team.

How to Apply For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact:

Sarah Jennings, Deputy Director, Strategic Communication

Tel: 020 7215 3563

Sarah.jennings@beis.gov.uk

To apply, please send a short CV and covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) setting out your relevant skills and experience, and why you are the right person for the job to:

Sarah.jennings@beis.gov.uk


HMI Probation,  Communications Officer, Closing 30 June – 24 months


Organisation HM Inspectorate of Probation
Unit name Communications Team
Grade AIO (EO equivalent)
Job title Communications Officer (2 year secondment)
Location Manchester
Salary range £22,124 – £26,374
Closing date Midnight, Sunday 30 June 2019.

Interviews will follow soon after

Available on promotion: No
Vacancy description Her Majesty’s 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: www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprobation

The successful candidate will join HMI Probation’s Communications Team (reporting to the Senior Communications Officer and working alongside three 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.

Job profile: The Communications Team is part of HMI Probation’s Strategy and Research Directorate and has responsibility for dealing with HMI Probation’s website, the use and monitoring of social media, communicating with stakeholders, and overseeing the publication of reports, including some design.

The Communications Officer will be involved in all aspects of internal and external communications, including some design work using predetermined templates and format.

This post is based in Manchester. Occasional travel may be required.

 

Key responsibilities:

  • Take the lead in managing and monitoring the progress of HMI Probation publications, including inspection reports
  • Design documents using relevant templates
  • Plan, compile and issue stakeholder communications and evaluate their use and impact to inform the overall strategy for external communication
  • Work with stakeholders to ensure that requirements are understood and facilitate good working relationships, acting on feedback as appropriate
  • Create content and collate information for HMI Probation’s internal staff bulletin and other internal communication channels. Evaluate their use and impact to inform the overall strategy for internal communication
  • Manage and maintain the content of HMI Probation’s website according to accessibility requirements and house style
  • Post social media content in accordance with HMI Probation’s policy
  • Explore and make proposals on the use of new technology and software
  • Evaluate and report on communications to inform the overall strategy of the team, directorate and organisation
  • Recognise and promote diversity issues in all aspects of work.
Person specification: Strengths

Adaptable:

You can adapt to variations in work or environment and your effectiveness isn’t impacted by change. You are flexible and versatile and act as an advocate for change.

Decisive:

You use your judgement and take a considered approach to situations and tasks when making decisions.

Explainer:

You communicate thoughts and ideas, verbally or in writing. You simplify complexities and adapt communication so others can understand.

Focussed:

You strive for quality outcomes and excellence in everything you do.

Learner:

You are inquisitive, you seek out new information and look for new ways to develop yourself.

  • Essential: Ability to deliver work accurately and to tight deadlines
  • Desirable: Experience in using design software (training can be provided)
  • Desirable: Experience in using social media channels
How to Apply Please send your CV and a covering letter detailing why you would be suitable, and what you could bring to the role.

For more information or to apply –

Contact Name: Alex Pentecost

Contact Tel: 0161 240 5336

Contact Email: alex.pentecost@hmiprobation.gov.uk

Head of Strategic Programmes – Science and Innovation – 6 months


Organisation BEIS
Grade Grade 7 (G7)
Job title Head of Strategic Programmes – Science and Innovation
Location 1 Victoria St, Westminster, London
Salary range £51,300-£58,312, plus Comms allowance of £5,050
Closing date 2 July
Available on promotion: Yes
Vacancy description This is an exciting strategic communications job in the BEIS Communications Directorate. The post holder will lead and coordinate the strategic communications programme across science and innovation, key to the Industrial Strategy.

Full time position; open to job share / part time / flexible working arrangements.

Open to current G7s and high performing SIOs on temporary promotion.

Temporary position until 31 Jan 2020

The successful post holder will:

COMMUNICATION STRATEGY
– Design and lead strategic planning across science and innovation, working with comms, policy and OGDs to enable effective horizon scanning, bridge gaps in insight, identify the role for comms and maximise comms opportunities.

– Regularly engage with policy colleagues to support the delivery of policy objectives and surface comms opportunities and risks, ensuring these are driven by audience insight, employing the right messaging and channels, and are effectively evaluated.

– Liaise with the Insight and Evaluation team to commission original research, as required.
– Develop insight-based, compelling narratives to underpin communications, working with policy teams and comms colleagues.

– Co-lead comms for the AI & Data Grand Challenge, with DCMS and the Office for AI.

DELIVERY
– Lead and develop quarterly plans for ‘Forging the Future Economy’ – a key programme in the BEIS Communications Plan 2019/20 – identifying priority comms moments to promote the Industrial Strategy, leading and guiding colleagues across comms to deliver these moments, and ensuring alignment to our overall objectives.

– Coordinate specific projects, supporting the ‘Forging the Future Economy’ programme, as required.

– Ensure there is a coordinated approach across the comms directorate, resulting in effective forward planning and maximising media, PR, campaigns, digital and partnership opportunities.
– Provide oversight and support to your team in leading the secretariat for the weekly internal IS comms meeting, and fortnightly cross-government IS Comms meeting.

– Provide oversight and support to your team in aligning Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine comms to Industrial Strategy, and comms opportunities relevant to young people, such as Engineering: Take a Close Look campaign.

– Act as a contact point in evaluation for the team, and lead on quarterly evaluation returns to GCS.

RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

– Provide strategic support to policy teams, helping to shape their approach to comms and ensure they get the right support from across the comms team.
– Lead on relationships with private offices and ministers, alongside other teams in Comms– Build strong relationships with embedded communicators and partner organisations, particularly UKRI, and ensure they are involved in shaping and delivering comms strategies.
– Develop relationships with key external partners, alongside the External Affairs team, to support communication activity, including OGDs, ALBs, business, academic and civil society organisations.

PEOPLE

-Build strong relationships across the department, Whitehall and beyond to ensure priorities are integrated. Play a key role in cross-government meetings.
-Establish a culture of innovation, creativity and continuous improvement with emphasis on activity which is digital by default.
-Promote diversity and inclusion within BEIS and across Government.

-Ensure that all team members are managed appropriately, fostering capability building, and ensuring that the overall strategic direction is embedded and delivered.

-Line manage one SIO and one IO.

From time to time, we review the team’s portfolios in line with the department’s priorities

Person specification: You will be an experienced communication professional with a strong track record of delivering high profile communications strategies and leading teams.

You should be able to demonstrate evidence of:

–         Being highly collaborative with the ability to build relationships across the communications directorate, department and wider HMG, influencing at senior levels.

–         Having good political nous, an understanding of the broad government agenda and a sharp eye for detail.

–         Ability to understand complex research and insight programmes, understanding how these relate to strategic objectives.

–         Using research and audience insight to inform communications plans.

–         Understanding audience needs.

–         Evaluating communications projects, including setting KPIs and establishing effective ways to measure success.

–         Being able to work under pressure for sustained periods, whilst maintaining sound judgement.

–         Becoming a trusted advisor and giving clear, evidence-based advice to senior stakeholders including the Deputy Director for Strategic Communications, Director of Communications, and at DG level.

–         Strong management skills including managing teams to deliver.

–         Being confident and authoritative when speaking on behalf of your team and department.

–         Being able to work outside the organisation (e.g. with other government organisations and No.10).

–         Keeping up to date with developments in communication through GCS and other professional networks.

As part of the Strategic Communications Team you will be expected to be a role model to staff and be committed to the success of the Directorate and Department, beyond your immediate team.

How to Apply To apply, please send a short CV and statement of no more than one side of A4 setting out your relevant skills and experience, and why you are the right person for the job to Nelly Lawrie/Kat Hyde (jobshare) at hydelawrie@beis.gov.uk by COP 2 July 2019. Please also copy in Fayrouz.essack@beis.gov.uk.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 10 July.

Please also confirm that you have line manager approval to apply.

For an informal chat, please contact Nelly Lawrie (Wed-Fri) on 020 7215 5950 or Kat Hyde (Mon 1 & Tues 2 July) on 020 7215 3747.

Please send completed template to mailto:gcs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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