Below are the current short term secondment opportunities open to current civil servants. Please direct any questions to the department advertising the post.
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.
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.
|The British Chambers of Commerce|
|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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To Apply – Send CV and covering letter to Suzy Jirh
0203 8174 430
|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:
|Job profile:||Your key responsibilities:
RESEARCH, INSIGHT AND EVALUATION
PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT, GOVERNANCE, PARTNERS AND NATIONS
|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:
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
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:
|Organisation||HM Inspectorate of Probation|
|Unit name||Communications Team|
|Grade||AIO (EO equivalent)|
|Job title||Communications Officer (2 year secondment)|
|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.
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.
You use your judgement and take a considered approach to situations and tasks when making decisions.
You communicate thoughts and ideas, verbally or in writing. You simplify complexities and adapt communication so others can understand.
You strive for quality outcomes and excellence in everything you do.
You are inquisitive, you seek out new information and look for new ways to develop yourself.
|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: email@example.com
|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:
– 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.
– Co-lead comms for the AI & Data Grand Challenge, with DCMS and the Office for AI.
– 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 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.
– 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.
-Build strong relationships across the department, Whitehall and beyond to ensure priorities are integrated. Play a key role in cross-government meetings.
-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 firstname.lastname@example.org by COP 2 July 2019. Please also copy in Fayrouz.email@example.com.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org