Secondments and loans

List of short term secondment opportunities open to civil servants.  You need to direct any questions to the department advertising the post.

You must ensure that you have followed your departmental HR process and Civil Service Resourcing procedures before submitting a vacancy to us.

To advertise a short term secondment via GCS, complete this template (Word 39KB) and send it to

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 complete this online form, and email us for more information.

GCS secondments and temporary opportunities

Organisation Department for International Development
Unit name  

Communications Division



Senior Information Officer (SIO)


Job title  

Communications Partnerships Manager



This job could either be in our London (22 Whitehall) office or our Scotland (East Kilbride) office.


Salary range  



Closing date  

Friday 17 January 2020


Available on promotion:




Vacancy description



The Department for International Development (DFID) is looking to recruit a Communications Partnerships Manager to fill maternity cover from January 2020 for up to 12 months. This is a great opportunity for an SIO or high-performing IO on T/P.  The job could either be in our London (22 Whitehall) office or our Scotland (East Kilbride) office.

The purpose of this job is to boost engagement with DFID’s main UK-facing international development programmes.


Job profile:



Reporting to the Head of Campaigns and Marketing, the post-holder will increase public awareness and engagement with all of DFID’s UK-facing development programmes.

Securing good engagement from the UK public is crucial to the success of our UK-facing programmes.

This includes raising awareness of our flagship charity matching scheme UK Aid Match; for example working with UNICEF to promote Soccer Aid or with VSO to encourage young people to join the International Citizen Service; or helping schools across the country communicate their involvement with our international linking programme, Connecting Classrooms.

The post holder will use their knowledge of marketing, media and public engagement to work closely with colleagues in communications division, DFID policy and our partners to deliver creative and effective ways to engage our target audiences.

On UK Aid Match and UK Aid Direct, the post holder will be the primary point of contact with the fund manager and work with them to build the capacity of partner agencies to deliver communications.

On the International Citizen Service, they will work with VSO and on Connecting Classrooms with British Council along with DFID’s policy teams to ensure programme recruitment targets are met and best value for money is achieved from its communications spend. They will play a crucial role in our annual professional assurance process.

Working with our insight and evaluation team, they will monitor coverage and public engagement in these programmes to refine our approach.


Person specification:


You need to be able to show, through your application, that you have the professional skills, breadth of experience and personal qualities for this post. You will be expected to demonstrate specialist core and media competencies as set out in the GCS Competencies framework (Level 3).


Setting Direction: Seeing the Big Picture. The ability to understand how your work delivers a wider objective to allow for effective prioritisation and support of strategic objectives and what you can bring to this.

Communications – Ideas – campaigns and marketing. Experienced in designing and testing creative communications approaches and writing communication plans to support these programmes. Assessing when communications should be done in house and when delivery partners should be supported to do this.

Communications – Implementation – campaigns and marketing. Knowledge of how to gather evidence of engagement and actively manage how this can be improved using communications tools.


 Communications – Insight – campaigns and marketing. Understanding how to apply insight of our audiences to develop effective communications to support UK-facing development programmes.

Communications – Impact – campaigns and marketing. Experience in managing and delivering evaluation of comms plan, including defining clear metrics that relate to measurable outcomes.

How to Apply


Interested candidates would need to ask their department to take contingent liability at the end of the posting.

How To Apply –

For Expressions of Interest (EoI) or to request further information about this role please contact Mel Rouse ( by Friday 17 January

We will need no more than 500 words on why you would like to be considered for this temporary position. This will be followed by an informal chat.


Send To Name: Mel Rouse

Send To Email:


You must ensure that you have followed your departmental HR process and Civil Service Resourcing procedures before submitting a vacancy to us.

To advertise a short term secondment via GCS, complete this template (Word 39KB) and send it to