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

Department of Health and Social Care: Global Health Security Communications Manager

Location: London or Leeds
Grade: SIO
Closing date: 28 September


The Department of Health and Social Care is running the Global Health Security Programme, which is the UK’s contribution to anticipating, preventing, detecting and responding to health threats that have the potential to transcend national boundaries, including epidemic outbreaks and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The programme is funded using Official Development Assistance (ODA), meaning that all activities must be primarily and directly focused to the benefit of people in low and middle income countries. The work is fascinating, rapidly developing and
challenging, with a high profile amongst senior officials, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Ministers.

We are seeking an excellent communications manager to be embedded with the Global Health Security Programme and deliver on a wide ranging and developing communications strategy to support the ODA programme, alongside maintaining high quality regular briefing materials. The post holder will be required to develop strong relationships with OGD communications colleagues to ensure the strategy reflects wider HMG interests.

Description of duties:

  •  Manage the communications strategy, ensuring there is a coherent narrative, key messages, communication objectives, and plans for delivery.
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of key issues to inform communications advice.
  • Lead delivery of the communications activities.
  • Work with the project teams to ensure that their communications activities are coordinated and in line with the programme’s approach.
  • Work with our key system partners and stakeholders (e.g. DfID, PHE and project management agents), to align our communications approach and to ensure consistent programme and project messaging.
  • Lead evaluation of key communications activities, considering consequences and recommendations for the future.
  • Promote the activity through horizon scanning and maintaining a forward look.

For post holder based in Leeds, we would anticipate some travel to London.

What we are looking for:

The ideal candidate would have experience of multiple communications disciplines and be accustomed to GCS communications procedures.

They will also;

  •  Have strong oral and written communications skills
  • Have experience of campaign planning, the OASIS model and working across Government to deliver joined-up communications.
  • Be able to build effective working relationships quickly and with confidence
  • Ability to create social media content.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure, prioritise workload and deal with competing priorities; Experience working with senior staff, including Ministers will be an advantage.

How to apply:

To find out more about the job please contact:

Laura Walklett
T: 0207 210 5199 M: 07787836432

To Apply:
Please send your CV and personal statement of no more than 250 words detailing your experience and why you would like the job to:

Jacqueline Chivers
Head of International Health System Strengthening
T: 0113 254 5404

Attorney General’s Office: Secondee to the AGO Communications Team

Location: London
Grade: AIO/IO
Closing date: 14 September


We’re looking for a keen communicator with experience working within government or public sector correspondence who wants to broaden their experience of a wide range of correspondence tasks, as well as opportunities within a wider Communications Team. They will join us from 2 weeks to 2 months on secondment from a government department or executive agency.

Please note basic security clearance is required to work within the Attorney General’s Office.

Job profile

As the public face of the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Communications Team works closely with counterparts across Whitehall, in other Criminal Justice Departments, and with the Law Officers’ Departments (the CPS, SFO, GLD and HMCPSI) to deliver high standards of communication.

Our correspondence team is a small one, so you will have the opportunity to gain experience in the full remit of correspondence work – MP letters, FOIs, write-rounds, and ‘treat official’. Our small, multi-faceted department can also offer exciting opportunities to become involved in a broad mix of interesting work from across the team’s remit. For example, you could have the chance to get involved in the work of the Press Office or social media team, if interested.

Core tasks will include drafting ministerial replies to correspondence received from MPs, answering a variety of queries from the general public, and taking responsibility for answering FOI requests. You will take responsibility for your own work load, liaising with internal and external colleagues to obtain the information needed to respond accurately and within the given deadline.

Person specification

We are looking for someone with a desire to broaden their experience, gain experience of working within a busy government department or who wants to find out more about the work of the Attorney General’s Office.

You should have some experience in government or public sector correspondence, but this can be in any field.

How to apply

Please contact Ana at with a few sentences detailing your relevant experience and why you’re interested in a secondment with us.

Deadline for applications is 10am on Friday 14th September.

Do also get in touch if you have any questions.

How to advertise your secondment

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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