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


National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC): Head of Campaigns


Location: London
Grade:
Grade 7
Closing date:
12 October

Description of duties:

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is offering an exciting short-term secondment for an experienced marketing or communications professional to shape the future of government communications on cyber security. This is a unique opportunity to develop your campaign skills working in an interesting and high-profile policy area. You will help develop a single cross-HMG campaign on cyber for individuals and organisations to launch in 2019.

The NCSC is the lead authority on cyber security in the UK, providing technical advice and support to individuals and organisations, with the aim of making the UK the safest place to live and do business online. NCSC’s HQ is in London but has its roots in GCHQ’s world-class expertise in Cheltenham.

As Head of Campaigns for the NCSC you will play a leading role in creating the strategy and planning a single cross-government campaign on cyber security to run from 2019-2021. You will need to build effective relationships and work as part of a virtual campaign team with colleagues from across government including the Home Office and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to design an effective campaign which will drive real behaviour change.

         Job profile:

  • Leading the development of a single campaign strategy on cyber security for individuals and organisations, working with colleagues across government as part of a virtual team
  • Developing high quality communication strategies and plans, that are based on insight and properly evaluated in line with GCS standards to ensure value-for-money
  • Leading the implementation of campaigns activity, including procuring and managing external agencies to help deliver future campaign activity
  • Oversight of marketing campaign spend and campaign performance, including responsibility for a shared budget and ensuring campaign spend delivers a measurable ROI
  • Overseeing a major research study and development of new segmentation model on cyber security attitudes and behaviours being conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the NCSC and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
  • Developing a new cross-government partnerships strategy to influence a network of partners in supporting, amplifying and delivering messages from the campaign and assisting HMG in designing policy interventions that will drive behaviour change.Person Specification: 
  • A proven track record of delivering effective mass communications campaigns to the public or organisations, with expertise in marketing/ strategic communications.
  • Understanding and experience of delivering campaigns using a range of channels, including but not limited to digital, marketing, media, partnerships, events and branding.
  • Excellent understanding of Government Communication Service standards, including OASIS planning, evaluation, insight, internal comms, and how to apply these
  • Awareness of behaviour change theory and communications best practice
  • Excellent organisational skills, the ability to juggle multiple priorities and work under pressure to achieve results
  • Excellent influencing skills and experience of building positive relationships and networks internally and externally with stakeholders, partners and colleagues
  • A strong commercial awareness and experience of procuring and managing external contracts, such as advertising, media buying or partnership agencies
  • Experience of using innovative and creative approaches to deliver results through both low-cost/no-cost activity and paid-for campaigns
  • Ability to turn complex insights into clear communications strategies and engaging campaigns, with a keen awareness for risks and opportunities
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments to achieve results and build a high-performing virtual team.
    Core competencies required: Government Communication Professional Competencies at Grade 7 level on Insight, Ideas, Implementation and Impact, see full framework here: https://gcs.civilservice.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/gcs.civilservice…competency-Framework-Feb-16-1.pdfHow to Apply: For more information or to discuss the role, please contact:
    Emily Towers
    T: 07920 531 985
    E: emily.t@ncsc.gov.ukTo Apply:Please send a tailored CV and short personal statement of 1 side of A4 set out why you are interested in the secondment and what relevant skills and experience you will bring to NCSC.

    Emily Towers
    T: 07920 531 985
    E: emily.t@ncsc.gov.uk


The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom: Head of Communications

(Temp. Maternity Cover)


Location: London
Grade: Grade 6 & 7
Closing date: 29October

Description:

An exciting opportunity has arisen to cover the role of Head of Communications from January to September 2019 while the permanent post holder is taking maternity leave. We are looking for a communications professional to oversee the communications team for the Court and support all media and press handling during the period of absence.

The Head of Communications is responsible for promoting public understanding of the Court and its decisions, managing a complete range of external relations activity. The post-holder has responsibility for providing a high-quality media relations function and ensuring our digital presence – both on owned and social media channels – remains up-to-date and engaging. The post-holder also has responsibility for overseeing arrangements for the recording and live- streaming the Court’s proceedings and making footage available to broadcast media. This is an ideal secondment or loan opportunity for a communications professional.

Job Profile:

The Head of Communications is responsible for promoting public understanding of the Court and its decisions, managing a complete range of external relations activity. The post-holder has responsibility for providing a high-quality media relations function and ensuring our digital presence – both on owned and social media channels – remains up-to-date and engaging. The post-holder also has responsibility for overseeing arrangements for the recording and live-streaming the Court’s proceedings and making footage available to broadcast media.

The Head of Communications also has overall responsibility for the UKSC’s front of house reception staff, and its education and outreach work (including the provision of guided tours of the building), and has responsibility for the events held at the Court throughout the year with support from the Events and International Visits Manager. The post-holder also oversees internal channels, including the corporate intranet.

These services are also provided for the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC), on which the UKSC Justices also sit.
The successful candidate may have to work occasional weekends and evenings and will be paid an on-call allowance for any ad-hoc duties outside normal working hours.

Person Specification:

The ideal candidate would have a thorough understanding of the media, including the social media landscape, and an ability to deal with the most senior judiciary as well as senior representatives of media organisations. This is likely to be demonstrated by extensive experience of a media relations role operating at a senior level or with considerable autonomy.
A professional communications qualification (CIPR / PRCA Diploma or equivalent).
Desirable but not essentialExperience working with senior members of the judiciary and senior professionals in media organisations. Further, a sound understanding of the judicial system, the judiciary and the position of the UK Supreme Court within the UK constitutional settlement.

How to apply:

For more information or to discuss the role, please contact:

Chris Maile, Head of HR
Contact Tel: 020 7960 1893
Contact Email: chris.maile@supremecourt.uk

To Apply:
Please send your CV and personal statement of no more than 250 words demonstrating why you think you have the relevant skills and experience for the role.

Chris Maile
Email: chris.maile@supremecourt.uk


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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