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.

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


Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office

Unit name

Government Communication Service



Senior Information Officer (Senior Executive Officer equivalent) (SIO)


Job title

Senior Strategic Communications and Campaigns Officer (Secondment)


Westminster, London


Salary range

£38,226 – £47,758 – Current salaries will be honoured.


Closing date

COP 8/12/19


Available on promotion:


Vacancy description

This is a rare opportunity to second into one of the central GCS teams and lead on the creation of the annual Government Communication Plan for 2020/21, for up to one year secondment (December 2020).

The plan is created each year and sets the strategy, key priorities and vision for government communicators across all departments, ALBs and agencies. It inspires those working in government communications and provides guidance for the communications industry, setting standards for first-rate communication practice.

The successful candidate will lead on the following elements, within a small budget:

·       Coordinate departmental and internal contributions, creating this into a coherent plan for GCS.

·       Manage Design102 through the production of the book.

·       Plan and run a successful launch event.

·       Work closely with Private Offices to obtain clearance from the Executive Director of Government Communication, Special Advisors, Chief Executive of the Civil Service, Cabinet Secretary, Minister for the Constitution and No10.

·       Lead on an internal communication campaign across departmental communication teams to embed the plan.

You’ll be working within the Prime Minister’s Priorities and Campaigns team. The team works alongside Press Office and Digital Communications and other central teams in the GCS. The team is responsible for the Government narrative, Government Communication Plan and support the Communication Single Budget and spending controls process for GCS. The team works at the very heart of Government, across a range of campaigns and tackling some of the biggest communication challenges we face.

Person specification

The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate:

·       Excellent writing and editing skills.

·       The ability to work to strict deadlines and manage a large project with many different elements, keeping within budget.

·       Strong leadership skills, including using virtual teams beyond your immediate organisation.

·       An understanding of the whole communications mix, both paid for and no cost.

·       An ability to work to develop strategic ideas allied to a strong focus on delivery and results.

·       The ability to influence and engage at all levels including the most senior stakeholders.

How to Apply

To apply, please write a brief expression of interest of no more than two pages, explaining why you would be the best candidate for the role, and send that along with your CV to


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

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