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GSE opportunities: Secondments at BBC News, L&D and Loans to the FCO

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Career Framework, Analysis Function

The Analysis Function has worked with departments and each of the analytical professions across government to develop the first iteration of an overarching career framework based on the skills required to perform typical analytical roles across government. The aim of the framework is to help analysts and aspiring analysts plan their career in analysis. The team are collating all feedback in order to further develop this framework, including the use of career stories to showcase the flexibility of careers in analysis across government.

Please send any comments you may have to by the end of August.

Getting Your Numbers Right: Analytical Quality Assurance Course for Non-Analysts

New dates have been released for the ‘Getting your numbers right’ workshop. Aimed at non-analytical professionals, this course will provide you with an introduction into how analytical quality assurance helps us make better decisions. It will be a mixture of presentation, discussion and interactive exercise, open to those who would like to know more about quality in the analytical process.

Sessions will be held in London on the following dates:

At the end of the course you will:

  1. Understand the underlying principles of analytical quality assurance.
  2. Gain insight into the practical aspects of analytical QA.
  3. Understand how BEIS QA practices provide confidence in model based analysis.

You can book yourself onto either session on the Eventbrite website for the 15 August event or 22 August event.

Climate Prosperity Officer (SEO), Foreign and Common Wealth Office (FCO)

The role will lead the CD team’s work on clean growth and prosperity, including coordination with the industrial and trade strategies, science and innovation, and programme funds.

It is a fantastic opportunity for a high-performing SEO to further develop their experience in the international and diplomatic environment. Applicants with economics, commercial/trade or international/diplomatic experience are particularly encouraged to apply. I would also encourage SEOs that might otherwise be looking for promotion to consider applying: in addition to specific diplomatic development opportunities, the FCO tends to give C5/SEO staff with greater responsibilities at their grade than might be available in some other departments and applicants may wish to balance this against promotion opportunities.

Further details available on Civil Service Jobs website or feel free to contact or .

This position will be open to loans from other government departments (“Interchange”).  FCO requires that OGD applicants have their loan confirmed by their line manager and their home HR department when they submit their bidding application.

Closing Date: Friday 9th August 

Reference: 1642668

Secondment opportunities with BBC News (SEO/G7)

The GSS Capability Team are pleased to offer four exciting placements in 2020 for experienced analysts to work within the BBC, each lasting three months – between January to March; April to June; July to September; and October to December.

The secondments will be based at the headquarters of BBC News in London, and as such the successful applicants will be expected to be based in London for the duration of the placement.

Your salary for this professional development opportunity will continue to be paid by your parent department, so applicants should have the approval of their line manager and divisional director before applying.


All loans and secondment opportunities are offered based on current satisfactory performance. Applicants must obtain their line-manager’s permission to apply, as well as an endorsement of their application, and approval for release to start in January 2020 should they be allocated to quarter one.

The successful candidates will be representing the Government Analysis Function and their profession, and as such will be expected to adhere to their professional standards and the Civil Service code of objectivity and impartiality at all times during their placement.

Please send a brief expression of interest (no more than 1 side of A4) to stating how you meet the requirements, as outlined in the person specification. Please also indicate which of the following periods you would like to be placed in:

  • January to March 2020
  • April to June 2020
  • July to September 2020
  • October to December 2020

Every effort will be taken to allocate you to your preferred period, however, this cannot always be guaranteed. We’ll carry out a selection exercise based on the roles, responsibilities and person specification criteria.

For more information on the roles & responsibilities and the person specification, please go to the GSS Careers Website.

Closing Date: Friday 23 August 2019.

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