External Affairs Officer
Department of Health and Social Care
Reference number: 1606547
Salary: £31,210 (London) £27,568 (National) - £31,582 (London) £33,816 (National)
Contract type: Permanent
Number of posts: 1
Location: Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, LS2 7UA : City of Westminster, London, SW1H 0EU
Closing date: 12 Nov 2018
About the job
The Department of Health and Social Care Communications Division has an outstanding opportunity to work at one of the biggest and busiest departments in Whitehall. Whether it’s the NHS, cancer, alcohol, smoking, maternity services, ambulances, obesity, the care of older people, vaccinations, mental health, antimicrobial resistance – the list goes on – health is at the forefront of the media and political agenda every day.
We’re looking for a dynamic, creative communications professional who will be a key player in the development and delivery of first class stakeholder engagement and external affairs advice across some of Government’s most high-profile issues.
We are currently recruiting an External Affairs Officer. We are looking someone with a background in external affairs or public affairs. Working with the external affairs team, you will play a key role in building strong working relationships with a range of organisations, gathering stakeholder intelligence to help deliver effective communications and engagement campaigns and departmental and Ministerial objectives.
Key Requirements for the role:
Ability to build strong, positive working relationships with people of all levels across a range of organisations, and influence colleagues on how to analyse and make best use of stakeholder intelligence
Strong communications skills, including the ability to tell a compelling story with both quantitative and qualitative insights
Good analytical skills, with the ability to provide incisive and timely insights that will help the Department shape and plan communications and engagement and policy development
Some understanding or experience of developing and using stakeholder intelligence to build external affairs campaigns and applying audience insight to communications activity
Understanding and preferably experience of delivering communications and engagement in a demanding, fast-paced environment
Passion for understanding the latest communications trends
Helping build effective and proactive relationships with key organisations that support and can contribute to the objectives of the Department of Health and Social Care
Supporting the provision of strategic advice to ministers, senior policy colleagues and communicators on stakeholder engagement to support both the delivery of campaigns and policy development
Horizon scanning and providing stakeholder insight that gets beneath the surface of stakeholder positions and issues
Gathering intelligence and analysing the effectiveness of external engagement to help inform current and future engagement strategies, and sharing stakeholder intelligence in a way that is engaging, timely and purposeful
Contributing to the development and design of stakeholder intelligence tools that meet the needs of the business
Supporting the development and delivery of effective stakeholder engagement strategies across the Department
We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
Communications - Insight: Core
Managing a quality service
Communications - Ideas: Core
Communications - Implementation: Core
Communications - Impact: Core
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using the Civil Service Competency Framework. Guidance on writing competency examples is available: A brief guide to competencies
An initial sift based on the lead competence may be held if a large number of applications are received. If your application progresses to a full sift, all competences will then be considered.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Contact point for applicants
Moises Tovar - Moises.Tovar@dh.gsi.gov.uk
Sift/interview dates and location
Sift and interview will take place in Westminster. Dates to be confirmed.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a Disclosure and Barring Security Check may be carried out.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band