Open Source Intelligence Analyst
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1st October 2019
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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is at the heart of the nation's wellbeing. Tasked with protecting British people and interests wherever they are in the world, we have a global reach that takes us to every continent. With 14,000 of our people embedded in 270 diplomatic embassies, our highly skilled workforce are involved in everything from supporting those who are trapped in conflict zones, to supporting projects in second world countries that will ultimately create business platforms for the UK. As such, the opportunities we can offer our people are unparalleled.
Working within the National Security Directorate (NSD), you will be a part of the growing Open Source Unit (OSU) - a team who are developing techniques that will advance government policy. With the scope to work on high profile data connected to our foreign policy agenda, every day will present you with a myriad of interesting opportunities related to anything from key policy issues to crisis management and international engagement. On a day-to-day basis, you will use the most cutting-edge tools and approaches to collect and analyse open source information, reporting on information flows, assessing media narratives and helping us to understand how this resulting information could impact on foreign policy. Presenting your findings in verbal and written formats, you will ensure that the information has the desired impact. As you will be producing reports on key Eastern European issues, we will look to you to help us shape new tools and methods that will allow us to analyse openly available data. Ultimately, your analyses will help policy owners decide on what steps they need to take to ensure the UK's ongoing safety and success.
To make the most of this important position, you will have strong analytical and reporting skills. Capable of handling large data sets, you will be adept at using the most appropriate medium to present your findings - so you will need excellent verbal and written communication skills. As a team player who enjoys sharing ideas and solving problems with multidisciplinary colleagues, you will be calm under pressure. It is also essential that you are capable of managing your own workload, and that you can prioritise tasks accordingly - all backed up by comprehensive computer skills with the capacity to learn and embrace in-house tools.
An opportunity such as this has the scope to catapult your future potential. During the year that you are with us, you will have the chance to work on projects of national importance, forging a broad network of valuable contacts as you do so. Each day will stretch you and encourage you to explore what you are capable of, with the full backing of a friendly and dynamic team who are experts in their field. By the time you leave us, you will have an enhanced understanding of open source techniques, data science-led approaches and behavioural science methodologies. We will also support you with a generous benefits package, and a great work/life balance. So if you would enjoy working on some of the country's most topical issues, then get in touch today.
This is a one year fixed contract.
Closing date: 28 October 2019.