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Project Officer
Premium Job From Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Recruiter: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Listed on: 11th October
Location: London
Salary/Rate: £34,053
Type: Contract
Start Date:
Reference: 14004
Contact Name: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) affects every person in the country. While many assume our work will only affect them if they need an Embassy's help while they are abroad, our remit is so much more than that. Because while we do indeed support those caught up in conflict zones and those who are dealing with a problem while they are on holiday, we also work innovatively to create business opportunities for the UK, we protect British businesses on a world stage and so much more. As we exit the European Union, the challenges we face have become even more complex, so we are seeking a dynamic and enterprising Project Officer to join our team. 

The FCO's Open Source Unit is currently growing in numbers - and importance. Committed to transforming the way the UK conducts its diplomatic duties through the better use of open source data, we play an important part in advancing government policy. Developing your understanding of open source techniques, data science-led approaches, behavioural science methodologies, and policy priorities, you will help us further the work of this team. Tasked with a number of key programmes, you will seek to maximise our internal processes and deliver structural change to the organisation. With your projects having an impact on the most topical issues, you will lead on regular financial returns and report team progress to the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate board. With the aim of supporting our international partners in developing comparable capabilities, you will develop and codify the team's way of working. Whether planning resources, assessing risks to the project or mapping engagement with key stakeholders, this is a deeply interesting role that will require exceptional organisational skills.

With the support of your highly skilled colleagues, we will encourage you to push the boundaries of your knowledge. As such, you will thrive in our team if you have comprehensive project management experience, with a background in keeping projects on track and managing stakeholders and their expectations. With experience of delivering sustainable structural change, you will be comfortable working in a period of ambiguity, and have a track record of delivering through others. Crucially, you will have exceptional interpersonal skills, with the capacity to work creatively and innovatively.

This is a valuable opportunity to forge a broad network of contacts across a myriad of teams. In the space of a year, you will be exposed to career-defining projects, and you will gain the type of knowledge and skills that will elevate your future career prospects exponentially. With such a wealth of opportunity, comes immense job satisfaction - plus a competitive benefits package and a good work/life balance. So, if you would relish the chance to help the UK move forward into an even brighter future, then we would be delighted to receive your application.

 Closing date: 4 November 2019