About the job


London, Manchester

Job Summary

About the job

This role includes two main objectives: leading the multilateral strategy and engagement portfolio in the National Cyber Strategy & International Team, and leading cyber negotiations in multilateral fora, representing the UK. The post holder will act as the Head of Multilaterals as well as Senior Negotiator. This post will support our cyber security mission working with a range of international organisations, including the International Telecommunication Union, G7/G20 and the OECD. The role includes building strong collaborative relationships with partner countries and stakeholders in multilateral fora, finding opportunities to influence global discussion and identifying international best practice.

The postholder will also develop a multilateral cyber strategy and a programme of engagement at major international conferences to promote UK approaches to cyber security. This will be a joint work with Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) working closely with FCDO cyber attaches at post and developing a strong understanding in UN negotiations across the system.

This post will sit in DCMS, but be part of the future FCDO/DCMS joint Cyber Profession and benefit from trainings, capacity building and in-band growth and development opportunities offered to the Cyber Network. It will include short stints at post (New York, Geneva) on an L&D basis, and be part of a joint FCDO Cyber Profession.

Job Description

Role responsibilities:

  • Senior Negotiator for ITU, and other UN bodies as required
  • Leads the UK Cyber interests in ITU, including:
  • Supports FCDO Cyber negotiations in NY and Vienna, as well as any cyber-related negotiations in the Human Rights Council ensuring there are no undermining or contradictory agreements across all resolutions
  • Manages the multilateral team in Cyber Strategy & International
  • Develops the UK cyber approach to multilaterals and minilaterals, including the OECD, G7/G20, Commonwealth (CHOGM), Council of Europe (CoE), NATO/OSCE as appropriate
  • UK delegate to the OECD Working Party on Digital Security in the next cycle
  • UK lead for relevant 5Eyes Working Groups
  • UK representative in relevant O5 meetings
  • Leads the development and building for the FCDO/DCMS Cyber Profession

Person specification

The ideal candidate would have the following key skills and experience:

Essential requirements:

  • Experience in international negotiations (such as Bilateral Partnership Agreements, Free Trade Agreements), and/or multilateral experience (such as UN negotiations)
  • A track-record of managing a range of competing priorities and shifting timeframes;
  • An ability to work independently and proactively, delivering a range of complex activity;
  • Experience developing whole-of-organisation strategies (such as government strategy, or a departmental strategy; corporate strategy)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, such as the ability to draft effectively to a high standard an explain complex issues in understandable terms;
  • Stakeholder management skills – building strong working relationships with a wide range of colleagues and external stakeholders, including other governments
  • Line management experience

Desirable skills:

  • Knowledge of cyber security or of the wider digital policy environment;
  • Knowledge of the wider international environment;
  • Effective use of project planning to lead a team working at pace.


DCMS values its staff and offers a wide range of benefits to everyone who works here. We’re committed to developing talent, and supporting colleagues to have great careers in our department. To support with that, some of the benefits we offer include:

  • Flexible working arrangements and hybrid working – DCMS staff work on a flexible basis with time spent in offices, and time spent working from home.
  • 26.5 days annual leave on entry, increasing to 31.5 days after 5 years’ service.
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • 3 days of paid volunteering leave.
  • Up to 9 months maternity leave on full pay + generous paternity and adoption leave.
  • Staff reward and recognition bonuses that operate throughout the year.
  • Occupational sick pay.
  • Active and engaged staff networks to join including the LGBT+, Ethnic Diversity, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Gender Equality Networks.
  • Exceptional learning and development opportunities that you can explore alongside your day to day work.
  • Season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme and much more!

Terms and conditions at SCS grades will vary. Those applying for SCS roles should refer to the candidate information pack for more information on terms and conditions.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

Application process:

To apply for this post, please send us the following documents no later than 09:00 on 23rd January 2023 via the CS Jobs portal:

  • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years. Please refer to the essential requirements.
  • A Statement of Suitability (max 1000 words) explaining your interest in the role and how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role in reference to the essential requirements highlighted. You may also choose to reference the desirable skills listed.

For the shortlist, we will assess your experience and select applicants demonstrating the best fit for the role by considering the evidence provided in your application.

In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will initially be sifted on the statement of suitability. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

Should you encounter any issues with your online application please get in touch with: dcmsrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

The interview:

The interview process will assess Experience and it will potentially include a presentation. Experience will be assessed based on the essential requirements listed in the advert. Details of the questions and the assessment of each question will be sent to you prior to the interview.

As part of your interview, you may be asked to deliver a short oral presentation. Full details of this, including the topic, and whether or not you will need to use visual aids, will be sent to you prior to your interview.

In most cases interviews will take place remotely via Google Meet video call. However please refer to the Candidate Information Pack to confirm the interview approach.

For indicative sift and interview dates please refer to the attached Candidate Information Pack.

Further Information

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to DCMS from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf.

However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-EmploymentChecks.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

DCMS has a London and a National pay scale. For more information on this, including the circumstances in which each pay scale will apply, please see the ‘Information for Applicants’ document

If you choose to join on a loan basis, prior agreement to be released on loan must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return .


This role can be based in London or Manchester. The hub locations are displayed on the job advert. Not all hub locations have confirmed office space yet – successful applicants will be expected to work remotely until this becomes available.

Reasonable Adjustment

We are committed to supporting candidates so they can perform at their best throughout the recruitment process. This includes making reasonable adjustments to our process.

In order to request an adjustment, please:

Complete the ‘Assistance required’ section on the ‘Additional requirements’ page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or a verbal test rather than a written one.

Alternatively, contact the Government Recruitment Service via dcmsrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.


If you are experiencing accessibility difficulties with any of the attachments, please contact us. Contact details can be found in the ‘contact point for applicants’ section of the job advert.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check . See our vetting charter .

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Nationality Requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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