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Internet Governance Policy Advisor

The UK supports the multi-stakeholder model of global Internet governance, in which governments, the private sector, civil society, the technical community and academia have roles to play in how the Internet is run. Internet governance is discussed in a range of international organisations, including the UN Internet Governance Forum and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages the Internet's Domain Name System. We work closely with UK stakeholders and like-minded countries in all these forums in order to promote a free, open and secure Internet and to protect the public interest.

The successful candidate will be responsible for advising on UK Internet governance policy, building effective partnerships with stakeholders and supporting the UK's Internet governance objectives overseas. Some international travel may be required, including to UN organisations in Geneva and further afield.

International Telecommunication Union Policy Advisor

The UK is a leading member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialist agency of the United Nations based in Geneva to which we contribute £2m a year. Our strategic aims are to protect and promote UK interests at the ITU: maintaining a free, open and secure Internet, ensuring an ICT environment which supports innovation, investment and open markets, and promoting sustainable development. To do that we need to work closely with stakeholders to develop an effective "Team UK", build strong relationships with like-minded partners and broaden our support from other countries.

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating UK engagement and supporting policy development in international negotiations at the ITU and at the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunication Administrations (the European grouping at the ITU).

Some international travel may be required, including to the ITU in Geneva and further afield for the World Telecommunications Standardisation Assembly (India in February 2021), the World Telecommunications Development Conference (Ethiopia in 2021) and the ITU's Plenipotentiary Conference (Romania in 2022).

Please refer to the candidate information pack attached below for further information on the job description

Internet Governance Policy Advisor

The post-holder will be responsible for:

- Managing effective relationships with UK stakeholders and with other countries in order to develop UK Internet governance policy and promote UK objectives internationally
- Preparing for and coordinating UK representation at international meetings, working with stakeholders to ensure the UK's voice is strong and effective
- Managing UK policy at ICANN, including the roll out of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs)
- Managing engagement in Internet governance discussions at the International Telecommunication Union, the Commission for Science and Technology for Development, the UN Internet Governance Forum and the Council of Europe
- Ensuring that UK Internet governance objectives are reflected in broader government policy-making and building strong partnerships with key government and regulatory stakeholders such as FCO, Ofcom, NCSC, BEIS and DfID

International Telecommunication Union Policy Advisor

The post-holder will be responsible for:

- Coordinating UK delegations to ITU meetings and to meetings of the European grouping at the ITU, working with stakeholders to ensure the UK's voice is strong and effective
- Consulting stakeholders to develop UK policy at the ITU
- Managing engagement programmes, such as hosting international meetings and working with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
- Develop effective working relationships with the ITU secretariat and with other countries in order to promote UK objectives
- Building strong partnerships with key government and regulatory stakeholders such as FCO, Ofcom, NCSC, BEIS and DfID

For both the above roles, the post-holder requires strong project management, communication and stakeholder engagement skills. The key Civil Service Behaviours for these roles are:

- Delivering at Pace - this is often a fast-moving area sometimes with large volumes of work and short deadlines to meet.

- Working Together - candidates should be able to form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds.

- Seeing the Big Picture - candidates need a strong awareness of the international and diplomatic context in which debates about the Internet take place.

- Making Effective Decisions - candidate needs to be able to use sound judgement, evidence and knowledge when preparing briefings for UK delegates, and be thoughtful and sensible about the public use of Government information.

Please refer to the candidate information pack attached below for further information on the responsibilities


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension

    Things you need to know


    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 .

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

    Selection process details

    This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

    How to apply

    We encourage all candidates that meet the nationality requirements to apply for this role (see FAQs).

    To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation to us.This should be completed no later than 23:55 on Monday 17th August 2020 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.

    AStatement of Suitability (max 750 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role.

    Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

    Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

    Part of the application process will require you to complete diversity questionnaire, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say' but this information is very important to the Civil Service.

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


    At this stage, the panel, including the hiring manager, will assess your experience and behaviours; and select applicants demonstrating the best fit with the role by considering the evidence you have provided against the criteria set out in the ''Essential and Desirable criteria'' section. Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application.

    The Interview

    Interviews will consist of a five minute presentation and questions where candidates will be expected to build on the information provided in their application.

    The interview will be a blended assessment consisting of a series of questions against the Civil Service Success Profiles Behaviours and Strengths. The behaviours to be tested at interview are detailed below:

    - Delivering at Pace
    - Working Together
    - Seeing the Big Picture
    - Making Effective Decisions

    In light of the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 16 March, we have reviewed the way that we interview to ensure that both you and our panel members are not required to undertake unnecessary travel at the present time.
    As such, rather than conducting interviews face to face in our office location (100 Parliament Street), interviews for this campaign will be moving to video interviewing as the default approach with immediate effect.

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

    Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis 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 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

    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.

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

    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 circumstance 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.

    The expectation within DCMS is that staff will normally remain in post for a minimum of 12 months for band C, 18 months for band B and 24 months for band A/AU and will not apply for DCMS roles on level transfer during that time.

    Any move to DCMS will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

    Reasonable adjustment
    If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

    If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

    Contact Government Recruitment Service via DCMSRecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

    Complete the "Assistance required" section in 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 if you're deaf, a Language Service Professional.

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

    Please refer to the candidate information pack attached below for further information on the selection process

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

    Nationality requirements

    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 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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