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RICU Job App Details - Info for Candidates

RICU Job App Details - Info for Candidates

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The RoleMain Purpose of the Job
To work closely with RICU’s specialist audience team ondeveloping the broadest possibleanalysis and understanding of research on our target audiences, in order to deliver authoritative evidence-based advice on delivering effective counter terrorist communicationsproducts.RICU is an exciting and relatively new Unit based in the Home Office. We are a trilateral Unit,owned jointly by the Home Office, the Department of Communities and Local Government,and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This is an FCO Position based at the HomeOffice.RICU operate across the Government’s Counter-Terrorism (CT) Strategy, but in particular onthe Prevent strand: “Stopping people becoming or supporting terrorists or violent extremists”.We firmly believe in putting our key target audiences – and our impact on them – at the heartof all that we do.The post of Analyst sits in RICU’s Research Analysis & Knowledge Team, delivering highquality information toenableevidence-based decisions. The post holder will work closely with colleagues within RICU and across Government to analyse the knowledge available on counter-terrorism andspecifically effectivecounter-terrorism communications. The job offers a chance to develop analytical skills and real knowledge of the subject, inaddition to giving advice to policy makers, including Ministers andsenior officials.
Duties and Responsibilities Your main duties and responsibilities are:
Developing the broadest possible analysis and understanding of available research on our target audiences, both HMG and externalAnalysing and evaluatingthe audience segmentation work carried out by RICU to date,determining a suitable basis for ongoing action, and makinganynecessary proposals for amendmentsSupporting the design and delivery of an analytical programme of papers and audienceinsight in consultation with RICU’s audience specialists, the FCO and key stakeholdersacross WhitehallAd hoc and flexible support of media and communications analysis around major HMGlegislation, policy announcements and speeches
Knowledge and SkillsMinimum Experience
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a proven ability to deliver resultsthrough gathering, managing and analysing information from all sources, sometimes totight deadlines. The candidate will be highly consumer-focused, with experience of working successfully with a wide range of clients internally and externally. The ability todemonstrate an inclusive and consultative approach leading to delivery of innovative,influential and authoritative analytical products will be essential. The successfulcandidate will be able to demonstrate a high level of persuasive oral and writtencommunication skills.
Minimum Qualifications
Experience of working with large data sets – ideally trained in using SPSS statistical package.Good working knowledge of excel.Ideally trained in a crosstabulation system e.g. IMS, Telmar 
Desirable experience
Experience of working with Muslim communities and/or hard to reach audiences.Experience of working on counter terrorism, community cohesion or security related issuesand/or government or public sector clients.
Desirable Qualifications
Knowledge of TGI, BARB, RAJARUK Media scene
Terms of appointment
This is a 4-year fixed-term appointment with the FCO.
The salary range for this position will be £21,759 - £31,290, depending on skills andexperience, Plus £3,000 London Location Allowance. Future salary progression isperformance related.
As soon as you join the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, you are eligible to join the CivilService pension arrangements. We offer you a choice of two types of pension:
Nuvos. This is an occupational pension scheme that currently has a 3.5% member contribution rate. As your employer we meet the rest of the cost of the scheme.
Partnership Pension Account. This is a stakeholder pension with a contribution fromourselves. How much we pay is based on your age. We pay this regardless of whether you choose to contribute anything. You do not have to contribute but, if you do, we willalso match your contributions up to 3% of your pensionable earnings. The contributionsare in addition to the age-related contribution mentioned above.For further information, please see www.civilservice-pensions.gov.uk.
Staff in London work a five-day week of 36 hours (excluding lunch breaks). The FCO supportsflexible working.
Family Friendly Policies
There is a wide range of initiatives underway to help FCO employees balance their home andworking lives. These include:
36 place workplace nursery and access to ten places in the Buffer Bear network of nurseries at key commuter points around London;
subsidised holiday play scheme for the children of FCO staff. This play scheme is for children aged between 5 and 12 years.
Annual Leave
You will be entitled to 25 days annual leave on appointment, plus 10.5 public and privilegeholidays per year.
Your application should include a full but concise description of your achievements and thenature, extent and level of the responsibilities you have held. The information you provide inyour application is the ONLY information we will use in deciding whether you will beshortlisted.
Do not substitute your CV for a completed application form, since this will not beconsidered.
We cannot guarantee that your application will be considered if it is receivedafter the closing date.Any suitable questions please emailFCO.Audience.Analyst@Barkers.co.ukor Telephone on0845 307 3857
The candidates who appear, from the information provided, to be best suited for the posts willbe invited to an assessment centre in London, in week commencing (TBC). If you aresuccessful, there will be some checks on your nationality, health and security, before a formaloffer of appointment can be made. The FCO do not give reasons for non-selection at theshort listing stage of a recruitment scheme.
Security Clearance
This job requires security clearance. If you are successful at the assessment centre you willbe asked to complete a number of security questionnaires. There will be checks on your nationality, health and other matters, before a formal offer of appointment can be made.
Starting Date
The successful candidate would be expected to take up our appointment around December 2008. However the successful candidate will be only be appointed once the enquiries referredto above have been satisfactorily completed. These normally take at least three months.
Nationality and Residency
You will be eligible for appointment only if:
You are a British citizen; and
You have been resident in the UK for at least two of the previous ten years, at least oneyear of which must have been a consecutive twelve-month period. Furthermore, to enablethe appropriate security checks to be carried out, you must have resided for at least threeconsecutive years in one country.You should be aware that a lack of sufficient background information may preclude you frombeing granted security clearance.
Equal Opportunity

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