Counter Disinformation Analyst
Total Package: £33,621 per annum
Contract: Fixed term appointment for two years
Join the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and you will deliver for the UK internationally. That could mean helping us promote Britain and our values, building strategic partnerships, protecting our interests, or supporting Britons abroad. It is a diverse challenge that will put you at the centre of world events, alongside around 17,300 people in our global network of offices, bringing a completely unique perspective of personal and professional pride.
Your role with us
Information Threats & Influence is a new Directorate created in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scope of work is broad – with colleagues across FCDO and Whitehall, working closely with international partners, and using the full range of information, communication and campaign techniques.
Whilst currently very much focused on Russia/Ukraine, the work may expand to include other geographies, which would result in expansion of the directorate’s structure and resources. An openness to learning and to taking on new challenges is therefore essential. As we continue to establish as a new directorate, our focus is very much on ensuring our people are supported, engaged, included and valued.
We work closely with the Open Source Unit to provide insight and understanding of the UK’s highest profile international issues while upholding free expression and privacy. We are a busy team of specialists at the heart of the world’s most data driven foreign and development service.
This dynamic team forms a core part of the UK’s capability to detect, understand, analyse and counter the threat of disinformation, and is adapting rapidly to reflect the situation with regards to Ukraine. The team’s ability to analyse large amounts of foreign language open source data plays a key role in supporting a range of policy decisions.
We combine expertise in behavioural science, data science, open source intelligence and detecting and understanding disinformation to inform the UK’s response.
We comprise specialists from across government and the private sector, motivated by the chance to work at the cutting edge of foreign and development policy, across the breadth of policy areas with particular specialism in national security.
Who we’re looking for
To be a success in this vital role you will have the skills to analyse large amounts of information and use your knowledge of big data and open source intelligence techniques to communicate your findings. With strong reporting skills and the ability to work precisely to tight deadlines while anticipating and responding to incoming work, you will be ready to engage sensitively and constructively with partners in international Governments.
It is essential that you have a good understanding of politics and media in one or more countries or regions (for example Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America) and the skills to handle source data in one or more languages e.g. Russian, Arabic, Spanish, French or Chinese. You should also have proven experience of using Microsoft Excel for data analysis, manipulation and visualisation, and the aptitude to learn new computer skills and tools, including Boolean search strings.
We encourage applications from all communities, so that we reflect the very best of 21st century Britain. Everyone here gets the support to develop their skills and capabilities as well as benefits that help to make the most of life in and out of work, including a Civil Service pension.
Use your talent and experience to shape our nation’s future, and deliver tangible improvements to millions of lives, including your own.