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Sensitivity Reviewer

11 Month Fixed Term Contract

From global diplomacy to digital security, the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is complex and sensitive – and so are the corresponding historical records. That’s where you’ll come in, as one of our Sensitivity Reviewers. Working on the archives of the FCO, you will decide whether files should be preserved for the public record at The National Archives, and you will review selected files to decide what sensitive content needs to be withheld for a certain period, in accordance with current legislation.

Use your diplomatic awareness to protect our national interest
Whether you’re considering a diplomatic report from the Nineties, or much older government records, these are delicate decisions to make. Each record you read will be rich in detail, so you’ll need not just excellent judgement but the diplomatic and overseas experience to back it up. Having ideally worked in HM Diplomatic Service, or for an international institution like the EU or the UN, you will have practical experience of navigating the subtleties of cultural difference. You will be able to spot what might be sensitive or cause offense in particular countries, and use your knowledge to ensure every angle is considered, for the protection of UK interests.

Be methodical and help provide unswerving accuracy
You won’t just have extensive experience; you will also have an excellent eye for detail. In an extensive report, you’ll spot the one sentence that might be sensitive. You are efficient and thorough. No matter the challenge or the density of the document, you will bring the same level of commitment to detail, providing an impeccable service for our customers.

And make decisions that impact our nation’s history
Our roles here are flexible, and you will be able to manage your hours alongside other commitments if you want to. That being said, one thing is certain: as one of our Sensitivity Reviewers, your decisions will contribute to the public record, as well as to maintaining national security. Agree to whatever work hours and days suit you best, with a minimum requirement of 100 days per year, and your expertise will help protect UK people, information and assets around the world.

All our employees have to be security cleared to the highest level, so you will need to undergo a comprehensive vetting process before joining.

Please note that interviews are to be held in January 2020.

Hanslope Park based posts attract a Location Allowance of £1,750 per annum.

FCO Services are regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

Job summary

£49,660 pro rata plus £1,750 location allowance pro rata
Hanslope Park
Closing Date
18 December 2019 at midnight

Further information

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  • 1.  Extra Information
  • 2.  Role Profile
  • 3.  Civil Service Recruitment Principles
  • 4.  Civil Service Code