International Hydrographic Programmes Officer

UK Hydrographic Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 15th December 2021


Reference number





Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

UKHO - Data Acquisition

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Taunton, Somerset, South West

About the job


The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is a world-leading agency providing the most comprehensive range of marine geospatial information across the globe. This information is supplied to commercial shipping, defence navies and maritime organisations for the primary purpose of safe navigation and global trade efficiency. It also supports other marine activities including economic development, environmental protection, resource exploration and utilisation, scientific research and security and defence.

The Hydrographic Programmes (HP) team requires Programme Officers to backfill an existing role and create an additional post to support the successful delivery of the UKHOs corporate plan and maintain and develop its current business as usual responsibilities. The Hydrographic Programmes Team consists of five Programme Managers, up to three Programme Officers and Head of Hydrographic Programmes. HPs are part of the wider Data Acquisition Division.

We are currently recruiting for two B2 Programme Officer posts which report to the Head of Hydrographic Programmes with additional tasking from the Programme Managers. The Hydrographic Programmes team is responsible for providing external stakeholders with confidence that UKHO are in control of high-profile programme activity and associated funding. This means UKHO can continue to meet both its obligations as a trading fund and customer expectations.

Job description

This post will be responsible for maintaining the Hydrographic Programmes (HP) Geographical (Geospatial) Information System (GIS), conducting research, coordinating input from wider UKHO stakeholders and collating draft technical visit reports and briefing notes in fulfilment of discrete projects. The post holder will assist the Head of Hydrographic Programmes as well as the Hydrographic Programme Managers in the operational delivery and management of programmes and projects and making representations on their behalf at various fora, both national and international, as required.


These will include:

• Maintaining the Hydrographic Programmes Database to support Hydrographic Programme Manager’s with data providing situational awareness across multiple programmes for planning and assessment of priorities and deconfliction of activities.
• Support the HP Team by assisting with wider programme management and governance tasks.
• Deputise for HPM’s during periods of absence
• Assist in the production of reports and documentation in support of programme and team activity.
• Provide Support to HHP and HPM in the development of strategy and policy papers and business cases.

Full brief of the Behaviours, strengths, ability, knowledge, skills and experience required (level 3)

• Seeing the Big Picture
• Making Effective Decisions
• Leading and Communicating
• Collaborating and Partnering
• Managing a Quality Service
• Delivering at Pace

Technical Competence
Will have demonstrable knowledge, experience and understanding of GIS applications and in its use for analysis and management of information from a variety of data sources.

Person Specification
We are seeking a motivated individual to join the with the following characteristics:

• Confidence/ability to work with staff at all levels & build strong working relationships.
• Effective communications skills in all media; an effective negotiator.
• Displays tact, diplomacy, sound judgement and professional self-confidence borne out of experience.
• The ability to organise and prioritise work.
• Excellent numeracy and literacy skills to undertake a range of tasks including the ability to?produce?concise, clear and coherent reports.
• The ability to adapt to and embrace change.

Essential Technical/Functional Skills and Experience

• To be an established Geospatial analyst with proven experience of managing and application of a GIS.
• Understanding of hydrography and marine cartography.
• High level of literacy and proven technical report writing skills, including cross government reporting/briefings.
• Recognised GIS training and/or equivalent experience.
• An interest and sound understanding of international affairs and geopolitical sensitivity.
• Confident in delivering briefings to stakeholders and facilitating engagement.
• Ability to work off site and on occasion undertake UK or international travel.


• Good knowledge of Maritime Safety Information and its practical application.
• Experience of Programme Management applications e.g. Risk monitoring, report submissions.
• Experience of chairing internal and external meetings and providing programme secretariat support.
• Good understanding of UKHO business processes and cross divisional activities.
• and experience of UKHO processes.
• Accredited to HPAS Level 2 or higher or equivalent and/or recognised hydrographic surveying qualification.
• Awareness of hydrographic surveying principles, in particular issues relating to survey data quality.
• Formal Project Management Training.
• Experience of the development, coordination and support of programmes and projects.
• Experience of working unsupported with a range of Government departments including MoD.
• Cultural and diversity awareness.
• Awareness of the IHO Hydrographic Governance Framework.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service


We offer a range of benefits to support your lifestyle, including generous leave allowances, flexible working hours, a lift-share scheme, enrolment in the Civil Service Pension scheme, and regular training and development opportunities.

We operate from a brand new state of the art, award-winning building with an onsite gym, cafeteria, and state of the art meeting rooms; a Chaplaincy service; and an Employee Assistance Programme. We have several internal networks available for you to join, including: Mental Health Group, STEM Ambassadors, Woman’s Network, Pride Network and Disabilities group. Travelling to UKHO onsite parking, electric car charging ports, and cycle-to-work scheme are available.

Full-time employees receive 26.5 days annual leave per year, increasing to 31.5 days annual leave after five years’ service (pro-rata for part-time employees).

We offer many flexible working options. These include: a flexible working hours scheme with up to two days per month Flexi leave, remote working, part-time working, job sharing, paid special leave, career breaks, and unpaid leave. We want you to feel part of something bigger and we encourage team-spirit and a community feel in our workplace.

Parents with children will be supported to enable you to manage work and family responsibilities. We offer an on-site independently run nursery with discounted prices for children of UKHO employees.

Any voluntary move to UKHO, from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. However, you may be eligible for other government schemes including Tax Free Childcare. You can determine your eligibility at

With regards to maternity, adoption, and/or shared parental leave the flexibility to have up to 26 weeks full pay, followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid leave. Paternity leave of up to two weeks is available with full pay, subject to certain qualifying criteria.

We offer at least 5 days’ learning and development to each employee per year, with professional membership subscriptions, mentoring, and Civil Service-Learning available to all.

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.

See our vetting charter.
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 and Experience.
This vacancy is using success profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, experience and Technical Skills. The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

• An interview with one or more exercises

Short-list Criteria

You will be short listed against the following criteria:

First Sift
• A Personal Statement (500 words maximum) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role against the essential and desirable criteria.

Second Sift
You will be short-listed against the following behaviours (Level 3):
• Seeing the Big Picture
• Collaborating and Partnering
• Managing a Quality Service

Interview Criteria

You will be interviewed against the following criteria:

• A work-based exercise and presentation.

Behaviours (Level 3):

• Delivering at Pace
• Leading and Communicating
• Making Effective Decisions

The first sift is due to take place w/c 20/12/2021
The second sift is due to take place w/c 27/12/2021
Interviews are likely to be held w/c 03/01/2022

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There maybe occasions when these dates change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

Things you need to know

• This role is open to full time, part time, job share. The UKHO will consider flexible working or workplace adjustments, where appropriate.
• Security – successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check and gain a Security Clearance.
• The role will be contractually based at our Head Office in Taunton. We are working largely remotely at present but envisage a future hybrid working model whereby you will be able to balance your work location between working remotely and in the office. You must be able to travel to the office as and when required.


External applicants:
New Entrants to the Civil Service will be expected to join at the salary minimum of the grade for which they applied. If an applicant at the offer stage wishes to negotiate higher starting pay, they will be required to submit a case with supporting evidence; UKHO will consider the case against several factors, including our total reward and benefits offering, the difficulty of recruiting the role and scarcity of skills. Higher starting pay will only be considered if the salary range (i.e. the minimum and maximum) for the role, and/ or specific allowance, has been advertised.

Internal Staff
Those who are successful for a level graded role will retain their current salary.
Those who are successful for a higher graded role will have their promotion salary calculated.
Further information can be found in the attached document “Additional Pay Information”

Existing civil servants from other government departments (OGDs): are subject to UKHO’s internal pay policies. Further information can be found in the attached Document “ Additional Pay Information”.

SC – non reserved
This is a Ministry of Defence non-reserved post and although open to UK, British Commonwealth and European Economic Area nationals, successful applicants will require a security clearance (SC) and therefore need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 12 consecutive months within the last 5 years.

Nationality Statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance, please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could
affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Further Information
We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a merit (reserve) list for up to 12 months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post.

It is likely we will be able to start your employment with BPSS clearance (your clean DBS certificate and satisfactory references that we will obtain) before your SC/DV clearance is successful – this is called a conditional offer.

You will be presented with an unconditional offer only once you have obtained the necessary level of clearance for the role.

If your fail to gain SC/DV clearance, whichever is appropriate for the role you have applied for, your employment with UKHO will be terminated immediately.

Our ability to start employment on a conditional basis is subject to the specific requirements of the role and cannot be guaranteed; please contact our recruitment team if you would like further information:

Please note, if you have not been resident in the UK for the last 5 years (for SC clearance) or for the last 10 years (for DV clearance) then you may be requested to supply the information below:

• Evidence of your actual overseas residence (bills or rental agreements confirming addresses etc)
• Police Certificate providing confirmation that no criminal record is held in the overseas country of residence.
• Reference/Confirmation of employment from an employer in the overseas country of residence.
• Reference/Confirmation of residence or travel from friends, companions or fellow travellers that have knowledge of or have been in the company of you, when resident outside of the UK.
• Reference from a UK based organisation maintaining contract with a sponsorship of you, while residing overseas

Disability Confident – Guaranteed Interview

UKHO embraces diversity and promotes inclusion and equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident employer, which includes offering a guaranteed interview to candidates with disabilities, providing they meet the minimum selection criteria.

By ‘minimum selection criteria’ we mean that the evidence you provide in your application must demonstrate that you meet the minimum pass mark, set by the short-list panel, for each criteria listed in the ‘short-list’ section, above. The short-list panel will not be made aware of any disability you may choose to declare; this information will be processed solely by HR, in accordance with Data Protection legislation.

If you are a disabled candidate, please ensure you complete the Equality and Diversity form or inform our HR department, at, if you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident guaranteed interview scheme.

Civil Service Recruitment

From 01/10/2020, UKHO’s HR Department is to provide a Fair Processing Notice (FPN) to all new applicants after they have been successful at interview.

These candidates will be informed that, as one aspect of pre-employment screening, their personal details – name, NINO and date of birth - will be checked against the Civil Service Resourcing Extract Internal Fraud Database (IFD) and that anyone included on the IFD will be refused employment unless they can show exceptional circumstances.

UKHO’s HR Department will also include the FPN wording advising of the check against the extract IFD in the advert for employment for the pilot departments.

UKHO’s HR Department will, on behalf of the vacancy holder, inform applicants when they are refused employment because of their inclusion in the IFD.

Civil Service Commission
Recruitment into the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission which has two key functions.
• To maintain the principle of selection for appointment to the Civil Service on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.
• To promote an understanding of the Civil Service Code which sets out the constitutional framework in which all civil servants work and the values they are expected to uphold, and to hear and determine appeals made under it. More detailed information can be found at on the Civil Service Commission website:


The Department’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment based on merit, open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, details of which can be found at

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the UKHO’s Recruitment Team, Human Resources, Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2DN or email , in the first instance.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can further contact the Civil Service Commission at:
Email: or in writing to:
Civil Service Commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ

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

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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Further information

The Department’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment based on merit, open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, details of which can be found at If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the UKHO’s Recruitment Team, Human Resources, Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2DN or email , in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can further contact the Civil Service Commission at: Email: or in writing to: Civil Service Commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ

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