Communications Officer

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 18 Dec 2017

Reference number



£26,805 - £31,103


Higher Executive Officer
Payband 5

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Communications / Marketing

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT

About the job

Job description

Cefas is recruiting a new post to lead and deliver proactive communications and engagement activities in support of Cefas’ growing international marine science portfolio.
The post-holder will play an important role in ensuring that the excellence and impact of UK marine science, delivered by Cefas, is understood and recognised across international and UK audiences and sectors.
Cefas plays a critical role, on behalf of UK Government Departments (including FCO, Defra, CO, DIT and MOD), as well as international governments, to deliver marine and freshwater science solutions in support of sustainable development and to address major challenges such as climate change, food security nature conservation, pollution and marine litter.
The post-holder will support Cefas’ contribution to UK flagship programmes including Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme and UK Blue Belt Programme, in addition to supporting new work in the pipeline spanning the Caribbean, Middle East and South-East Asia.
The post will be part of Cefas’ Strategy Directorate, reporting to Cefas’ Head of Communications (HoC)and working closely with Cefas’ Strategy and Commercial Directors and other communications team members.
You will be expected to take a flexible approach to responsibilities across Cefas’ busy communications team, supporting colleagues with wider programmes, projects and activities, if required.

The Post-holder will:
1. Communications strategy
Work with the HoC and the wider communications team, to develop and implement a communications strategy to ensure a coherent and co-ordinated approach to communicating Cefas’ international science leadership and delivery, with specific lead responsibility for a number of current and new international programmes and projects.
2. Communications Planning
In the short-term the post-holder will support the HoC, with developing and delivering activities to demonstrate CME Programme impact prior to and at CHOGM18 in April 2018.
Longer-term, the post-holder will develop and lead communications to provide visibility to Cefas’ science delivery and impact across UK OTs, as part of the UK Blue Belt Programme (in partnership with MMO)
in addition you will contribute to major programmes in the pipeline, including, for example in the Middle East and across the Caribbean.
3. Communications Delivery
To ensure Cefas’ science delivery is visible to target audiences, you will devise communications plans that make full use of your marketing communications expertise including media and PR, social media, marketing/digital marketing, stakeholder engagement and events management.
Your excellent written and verbal communications will enable you to
• provide advice and input to produce high-quality materials to support our external engagement eg digital and printed products, materials and presentations.
• draft high-quality and impactful press releases, blogs, articles, speeches and internal briefs for senior staff.
• represent Strategy Directorate and Cefas effectively at all levels, both internally and externally, and across a range of sectors.
Your design and visual skills will enable you to:
• develop rich visual content to help us to tell our story more effectively, including social media content and video.
4. Advice & Consultancy
Cefas is developing its provision of communications consultancy, as part of the science services it provides to wider markets. The post-holder will contribute to both winning and delivering new work for international customers, providing a breadth of marketing communications expertise to support Cefas’ science delivery internationally.

The post-holder needs to be able demonstrate substantial professional expertise and experience across the full range of marketing communications disciplines, including:
• Media
• social media
• marketing and data/content visualisation (video, infographics, publications)
• event management
• stakeholder engagement.

• Experience of working in an international and/or governmental context
• Professional qualification, such as CIM or CIPR.

Person specification

Please give details of how you meet the criteria written in the Job Description


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Changing and improving
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering value for money
  • Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

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.

Selection process details

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please note depending on volume of applications an Initial Sift may be conducted on the Lead Competency, candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed
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.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and Interviews will be held at Cefas Pakefield Rd, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0HT

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses

Further information

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 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 or if you have a hearing impairment, a Language Service Professional

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