Senior Research Analyst: India

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Friday 27th May 2022

 

Details

Reference number

203894

Salary

£47,300
The total package for this role at SEO is £47,300 per annum (non-negotiable). This figure includes a non-pensionable, non-consolidated Location Allowance of £5000 and a pensionable, non-consolidated Specialist allowance of £4000.

Grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type

Permanent

Type of role

Other

Working pattern

Full-time

Number of posts

1

Contents

London

Summary

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office pursues our national interests and projects the UK’s role in the world.

We promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK's security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners.

This is an exciting specialist role working on countries of great strategic importance to the UK. Research Analysts are subject matter experts in the FCDO. Our core functions are to provide timely analysis, policy challenge and to act as a bridge between policy makers and experts outside of government. The South Asia & Afghanistan Research Group (SAARG) is a geographic-focused Research Group with analysts covering countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. SAARG plays an important role in strengthening our South Asia expertise. Some declassified papers (2013-16) can be seen online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/foreign-office-research-analyst-papers


The Research Analysts are a friendly, welcoming and inclusive team that invests in the development of its staff. We recognise that great minds do not all think alike and that diverse perspectives are essential to the role we play in improving FCDO’s decision-making. We have embraced hybrid working and welcome applications from candidates with flexible working needs and candidates who are disabled, neuro-divergent, or have a chronic illness or mental or physical health condition.

Job description

Roles and Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be an expert on India, with an interest in the wider South Asia region, particularly Bangladesh. The role will focus on the domestic politics of India, as well as internal security and historical issues. You will contribute to and inform the development of UK policy towards those countries, as well as the UK’s wider relationship with the South Asia region. You will provide timely and informed specialist advice and analysis to inform policy-making and help deepen understanding of the region within the FCDO and across Whitehall. This job provides an excellent opportunity to become one of Whitehall’s leading experts on South Asia and to deploy those skills in a front-line capacity. You can undertake familiarisation visits to the region and will support government led exchanges with allies.

In this role you will also be responsible for:

Analysis (80%) To develop and maintain a close working relationship with FCDO policy makers, principally in the India and Indian Ocean Directorate, and with other Whitehall customers. Working with other members of the South Asia & Afghanistan Research Group (SAARG) and the wider Research Cadre where necessary, you will provide policy leads with high quality specialist analysis and advice based on your deep working knowledge of the relevant political systems. The scope of the role within the South Asia region is likely to evolve over time to reflect changing business needs. A flexible approach is therefore essential. The expected initial allocation of effort will be 2/3 on India and 1/3 on Bangladesh.

Outreach and academic engagement (10%) To develop, consolidate and act as a bridge between the FCDO and the community of external experts, in particular academics, think-tanks and expert commentators. You will use your growing networks to help organise in-house seminars, expert roundtables and policy-challenge sessions.

Diplomatic Expertise (10%) To contribute to the FCDO’s ambition to transform the organisation by infusing staff with even greater subject matter expertise, equipping them with the right skills and tools to be world-class diplomats. You will do this by running or supporting RA or International Academy events and training days. You will continue to develop your own specialist expertise on the region and will contribute towards maintaining and developing SAARG’s archive of material.

There will be the opportunity to travel in the region for the purpose of research, outreach and sometimes in order to support colleagues overseas. There will also be opportunity to support government led exchanges with allies. This will be subject to discussion with line managers.

The FCDO values foreign language skills and these are beneficial to research analyst roles. There will be an opportunity to learn or further develop relevant languages such as Hindi through the FCDO language provider.

Responsibilities

Person Specification

It is essential in your application that you provide evidence and proven examples in each of the following Minimum Criteria, the Behaviours, Experience and the Technical questions as far as you are able to do so. These responses will be further developed and discussed with those candidates invited for interview.


Minimum Criteria

· A post-graduate degree plus experience working on India, e.g. in a UK government or multilateral organisation, a non-governmental or private sector organisation, think-tank or academic institution, with an interest in the wider South Asia region particularly Bangladesh.

OR

· An undergraduate degree plus substantial experience working on India, with an interest in the wider South Asia region particularly Bangladesh

As well as:

· Expertise on the domestic politics of India, internal security and historical issues.

· Proven research and analytical skills; sound judgement; and the capability to think strategically.

· The ability to master large amounts of information quickly and to tight deadlines whilst drawing sound, accurate and salient conclusions.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Qualifications

A relevant post-graduate degree plus experience working on India, e.g. in a multilateral organisation, a non-governmental or private sector organisation, think-tank or academic institution, with an interest in the wider South Asia region particularly Bangladesh.

OR

a relevant undergraduate degree plus substantial experience working on India, with an interest in the wider South Asia region particularly Bangladesh.

As well as:

Expertise on the domestic politics of India, internal security and historical issues.


Proven research and analytical skills; sound judgement; and the capability to think strategically.


The ability to master large amounts of information quickly and to tight deadlines whilst drawing sound, accurate and salient conclusions.


Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Behaviours

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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing

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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Your Technical skills will be tested through a presentation, a written exercise and specialist questions on Indian politics
  • Motivation questions at interview.
· A Civil Service Pension.
· 25 days Annual Leave per annum.
· 9 days Public and Privilege holidays per annum.
· Learning and Development tailored to your role.

See the attached candidate pack.

Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

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, Experience and Technical skills.
Please see the attached candidate pack for the selection process details.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

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.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : FCDO Recruitment Team
  • Email : fcdorecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email : fcdorecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Further information

The FCDO’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should, in the first instance, contact csc.recruitment@fcdo.gov.uk. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the FCDO, you can contact the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners.

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