Social Development Adviser-D6 (Grade 7)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 04

Position description

Open to UK nationals only.

The Prosperity Fund (PF) is a high value (£1.2 billion) cross-government Fund. New and innovative, the Fund represents a step change in the Government’s approach to promoting economic development and prosperity overseas. The Prosperity Fund uniquely focuses on promoting growth in Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible middle-income countries, which are home to around 60% of the world’s poor and where the development challenges remain significant, but at the same time are important business partners and drivers of prosperity. By delivering high impact, strategic multi-year programmes, the Fund will help create opportunities for international business, including UK companies. As the UK leaves the EU, an even more outward-looking global Britain investing and trading with the fastest growing markets will become increasingly important. 

The FCO is responsible for sixteen of the Fund’s programmes, representing more than two-thirds of its total value. These include country-specific and global programmes focusing on sectors including health, future cities, trade and business environment. For more information, see the Prosperity Fund Annual Report 2017/18 

Roles and Responsibilities 

You will work closely with teams in British diplomatic missions overseas and in the FCO in London to provide technical leadership, practical advice and advisory input across the range of country-specific PF programmes. Throughout, you will ensure that programmes are in line with UK legal obligations, UK strategic and Ministerial priorities, the Prosperity Fund’s Gender and Inclusion (G&I) policy and programme guidance. You will play a key role in shaping the PF’s gender and inclusion advisory offer to its network of programme managers to ensure that staff are ‘G&I confident’ in their day-to-day operations and promote people-centred approaches, delivering maximum impact and leaving no one behind. 

You will: 


• Lead on G&I objectives and sensitivity in the FCO PF country portfolio in line with Ministerial priorities and UK legal obligations, including on compliance with the Gender Equality Act. 
• Work on G&I with other Government departments delivering PF programmes to ensure our approaches are fully aligned and promote cross learning for maximum impact. 


• Provide advice and guidance to relevant PF country teams on the development and implementation of PF projects and programmes to ensure they are G&I-sensitive.  
• Support procurement of effective delivery partners, reviewing private sector proposals to ensure they have the requisite approach and expertise. 
• Work with PF country programme teams and Monitoring, Reporting, Evaluation and Learning (MREL) advisors to develop G&I sensitive results frameworks and approaches to monitoring and evaluation at the project and programme level. 
• Commission relevant country research and analysis to inform programming decisions. 
• Manage the production of G&I related thematic reporting requirements for Ministers, senior officials and public reports. 

Capacity and Expertise 

• Capture, analyse and share lessons and best practice on integrating gender, inclusion and social development into country and regional programmes. 
• Build capacity on gender, inclusion and social development across the PF network and country G&I champions to inform policy and programming through tailored advice, mentoring, and workshops. 
• Identify skills/knowledge gaps across the network on gender, inclusion and social development issues and work with PF stakeholders to design and deliver gender-sensitive programme training. 

There will be a need for travel to PF countries (approximately four to ten times a year) but this, and the duration of travel, will be in consultation with the jobholder. 

You will be part of a relatively new team in a supportive and collaborative delivery portfolio – serious about delivering high-quality foreign policy through programmes. We invest in developing as a team, and prioritise making PFDU a standout example of inclusive, supportive, can-do working. In addition, you will be part of a virtual team with a small group of experienced technical advisors in Prosperity Fund Department and Cabinet Office. You will work particularly closely with the Fund-level and FCO global programme Social Development Advisors, ensuring consistency of approaches and sharing experience, lessons learnt and best practice.  

Person Specification 

You must be a British Citizen at the time of application. Satisfactory Security Check (SC) security clearance is a condition of appointment. For more information about this process, click here. You must have been resident in the UK for two out of the last ten years immediately prior to your application. (Please note: at least one year of which must have been a consecutive twelve-month period, unless you have served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, or have lived overseas as a result of your parents’ or partner’s Government employment.) 

It is essential in your application that you provide evidence and proven examples in each of the following minimum criteria 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 Master’s degree in a relevant field of social development / social sciences. 

• Significant strategic social development experience and practice, with knowledge of applying the Gender Equality Act and the International Development Act. 

• Experience of delivering or supporting delivery of Official Development Assistance programmes. 

• Experience of gender mainstreaming and supporting inclusive development in programmes and programme management. 

• Understanding of the relationship between gender equality, inclusive economic growth, women’s economic empowerment and poverty reduction. 

• An understanding of cross-government working, ideally at both strategic and operational levels. 

Please read the attached Candidate Pack in full for further information on the roles and responsibilities, minimum criteria required, details of the application process and on security clearance. 



A Master’s degree in a relevant field of social development / social sciences.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


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

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

For more information, please read the attached candidate pack.
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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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