Band A - JIO Principal Analyst – Weapons of Mass Destruction and Counter Proliferation

UK Government - Cabinet Office
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 06

Position description

The Joint Intelligence Organisation (JIO) is looking for a Principal Analyst to join our team working on WMD and counter proliferation issues. 

The JIO is responsible for producing all-source assessments that support the Prime Minister, National Security Council and other senior policy makers to deliver the Government’s national security and foreign policy priorities. 

This is an exciting opportunity to work at the centre of the fast moving national security machinery, helping to shape the UK’s response to priority issues for HMG. 

“We want the JIO to be fully representative of the UK working population. This is not only legally and morally the right thing to do, but it is also key in ensuring the success of the organisation. A diverse workforce will ensure we produce better reports for our readers, bringing to bear a range of views and perspectives and better ensuring continuous internal challenge” (The JIC Chair as quoted in the Intelligence and Security Committee’s 2018 report on 'Diversity and Inclusion in the Intelligence Community'). 

The JIO is committed to recruiting staff with a range of different backgrounds, perspectives and ways of thinking, and to ensuring that the JIO is an inclusive place to work. There is no single profile for JIO staff. Current members of JIO are drawn from backgrounds including policy roles across government, the military, law enforcement, economics, intelligence collection, intelligence assessment, open source research, think tanks and academia. Skills gained in a wide range of contexts are both valuable and readily transferable to our work. 

We are determined to ensure that our jobs are accessible to the widest range of candidates and we provide extensive induction training as well as formal and informal learning opportunities to help you succeed. If you are interested in joining JIO but unsure whether you have the right professional background, please get in touch - we want to hear from you! 

Job Description  

We are seeking candidates with an interest in WMD and counter proliferation issues, good communication skills and a collaborative approach to the workplace to join our WMD and counter proliferation assessment team and to work flexibly on other regional priorities as required. The role requires previous experience of work on national security or foreign policy issues. Relevant subject matter or assessment experience is desirable but not essential. 

The successful candidate will draft a range of all-source assessments, including strategic reports that will be considered by the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), regular contributions to the daily intelligence highlights for the Prime Minister, as well as being ready to support crisis working as necessary. 

Applicants should show evidence of good customer liaison skills, the ability to lead a cross-Government community of experts and to build trusting relationships with the intelligence agencies to ensure work is coordinated and that all assessments are challenged effectively. 

If your application is successful, you will: 

- Draft quality all-source assessments on the highest priority national security issues, ensuring products meet professional standards and draw on the best expertise and challenge available in Government and beyond. 
- Build relationships with policy customers across Government, ensuring their work is supported by timely, relevant assessment. Partner with Five Eyes and other Allies; represent the UK assessment community internationally. 
- Act as a role model to the UK intelligence and assessment communities in your area, building trusting and collaborative relationships that get the best from everyone. Build consensus on emerging developments, managing challenge and dissent constructively. 
- Set the direction for the cross-Government expert community and gain their input to complex analysis. Plan and manage your work in JIO effectively, allowing sufficient time to meet deadlines. 
- Support the senior management team in their corporate agenda, including the further development of the organisation. Stand in for the Deputy Director and Team Leader where necessary, including to gain experience for your own development. 
- Work closely with colleagues in other JIO teams to support their work. Participate in duty rota and out of hour's crisis management arrangements (COBR) and exercises as needed. 

Essential experience/skills  

Excellent drafting skills and the ability to communicate complex technical issues in simple terms to non-experts are essential for this role. A science, technology or engineering degree or equivalent is highly desirable but not essential, as is experience of working on science and technology issues (including weapons) in Government, or of assessments work (including as a customer). Policy skills, subject matter expertise relevant to the roles, and experience of intelligence collection and analysis are desirable and will have transferable skills that can be used in this role. You will be experienced in building trusting and collaborative relationships on sensitive issues. You will have good leadership skills, which engage colleagues and gain commitment to delivering your vision. You can demonstrate a track record of being a strategic thinker and managing team dynamics effectively when working across departmental and other boundaries.

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