Counter Disinformation Analyst

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 10

Position description

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.

Job description

Information Threats & Influence is a new Directorate created in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scope of work is broad – with colleagues across FCDO and Whitehall, working closely with international partners, and using the full range of information, communication and campaign techniques.

Whilst currently very much focused on Russia/Ukraine, the work may expand to include other geographies, which would result in expansion of the directorate’s structure and resources. An openness to learning and to taking on new challenges is therefore essential. As we continue to establish as a new directorate, our focus is very much on ensuring our people are supported, engaged, included and valued.

We work closely with the Open Source Unit to provide insight and understanding of the UK’s highest profile international issues while upholding free expression and privacy. We are a busy team of specialists at the heart of the world’s most data driven foreign and development service.

This dynamic team forms a core part of the UK’s capability to detect, understand, analyse and counter the threat of disinformation, and is adapting rapidly to reflect the situation with regards to Ukraine. The team’s ability to analyse large amounts of foreign language open source data plays a key role in supporting a range of policy decisions.

We combine expertise in behavioural science, data science, open source intelligence and detecting and understanding disinformation to inform the UK’s response.

We comprise specialists from across government and the private sector, motivated by the chance to work at the cutting edge of foreign and development policy, across the breadth of policy areas with particular specialism in national security.

Roles and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:


  • Collect and analyse open source data and provide timely reporting on information flows, media narratives and their relationship to key foreign policy issues, in order to inform the FCDO and other government departments on information operations and disinformation in line with FCDO policy and legal guidelines.


  • Gain rapid familiarity with a wide range of propriety and in-house tools to provide detailed analysis of large data sets and present complex findings in oral and written reporting to senior customers in a distinct, impactful manner.


  • Develop new projects that enhance reporting, both thematically and in terms of technical capability.


  • Find new ways to understand open source data, and develop techniques to improve access to large data sets, often using foreign languages.


  • Liaise with other FCDO and Government departments to develop ways to enhance reporting, helping promote the team’s capability across Government and internationally.


  • Liaise with a wide range partners in other Governments to develop understanding of disinformation threats.


  • Develop and leverage open source information and open source intelligence skills to provide new lines of reporting.


  • Support Monitoring and Evaluation of projects and help develop methodologies and documentation that supports the team’s international work. 

Person specification

It is essential in your application that you provide evidence and proven examples in each of the following Minimum Criteria, the Behaviours and the Technical question 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


  • Ability to analyse large amounts of information and convey your findings in a concise manner, both orally and in writing, with knowledge of big data and open source intelligence techniques.


  • Strong reporting skills with experience of delivery on reporting projects to customers on time, in a clear and impactful manner.


  • Ability to work precisely to tight deadlines, anticipating and responding to incoming work.


  • Skilled communicator with an ability to engage sensitively and constructively with partners in international Governments.


  • Understanding of politics and media in one or more countries or regions (e.g. Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America) with an ability to handle source data in one or more widely spoken languages (e.g. Russian, Arabic, Spanish, French, Chinese).


  • Past experience of Excel for data analysis/manipulation and visualization, with an ability to learn new computer skills and tools, including Boolean search strings. 


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions

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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

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

  • You will be asked Motivation questions at interview
  • You will be asked technical 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. 

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