Economic Adviser Security and Online Harms

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

London SW1A 2BQ

49,601 - £57,629

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Team/Directorate: Security and Online Harms Directorate

Grade Band: A

Salary £49,601 - £57,629 plus an additional annual allowance of £4000

Contract Type: This is a fixed-term appointment (FTA), loan or secondment as an Economic Adviser

Location: 100 Parliament Street, Westminster, London SW1A 2BQ.

Who we are

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is at the heart of the government’s economic and social agendas. A quarter of UK businesses are in our sectors and are among the most exciting and fastest growing of the whole economy. They provide 5.2 million jobs and deliver £38bn worth of exports. Our mission is to drive growth, enrich lives and promote Britain to the world.

Our work, over more than 25 years, has become woven into the fabric of the nation - its great sporting triumphs, moments of national remembrance and celebration and unforgettable arts and media events. We provide the infrastructure, like superfast broadband and 5G, that boosts economies and increases competitiveness. We connect individuals and communities
to each other and support them to play their part in strengthening communities, through our work to combat loneliness and boost civil society.

Working in conjunction with our 46 Arms Length Bodies we strive to create the conditions for everyone to enjoy our national culture, play sport, make the most of new technologies and
have access to effective communications. Our sectors are critical to ensuring we have a strong place in the world - creating a global UK whose cultural, technological, creative, community and sporting assets mark us out as an essential partner for trade and investment. And making places that people want to live in, work in, invest in and visit.

Job Description

We are looking to recruit an exceptional economist to join the Security and Online Harms (SOH) Directorate with a view to starting as soon as possible. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of the Internet and tech in the UK - an industry which plays an intrinsic role in people’s lives as well as being a substantial part of the UK economy. Our teams work closely with industry, civil society, regulators, academia and policy makers across DCMS and Whitehall. The role will provide exciting opportunities to drive forward existing policy priorities for Ministers as well as leading strategic thinking about new challenges facing the online world.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Supporting the development of policy, legislation and regulation relating to online harms including developing the evidence base and delivering cost benefit analysis on proposals. This includes developing the business case and impact assessment for new legislative proposals.
  • Leading analytical support on international governance, digital national security and disinformation for security and online harms. This will include developing a programme of internal and external commissioned research to further the evidence base.
  • Building relationships with a wide community of stakeholders, both analytical and policy, to help deliver this broad cross-cutting agenda - in particular working with colleagues in Home Office, Cabinet Office, FCO, DH, BEIS, IPO and MoJ, as well as counterparts in major technology companies, charities and academia.

Candidates will need to demonstrate the following key Civil Service Behaviours at Grade

Making effective decisions
: Keen understanding of research and analysis, together with the ability to gather and analyse large amounts of evidence with a view to presenting recommendations and taking confident decisions based on complex and sometimes incomplete evidence.

Seeing the big picture: Strategic and innovative thinking with the ability to bring together a wide range of views and deliver high-quality outputs. Proven ability to pick up complex
policy areas rapidly and spot the key policy trade-offs.

Changing and improving: Making changes that add value and clearly articulating benefits of changes as well as encouraging, recognising and sharing innovative ideas from a diverse range of colleagues and stakeholders.

Communicating and influencing
: Build trust, taking account of individual people’s needs. Explain complex issues in a way that is easy to understand. Deliver difficult messages with clarity and sensitivity, being persuasive when required.

Working Together: Work closely and productively with a wide community of internal and external stakeholders, build strong relationships and consensus around what are important issues to pursue. You will also need to be able to negotiate policy effectively and with confidence.

As this is a specialist analytical role candidates will need to demonstrate that they meet the Technical Skills (specific professional skills, knowledge or qualifications) for the Government Economic Service profession. Candidates must provide no more than 250 words EACH for BOTH analytical competencies outlined below:

1) Application of economic knowledge - confidently apply economic tools and techniques, and synthesise evidence from a range of sources. Provide expert
advice with regards to appraisal, impact assessments, evidence based business cases, and evaluation.

2) Effective communication: Communicate analysis in a way that is understood by your customers and broader audiences. Engage clearly and authoritatively with policy officials, other analysts and non-economist colleagues.

It is also essential that candidates have a degree (minimum 2:1) at least half of which must be economics modules or a Masters in Economics. This is a minimum requirement to join the Government Economic Service (GES).

You will be asked to tell us about any qualifications or current memberships in the application process

Sift and interview dates and locations


Please note all dates provided are indicative and subject to change. We ask candidates to exercise flexibility throughout the recruitment process. Interviews will be held in London.

Interview(s): week commencing 15 July 2019

Closing Date: 30 June 2019

Equal Opportunities

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) values equality and diversity in employment. We are committed to being an organisation in which fairness and equality of
opportunity is central to the approach in business and working relationships and where the organisational culture reflects and supports these values.


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