Working for SU

Opportunities to work at the Stabilisation Unit and details on how to apply.

Working for the Stabilisation Unit

For permanent jobs working in the SU, roles are posted on Civil Service Jobs.

The Stabilisation Unit (SU) also recruits skilled individuals into the Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG). The CSG is a membership body, which gives individuals the opportunity to apply for fixed-term, stabilisation related taskings.

Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG)

The CSG is a membership body of skilled individuals who are willing and able to deploy to fragile and conflict affected states to assist the UK Government in addressing instability. Taskings with the CSG can last from a week to a year. Most assignments are on UK bilateral engagements and multilateral missions with the United Nations (UN) or the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Membership of the CSG does not guarantee employment, international deployment or training. CSG members are not Her Majesty’s Government employees.

Structure of the Civilian Stabilisation Group

The CSG is made up of different thematic categories (which are listed below). Individuals applying to the CSG must make their application to one of these categories:

  • Conflict
  • Counter-Terrorism (CT)
  • Counter-Terrorism: Overseas Protect & Prepare (CT OPP)
  • Counter-Violent Extremism (CVE)
  • Defence
  • Gender, Conflict and Stability (GC&S)
  • Governance
  • Integrated Border Management (IBM)
  • Justice
  • Mediation and Reconciliation (M&R)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
  • Multilaterals
  • Operations
  • Policing Advisors (PA)
  • Professional HR (PHR)
  • Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI)
  • Public Sector Reform Experts (PSRE)
  • Security Institutions (SI)
  • Serious and Organised Crime (SOC)
  • Serving Police (SP)
  • Stabilisation
  • Strategic Communications (SC)

For the latest breakdown of the category profiles and applicant requirements please email StabilisationUnitApplications@stabilisationunit.gov.uk

How to join the Civilian Stabilisation Group

Applications to join the CSG must be made through the CSG recruitment portal.

At any one time, a limited number of the CSG categories may be open to new members. The portal shows which categories are currently open. We recommend that you regularly visit the portal to see which categories are open.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

If individuals have left the Civil Service within the last 2 years, their pay on a tasking will be capped at 125% of their former salary, up until the 2-year anniversary of them having left the Civil Service.

Only UK Police Officers at Inspector rank and above are eligible to apply to the Serving Police category. Approval from an individual’s line manager is a prerequisite for any application to the Serving Police category. Applicants must also make sure that their line manager has read the Joining the Serving Police CSG Category (MS Word Document, 84KB).

Eligibility to join the Civilian Stabilisation Group

Crown servants, including full-time serving military, who wish to apply to the CSG must have a confirmed leaving date within the next 6 months in order to apply. Military reservists are eligible to apply to the CSG.

Full-time serving Civil Servants are not eligible to apply to the CSG. However, former and part-time Civil Servants, as well as Civil Servants on sabbaticals of more than 6 months, are eligible to apply to the CSG. If individuals have left the Civil Service within the last 2 years, their pay on a tasking will be capped at 125% of their former salary, up until the 2-year anniversary of them having left the Service.

Only UK Police Officers at Inspector rank and above are eligible to apply to the Serving Police category. Approval from an individual’s line manager is a prerequisite for any application to the Serving Police category. Applicants must also make sure that their line manager has read the Joining the Serving Police CSG Category document.

Diversity and equality

The SU is committed to diversity and equality. All eligible people shall have equality of opportunity for employment and advancement on the basis of their suitability for the work whatever their sex, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, age or sexual orientation. It provides that there shall be no unfair discrimination on the basis of disability.

Recruitment process

If individuals are successful during the initial assessment of their application they will either be invited to an interview at the SU in London, or to an online interview via Microsoft Teams. For interviews at the SU, all travel and accommodation arrangements are made at the applicant’s own expense.

Applicants must ensure that they are able to make themselves available for an interview within 3 months following the submission of their application. In exceptional circumstances, the SU will consider applicants for interview outside the three month window.

During an interview, applicants will be tested on the general and technical requirements of the category that they applied to. We strongly encourage applicants to prepare good examples of these using the STAR approach

Following an interview, we aim to contact applicants with a decision within 2 working weeks.

The recruitment process for the Serving Police category differs from all other categories. The full process for serving police officers can be found in the Serving Police Supervisor Letter (PDF, 107KB, 2 pages)

Security Clearance

If successful at interview, your membership to the CSG will be on the condition of being granted the security clearance required for your category. The security clearance application process will require your active engagement. If you are not a British Citizen, or if you are a British Citizen, but have not resided in the UK for significant periods (2 to 10 years, the length of time is dependent on the level of clearance), then security clearance will not be given.

CSG Expected Standards of Behaviour

CSG members are required to comply with the CSG Expected Standards of Behaviour. These will be shared with CSG members at the commencement of their membership.

Recruitment policy

We regularly review our recruitment process to ensure that it meets the standard required by the Civil Service Commission and we reserve the right to update the application process at any time to ensure that it meets the required standard.

Membership to the CSG is at the discretion of SU. The SU will conduct regular reviews of individual CSG membership. The SU reserves the right to remove, or not deploy, any member of the CSG at its discretion without warning or notification.

Contact

For any queries please send us an email to: StabilisationUnitApplications@stabilisationunit.gov.uk