Working for SU

Opportunities to work with the Stabilisation Unit (SU).

Joining SU

Our core staff vacancies are advertised on Civil Service Jobs under Organisation: Stabilisation Unit. Core staff vacancies open to non-civil servants will also be advertised there.

In addition, SU recruits and contracts skilled individuals in two ways: secondments to Multilateral Organisations and through the Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG). Opportunities for secondments to Multilateral Organisations are open to individuals both inside and outside the CSG, whilst all CSG members are given additional access to apply for further stabilisation-related opportunities. For more information, please see the relevant sections below.

Secondments to Multilateral Organisations

With their substantial reach and resources, multilateral organisations play an important role in global conflict prevention and stabilisation. The UK Government, via SU, provides highly skilled individuals to support the work of these institutions in their headquarters and missions around the world.

Secondments to OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Ukraine

Finding a lasting solution to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine remains a priority for the UK and our international partners. Since 2014 the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has been present in Ukraine, observing and reporting with impartiality on the crisis to facilitate dialogue in pursuit of a peaceful resolution to hostilities.

The UK is the second largest contributor of personnel to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (OSCE SMM), supporting a range of posts from headquarters-based analytical and communications roles to in-the-field monitors. SU, on behalf of the FCO, is looking to support more applications from qualified individuals to help the OSCE SMM continue its essential work.

Interested parties should sign up to the SU multilateral vacancy mailing list by emailing stabilisationunitmultilateral@dfid.gov.uk. OSCE SMM vacancies supported by the FCO will be circulated via this list. A list of all vacancies, including those not supported by the FCO, can be found on the OSCE website as well as the required qualifications and experience.

Applications for FCO supported posts circulated by SU should be submitted directly to OSCE who will then ask the UK Government to nominate suitable candidates from those who have applied. If you are nominated and successful at an OSCE interview, SU will provide hostile environment training and the required personal protection kit as well as a structured briefing process. You will then be deployed into the OSCE SMM as a UK secondee under a fixed term FCO contract managed by SU.

If you feel that you are a suitable candidate and are willing to support the work of OSCE, the UK Government and the international community in Ukraine, we encourage you to apply and look forward to supporting your application and deployment.

Secondments to European Union CSDP Missions

EU civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions seek to promote lasting stability, peace and security in the European neighbourhood and beyond. As a core element of EU foreign policy, the CSDP missions bring together military response and civilian crisis management in an integrated fashion to strengthen the chances of lasting peace and security.

Promoting regional and global security in cooperation with our European partners is, and will remain, a UK foreign policy priority and the UK Government will continue to work with multilateral organisations in pursuit of our shared objectives. The FCO supports UK secondments to a number of EU CSDP missions, for example in Mali, Georgia, Somalia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Interested parties should sign up to the SU multilateral vacancy mailing list by emailing stabilisationunitmultilateral@dfid.gov.uk. EU CSDP vacancies supported by the FCO will be circulated to via this list.

Applications in response to EU CSDP vacancies circulated by SU should be sent to the email above. SU and FCO will then sift and nominate candidates to be interviewed by the EU. If you are nominated and successful at an EU interview, SU will provide hostile environment training and the required personal protection kit as well as a structured briefing process. You will then be deployed into an EU CSDP mission as a UK secondee under a fixed term FCO contract managed by SU.

Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG)

SU is currently undertaking a CSG recruitment drive and is looking to recruit individuals with experience of working on and in fragile and conflict-affected states to the CSG Categories listed in the table below. Please take particular notice of our newly launched Criminal Justice Advisers (PDF, 165KB, 1 page) category and request for Monitoring and Evaluation (PDF, 209KB, 1 page) . In addition, SU is also seeking CSG applications to any CSG Category from individuals with the below cross-cutting skills.

CSG Category Cross-cutting Skills
Serving Police; Justice; Governance; Defence; Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E); Gender, Conflict and Stability; Extremism, Violent Extremism and Terrorism (EVET); Organised Crime Arabic; French; Monitoring and Evaluation; Migration

The Civilian Stabilisation Group is a pool of skilled individuals who are willing and able to deploy to fragile and conflict-affected states to assist the UK government in addressing instability. The CSG is made up of Deployable Civilian Experts (DCEs), civil servants, and a pool of serving UK police officers. More details on each can be found below.

Membership to the CSG gives individuals the chance to apply for stabilisation related opportunities. Assignments can last from a few days to a year or more. Most assignments are on UK bilateral engagements and multilateral missions with the European Union (EU), United Nations (UN), or the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

SU provides opportunities for thematic training and military exercises. In addition, the unit commits to equipping members suitable for deployment abroad with Hostile Environment Training (HET).

Please note that acceptance into the CSG does not guarantee employment, international deployment, or training. CSG members are not Her Majesty’s Government employees.

CSG Structure

There are two groups in the CSG:

Senior DCE Advisers CSG Core
Senior DCE Advisers are a highly skilled and experienced group. They are flexible in responding to HMG requests to working in SU priority countries. They are required to be on a call down contract and must ensure their essential deployment requirements are up-to-date. CSG Core consists of a number of DCEs and civil servants from across a range of expertise who are willing and able to support stabilisation activities in fragile and conflict-affected states. Members of the Core are offered the majority of SU tasks where there is not a requirement for a short term Senior DCE Adviser deployment. This includes a pool of serving UK police officers.

Senior DCE Advisers

  • Senior DCE Advisers are assessed against the Civil Service competencies at Deputy Director grade.
  • To become a Senior DCE Adviser, DCEs need to first be an active member of the CSG Core, have completed a minimum of one SU task, and meet the criteria outlined in the Senior DCE Adviser Category Profile. Individuals applying to join the CSG thus cannot apply directly to become a Senior DCE Adviser.
  • Senior DCE Adviser recruitment windows will be advertised to all CSG Core members at specific times during the year.

CSG Core

  • Core DCEs and civil servants – Core DCE and civil servant applicants are assessed against the Civil Service competencies at Grade 6 / 7.
  • Serving Police – Serving Police applicants are assessed against the Civil Service competencies at the following grades:
    • if applying as Inspector or Chief Inspector, at Higher Executive Officer / Senior Executive Officer (HEO/SEO) grade;
    • if applying as Superintendent or Chief Superintendent, at Grade 6 / 7; or
    • if applying as Commander or Assistant Chief Constable, at Deputy Director grade.

CSG Categories

Please refer to the CSG Category Profiles (MS Word Document, 119KB) to see each profile.

CSG Groups include the following Categories:

Senior DCE Advisers

  • Senior DCE Advisers (please note that Senior DCE Advisers are assessed against this profile in addition to that of their CSG Core Category).

CSG Core

Core DCEs and civil servants:

  • Community Safety, Security & Access to Justice [recruitment to this Category is currently paused]
  • Conflict Academic
  • Conflict Practitioner [recruitment to this Category is currently paused]
  • Counter-Terrorism (CT)
  • Counter-Terrorism: Overseas Protect & Prepare (CT OPP)
  • Counter-Violent Extremism (CVE)
  • Defence [recruitment to this Category is currently paused]
  • Gender, Conflict & Stability
  • Governance
  • Integrated Border Management
  • Justice [recruitment to this Category is currently paused with the exception of Criminal Justice Advisers]
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
  • National School of Government International (NSGI)
  • Operations [recruitment to this Category is currently paused]
  • Policing Adviser [recruitment to this Category is currently paused]
  • Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) [recruitment to this Category is currently paused]
  • Security Institutions
  • Serious & Organised Crime (SOC)
  • Stabilisation [recruitment to this Category is currently paused]
  • Strategic Communications

Serving Police:

  • Serving Police

When applying to become a member of the CSG, individuals will apply to one Category in the CSG Core. SU opportunities to CSG members are advertised according to CSG Group, rather than Category.

Eligibility

To apply to the CSG, individuals must meet the criteria set out in:

Individuals can join the CSG as:

  • Civilian experts available for deployments or departing UK civil servants - Deployable Civilian Experts (DCEs).
  • Serving UK civil servants or local government employees.
  • Serving UK police officers – Pool of serving UK police officers.

DCEs

  • Crown servants, including serving military, who wish to apply to become a DCE must have a confirmed leaving date within the next 6 months in order to apply.
  • Please note that if individuals have left the Civil Service within the last two years, then their pay as DCEs will be capped at 125% of their salary up until the two year point. This is due to HMG consultancy regulations.

Civil Servants

  • Only serving UK civil servants and local government employees are eligible to apply.
  • The approval of line managers is a prerequisite for any application.
  • Serving military officers are not eligible to apply.

Serving Police

  • Only serving UK police officers at Inspector rank and above are eligible to apply as Serving Police.
  • The approval of line managers is a prerequisite for any application. Upon applying, please make sure that your supervisor has read a copy of the Joining the Serving Police CSG Category (MS Word Document, 87.5KB) .

Equal Opportunities

Stabilisation Unit is committed to diversity and equality. The Civil Service Equal Opportunity policy provides that 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.

Deployable Civilian Experts (DCEs)

DCEs are non-civil servants who are available, often at short notice, for assignments in fragile and conflict-affected states. These are highly skilled, resilient and professional men and women from a wide range of backgrounds.

DCEs can be Senior DCE Advisers, or members of the CSG Core, and belong to one of the CSG Categories. For details on CSG Groups and Categories, please refer to the text above.

Civil Servants

The UK civil servants on the CSG are from over 10 government departments and agencies. All have been selected by the SU for their understanding of, or skills and experience in, a wide range of thematic areas relating to fragile and conflict affected states.

While on the CSG, civil servants remain with their home department and continue with their normal career progression.

Civil Servant CSG members can be members of the CSG Core and belong to one of the CSG Categories. For details on CSG Groups and Categories, please refer to the text above.

Pool of serving UK police officers

The pool of serving UK police officers are available for international policing roles. As vacancies within missions become available, officers are invited to apply and if successful are deployed by the SU. Vacancies are advertised by a variety of organisations and the terms and conditions vary for each. International Policing demands highly developed skills in communicating and influencing, resilience and relationship management. Further guidance on international policing roles can be found in the attached Joining the Serving Police CSG Category (MS Word Document, 87.5KB) information note.

Serving UK police officers can be members of the CSG Core, and belong to the Serving Police Category. For details on CSG Groups and Categories, please refer to the text above.

Apply to join the CSG

To apply to join the CSG as a DCE, civil servant, or in the pool of serving UK police officers, please send the following three completed documents to stabilisationunitapplications@dfid.gov.uk.

Applicants should apply to one CSG Category only. Competencies should be answered at the appropriate grade. Application Guidance can be found below.

  1. A completed CSG application form (for the relevant CSG Group): * CSG Core Application Form (MS Word Document, 154KB) – for DCEs, civil servants, and serving UK police officers

  2. A completed CSG Diversity Monitoring Form (MS Word Document, 81.5KB)

  3. An up-to-date CV, of a maximum of 2 pages

Applicants will be assessed against the general and technical requirements of their Category, as well as the Civil Service competencies at the relevant grade (using the Civil Service Competency Framework and the International Competencies).

If you have included a language skill in your application, please use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and Self-Assessment Tool (PDF, 127KB, 4 pages) as a guide to indicate the level of proficiency you have attained in relation to each language. If you have listed your proficiency for a language as above ‘basic’, you may be asked to complete a language skill assessment at interview. This assessment is not used to determine whether or not to offer you CSG membership.

What next?

If you are successful during the initial assessment, you will then be invited to an interview at the Stabilisation Unit. All travel and accommodation arrangements for interviews are made at the applicant’s own expense. For this reason, please ensure that you are able to make yourself available for an interview in London, UK within the next 3 months. In exceptional circumstances, the SU will consider applicants for interview outside the 3-month window.

We aim to contact you with a decision within 8 weeks.

Please note that the above process differs for serving police officers; the full process for serving police officers can be found in the Serving Police Supervisor Letter (PDF, 129KB, 3 pages) information note.

Security Clearance

If successful at interview, your appointment as a DCE will be on the condition of being granted Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance. The BPSS and Security application process will require your active engagement.

Some work undertaken by DCEs may require security clearance. If you are not a British Citizen, or if you are a British Citizen, but have not resided in the UK for significant periods (5 to 10 years, the length of time is dependent on the level of clearance), then security clearance may be more difficult to obtain.

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.

Please note that CSG members are required to comply with the Civil Service Code and as such are required to disclose, and take reasonable steps to avoid, any conflict of interest (real or apparent) in connection with their interaction with SU. In joining the CSG you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to abide by the Civil Service Code.

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

Application Guidance

Please refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework and the International Competencies in your application.

For Civil Service competency-based questions, we recommend using the Situation, Task, Action, and Result (STAR) approach to help provide meaningful and complete answers.

Step 1: Situation

  • Describe the situation you were in when you confronted a problem. With the STAR approach you need to set the context. Make it concise and informative, concentrating solely on what is useful to the story.

Step 2: Task

  • Describe the task that was assigned to you, to distinguish what your role was within the specific situation described.

Step 3: Action

  • This is the most important section of the STAR approach as it is where you will need to demonstrate and highlight the skills and personal attributes that the competency is testing: explain what you did, how you did it, and why you did it.

Step 4: Result

  • Explain what happened eventually - how it ended, what the outcome was. Also, use the opportunity to describe what you accomplished and what you learnt in that situation. This helps you make the answer personal and enables you to highlight further skills.

Contact

For any queries, please send an email to UKCSG@stabilisationunit.gov.uk.