Ref: 1625776

Original Listing

Company: 1625776

Salary: 68,000 - 80,000 (Cabinet Office rules apply for existing Civil Servants)

Closing Date: Closing date: 7 Apr 2019

Location: London

Deputy Director - Head of Unit, Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit (JICTU)

The Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit (JICTU) is a cross-Whitehall unit which co-ordinates, oversees and drives Her Majesty Government’s (HMG) overseas Counter Terrorism (CT) effort. Its aim is to ensure HMG’s collective work is coherent and have maximum impact on reducing the risk to the UK overseas. It combines overseas CT experience across government and is jointly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Home Office.

JICTU brings together the covert /overt; domestic/international and policy/operational work to maximise HMG’s impact against CONTEST and the influence and impact of the UK with international partners. We develop the counter-terrorism strategies to contain and manage the global risk from terrorism.

JICTU is headed by a SCS1 and forms part of the CONTEST Unit, a cross-departmental unit, which is based in the Home Office in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism and oversees, monitors and drives the delivery of the UK CT strategy, CONTEST. JICTU is also linked directly into National Security Directorate (NSD) in the FCO, to ensure that overseas perspectives are fully represented in its advice, work and expertise. The job-holder will be counter-signed by Director, NSD.

The delivery of CONTEST is based on the following four work streams:

Prevent: To safeguard and support those vulnerable to radicalisation, to stop them from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism;
Protect: To strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack in the UK or against our interests overseas, and so reduce our vulnerability;
Prepare: To mitigate the impact of a terrorist incident, by bringing any attack to an end rapidly and recovering from it;
Pursue: To stop terrorist attacks happening in this country and against UK interests overseas.

The Role

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds, who meet the criteria and have relevant experience they can bring to the role.

In this challenging and rewarding role you will coordinate the overseas strategy, prioritisation, monitoring and evaluation and risk systems on behalf of National Security Strategic Implementation Group (NSSIG) CT.

You will need to identify key delivery blockers and, where helpful and appropriate, seeking solutions; and/or temporarily surging staff to work on the issue and make progress.

Key responsibilities

In this role you will have the responsibility for:

• Substantial geographic and thematic engagement across Whitehall and overseas – joining up the whole system to support it in delivering key elements of CONTEST overseas and maximising the impact of HMG’s collective efforts;

• Overseeing CT strategies covering Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East ensuring that we have the right CT approaches as HMG – and that we then deliver them. In particular, you will need to ensure synergies between the strategies, appropriate prioritisation of effort and you will manage the impact of Brexit on the UK’s CT priorities.

• Taking the lead role in bringing together the overlay between terrorism, migration and serious and organised crime (led by other parts of HMG) and mainstreaming the implications into the evolving overseas CT strategies.

• Ensuring the JICTU administrative and staffing budget delivers value for money and full spend; oversight of the business planning process.

The job specification for this role should be regarded as indicative and subject to change, primarily due to changing threats and business needs, over the period. The job holder would be consulted on any changes.

Person Specification

In your application you should provide examples of your experience in meeting the appointment criteria listed below. These will be the key criteria for selection.


The successful candidate will need to demonstrate their capabilities to a high standard against the following criteria:

• Significant experience of working with the Security and Intelligence Agencies and experience of dealing with the national security issues covered by the post;

• Excellent stakeholder management and an ability to influence effectively, especially in environments where there have been complex partnerships, with competing and sometimes challenging priorities. You will have experience of commanding the trust and confidence of Ministers and other senior interlocutors and international partners;

• Senior leadership experience with a consistent record of leading and managing diverse teams

• Strong policy experience and strategic and analytical skills

• Experience of working effectively across organisational boundaries and with operational partners

• Experience of, or an ability to, operate effectively in a political environment,

• The flexibility and personal resilience to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances in an environment of regular scrutiny by the media, public and others and to cope well under pressure

You must currently hold DV clearance to apply for this role.