The International Group (IG) is responsible for promoting and protecting the UK’s economic and fiscal interests overseas. We support the Chancellor and senior officials in building relations with key international partners and represent the UK in the EU, G7, G20, IMF (International Monetary Fund), Paris Club, FATF (Financial Action Taskforce), EIB (European Investment Bank), AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) and EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development). We also analyse macroeconomic developments at a country, regional and global level; take forward the Treasury’s interests in specific issues from counter illicit finance and asset freezing to climate change, energy; and ensure value for money from the EU budget and DfID spending. IG is also responsible for continuing European business, for example strategic work contributing to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
International Group recognises the value a diverse workforce brings to our work, and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Although an important part of some roles, not all roles in IG require international travel. We actively encourage flexible working practices, including part time working and job-sharing so please feel free to discuss different working patterns with the recruiting line manager or relevant deputy director.
About the Team
International Institutions and Policy (IIP)
The IIP team is responsible for the UK’s approach to international institutions on economic and finance policy. Institutional work focuses on the G7, G20, the IMF and the World Bank. It also includes the spending team for official development assistance (ODA). We are a friendly, collaborative, inclusive and encouraging team. We work flexibly, and we hold regular team building and sharing experience sessions.
We are looking to recruit an Events Manager to our G7 Presidency team. The role will include a mix of development opportunities in both events and project delivery. The postholder will have the ability to keep on top of a wide range of diverse issues, responding creatively and strategically to challenges, with good collaboration skills and aptitude to build links with a variety of partners to deliver successful outcomes.
The G7 Branch sits within the team’s Multilateral Unit (which also covers UK interests in the IMF). Including the Postholder, the team will comprise two Range Es, two policy focused Range Ds, one delivery focused Range D (this role) and two Range Cs.
International Group is committed to diversity and inclusion. We are keen to encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and range of experience. As a management team we support a positive and open work environment, working closely and collaboratively to produce consistent high-quality work.
The G7 (Group of Seven) is an international forum for governments to discuss international policy and economic issues. The G7 consists of the seven largest IMF-described advanced economies in the world; Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and the US. The UK will hold the G7 Presidency in 2021.
The G7 has no permanent secretariat, but rotates its Presidency each year. The Presidency sets the agenda; organises the meetings and decides which policy issues are discussed. The US currently hold the Presidency, before it moves to the UK.
For 2021, the Treasury’s G7 team, will work alongside the Bank of England, to lead the UK’s delivery of and contribution to the finance track. Alongside seeking to make progress against current key global policy issues, we will be required to deliver a number of set piece events.
In particular, HMT will be responsible for the delivery and hosting of the annual Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting. This is the largest set piece event on the Presidency Finance Track and is an important occasion to drive forward UK policy priorities. The successful candidate will be central to the project management of an effective Presidency, predominantly through the planning and delivery of the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting. There will also be a series of preparatory meetings between officials and ad hoc Ministerial and senior official engagements throughout the year.
This is an exciting, challenging and diverse role with significant responsibility. It offers a varied mixture of project management, spending control, event delivery and strategy.
The role will require an ability to deliver at pace, so that as a team we can enable the G7 to respond nimbly to global events and advise officials and the Chancellor on the delivery of G7 events. The successful candidate will build relationships and contacts with Cabinet Office, FCO, HMT teams and external delivery partners.
The key responsibilities are to -
- Support the preparations for the Finance Ministerial and related set piece meetings. Lead on the establishment of the structures and mechanisms to ensure efficient and professional event delivery. Work flexibly as part of the team to achieve a successful and inclusive Presidency.
- Supervise project goals, procedures, and procurement. This will involve communication and direction of events including liaison with government and private service providers, monitoring of budget expenditures and contracts, and liaison with other managers, supervisors, and colleagues across Whitehall.
- Lead communications with other G7 members in relation to the G7 Finance Ministerial and Deputies Meetings and other logistics. Communicating across the Secretariat, HMT and with other government departments to ensure the smooth running of all engagements across the Finance Track.
- Develop and maintain relationships with key partners across Whitehall and represent HMT at various cross-Whitehall meetings. Work as part of the G7 Secretariat, supporting meetigs and working closely with teams across HMT, Whitehall and the Bank of England. .
- Shape the agenda and approach to the Presidency. Work with the G7 team to prepare advice for the Chancellor and senior management on options for delivery including on the look and feel of events. Working collaboratively with the team and across Government to ensure join up between the policy and logistics elements of the Presidency.
- Manage and oversee the work of a Range C Delivery Support Officer with a focus on their development.
The role is offered on a fixed term or loan basis until the end of 2021.
Candidates – Please note, you will be asked to give evidence in your application of how you meet these criteria.
Required Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills:
1. Ability to handle a varied and full workload. Prioritise when faced with multiple issues and requests, to see what is important and focus on that while not letting other issues be forgotten. Prioritising work in terms of importance, timescales and resource constraints. (Delivering at pace)
2. Ability to work collaboratively, to develop good relationships with a wide range of partners, and to facilitate problem solving and information sharing. (Working Together)
3. Ability to develop and deliver delivery options. Analysing a series of options, spotting the key issues and recommending to ministers/seniors how to proceed. (Making effective decisions)
4. Ability to make effective use of project management skills and techniques to deliver outcomes, including identifying risks and mitigating action. An interest in being part of a wider team and the development of global policy and international action. (Managing a quality service)
The lead criteria is - Delivering at pace.
If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed against this criteria alone first. They will then be assessed against the other criteria if they have met the minimum score on the lead criteria.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
- Managing a Quality Service
- Delivering at Pace
•25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the Queen’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant)
•Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
•Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions. Find out more about Civil Service pensions
•Onsite restaurant and coffee bar. The London office also offers a gym, showers and prayer room
•Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, season ticket advances and payroll giving
•Access to a retail discounts and cashback site
•A Rental Deposit Advance Scheme to help meet the total costs of deposits for privately rented homes
•A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity (e.g. women in the Treasury, ethnic minority network, LGBT* network, faith and belief network)
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standardchecks.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
As part of our pre-employment security checks, if you are invited to interview and are not a current HM Treasury member of staff, you will need to bring:
• Proof of identity, e.g. your passport or driver’s license. Documents must be in date and valid.
• Proof of address, e.g. a utility bill or bank statement issued within the past 3 months
• Proof of your National Insurance (NI) number, e.g. letter from DWP confirming your NI number, or P60
• If you do not bring a UK or EU passport, you will need to bring other documentation of your right to work in the UK, e.g. your visa, biometric residence permit or birth certificate.
Further details regarding acceptable documents will be provided in the invitation to interview.
Please let us know if your contact details change at any time during the selection process.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of recruitment based on fair and open competition with decisions made on the basis of merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact HMT by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.
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