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Sensitivity Reviewer

At FCDO Services we protect the UK’s interests around the world by providing secure construction, digital and logistics services to many Government customers, including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Our work is varied and wide-ranging: everything from making earthquake repairs at an embassy to protecting visa application records. We do vital work every day.

From global diplomacy to digital security, the work of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is complex and sensitive – and so are the corresponding historical records. That’s where you’ll come in, as one of our Sensitivity Reviewers. Working on the FCDO archives, you’ll decide whether files should be preserved for the public record at the National Archives, and you’ll review selected files to decide what sensitive content needs to be withheld for a certain period, in accordance with current legislation.

Use your diplomatic awareness to protect our national interest

It is an exciting time to join, as we have developed a ground-breaking digital sensitivity review system to deal with the rapidly increasing volume of digital records, which began in the early Nineties. As one of our full-time reviewers, you’ll take on review of both digital and paper files, and you will need to make consistent decisions across the two media.

Each record you read will be rich in detail, so you’ll need not just excellent judgement but the overseas experience to back it up. Having ideally worked in HM Diplomatic Service, or for an international institution like the EU or the UN, you’ll have practical experience of navigating the subtleties of cultural difference. You’ll be able to spot what might be sensitive or cause offense in particular countries, and use your knowledge to ensure every angle is considered for the protection of UK interests.

Be methodical and help provide unswerving accuracy

You won’t just have extensive experience; you’ll also have an excellent eye for detail. In an FCDO report, you’ll spot the one sentence that is sensitive. You’re efficient and thorough. No matter the challenge or the density of the document, you’ll bring the same level of commitment to detail, providing an impeccable service for our customers.

And make decisions that impact our nation’s history

You will help us to uphold our customer promise: to be reliable, responsive and build relationships – all things that will come naturally to you. As one of our Sensitivity Reviewers, your decisions will contribute to the public record, as well as to maintaining national security.

All our employees have to be security cleared before joining us, so you will need to undergo a vetting process if you’re successful in your application. This role will require you to undergo Developed Vetting (DV) clearance. You can find out more about vetting on our website.

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It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world. The vital work we do takes an incredible community of colleagues, with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and identities. We support every individual, so that you always know you’re welcome and valued. It’s what makes us a Disability Confident employer. And Employers for Carers. And it’s how you know you’re joining an inspiring, inclusive organisation.

Hanslope Park based posts attract a Location Allowance of £1,750 per annum.

FCDO Services are regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

Job summary

£50,653 - £63,495 plus £1,750 location allowance
Hanslope Park
Closing Date
30 June 2022 at midnight

Further information

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  • 1.  Role Profile
  • 2.  Extra Information
  • 3.  Civil Service Recruitment Principles
  • 4.  Civil Service Code