Government Analysis Function opportunities

Vacancies, expressions of interest and other opportunities for government analysts

Broaden your career horizons

Across the Government Analysis Function there are many opportunities to help broaden your career horizons. This could be building your network of peers through mentoring, volunteering, participating in a function activity or developing your skills and career by applying for a loan or secondment.

The Analysis Function (AF) is committed to creating an inclusive analytical community where all our members have the chance to thrive, with access to a breadth of career and development opportunities. This page is updated to bring you the latest loan, secondment, volunteering, shadowing and vacancies from across government ensuring you have a clear view of opportunities available to build your skills and contribute more widely and ensuring equal and transparent access to opportunities.

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Mutual mentoring focuses on a partnership between a Senior Civil Servant (SCS) analyst and an analyst who is Grade 6 or below. Both partners will experience being both a mentor and a mentee, with sessions split into two halves to include a reverse mentoring-style discussion about D&I followed by a more traditional mentoring discussion.

Applications have now closed for the Analysis Function mutual mentoring scheme, but you can find out more in our Analysis Function mutual mentoring programme article.

Volunteer to be a Data Science Festival 2022 festival maker

The team is seeking Festival Makers to volunteer to help deliver this year’s Government Data Science Festival.

As a Festival Maker, you will be instrumental to enabling the dialogue about the power of data science for public good in our changing world. It is a great way to connect with the wider data science community, build your network and be part of something special. There are a range of roles available.

Find out more in this short Data Science Festival animation on Vimeo.

Email to express your interest by Thursday 31 March 2022.

Data Science Accelerator 2022 - Mentors needed!

The Data Science Accelerator and Data Visualisation Accelerator programmes application window has now closed and the team are looking for mentors, experienced in data science or data visualisation techniques, to support the upcoming cohorts.

This is a valuable opportunity to develop your leadership and coaching skills, while helping to increase data capability across the public sector. Mentors will need to be able to commit one day a week to support their mentee while they work on their projects.

The Data Science Accelerator cohort runs from 4 April to 24 June. The Data Visualisation Accelerator runs from 11 April to 1 July.

To express your interest about becoming a mentor, or to ask any questions, please email

Loans and secondments

Loans and secondments are types of placements which can last for varying periods of time. They are a great way to experience a new role, develop skills in a new area or department and can span both inside and outside the Civil Service.

Loans and secondments are usually advertised on Civil Service Jobs, please subscribe to our Opportunities page to receive notifications for any specific opportunities promoted across the AF.

Our professions arrange annual external secondment programmes including the annual Government Statistical Service (GSS) BBC secondment. 2022 will be the sixth year that the GSS has collaborated with the BBC to offer professional development secondments to experienced analysts with four exciting opportunities starting in January next year.

Read Danielle’s account of her experience of working for the BBC on a secondment.

Understand more about the different types of roles available across the Government Analysis Function

Careers in analysis are broad and varied, contributing to decision making at the heart of government. Our Career Framework is a great resource to consider typical analytical roles at various levels across government and to understand more about the skills and experience needed. Interested in applying for a role? Why not visit our careers pages to find out more about careers in government analysis.

Analysis Function (AF) Coffee Connect

An informal networking opportunity, AF Coffee Connect is a great way to meet analysts and build your network to broaden your understanding of working as an analyst across government. Each month participants are matched randomly and conversations held over coffee. Email to sign up.

Volunteering, shadowing and exchange programmes

Current opportunities (shown in order of closing date)

Senior Analyst, Department of Health and Social Care. Closing date 20 March 2022.

The Quality, Safety and Investigations Analytical Team (QSAT) is based within the NHS Policy and Performance branch within DHSC. The team are looking for an enthusiastic analyst who is passionate about making the best use of data to directly inform the development, monitoring and evaluation of high-profile policies.

This is a Senior Executive Officer level role open to candidates who are members of, or eligible to join, the Government Statistical Society (GSS) or Government Operational Research Society (GORS).

Find out more and apply on Civil Service Jobs - Senior Analyst, Department of Health and Social Care.

Research Officer and Senior Research Officer, Equality, Race and Disability Units, Welsh Government. Closing date 24 March 2022.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a group of researchers working as part of the Government Social Research (GSR) profession. As a Research Officer (RO) or Senior Research Officer (SRO) at the Welsh Government, the post-holders would work closely with policy colleagues and other analysts. Post-holders will be responsible for the development and oversight of a research programme.

You can find full assessment details on the Candidate Guidance document. If you have any queries, email

Find out more and apply on the Welsh Government website.

Capability Manager for Analysis Function Professions, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Closing date 29 March 2022.

A fantastic opportunity to join the Analysis Function community in FCDO. As Higher Executive Officer Capability Manager, you will provide vital support to the Heads of Profession for Economics, Social Research and Statistics ensuring all three professions take full advantage of the opportunities and benefits of being part of the Analysis Function. Through your work you will enable these professions in bringing the best of themselves to tackling the strategic objectives of FCDO. You will also work closely with professions managers within Research and Evidence division to ensure a joined up and consistent approach.

This is a new and exciting post, working in partnership with a small team of three friendly and co-operative Heads of Profession. You will have the opportunity to help shape the role. Your enthusiasm, problem solving, organisational skills and commitment will ensure that you, and everyone in the networks you support are capable and skilled, happy and connected.

Find out more and apply on Civil Service Jobs - Higher Executive Officer Capability Manager for Analysis Function Professions, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

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