View Vacancy - Digital Communication Specialist (IRL21.130)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Communications, Press and Media

Due to COVID-19, you may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign. We are working hard to minimise any disruption. You may find more information in the Additional Information section below.

The British Embassy in Dublin is part of a world-wide network, representing UK political, economic and consular interests overseas. We are seeking to recruit a Digital Communication Specialist.

Main purpose of job:

  • The Embassy’s social media channels and website provide external stakeholders with an insight into the important work that we do in and with Ireland, displaying the deep links between the UK and Ireland.
  • This role, sitting within our Communication Team, will be responsible for managing our digital channels: initiating, creating and publishing content.  
  • The role will work collaboratively with colleagues across the Embassy and the wider British diplomatic and civil service network, and with external partners to promote UK-Irish relations. Issues covered will be diverse, reflecting the work of the Embassy and ranging from climate change and culture to current affairs and travel advice.
  • The successful applicant will need to be prepared to work flexibly, with occasional out of hours duties (time off in lieu will be given) and occasional regional and overseas travel.
  • Team members are required to contribute to the wider corporate activities of the Embassy and to support high- level visits as required.  

Roles and responsibilities :

 Social Media

  • Work with Campaigns Manager to prepare digital content plans to support the Embassy’s Communications strategy/Public Diplomacy Plan.
  • Create digital content/assets to support campaigns, activity and events.
  • Collaborate with partners to amplify and promote messaging on UK-Ireland relations and with partners across UK government on centrally run & paid for campaigns.  
  • Evaluate activity and provide insights on how to improve digital channels using analytics tools.
  • Monitor social media accounts for mentions/comments/questions and respond effectively, in consultation with managers and policy leads.
  • Identify and build digital audiences relating to campaigns and policy issues.
  • Collaborate with photographers/videographers on events and provide advice to event leads on digital requirements.
  • Work with the Madrid hub to expand and share knowledge and develop best practice within the Embassy and across the network.


  • Keep our home page current, accurate and interesting, including publishing content.
  • Ensure content meets UK digital standards and format.
  • Support blog creation and content from wider Embassy team.


  • Work with Media Crisis Manager on digital communications in a crisis.
  • Media monitoring and reporting, including cover for colleagues during absence.
  • Fluency in English both written and spoken (minimum of C2 level for CEFR framework*);
  • Communications-based educational background and/or relevant work experience, particularly in social media.
  • Experience of creating videos and infographics.
  • Local knowledge of the Irish media market.  
  • Communications/Journalism/Marketing degree.
  • Irish language would be desirable.
Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
16 May 2021
A2 (L)
Fixed Term, Full-time
24 months
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
1 August 2021

The successful candidate will be subject to a six-month probationary period and will be employed on a fixed-term contract basis for two years with the possibility of renewal. The appointment is subject to satisfactory reference and security checks.

All L&D required on FCDO/UK government standards and systems will be provided. The Embassy is committed to a strong Learning and Development culture, and provides opportunities for staff to invest in their personal and professional development. The Comms digital network in particular has a strong L&D offering with frequent opportunities to upskill.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Ireland are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Irish employment law.

Other benefits of this job offer:

  • Membership of Defined Contribution Pension Plan;
  • €1,000 contribution to LAYA Healthcare;
  • 22 days annual leave;
  • Learning and Development opportunities.

Visa/work permit requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Ireland and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the FCDO will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.

Information due to COVID-19:

  • You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign and we are working hard to minimise any disruption;
  • Interviews will be done remotely if the existing situation determines this to be the right course of action;
  • Starting date may be delayed depending on circumstances at the time and it will be agreed with the selected candidate.

*Please note for more information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment  levels  please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your language skill is going to be assessed.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.