Promote British interests overseas and support our businesses and citizens around the world
£28K per annum
London and overseas
As a Diplomatic service fast streamer you will get to be part of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), giving you the opportunity to work on some of the most diverse and rewarding areas in government.
The FCO is responsible for:
As a member of the FCO you will be part of a worldwide network of embassies and consulates, with about 274 diplomatic posts in 168 countries. Our officers work on everything, from negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU, to supporting British nationals affected by natural disasters and terrorist attacks overseas.
You can also apply for the Diplomatic Service (Economics) scheme provided you meet the eligibility criteria.
There's no such thing as a typical diplomatic career. You could be based in London or working in a one of the Foreign Office's small, challenging or remote embassies, or working on global issues in one of our large embassies in Washington and Paris.
You might focus on bilateral work, multilateral work, consular support, media and communications, project management or decide to specialise in a particular region of the world.
Foreign Office staff change roles routinely every 3 to 4 years. You apply for each role according to your preferences, career ambitions, and personal circumstances.
All Diplomatic Service Fast Streamers must be granted Developed Vetting security clearance before starting.
In your first placement, Fast Streamers fill a policy role, as desk officer for a specific country, or policy lead on a thematic issue such as human rights, counter-terrorism or climate change.
In their second placement, Fast Streamers take on an operational role, which could include working in a minister’s office, in a media office, in the consular department, or working on commercial issues in the Prosperity department.
The structure of the Diplomatic Service Fast Stream scheme is currently being reviewed and may change.
You'll get a real insight into the foreign policy challenges that are shaping government policy in the UK and beyond. It’s an exciting, challenging and rewarding job where every day is different.
Moving from the private sector to the Foreign Office has been the best decision i have ever made - I could not have imagined how rewarding this job is
Fast Streamers are expected to devote around 10% of their time to learning and development. In your first year, there will be 5 weeks of mandatory training in the basics of how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office works and diplomatic tradecraft.
In addition you may need job-specific training, often including a visit to one of our embassies overseas.
You’ll be matched with a buddy from the previous year’s Fast Stream intake, and will have the opportunity to work with a coach or a mentor if you choose.
Up to £45k
Promotion could see you earn around £45k within 5 years
You’ll have a unique chance to work on issues that really matter, and to gain experience internally and externally. It’s the best foundation for promotion and long-term progression.
Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, language learning opportunities, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, childcare assistance and more.
Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k, while other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, childcare assistance and more.
If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to complete an Application Form and this will be sifted by the scheme owner. If successful at the sift, then you will be invited to attend a half-day assessment at one of our assessment centres in either London or Newcastle.
We'll ask you to take part in a series of exercises. This includes a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.
If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.
The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.