64681 - Positive Action Officer

£28,477
1
12 Months
Wales
Cardiff
CARDIFF CHURCHILL HOUSE CARDIFF, CF10 2HH
EO
Band 4
Fixed Term
Up to 1 year
Full Time, Flexible Working, Other
Other

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Rydym yn croesawu ac yn annog ceisiadau gan bawb, yn cynnwys grwpiau sydd wedi’u tangynrychioli yn ein gweithlu ar hyn o bryd, ac rydym yn ymfalchïo mewn bod yn gyflogwr o safon uchel sy’n denu llawer o ymgeiswyr. Ewch i https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity gael rhagor o wybodaeth am sut rydym yn hyrwyddo amrywiaeth a chynhwysiant yn y gweithle.

An exciting opportunity to join the Diversity and Inclusion Team in HMPPS Wales. The Positive Action Officer will be responsible for developing links across local, diverse communities to promote the range of career opportunities across HMPPS Wales. Providing tailored support to candidates, they will work to increase the diversity of appointments across the organisation. The successful candidate will be passionate about equality and inclusion, a great communicator and able to build relationships with a range of community stakeholders.

Overview of the job

Reporting to the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Manager, this post will actively support the recruitment and retention of staff from underrepresented and/or minority communities across HMPPS Wales.

Part of the Wales Diversity and Inclusion Team, the Positive Action Officer will work across Prisons and Probation Services to support HMPPS Wales to become more representative of the communities and people that it serves

Based within HMPPS Wales Strategic Support, Administration and Assurance Directorate, with a regional remit

This post has no line management responsibilities and is non-operational

Summary

The jobholder will identify opportunities to engage with diverse communities, promoting the variety of career opportunities across HMPPS Wales.

They will use an evidence-based approach to identify underrepresentation of staff across prison and probation services and the barriers that may exist for potential or existing staff, working to remove these where possible.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

•    Undertake regular analysis of workforce and recruitment data in order to identify gaps in representation and undertake research to establish specific barriers to recruitment, progression or retention
•    Develop and implement a range of positive action initiatives and processes according to need, for example, open evenings, mentoring schemes, awareness sessions and deliver inputs at these sessions
•    Ensure activities are aligned with local and national diversity, inclusion and recruitment strategies
•    Foster and sustain positive relationships with community networks and groups in order to encourage applications from underrepresented and/or minority groups
•    Work with education and other youth service providers to build confidence in, and a positive view of HMPPS Wales
•    Identify new and innovative ways to engage communities, representing HMPPS Wales at relevant events including job fairs and community events
•    Work closely with HMPPS’ Staff Networks (PiPP, DAWN, RISE) to understand key concerns and develop solutions

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.

Behaviours

•    Changing and Improving
•    Making Effective Decisions
•    Communicating and Influencing
•    Working Together
•    Managing a Quality Service

Experience

•    Will have experience of building positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including diverse communities, third sector organisations and staff groups
•    Will have an understanding of the Equality Act 2010, and the provisions and practical application of positive action
•    Will have an understanding of how Protected Characteristics can impact on equality of opportunity and result in barriers to employment or progression
•    Will have experience of managing projects from initial design through to delivery and evaluation
•    Will have experience of working to deadlines, prioritising a range of demands

Ability

•    Ability to interact with and influence senior staff and other key stakeholders.
•    Proficient in IT packages of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
•    Ability to effectively communicate in person and in writing
•    Needs excellent written and oral communication skills to present clear and accurate information to internal and external partners
•    Ability to gather, analyse and present data effectively

Desirable
The job holder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.

Preventing victims by changing lives HMPPS in Wales works in an integrated way to keep communities in Wales safer and to give the men and women we work with the opportunity to change their lives. We commission and provide offender management services in the community and in custody to deliver the orders of the courts and support rehabilitation. Our aim is to deliver outstanding, seamless offender management services in Wales that protect the public, reduce reoffending, deliver value for money and support our partners. The Welsh Language Scheme Welsh Language skills for this post are desirable.

HMPPS yng Nghymru: Datganiad i ddenu Ymgeiswyr i wneud cais am Swydd Wag

Atal pobl rhag dod yn ddioddefwyr trwy newid bywydau Mae HMPPS yng Nghymru yn gweithio mewn ffordd integredig i gadw cymunedau yng Nghymru yn fwy diogel, a rhoi cyfle i’r dynion a’r merched hynny rydym yn gweithio â hwy i newid eu bywydau. Rydym yn comisiynu a darparu gwasanaethau rheoli troseddwyr yn y gymuned a’r carchar i weithredu gorchmynion y llysoedd a chefnogi adsefydlu. Ein nod yw darparu gwasanaethau rheoli troseddwyr ardderchog ac esmwyth yng Nghymru sy’n gwarchod y cyhoedd, lleihau aildroseddu, cynnig gwerth am arian a chefnogi ein partneriaid.

Y Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg Mae sgiliau iaith Gymraeg yn ddymunol ar gyfer y swydd hon. 

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate's Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.

Benefits

Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

-You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment

Pension

-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work Life Balance

HM Prison & Probation Service  (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers

Training

HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provides a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles

Eligibility

-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which the HMPPS considers to be racist

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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Interviews dates are yet to be confirmed

Internal candidates to HMMPS to not need to produce their ID documents.

External candidates to HMPPS must bring their Passport, Driving Licence, bank statement (from within the last 3 months), another ID document and proof of their National Insurance number to ensure vetting requirements are met.

If you do not bring these documents with you on the day you will be unable to undertake an interview and no further slots will be made available.

04/10/2022, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com. Please quote the job reference - 64681.

In your require further information on this role please contact Heather Powell via email on heather.powell@justice.gov.uk

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.


Application form stage assessments

Behaviours
Communicating and Influencing - 250 word limit
Developing Self and Others - 250 word limit
Changing and Improving - 250 word limit
Delivering at Pace - 250 word limit
Working Together - 250 word limit
Experience
CV

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Behaviours
Communicating and Influencing
Developing Self and Others
Changing and Improving
Delivering at Pace
Working Together
Strengths may also be assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.