Centre for Digital Public Services - 1 Board member (Welsh essential)

Body: Centre for Digital Public Services
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Science & Technology
Location: Virtual with the possibility of physical meetings in Wales in the future
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £198 per day plus travel. Other reasonable expenses that might be incurred in carrying out work on behalf of CDPS may also be claimed.
Time Requirements: approx 2 days per month
Closing Date: 28/02/2022 16:00

Vacancy Description

This is an exciting opportunity to join a Board responsible for ensuring the Centre for
Digital Public Services (CDPS) delivers better public services for the people of Wales
in line with the objectives in the Welsh Government’s Digital Strategy for Wales.

Role and responsibilities

Board Members will:-

 support the chair in setting the strategic direction for CDPS;
 monitor and scrutinise CDPS’ progress in delivering objectives, helping to
drive performance and providing challenge where necessary;
 keep the Welsh Government informed of any changes likely to impact on
strategic direction or the attainability of targets, and of steps needed to deal
with such changes;
 ensure the organisation considers equality of opportunity and takes into
account guidance issued by the Welsh Government when approving policies
and making decisions;
 ensure effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on
governance, financial management and risk, including information security, ,
audit and internal controls in accordance with applicable statutory and
regulatory requirements and, where relevant, codes of practice or other
guidance relevant to the sector; and
 chair or contribute to Board sub-committees as appropriate;
 promote the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity,
accountability, openness, honest and leadership.
Board Members will be accountable to the Chair who will conduct their annual
performance appraisals.

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills
and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Essential Criteria

 Ability to demonstrate skills required of a Board member;
 Good interpersonal skills and a willingness to challenge, where necessary;
 Experience or skills in one or more of the following areas:

o leadership;
o strategic thinking;
o financial management;
o experience of helping organisations grow at scale and/or strong
commercial acumen;
o governance; and
o audit and risk management.

 Experience of, or a strong interest in, digital transformation or improving public
 A commitment to and understanding of promoting equality, diversity and
 A commitment to promote the Nolan principles of public life.

Welsh Language

CDPS believes it is essential that at least one Board member has Welsh language
skills. It is important to ensure the Welsh language is taken into consideration when
developing services for external users.

The ability to speak Welsh is essential for this post and you should note your Welsh
language skills in your application following the Welsh Language Skills Level Guide.
If you are invited to attend an interview, you should indicate in which language you
would like to be interviewed. However, as the role is Welsh essential, you will be
required to answer at least one question through the medium of Welsh even if you
have requested an English interview.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years.

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on  PublicAppointments@gov.wales.

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments

Information pack for candidates - Board member CDPS - Doc 7 (Welsh essential - English version)
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