National Adviser for Violence Against Women and other forms of Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

Announced
Body: Welsh Government
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Communities, Regulation
Location: The location of the office holder is flexible within Wales, but will need to be agreed by the Welsh Government.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £60,050 per annum, plus pension and reasonable expenses.
Time Requirements: The hours expected to fulfil this role will be full-time (37 hours per week) but open to candidates who wish to work on a part-time job share basis.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    24/08/2017

  • Closed for Applications

    14/09/2017

  • Panel Sift

    21/09/2017

  • Final Interview Date

    06/10/2017

  • Announcement

    31/10/2017

 

Assessment Panel

  • Libby Watkins Added 25/08/2017

    Panel Chair

    Other Panel Member

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  • Amelia John Added 26/09/2017

    Deputy Director of Communities Division, Welsh Government • Departmental Official

    Amelia replaced Martin Swain on the recent sift and will now replace him as panel member.

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  • Kate Bennett Added 25/08/2017

    Director of Displaced People in Action • Independent Member

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  • Reg Kilpatrick Added 25/08/2017

    Director of Local Government, Welsh Government • Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

In accordance with the Act the Welsh Government is seeking to appoint a National Adviser for Violence Against Women and other forms of Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.

The successful candidate will be expected to be an expert in this field, providing an informed perspective on the work being taken forward to develop and implement the policy and legislation in these areas.

This is a statutory role appointed via the public appointment process. The Adviser will work alongside the Government to advise and assist the Welsh Ministers in tackling these issues. The Adviser will be appointed by the First Minister.

This appointment offers an excellent opportunity to develop knowledge and experience of working with the Welsh Ministers and policy making at a national level.

The functions of the Adviser, as set out in the Act are to:

• advise the Welsh Ministers about pursuing the purpose of the Act or tackling related matters ;

• give other assistance to the Welsh Ministers in their pursuit of the purpose of the Act or tackling related matters;

• to undertake research relating to pursuing the purpose of the Act, tackling related matters or examining whether abuse of any kind is related directly or indirectly to inequality of any kind between people of a different gender, gender identity or sexual orientation;

• to advise and give other assistance, with the agreement of the Welsh Ministers, to any person on matters relating to pursuing the purpose of the Act or tackling related matters;

• produce reports on any matter relating to the purpose of the Act or tackling related matters.

Role Description

In practice the Adviser’s role will include, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers:

• agreeing an annual plan setting how they propose to exercise their functions during the following year;

• providing an annual report to the Welsh Ministers setting out how the priorities set out in the annual plan have been met, including a statement of other activities they have undertaken during the year;

• providing an expert perspective to the development and implementation of policy across Welsh Government and so help the development of more coherent and consistent policy and decision-making;

• working with Public Services across Wales and beyond to ensure best practice, and support the high quality and standards required by the Welsh Government;

• reviewing the actions being taken by persons in exercising their functions under the Act, and advising the Welsh Ministers of the findings;

• encouraging all services and agencies to perform to a quality standard, including the coordination of services, performance monitoring, multi-agency working, information sharing and data collection;

• providing a focus to ensure tackling gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence is a priority across the Public Sector;

• addressing the issues of strategic incoherence, inconsistency of approach and lack of leadership at both a Local and a National level in Wales;

• working with the specialist third sector and charitable organisations that provide services in Wales supporting victims and survivors of gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence to seek their input to the development of policy, strategy and service delivery;

• working with victims and survivors, to gain an understanding of their experiences and views and to consider how these could influence the development of policy and delivery of services;

• supporting the Welsh Ministers in raising awareness of the issues associated with tackling gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence including through national campaigns;

• providing expert advice to the wider Welsh Government VAWDA Team on a range of policy issues including education and training; and

• participating in Ministerial and official level meetings to discuss their work and input to wider policy development

Person Specification

All candidates will be required to demonstrate in their written application and at interview how they meet the requirements of the post, including examples of how, in previous activity, they have demonstrated each of the requirements. The criteria used to assess whether candidates have the necessary qualities, skills and experience are listed below.

The successful candidate will have the profile to command respect and credibility with the Welsh Ministers, the National Assembly for Wales and external stakeholders and be able to demonstrate:

(i) Broad experience at a senior level in public, private or third sectors, as well as a strong understanding of public policy and interest in the areas of gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

(ii) Objectivity and independence from Government and specific interest groups (where there could be potential conflicts of interest).

(iii) Track record in scrutiny (private, public or voluntary sector experience).

(iv) Experience in the development and implementation of strategic and operational priorities and the development of workable recommendations to improve the impact and effectiveness of public service and third sector delivery.

(v) Adherence to the Seven Principles of Public Life and the highest levels of professional integrity and propriety.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience Required

Essential

• Professional expertise in the field of gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence, including an understanding of equality issues and the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by victims and the support they should receive.
• Recent experience at a senior level in public, private or third sectors, of facilitating successful change management.
• Strategic perspective, leadership, influencing and negotiating skills to bring together a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders with a wide and varied range of views and priorities.
• A successful track record in developing policy and services and a clear understanding of commissioning services within tight budgetary constraints.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, particularly on complex and/or sensitive issues.
• Political awareness.
• Given the high profile of the role, experience of working with the media is essential.

Desirable

• The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable but not essential. However, all candidates will be expected to display an empathy towards the language and support decision making to strengthen bilingual service provision.
• Understanding of the Welsh Government’s policies on gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

The Corporate Shared Service Centre
Tel: 029 2082 5454
Email: sharedservicehelpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk

For further information regarding the role of the National Adviser for Violence Against Women and other forms of Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence please contact Bon Westcott, Deputy Head of Community Safety:

Tel: 03000 256783
Email: Bon.Westcott@gov.wales

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Corporate Shared Service Centre Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or SharedServiceHelpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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

How to Apply

For further details and to apply go to http://wales.gov.uk/publicappointments or for queries contact the Shared Services Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or email sharedservicehelpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk.

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