National Adviser for Violence Against Women, Gender Based-Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

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Body: National Adviser for Violence Against Women, Gender Based-Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Communities
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: £64,520 per annum, plus pension and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits. This is a full time post but applications on a job share basis are welcomed.
Time Requirements: 37 hours over 5 day working week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    18/02/2022

  • Closed for Applications

    31/03/2022 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift

    15/04/2022

  • Final Interview Date

    13/04/2022

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

In accordance with the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 (“the Act”),  the Welsh Government is seeking to appoint a National Adviser for Violence Against Women, 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.

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 [1];
  • 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.

 

[1] A “related matter” is abuse which the National Adviser considers to be related directly or indirectly to inequality of any kind between people of a different gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

 

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 the 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;
  • providing a focus to ensure women’s safety at work 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 VAWDASV Team and working with the team on a range of policy issues; 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 Senedd Cymru (Welsh Parliament) 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; and

 

(vi) The Welsh Ministers want to ensure that the voices of survivors of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence underpin and inform the work of the Welsh Government in this area. Therefore, the proven ability to engage with victims and survivors of VAWDASV is crucial to this role.

 

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

  • 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 Criteria

  • 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

Contacts:

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

 

Public Appointments Team

Public Bodies Unit

Email: publicappointments@gov.wales

 

For further information regarding the role of the National Adviser for Violence Against Women Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence please contact: VAWDASV@gov.wales.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact  publicappointments@gov.wales. For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit www.gov.wales/publicappointments.

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