Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee - Chairperson (Eastern; Yorkshire and Humberside; East Scotland)

Announced
Body: MoD - DBS VETS
Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Defence, Health
Location: Various according to committee
Skills required: Communication / Media / Marketing, HR, Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: 3 (one for each region advertised)
Remuneration: Reasonable travel and subsistence may be claimed
Time Requirements: 2 to 4 meetings per year plus some casework
Closing Date: 16/11/2018
Interviews: Late November or Early December for all appointments with venues to be confirmed.

Vacancy Description

Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee (VAPC) – Appointment of Chairpersons for the East Scotland, Yorkshire and Humber and Eastern Committees

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans is seeking to appoint new VAPC Chairpersons in the following regions:

East Scotland region covering City of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, The Borders, Clackmannan, City of Dundee, City of Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Moray, Orkney Islands, Perthshire and Kinross, Shetland Islands and Stirling.

Yorkshire and Humber region covering East Riding of Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire and the metropolitan counties of South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

Eastern region covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk .

If you think you are the person we need to carry out one of these important roles, then please apply

as below:

Functions

The Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee is a Non-Departmental Public Body divided into 13 geographical regions. Each Committee’s main function is to:

  • act as advocates for implementing the Armed Forces Covenant (https://www.gov.uk/the-armed-forces-covenant) and associated measures at a local level
  • raise awareness, within their region, of the Armed Forces Covenant and associated measures, the War Pension Scheme, Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, the Veterans Welfare Service and the availability of x-Government support to the Armed Forces, their families and Veterans.
  • assist serving personnel, veterans and their families in accessing local support services, provide assistance and guidance on the War Pension Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and to provide an independent element to the Veterans UK complaints process relating to those schemes. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-uk
  • act as a conduit for local consultation by Ministers, the Ministry of Defence and Veterans UK on issues affecting recipients of pension from the War Pensions Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation scheme. http://www.veteranstransition.co.uk/vtrreport.pdfResponsibilities and Skills
  • Suitable candidates may come from a wide range of backgrounds and, whilst knowledge of service life would be useful, it is not necessary. What is most important is that applicants should have a real commitment to supporting Veterans and their Families. We are currently advertising for new Members for the VAPC for some of the regional Committees so one of the first duties for the newly appointed Chairpersons will be to interview candidates for their Committees.
  • The VAPC Chairperson and members play a central role in promoting the interests and welfare of Veterans and their families. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-advisory-and-pensions-committees-x13 .The committees meet between 2 and 4 times per year however, Chairmen and Members are expected to be involved in a wide-ranging agenda of issues relating to the functions of the committee set out above. The veterans’ arena is a huge space and there is always more that can be done; the VAPC role can therefore take as much of your time as you are willing and able to give.
  • The role and the input of the VAPCs was cited in Lord Ashcroft’s Transition Review recommendations, with actions allocated to them as a body, going forward.

Person Specification

Candidates will need to demonstrate the following skills:

Essential:

  • effective leadership and management of meetings and promoting a team approach
  • influencing and negotiating skills at a high level, partnership working and the ability to work in a collaborative way to achieve outcomes
  • the ability to work with military and civil authorities and other major suppliers of direct assistance to Veterans
  • excellent all round communication skills
  • the ability to consider complex issues.
  • the ability to look ahead and work with others to develop practical plans

Desirable:

  • Some knowledge of the following areas would be helpful but not essential as training and mentoring will be available:
  • the Government’s commitment to veterans as set out in the Armed Forces Covenant.
  • provision of welfare and support and knowledge of the support environment in either, East Scotland, Yorkshire and Humber or Eastern England

Additional Information

A Public Appointment will give you a chance to:

  • help make decisions that affect people’s lives
  • help make a difference and change things for the better in the public interest
  • contribute your skills, expertise and experience for the benefit of society
  •  develop new skills, learn about new subjects and enhance your confidence
  • meet a new range of people in different walks of life
  • develop your career, for example, by gaining public sector board experience
  • refocus your career, for example, if you have returned from a career break or maternity leave
  •  give something back and contribute to the delivery of the highest quality of public services in the public interest.The position is an unpaid appointment but authorised expenses in respect of overnight stays, travel and loss of earnings allowances will be paid.

How to Apply

Please complete the attached Expression of Interest and Diversity Information forms and return these, along with a copy of your latest CV, to DBSCivPers-ResNONSTDAPPTS@mod.gov.uk, (email is the preferred method), quoting reference 10088C.  All applications must reach us no later than 23:59 on Friday 16th. November, 2018.

For further details and information please read the attached information pack provided.

The Ministry of Defence is committed to equality of opportunity for all and the principle of appointment based on merit following an open and transparent process and independent assessment. An interview access scheme is available (for disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria for appointment). PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PUBLIC APPOINTMENT NOT EMPLOYMENT.

Attachments
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10088_VAPC_Diversity form-O
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