Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee - Members, (various over 8 of 13 regions)

Announced
Body: MoD - DBS VETS
Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Defence, Health
Location: Various according to regional VAPC
Skills required: Communication / Media / Marketing, HR, Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: Various according to regional VAPC
Remuneration: Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be paid.
Time Requirements: Two to four meetings per year plus some casework

Announcement

An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    03/10/2018

  • Closed for Applications

    02/11/2018 23:00

  • Panel Sift

    TBC according to region

  • Final Interview Date

    TBC according to region

  • Announcement

    25/05/2019

Vacancy Description

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans is seeking to make the above voluntary public appointments in the following regions: Wales, South East, North East, Northern Ireland, West Scotland, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber and East Midlands. Are you the person we need, can you carry out the functions and duties? Then apply as below:

Functions

The Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee is a Non-Departmental Public Body divided into 13 regional committees. Each Committee’s main functions are to:

  • Act as advocates for implementing the Armed Forces Covenant (https://www.gov.uk/the-armed-forces-covenant) and work in partnership with local authorities and other stakeholders to develop and deliver associated measures associated measures within the region.
  • Raise awareness, within their region, of the Armed Forces Covenant and associated issues, 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 veterans and their families in accessing local support services and to provide assistance and guidance to individuals in accessing the War Pension Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. To provide an independent element to the Veterans UK complaints process relating to those schemes. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-uk
  • Based on their involvement in the wider process and their contact with individuals in the local areas, act as a conduit for local consultation by Ministers, the Ministry of Defence and the Veterans UK on issues affecting recipients of a pension/compensation from the War Pension and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes. http://www.veteranstransition.co.uk/vtrreport.pdf

Responsibilities and Skills

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 and members are expected to be involved in a wide range of activities, between these relating to the delivery of 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.

Annex A lists the regional committees that are looking for new Members. The South East Committee would welcome in particular, applications from women, ex-Royal Navy Personnel and applicants with strong links to Kent. The Wales Committee would like to see applications from people with Welsh language skills to assist with publicity material. The West Midlands Committee would benefit from new Members with strong connections to Rugby, Coventry and Birmingham. If however, you don’t fall into any of these groups, we would still welcome your application. What is most important is that candidates should have a real commitment to supporting Veterans and their Families.

Person Specification

Candidates will need to demonstrate the following:

Essential

  • An ability to contribute to a committee setting.
  • Good all round communication skills and be able to consider complex issues.
  • An ability to look ahead and work with others to develop practical plans.
  • An understanding of the Government’s commitment to veterans as set out in the Armed Forces Covenant.

Desirable

  • Some experience or knowledge of service pensions and/or compensation schemes in terms of policy impact.
  • A knowledge of service life.

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.
  • Generally give something back and contribute to the delivery of the highest quality of public services in the public interest.The position is an unpaid voluntary appointment but travelling and loss of earnings allowances will be paid.

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.

How to Apply

Please complete the attached Expression of Interest and Diversity Information forms PLUS a copy of your latest CV and return them to DBSCivPers-ResNONSTDAPPTS@mod.gov.uk, (email is preferred method), quoting reference 10088M. Please see the attached information pack for further details.

Applications should reach us before 23:00 on Friday 16th. November, 2018.

Attachments
10088_VAPC C&M_Info_Pack-O
10088M_VAPC MEMBER_EOI-O
10088_VAPC_Diversity form-O
10088_VAPC_Chairs_Comments-O
10088 Member_Annex A-O
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