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Position of 1st Line Border Control Officer

Date: Nov 08, 2019
 
MHAS Circular No. 27/2019
 
 
​1. The Director Corporate Services, Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security invites applications for the position of 1st Line Border Control Officer in the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security.
 
Duration of assignment and Conditions
 
2.1 Considering that the nature of work of Border Control Officers are of a sensitive nature related to Malta's National Security, this position shall be of a definite nature that is for a three (3) year period, which may be renewed for further periods.
 
2.2 The position of 1st Line Border Control Officer is subject to a probationary period of six (6) months.
 
2.3 Selected applicants will be required to work on shift basis including nights, weekends and public holidays.
 
Salary pegged to the position
 
3.1 The Salary attached to the position of 1st Line Border Control Officer is equivalent to Salary Scale 14 (which in the year 2019 is €15,393 per annum rising by annual increments of €313.83 up to a maximum of €17,294).
 
3.2 A selected candidate will progress from Salary Scale 14 to Salary Scale 13 (which in the year 2019 is
€16,463 per annum rising by annual increments of €335.50 up to a maximum of €18,475) after two (2) years service as a 1st Line Border Control Officer in Salary Scale 14 subject to satisfactory performance.
 
3.3 A 1st Line Border Control Officer in Salary Scale 13 will furthermore progress to Salary Scale 12 (which in the year 2019 is €17,576 per annum rising by annual increments of €354 up to a maximum of €19,700) after five
(5) years satisfactory service in Salary Scale 13.
 
3.4 A 1st Line Border Control Officer in Salary Scale 12 will further progress to Salary Scale 11 (which in the year 2019 is €18,743 per annum rising by annual increments of €375.17 up to a maximum of €20,994) after two
(2) years service in Salary Scale 12.
 
3.5 A 1st Line Border Control Officer in Salary Scale 11 will progress to Salary Scale 10 (which in the year 2019 is €19,958 per annum rising by annual increments of €407.67 up to a maximum of €22,404) after a further three (3) years satisfactory service in Salary Scale 11.
 
3.6 A 1st Line Border Control Officer who obtain a relevant MQF Level 5 qualification (subject to a minimum of 60 ECTS/ECVET credits or equivalent with regard to programmes commencing as from October 2003) as determined by management from time to time and have five (5) years experience in the class of Border Control, will progress to Salary Scale 10 (which in the year 2019 is €19,958 per annum rising by annual increments   of
€407.67 up to a maximum of €22,404) as 1st Line border Control Officer.
 
Duties
 
4. The duties of 1st Line Border Control Officer include:
i. Carrying out border checks in line with Schengen Borders Code (SBC);
ii. Applying the provisions of the Immigration Act, SBC and its handbook, the Visa Code and its handbook, the Carrier Sanctions and other EU, international and local legislation, except for those actions that require ant executive powers;
iii. Checking the related data bases during systematic check or non-systematic checks via SIS, VIS, NSL or other available systems at first line at the airport and seaports;
iv. Verifying biometrics such as fingerprints, facial recognition and passport photos through experience or with the help of equipment at first line;
v. Performing a full identity check by verifying documents and their validity also through using the specialized document examination equipment at first line in booths at the airport or seaport;
vi. Identifying falsification and counterfeiting of official documents, checks length and purpose of stay and calculates means of subsistence;
vii. Handling travellers traced at first line checks, who are considered to be a threat or when an alert is issued, until referring to the Police;
viii. Handling Registered Travelers when equipment is in place even if manual checks are needed in case of system break off;
ix. Handling Automated Border check Gates and other innovative systems for border checks when they are in place;
x. Stamping Third Country Nationals (TCN) travel document in line with SBC provisions;
xi. Taking justified decisions of spot checking on EU - EEA and CH citizens who are subject to simple checks;
xii. Performing first line passenger clearance at all areas of the airport and seaport, especially those designated for special categories of travellers such as the CIP and Ministerial Lounges at MIA;
xiii. Operating Advanced Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Records (PNR) systems and other systems when in place and be capable of identifying suspect passenger prior to arrival of target  flights if and when necessary;
xiv. Interviewing doubtful passengers and verifies their documents at gates and/or immigration booths;
xv. Carrying out profiling of passengers coming from extra Schengen and alert supervisors of doubtful arriving passengers;
xvi. Securing evidence when identifying cases which call for further investigations and hand over to supervisors;
xvii. Applying data protection legislation;
xviii. Applying fundamental human rights;
xix. Be in a position to identify persons who may be in need of international protection;
xx. Any other duties that may be assigned by the Head of Department, as well as by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security;
xxi. Any other duties according to the exigencies of the Public Service or directed by the Principal Permanent Secretary.
 
Eligibility Requirements
 
5.1 By the closing time and date of this call for applications, applicants must be Public Officers in the Malta Public Service or Public Officers in the Malta Public Service on loan/detailed with/ deployed with/on attachment to Public Sector Organisations or Public Sector employees performing duties in the Public Service or RSSL employees who are confirmed in their current appointment and are in possession of a recognised MQF Level 4 qualification in subjects where the main or secondary  area is preferably  in  ICT, Administration,  Customer Care, Languages, EU Studies, Geography, Terrorism Studies, Maths, Physics, Criminology, Security, Psychology, Chemistry, Biology, or Diplomacy or a comparable qualification.
 
5.2 To determine the comparable level of responsibility of Public Sector employees currently performing duties in the Public Service and RSSL employees to the level of responsibility required of public officers applying for this position, the Selection Board should invariably and formally consult the Director/HR Manager responsible for the respective Public Sector entity.
 
5.3 The current arrangement, whereby Public Sector employees performing duties in the Public Service remain on the books of the respective entity, shall continue to apply in the case of Public Sector employees who are selected for the position, subject to the consent of the entity. RSSL employees will remain on the books of the company.
 
5.4 Qualifications at a level higher than that specified above will be accepted for eligibility purposes, provided they meet any specified subject requirements.
 
Moreover, candidates who have not yet formally obtained any of the above-mentioned qualifications will still be considered, provided that they submit evidence that they have been approved for the award of the qualifications in question, or successfully completed the necessary ECTS/ECVET credits, or equivalent, taken as part of a recognized higher MQF level program of study, as required in the afore-mentioned eligibility criteria, by the closing time and date of the call for applications.
 
5.5 Applicants must be eligible to take up their due appointment, in terms of 5.1 to 5.4 above, not only by the closing time and date of this call for applications but also on the date of appointment.
 
5.6 Prospective applicants should note the requirement to produce MQRIC recognition statements in respect of their qualifications from MQRIC, or other designated authorities, as applicable, as per provisions applicable to this call for applications (see link below).
 
Submission of Supporting Documents
 
6.1 Qualifications and experience claimed must be supported by certificates and/or testimonials, copies of which are to be scanned and sent through the Recruitment Portal on https://recruitment.gov.mt. Under no circumstances should any such documents be submitted after two (2) working days from the closing date.
 
6.2 Original certificates and/or testimonials are to be invariably produced for verification at the interview.
 
Selection  Procedure
 
7.1 Eligible applicants will be assessed by a Selection Board to determine their suitability for the position. The maximum mark for this selection process is 100% and the pass mark is 50%.
 
7.2 Due consideration will be given to applicants who, besides the requisites indicated in paragraphs 5.1 to 5.4, have proven relevant work experience.
 
Submission of Applications
 
8. Applications are to be submitted, for the attention of the Human Resources Section, Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security, through the Recruitment Portal only at the following address: https://recruitment.gov.mt. Applications are to include a Curriculum Vitae (which should include a list of qualifications held by applicant), and an updated Service and Leave Record Form (GP47) which has been issued not earlier than one (1) month from the date of application, in pdf format, which are to be uploaded through the Portal. The closing date of the receipt of applications is noon (Central European Time) of Friday, 22 November 2019. A computer-generated e-mail will be sent as an acknowledgement of the application. Further details concerning the submission of applications are contained the general provisions referred to below.
 
Other General Provisions
 
9. Other general provisions concerning this call for applications, with particular reference to:
 
     applicable benefits, conditions and rules/regulations;
     reasonable accommodation for registered persons with disability;
     submission of recognition statements in respect of qualifications;
     publication of the result;
     the process for the submission of petitions concerning the result;
     access to application forms and related details
     retention of documents
 
may be viewed by accessing the website of the People & Standards Division at the address https://publicservice.gov.mt/en/people/Pages/PeopleResourcingandCompliance/FormsandTemplates.aspx   or may be obtained from the Human Resource Section, Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security, 201, Strait Street, Valletta. These general provisions are to be regarded as an integral part of this call for applications.
 
The website address, and e-mail address of the receiving Ministry are www.homeaffairs.gov.mt and recruitment.mhas@gov.mt.