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Position of Therapeutic Assistant

Date: Sep 13, 2019
 
1. The Director Corporate Services, Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security invites applications for the position of Therapeutic Assistant within the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security.

Duration of assignment and Conditions
 
2.1. A selected candidate will enter into a one (1) year assignment as a Therapeutic Assistant in the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security, which may be renewed for further periods.
 
2.2. The position of Therapeutic Assistant is subject to a probationary period of twelve (12) months.
 
2.3. Since this is a position is time-barred or linked to the completion of a specific task , the position of Therapeutic Assistant falls under Regulation 7(4) of Subsidiary Legislation 452.81 entitled “Contracts of Service for a Fixed Term Regulations”.

2.4 The position may be co-financed by the funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020.

Salary pegged to the position
 
3. The Salary attached to the position of Therapeutic Assistant is equivalent to the maximum of Salary Scale 10 less an increment (equivalent to €21,996.33 in 2019), with attainment of maximum of scale on confirmation of appointment after the probationary period or completion of one (1) year service, whichever is the later.

Duties
 
4.1 The duties of Therapeutic Assistant include:
 
i. Carrying out one-to-one assessments in order to develop psychological profile of each Client that requires the services of the Unit, often to assess the risk of suicide, self-injury and/or other risks
ii. Presenting findings from assessments to the Head of the Unit and collaborating with other Professionals working within the Police Victims Support Unit;
iii. Delivering psychological intervention and therapy;
iv. Developing and/or evaluating the contribution of assessment techniques, such as Psychometrics;
v. Undertaking research projects to evaluate the contribution of specific service elements, Policy initiatives and/or group programme developments;
vi. Checking and monitoring treatment groups to ensure standards and quality;
vii. Preparing risk assessment reports;
viii. Providing support, especially during serious incidents;
ix. Liaising with other organisations and services beyond the Hate Crime/Speech Unit, as required;
x. Analysing national policies to develop strategies for continuous improvement;
xi. Keeping case work notes which may be used at court, if attendance is requested, together, with providing expert witness testimony;
xii. Carrying out any other duties as directed by the Permanent Secretary, the Head of Unit or his/her representative;
xiii. Carrying out any other duties according to the exigencies of the Public Service as directed by the Principal Permanent Secretary.
 
4.2 During the term of employment, a Therapeutic Assistant may be required to carry out duties outside the Unit compatible with his/her position.

Eligibility Requirement
 
5.1  By the closing time and date of this call for applications, applicants must be:
 
(i) (a)citizens of Malta; or
 
(b) citizens of other Member States of the European Union who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters of employment by virtue of EU legislation and treaty provisions dealing with the free movement of workers; or
 
(c) citizens of any other country who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment by virtue of the application to that country of EU legislation and treaty provisions dealing with the free movement of workers; or
 
(d) any other persons who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment in terms of the law or the above-mentioned EU legislation and treaty provisions, on account of their family relationship with persons mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (c); or
 
(e) third country nationals who have been granted long-term resident status in Malta under regulation 4 of the “Status of Long-Term Residents (Third Country Nationals) Regulations, 2006” or who have been granted a residence permit under regulation 18(3) thereof, together with family members of such third country nationals who have been granted a residence permit under the “Family Reunification Regulations, 2007”.
 
The advice of the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs within the Identity Malta Agency should be sought as necessary in the interpretation of the above provisions.
 
The appointment of candidates referred to at (b), (c), (d) and (e) above would necessitate the issue of an employment licence in so far as this is required by the Immigration Act and subsidiary legislation. Jobsplus should be consulted as necessary on this issue.
 
(ii) able to communicate in the Maltese and English Language;
 
(iii) in possession of a recognised Bachelor’s qualification at MQF Level 6 (subject to a minimum of 180 ECTS/ECVET credits, or equivalent, with regard to programmes commencing as from October 2003) in Psychology or a comparable professional qualification.
 
5.2. 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/ECVETS 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.
 
5.3. Applicants must be of conduct which is appropriate to the position applied for (applicants who are already in the Malta Public Service must produce a Service and Leave Record Form (GP 47); those applying from outside the Service must produce a Certificate of Conduct issued by the Police or other competent authority not earlier than one (1) month from the date of application and state whether they have ever been in Government Service, giving details).
 
5.4. Applicants must be eligible to take up their due appointment, in terms of 5.1 to 5.3 above, not only by the closing time and date of this call for applications but also on the date of appointment.
 
5.5. 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 5.2, 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)/Certificate of Conduct as applicable, in pdf format, which are to be uploaded through the Portal. In the case of Public Sector employees performing duties in the Public Service and RSSL employees, these are to present their Paid and Unpaid Leave and Sick Leave records for the last four years, including any records of any disciplinary actions that may have been taken in the absence of which, it will be understood that no disciplinary action was ever taken. In the case of Public Sector employees performing duties in the Public Service, they are also to produce confirmation from the Director responsible for People Management of the Ministry where they are performing duties, that they are officially performing duties in such Ministry. The closing date of the receipt of applications is noon (Central European Time) of Monday, 30 September 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 Provision
  
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;
· the submission of recognition statements in respect of qualifications;
· the publication of the result;
· the process for the submission of petitions concerning the result;
· medical examination;
· 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 Resources Section, Ministry of for Home Affairs and National Security. 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 Directorate are www.homeaffairs.gov.mt and recruitment.mhas@gov.mt.