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Dog Handler Instructor, within the Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement

Date: Mar 18, 2021
 
Ref HR/44/2020

Date: 18th March 2021

Circular No.HR/Pol/2/2021​

Expression of Interest from amongst Public Officers to be assigned duties as: Dog Handler Instructor,
within the Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement
 
​ 1. In line with the concept of job mobility, which enhances the learning experience of the individual whilst addressing the exigencies of the Public Service, the Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement is seeking to identify suitable Public Officers to perform duties as cited above, for a period of five (5) years, which may be renewed for further periods.

2. Selected candidates shall, for the period during which they are assigned such duties, be accountable to the Head of Department where they are assigned.

3. The period of assignment shall be reckonable as ‘service in the grade’ for the purpose of computation of length of service, seniority, salary, progression and, where applicable, for Treasury pension purposes. The performance of such duties will also be acknowledged in the Service and Leave Record Form (GP47).

Terms and Conditions

4. Selected candidates will continue to receive the salary of their substantive grade for the period during which they are assigned on any of the above duties. They will also receive an allowance of €1,950 per annum for such duration upon successful completion of a training course of a dog handler instructor. They will resume the duties of their substantive grade once their deployment on such duties ceases

Duties

5. Eligible Officers are thus invited to submit their expression of interest in being assigned duties related to one or more of the above-captioned designations. The duties and eligibility requisites are outlined at Annexes 'A' to 'B' Officers on secondment/on loan/detailed with/deployed with/on attachment to Public Sector Organisations, who satisfy the necessary eligibility requisites, may also apply.

Eligibilty Requirements

6. Eligible applicants will be requested to attend for an interview to assess their suitability for those duties in which they expressed an interest. Selected candidates will be deployed according to both the outcome of such assessment and Public Service exigencies

​7. Any qualifications and experience claimed must be supported by certificates and/or testimonials, copies of which should be attached to the Officer’s submission. Scanned copies sent electronically are acceptable. 

7.1 Original certificates and/or testimonials are to be invariably produced for verification at the interview.

8. With the exception of those qualifications referred to in paragraphs 8.2 and 8.3 hereunder, applicants are required to produce a recognition statement by the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) within the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE), which is to be obtained by submitting an online “Application for the Recognition of Qualifications” at https://services.ncfhe.gov.mt/CertificationApplication.aspx​. Such statement should be attached to the expression of interest and the original presented at the interview.

8.1 Prior to requesting recognition statements as per paragraph 8.1 above in respect of their qualifications, candidates should first consult the “List of Accredited Courses Offered by Licensed Institutions” of the NCFHE which may be accessed on http://ncfhe.gov.mt/en/register/Pages/register.aspx​. Applicants are exempt from submitting a recognition statement as mentioned in paragraph 8.1 if they are presenting qualifications listed therein. A print of such list including the qualification is to be presented by the applicant.

8.2 No recognition statement by MQRIC is required in respect of qualifications issued by Maltese selfaccrediting institutions, these being the University of Malta, MCAST and ITS; or any Maltese qualification that has been accredited by the NCFHE, which on the certificates states: ‘The National Commission for Further and Higher Education deems this certificate to be MQF’.

8.3 In the case of qualifications not covered by 8.2 and 8.3, applicants are to submit the recognition statement as described in paragraph 8.1. Applicants who are not in possession of such a statement may still submit an expression of interest, provided that they submit a copy of the statement to the receiving department/directorate as soon as it is available, and, in any case, by not later than four (4) months for the closing date of the call for applications. Applicants may be assessed provisionally whilst still awaiting MQRIC equivalence of their qualification/s. Should the equivalence report be in the negative or not presented within four (4) months from the closing date of the call for applications, such applicants will be disqualified from the selection process. Moreover, subject to availability of vacancies, the undertaking of the assignment cannot be signed before the positive equivalence report is received from MQRIC.

9. The result of the selection process will be published by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law and exhibited on the noticeboard of the Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement at 201, Strait Street, Valletta.

9.1 Petitions objecting to the result of the selection process should reach the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement within ten (10) working days from the date of publication
of the result.

Submission of Applications

10. Applications are to be submitted, for the attention of the Human Resources Section, Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement through the Recruitment Portalo nly (https://recruitment.gov.mt). Applications are to include a Curriculum Vitae (which should include a list of qualifications held by applicant). In the case of Public Officers, the GP 47 is to be requested by HR Unit of the ministry/department issuing the call for application. Whilst in the case of Public Sector employees performing duties in the Public Service and RSSL employees, the HR Unit of the ministry/department issuing the call for application must request a record of any period of work on reduced hours or on a part-time basis, unpaid leave including unpaid sick leave and/or any periods of absence from duties, and any records of any disciplinary action 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, the HR Unit of the ministry/department issuing the call for application will request confirmation from the Director responsible for People Management of the Ministry (where applicants are performing duties) that they are officially performing duties in such Ministry. The closing date of the receipt of applications is 17:15 hrs (Central European Time) of Tuesday 13th April, 2021. A computer-generated email will be sent as an acknowledgement of the application. Further details concerning the submission of applicatyions are contained in the general provisions referred to​
below.

11. It is the responsibility of the applicants not to leave until the last thirty (30) minutes for submission of their application.

12. Applications which are received after closing date and time (i.e. late applications) are not allowed.

13. Applicants are granted up to two (2) working days after closing date or up to two (2) working days from date of notification, whichever is the latter, to submit any incorrect or incomplete or missing documents.

14. Selected officers will be required to sign an undertaking signifying their commitment to the assignment for which they are selected.

Kevin Mahoney
Permanent Secretary
Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement

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