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Post of Manager I (Research)

Date: Mar 18, 2021
 
​Circular No. HR/MHSE/03/2021
 
POST OF MANAGER I (RESEARCH) IN THE MINISTRY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, NATIONAL SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
 
Nomenclatures denoting the male gender include also the female gender.
 
1. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement invites applications for the post of Manager I (Research) in the Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement.
 
Terms and Conditions
 
2.1 This appointment is subject to a probationary period of twelve (12) months .
 
2.2 During the probationary/trial period, appointees must successfully complete appropriate induction programmes organised by the Institute for the Public Services to be eligible for confirmation of appointment.
 
2.3 The salary for the post of Manager I (Research) is Salary Scale 10, which in the year 2021 is €21,267 per annum, rising by annual increments of €407.67 up to a maximum of €23,713.
 
2.4 A Manager I in Salary Scale 10 will progress to Salary Scale 9 (€22,633 x €447.33 - €25,317 in 2021) on completion of two (2) years service as Manager I in Salary Scale 10, subject to satisfactory performance.
 
2.5 A Manager I in Salary Scale 9 will progress to Salary Scale 8 (€24,091 x €486.83 - €27,012 in 2021) on completion of five (5) years service as Manager I in Salary Scale 9, subject to satisfactory performance.
 
2.6 A Manager I in Salary Scale 8 will progress to Salary Scale 7 (€25,656 x €531.17 - €28,843 in 2021) on completion of three (3) years service as Manager I in Salary Scale 8, subject to satisfactory performance.
 
2.7 The appointees shall also be entitled to an annual performance bonus of up to 10% of the basic salary subject to satisfactory performance and subject to Central Administration’s policies in force from time to time.
 
2.8 Accepting appointment in this grade signifies that any pending applications within the Public Service are automatically considered renounced, unless the latter are applications for SAAC positions or applications for a definite position when the officer concerned holds an indefinite appointment.
 
2.9 Lateral applications by public officers who already hold an appointment in the same grade being advertised are allowed only if the area of specialisation of the vacancy is different to the one held by the applicant and requires a specific related qualification as an eligibility requirement, which the applicant must satisfy.
 
a. Appointees within the Managerial/Officer/Practitioners streams must have served in their current post, and are to serve in this post, for a minimum of two (2) years before applying laterally. This is not applicable for promotion purposes, subject to the pertinent eligibility criteria.
b. All other officers must be confirmed in appointment, and are to serve in this post for a minimum of two (2) years, before applying laterally. The latter condition is not applicable for promotion purposes.
 
2.10 It will not be possible to request a transfer before a two (2) year period from date of appointment. On the lapse of a two (2) year period, appointees may only be transferred at own request to carry out duties elsewhere in Research, in accordance with established vacancies.
 
2.11 The result will be valid for a period of two (2) years from the date of publication.
 
Duties
 
3. The job duties for the post of Manager I (Research) may be viewed in Annex A attached to this Circular.
 
Eligibility Requirements
 
4.1 By the closing time and date of this call for applications, applicants must be:
 
Public Officers, or Public Sector employees performing duties in the Malta Public Service, or RSSL employees, who are confirmed in their current appointment. Public Officers who are on loan/detailed with/deployed with/on attachment to Public Sector organisations may also apply;
 
AND
 
a. in possession of a recognised Bachelor’s degree at MQF Level 6 (subject to a minimum of 180 ECTS/ECVE credits, or equivalent*) in Statistics or Economics or European Studies or Sociology or Law or Public Policy or International Relations/Affairs or Social Policy or Terrorism Studies.
 
* In the absence of documentary evidence as to the ECTS/ECVET credits or other system of measuring the course content, the selection board is to evaluate the submitted programme of study and determine that it is comparable to 180 ECTS/ECVET credits. The advice of the MQRIC may be sought.
 
4.2 Qualifications at a level higher than that specified above will be accepted for eligibility purposes, provided they meet any specified subject requirements. A Master's qualification at MQF Level 7, or equivalent, must comprise a minimum of 60 ECTS/ECVETS credits or equivalent* .
 
* In absence of documentary evidence as to the ECTS/ECVET credits or other system of measuring the course content, the selection board is to evaluate the submitted programme of study and determine that it is comparable to 60 ECTS/ECVET credits. The advice of the MQRIC may be sought.
 
Moreover, candidates who have not yet formally obtained any of the qualifications as indicated in paragraph 4.1 will still be considered, provided that they submit evidence that they have obtained the qualifications in question, or successfully completed the necessary ECTS/ECVET credits, or equivalent, taken as part of a higher recognised MQF level programme of study, as required in the aforementioned eligibility criteria, by the closing time and date of the call for applications.
 
4.3 Furthermore, candidates who have not yet formally obtained the qualification specified in paragraphs 4.1 (a) or else as indicated in paragraph 4.2 will still be considered provided that they submit evidence that they are in the final phase of their course leading to such qualification. Appointees must have obtained or be approved for the award of such qualification by the 31st October, 2021. If the stipulated deadline for the attainment of such qualification is not met, the appointment will be, ipso facto, automatically terminated..
a. The probation period and progression entitlement (as the case may be) start to count from date of
 
appointment.
b. Such appointees will not benefit from any allowances until attainment of, or are approved for the indicated qualification referred to in clause 4.1 or 4.2.
 
4.4 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 post, the Selection Board should invariably and formally consult the Director/HR Manager responsible for the respective Public Sector entity.
 
4.5 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 post, subject to the consent of the entity. RSSL employees selected for this post will have their employment with RSSL ipso facto terminated following the successful completion of the probationary period.
 
4.6 Applicants must be eligible to take up their due appointment, in terms of 4.1 to 4.5 above, not only by the closing time and date of this call for applications but also on the date of appointment.
 
4.7 Applicants are obliged to immediately inform the Selection Board (if result has not yet been published, in which case the application should be withdrawn by the applicant) or the HR Unit within the issuing ministry / department (if result has been published) upon any change in the status of their appointment from the date of submission of their application until the closing date, or upon being called for appointment as a result, of this call for application, as the case may be. Non-observance of this instruction may lead to disciplinary action. On its part, at the start of the interview, the Selection Board will request the candidate to declare any changes in status of his/her current appointment from the date of submission of application.
 
4.8 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
 
5.1 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 (https://recruitment.gov.mt).
 
5.2 Original certificates and/or testimonials are to be invariably produced for verification at the interview.
 
Selection Procedure
 
6.1 Eligible applicants will be assessed by a selection board to determine their suitability for the post. The maximum mark for this selection process is 100% and the pass mark is 50%.
 
6.2 Due consideration will be given to applicants who, besides the requisites indicated in paragraphs 4.1 to 4.5, have proven relevant work experience .
 
Submission of Applications
 
7.1 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 Portal only (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 HR Unit of the ministry/department issuing the call for application, will request an updated Service and Leave Record Form (GP47). Whilst in the case of Public Sector performing duties in the Public Service and RSSL employees, these are to present record of any period of work on reduced hours or on a part-time basis, their 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, they are also to produce confirmation from the DCS/DPM 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 17:15 hrs (Central European Time) of Tuesday 6th April 2021. A computer-generated email will be sent as an acknowledgement of the application. Further details concerning the submission of applications are contained in the general provisions referred to below.
 
7.2 It is the responsibility of the applicants not to leave until the last thirty (30) minutes for submission of their application.
 
7.3 Applications which are received after closing date and time (i.e. late applications) are not allowed.
 
7.4 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.
 
Other General Provisions
 
8. 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 and Standards Division (https://recruitmentintra.gov.mt/generalprovisions/GeneralProvisionsEN.pdf) or may be obtained from the Human Resources Section, Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement, 201 Strait Street, Valletta. These general provisions are to be regarded as an integral part of this call for applications.
 
The  website  address  and  email  address  of  the  receiving  Ministry  are www.homeaffairs.gov.mt and www.recruitment.mhse@gov.mt