Opportunity to Apply for Secondment Roles with the Welsh Government to support their Disability Equality Task Force

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The First Minister of Wales has set up a new Disability Equality Rights Task Force in response to the findings of a report published earlier this year that was coproduced with Disabled people and DPOs in Wales.

You can read the report here – https://gov.wales/locked-out-liberating-disabled-peoples-lives-and-rights-wales-beyond-covid-19-html 

The report was commissioned by Welsh Government’s Disability Equality Forum and is the only report in the UK that we know of commissioned by a Government of the UK into the impact of Covid-19 on Disabled people.  Importantly, the report was created and owned by Disabled people in Wales.

The creation of a Disability Rights Taskforce by Welsh Government is a significant achievement and has the potential to bring about change.  The Task Force is co Chaired by the Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt and Debbie Foster (as the representative of the WG Disability Equality Forum). 

The Equality Unit of Welsh Government are now recruiting to a number of posts to support the work of the civil service and we really want to encourage disabled people to apply.

Secondment Advert

Purpose of Post

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a hugely interesting and rewarding area of policy and delivery within the Communities Division of Welsh Government. There are two posts available, within the Equality team.

The pandemic has highlighted deep-rooted inequalities in our society, which Ministers have committed to address. The Welsh Government’s Disability Equality Forum was commissioned to examine the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on disabled people.  Ministers committed to establish a Ministerial taskforce to address the inequalities highlighted by the ‘Locked Out: Liberating disabled people’s lives and rights in Wales beyond Covid-19’ Report.  The taskforce will assist in the development of a Disability Rights Action Plan to improve outcomes for disabled people.

The Taskforce Secretariat will be a high profile role in Welsh Government. The post-holders will need to work closely with Taskforce members.  The post holder’s main responsibility will be to support the Taskforce by managing the work of the Taskforce and any sub-groups. 

The newly created posts are being recruited during the initial phases of the Taskforce as it is a critical role for the interface between the Taskforce, Welsh Government, disability organisations, the Disability Equality Forum and other interested groups. The post holder will support the Head of the Disability Rights Taskforce in developing the way information is shared with the Taskforce and its sub-committees. They will need to assist in the development of systems that will ensure the effective running of the Taskforce.  The post holders will provide secretariat support to the Chairs and Taskforce members, working closely with the Disability Rights Taskforce Manager to ensure the work plan is planned in an effective way so that the Taskforce can deliver its objectives.

Candidates do not need existing in depth knowledge of this specific policy area. This can be developed through the course of undertaking the role with support from colleagues in the wider equality team and other training and development interventions.

Key Tasks

•       Work with others to take forward engagement with people from protected characteristics or with lived experience, in the development of policy, action plans, or future campaigns and/or policy development
•       Manage the delivery of appropriate communications activity relevant to the area of work, including evaluation of the reach of communication and working alongside communication colleagues to develop campaigns and mark specific events in the equality calendar. This will mean ensuring voices from the various communities help inform the shape of key messages and development of campaigns together with those from specialist support services and organisations as appropriate
•       Lead on the provision of effective secretariat to the Disability Rights Taskforce and groups (to include annual refresh of terms of reference; development of papers for meetings; record of actions/forward look) and ensure those actions are taken forward.
•       Support specific ‘Task and Finish’ pieces of work as and when required.
•       Engage with colleagues across EPS and Welsh Government to take forward various policy activity, ensuring there are multiple ways for the members of the communities with whom we work to influence Welsh Government policy.
•       Working with external stakeholders to ensure engagement on policies, legislation development and implementation and decision making.
•       Work with other Welsh Government colleagues to ensure that the needs and experiences of all are considered across wider portfolios and briefings e.g. safeguarding, mental health, crime and justice, education, fair work etc.
•       Contribute towards the Government Business of the Team including correspondence, briefing MAs and Diary Cases – including support for wider priorities and legislation.
•       Deputise for their managers as required.

Welsh Language Requirements:

Welsh language skills are Desirable

Job Specific Criteria:

1.      Ability to produce high quality written materials to suit a variety of audiences including Ministers, senior officials and external stakeholders.
2.      Ability to plan, prioritise and organise to meet deadlines.
3.      Ability to work effectively with stakeholders and delivery partners to achieve success.

How to apply:

Please complete an expression of interest which should be no longer than 750 words, demonstrating why you feel you would be suitable for the position and highlighting your previous experience; it should also address how you meet the three job specific criteria above.

In addition please provide a curriculum vitae (CV), which should be no longer than 2 sides of A4.

Please send your expression of interest and CV to Emma.bennett@gov.wales no later than 12pm (midday) on 04 January 2022.

You will be contacted by email regarding the outcome of the sift of applications. Should you be successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend a virtual interview.

Important information:

This is a fixed term secondment for 18 months
Should you be successful in your application, you will join Welsh Government on a secondment basis. You will need to be contracted with your current employer for at least 18 months in order to be eligible to apply for this opportunity.

For queries, please contact Emma Bennett, Emma.Bennett@gov.wales

Disability Rights Taskforce Secretariat lead Advert

Job Title: Disability Rights Taskforce Secretariat lead
Pay Band: Senior Executive Officer

This opportunity will be a secondment to Welsh Government and the successful candidate will remain on their employer’s terms and conditions of service and current salary.

Location: Pan Wales
Duration of post if temporary: Fixed term for 18 months
Pattern of Working: Full time
Applications will be considered from those who wish to work part-time or on a job share basis.
Closing Date: 04 January 2022
Secondment Advert

Purpose of Post:

This pandemic has highlighted deep-rooted inequalities in our society, which Ministers have committed to address. The Welsh Government’s Disability Equality Forum was commissioned to examine the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on disabled people.  Ministers committed to establish a Ministerial taskforce to address the inequalities highlighted by the ‘Locked Out: Liberating disabled people’s lives and rights in Wales beyond Covid-19’ Report.  The taskforce will assist in the development of a Disability Rights Action Plan to improve outcomes for disabled people.

The Taskforce Secretariat will be a high profile role in Welsh Government. The post-holder will need to work closely with the Chairs of the Taskforce and Taskforce members.  The post holder’s main responsibility will be to support the Taskforce by managing the work of the Taskforce and any sub-groups.  The post holder will need to remain aware of the emerging issues and policy developments within the field of disability equality policy and among Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), proposing matters to be shared with the Taskforce so that emerging issues can be addressed. 

The newly created post is being recruited during the initial phases of the Taskforce as it is a critical role for the interface between the Taskforce, Welsh Government, disability organisations, the Disability Equality Forum and other interested groups. The post holder will assist the Head of the Disability Rights Taskforce in developing the way information is shared with the Taskforce and its sub-committees. They will need to assist in the development of systems that will ensure the effective running of the Taskforce.  The post holder will provide secretariat support to the Chairs and Taskforce members, working closely with the Head of Disability Rights Taskforce to ensure the work plan is planned in an effective way so that the Taskforce can deliver its objectives.

Key Tasks:

•       The Post holder will act as the first point of contact to all Taskforce members, dealing with any queries, supporting and enabling them to carry out their role. They will support the Head of the Disability Taskforce team to ensure that Taskforce meetings and thematic workshops are planned and run effectively.
•       They will manage the forward work plan for the Taskforce including agreeing agenda items, commissioning and quality assuring papers, organising the logistics of meetings alongside colleagues who they manage, drafting papers, and ensuring accurate minutes and action points are completed.
•       The post holder will act as a point of contact for colleagues in the Press Office and Communication teams. They will work with the Head of the Disability Rights Taskforce to ensure messages and communications are correct and appropriate.
•       They will assist in the development of the Disability Rights Action Plan which addresses inequality experienced by Disabled people, working closely with policy colleagues across the Welsh Government to develop sustainable action and outcomes.
•       The post holder will be expected to update senior officials and Welsh Ministers on a regular basis and circulate key information from meetings to the senior management team and partners to ensure all are updated. As part of this they will monitor local, regional and national events which relate to or impact upon disabled policy.
•       Their role will also entail working with KAS to provide evidence and statistical support for the work of the Taskforce as necessary.
•       They will be the main point of contact for the Government business relating to the work of the taskforce, including ministerial briefings, Senedd questions and other plenary business.
•       The post holder will have line management responsibilities for 2 x HEO (MB2)
•       The Secretariat role will sit within the Welsh Government Equalities team, and the post holder will need to work flexibly and provide support across the team, when necessary

Welsh Language Requirements:

Welsh language skills are Desirable

Job Specific Criteria:

1.      Ability to think strategically and identify connections between areas of work, spotting themes and opportunities and translating these into appropriate actions demonstrating well developed organisational skills in doing so;
2.      Evidence of skills in stakeholder engagement with demonstrable high standard of verbal and written communication skills; and
3.      Evidence of ability to work effectively with Ministers and Senior managers, advising and supporting appropriately.

How to apply:

Please complete an expression of interest which should be no longer than 750 words, demonstrating why you feel you would be suitable for the position and highlighting your previous experience; it should also address how you meet the three job specific criteria above.

In addition please provide a curriculum vitae (CV), which should be no longer than 2 sides of A4.

Please send your expression of interest and CV to emma.bennett@gov.wales no later than 12pm (midday) on 04 January 2022

You will be contacted by email regarding the outcome of the sift of applications. Should you be successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend a virtual interview.

Important information:

This is a fixed term secondment for 18 months
Should you be successful in your application, you will join Welsh Government on a secondment basis. You will need to be contracted with your current employer for at least 18 months in order to be eligible to apply for this opportunity.

For queries, please contact Emma Bennett emma.bennett@gov.wales

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