Apr 032020
 

Members - Boundary Commission for Wales

Body: Boundary Commission for Wales
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities
Location: Cardiff - Wales
Skills required: Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £505.50 per day.
Time Requirements: This is a part time and ad hoc appointment. It is anticipated that Members will be expected to commit to around 3 to 4 days a year during periods outside of Boundary Reviews, and around 12 to 15 days a year during Boundary Reviews.

Vacancy Description

The Boundary Commission for Wales is an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body funded by the Cabinet Office. The Commission is required to keep the Westminster Parliamentary constituencies in Wales under review.

This is an outstanding opportunity to sit on a high profile commission that plays an important role in shaping electoral boundaries in Wales. As a member, you will review Parliamentary constituencies and reach reasoned conclusions about recommendations on boundaries. You must be a strong analytical thinker with excellent evaluation and reasoning skills with a commitment to work in an independent and politically neutral manner. You should also understand the different tiers of local and central governments and the services they provide.

It is highly desirable for candidates to have experience working as a senior officer in, or collaborating with, the public sector in Wales, and have an understanding of the context and geography of Wales.While fluency in the Welsh language is not a requirement for this post, applicants would be expected to show empathy for the Welsh language and an appreciation of the bilingual communities throughout Wales.

Person Specification

  • Essential:
    • have the ability to take an independent, evenly balanced view and demonstrate political neutrality.
    • have the ability to analyse and evaluate information effectively and come to a reasoned conclusion.
    • be skilled in communication, and able to present your views in a constructive and impartial manner.
    • have a good knowledge of the different tiers of government in Wales and the services they provide.
    • have a clear understanding and commitment to “the Seven Principles of Public Life”.
  • Desirable:
    • it is highly desirable for candidates to have experience working as a senior officer in, or collaborating with, the public sector in Wales, and have an understanding of the context and geography of Wales.
    • while fluency in the Welsh language is not a requirement for this post, applicants would be expected to show empathy for the Welsh language and an appreciation of the bilingual communities throughout Wales.
    • have the ability to work successfully in a small team

Additional Information

The role of Members will involve:

  • Attending meetings of the Boundary Commission for Wales.
  • Undertaking visits to areas as part of the review process, as required.
  • Formulating proposals according to the remit of the legislation governing the Boundary Commission for Wales.
  • Following the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
  • Complying with the Code of Conduct for Board
  • Members of Public Bodies, and ensure they understand their duties, rights and responsibilities and that they are familiar with the function and role of the Boundary Commission for Wales.

How to Apply

In order for us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history
  2. An accompanying Supporting Letter (maximum 2 A4 pages) – setting out your suitability for the role and how you meet the essential and desirable skills set out in the person specification – please ensure your full name is clearly noted at the top of your letter.
  3. Diversity monitoring form (Google) you do not need to have a Google account to complete the form (please see the attached candidate pack for more detail)– any information you provide in Section A will not be used as part of the selection process and will not be seen by the interview panel. The form now includes questions about disability. Information to help answer these questions can be found on the Public Appointments website. If you experience problems accessing the monitoring form please contact Sommer Bristo or Peter Richardson via bcwmemberrecruitment@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.
  4. Disability Confident – Offering an interview to disabled people declaration (if applicable)

Attachments

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