Post of Detention Service Officer in the Detention Service within the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security

MINISTRY FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND NATIONAL SECURITY
 
 
Nomenclatures denoting the male gender include also the female gender.
 
1. The Head Detention Service, Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security invites applications for the post of Detention Service Officer in the Detention Service within the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security. 
 
Terms and Conditions
 
2.1 This appointment is subject to a probationary period of six (6) months.
2.2 The salary for the post of Detention Service Officer is Salary Scale 14, that is, €14,476 per annum in 2017, rising by annual increments of €316.83 up to a maximum of €16,377.
 
2.3 A Detention Service Officer will progress to Scale 13 (€15,461 x €335.50 - €17,474) on completion of two (2) years service in the grade, subject to satisfactory performance.
 
2.4 A Detention Service Officer will further progress to Scale 12 (€16,492 x €354 - €18,616) on completion of six (6) years service in Scale 13, subject to satisfactory performance.
 
2.5 A Detention Service Officer will be required to work on a shift basis, Monday to Sunday including nights and public holidays.
 
Duties
 
3. The duties of Detention Service Officer include: 
 
i. guarding of closed centres accommodating immigration detainees, with the aim of preventing escape attempts, and maintaining law and order within closed centres. 
 
ii. escorting immigration detainees either within closed centres or outside to locations such as hospitals. 
 
iii. preventing unauthorized persons from communicating or making physical contact with immigration detainees either in detention or while being escorted outside closed centres. 
 
iv. ensuring that immigration detainees fulfill their obligations while in custody. Such obligations include, cleaning of their accommodation, maintenance of good order and discipline.
 
v. handling of daily mundane matters that can be resolved without referring to higher authorities: such as serving food, performing head counts, compiling list of immigration detainees requesting to be examined by a medical officer.
 
vi. ensuring that certain requests by immigration detainees, deemed legitimate, are forwarded to higher authority.
 
vii. frisking of persons belonging to non-government organisations or other civilians authorized access to closed centres and inspection of bags, cases etc, they may be carrying.
viii. any other task as may be assigned to the officer by the Permanent Secretary, Head Detention Service or his representative; and
 
ix. any other duties according to the exigencies of the Public Service as directed by the Principal Permanent Secretary.
 
Further details of the job description of the post may be obtained from the Human Resources Office, Detention Service Headquarters, Safi Barracks, ĦalSafi.
 
Eligibility Requirements
 
4.1 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 languages;
 
(iii) in possession of at least a Secondary School Leaving Certificate (or comparable) preferably with passes in Maltese and English; 
 
(iv) in possession of a clean driving license in category B. Applicants who obtain a clean driving licence in category B during their probation period may also apply. Preference will be given to holders of a valid private security guard licence;
  
(v) as a further eligibility requirement, applicants must also sustain and pass a drugs screening test;
  
(vi) selected applicants will be medically examined to ascertain that he/she is fit in all respects, physically and mentally, to perform all Detention Service Officer Duties.
 
Applicants eligible in terms of paragraph 4.1 (i) to (vi) above will first be subject to an interview by a Selection Board designed to bring to the fore those personal qualities in a candidate, such as personality, alertness, intelligence, and other personal aptitudes required from a Detention Service Officer. The interview shall include a reading test (Maltese and English). Candidates who fail the interview shall be precluded from joining the Detention Service.  
 
4.2 Qualifications at a level higher than that specified above will be accepted for eligibility purposes, provided they meet any specified subject requirements.
 
4.3 Public Officers holding a grade in a particular stream, and who were granted Officer in Scale status by virtue of a Grievances Unit decision in the same scale as that of a higher grade in that stream, are eligible to apply for grades open to officers holding such higher grade within the stream that carries the same scale as that of the Officer in Scale status.
 
The years of service since the effective date of appointment as Officer in Scale are reckonable for the purpose of satisfying any requisite years of service stipulated in calls for applications.
 
Any other eligibility requisites for the post must be met in terms of this call for applications.
 
4.4 Applicants must be of conduct which is appropriate to the post 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).  
 
4.5 Applicants must be eligible to take up their due appointment, in terms of 4.1 to 4.4 above, not only by the closing time and date of this call for applications but also on the date of appointment.
 
4.6 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 Documentation
 
5.1 Qualifications and experience claimed must be supported by certificates and/or testimonials, copies of which should be attached to the application. Scanned copies sent electronically are acceptable.
 
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 1000 and the pass mark is 600.
 
6.2 Due consideration will be given to applicants who, besides the requisites indicated in paragraphs 4.1 to 4.4, have proven relevant work experience.
 
Submission of Applications
 
7.1 Applications, together with a curriculum vitae showing qualifications and experience, will be received by the Human Resource Section, Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security at 201, Triq id-Dejqa, Valletta, by not later than noon (Central European Time) of Friday, 24th November, 2017. Applications can also be submitted through the Online Government Recruitment Portal (http://recruitment.gov.mt) by the said closing time and date of this call for applications, as indicated above. Further details concerning the submission of applications are contained in the general provisions referred to below.
 
7.2 Those who had applied under the call which was issued in Government Gazette No. 19,764, dated 21st April, 2017, need not re-apply.
 
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;
medical examination;
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://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 email address of the receiving Ministry is (hr.mhas@gov.mt).
 
10th November, 2017