Post of Assistance and Rescue Officer in the Civil Protection Department in the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security

MINISTRY FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND NATIONAL SECURITY

Post of Assistance and Rescue Officer in the Civil Protection Department in the Ministry for 
Home Affairs and National Security 

Nomenclatures denoting the male gender include also the female gender.

1. The Director Civil Protection, Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security invites applications for the post of Assistance and Rescue Officer in the Civil Protection Department in 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 Assistance and Rescue Officer is Salary Scale 14, that is, €14,928 per annum, rising by annual increments of €316.83 up to a maximum of €16,829.
2.3 An Assistance and Rescue Officer will progress to Scale 13 (€15,955 x €335.50 - €17,968) on completion of five (5) years service in the grade, subject to satisfactory performance.

2.4 An Assistance and Rescue Officer will further progress to Salary Scale 12 (€17,026 x €354 - €19,150) on completion of a further three (3) years service in the grade of Assistance and Rescue Officer (Salary Scale 13).

2.5 Assistance and Rescue Officers performing full-time sea-going duties will be entitled to receive the approved sea-going allowance of €559.05 per annum which is to be reduced on a pro-rata basis for all absences except for vacation leave. In addition they will be entitled to:

2.5.1 If on continuous sea duties in excess of 12 hours but less than 24 hours €11.65 per capita for every such duty.


2.5.2 If on continuous sea duty in excess of 24 hours €11.65 for the first 24 hours and €18.64 for every successive period of 24 hours or part thereof.

2.6 Assistance and Rescue Officers will be conditioned to a forty six (46) hour week on a 24 hour shift basis over seven (7) days (Monday to Sunday) or any other roster as determined by the Director Civil Protection. Hours worked in access of 46 hours will be paid at overtime rates (one and a half times), when time-off-in-lieu cannot be given. 



2.7  Assistance and Rescue Officers will be considered for appointment to higher posts within the Department of Civil Protection provided they satisfy the established eligibility requirements for such higher posts.

2.8 The appointment is on a full-time basis and is subject to the rules and regulations governing from time to time the Malta Public Service in general, and the Department of Civil Protection in particular, and involves liability to transfer according to the exigencies of the Public Service.

Duties

3. The duties of an Assistance and Rescue Officer include:


(a) reports directly to the Leading Assistance and Rescue Officer;

(b) undertakes to respond to a call in consequences of a fire or disaster/emergency or other similar occurrences necessitating immediate attention;
(c) tackles the immediate effects of a disaster, and provides assistance to rescue and help victims;

(d) handles related appliances, machinery and equipment;

(e) assists Leading Assistance and Rescue Officer in carrying out inspections for fire-proofing;

(f) may be required to work at sea;

(g) any other duties as directed by the Director, Civil Protection Department and/or his representative;


(h) any other duties according to the exigencies of the Public Service as directed by the Principal Permanent Secretary.

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) must be proficient in the Maltese and English languages;


(iii) Preference will be given to applicants who have relevant related experience in “Assistance and Rescue” field with both Government organisations or non-governmental organisations;

(iv) physically fit to carry out fully the duties expected of an Assistance and Rescue Officer.

Certificates of training, in related areas to the duties performed by an Assistance and Rescue Officer conducted by competent authorities including the Civil Protection Department, will be considered an asset. 

4.2 Qualifications at a level higher than that specified above will be accepted for eligibility purposes, provided they meet any specified subject requirements.

Moreover, candidates who have not yet formally obtained any of the above-mentioned qualifications will still be considered, provided that they submit evidence that they have been approved for the award of the qualifications in question, or successfully completed the necessary ECTS/ECVETS credits, or equivalent, taken as part of a recognized MQF level programme of study, as required in the afore-mentioned eligibility criteria or higher, by the closing time and date of the call for applications.

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. Part One – Preliminary Medical Test/Physical Efficiency/Personal Assessment – Preliminary Interview

6.1 Preliminary Medical Test;

6.2 Eligible applicants will be subject to a Physical Efficiency Test to be held under a selection board appointed by the Director of the Civil Protection Department, to ensure fitness to Civil Protection Department standards.


The minimum standards of the Physical Efficiency Test will comprise the following three components: 

1 Mile Run    Males  Females
         10 minutes        12 minutes

Push-ups (repetitions)  15  10
   
Sit-ups (repetitions)  25 20
   
Candidates must at least attain the minimum standard in each component of the Physical Efficiency Test to be considered as having gained a pass in the Physical Efficiency Test. Candidates who fail in one component will be allowed to re-sit that one particular component within a week from the first complete component. 


Only candidates who pass in all the components of the physical test will proceed to the subsequent process.


6.3 Candidates that reach this level will be assessed for fear of heights, fear of darkness and fear for confined space. Candidates who fail this test are considered not fit for the job.

6.4 Personal Assessment/Preliminary Interview 

Candidates will be assessed/interviewed by a selection board to acknowledge the basic logistical standard requirement.

6.5 Part Two − Selective Interview

A selective interview designed to bring to the fore those personal qualities in a candidate, such as personality, alertness, intelligence, personal bearing, courtesy, common sense, etc., required of an Assistance and Rescue Officer as well as knowledge with regards to the Civil Protection Department and its duties.

6.6 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. 

6.7 Due consideration will be given to applicants who, besides the requisites indicated in paragraphs 4.1 to 4.4, have proven relevant work experience.

6.8 Part Three − Medical Test

A full medical test will be carried out to all successful candidates.

Candidates who fail in the interview and/or in any part of the medical tests will not be considered fit for duty.


6.9 Part Four – Training Course

Successful candidates in terms of paragraph 6.1 to 6.8 above will, according to the order of merit obtained at this stage and subject to availability of vacancies, subsequently be required to undergo a full-time course of training of a duration of eighteen (18) weeks with tests – including 2 weeks of placement. The final order of merit will be determined by the total marks obtained during the whole course of training. 
During the course of training and until the publication of the result at the end of the course, selected applicants will be known as Trainee Assistance Rescue Operatives. Candidates will be subject to discipline, even during the traineeship period.

Candidates admitted to the course, who shall be known as Trainee Assistance Rescue Operatives, will be entitled to free issue of uniforms. They shall be required to perform practical duties, under supervision, which assignment would include night work and/or manual work as necessary. 

The training course will include: 

a) intense and advanced fire and rescue modules for applicants to obtain the required skills to work within the CPD; 

b) modules include team building exercises followed by live scenario training. Applicants must show competency in fire and rescue skills and specialized specific training areas of hazardeous materials, rope access, marine, sea and industrial fires and other incidents.

c) two weeks of work placement during the training period, to be conducted in all divisions of the Department for Civil Protection; 

During the comprehensive course of training, the Trainee Assistance Rescue Operatives will be required to follow such study courses and sit for such examinations and other assessments as are laid down in the course of training, according to the course regulations. Trainees who repeatedly fail to reach the required standards may have their training terminated at any time.

The aforementioned comprehensive course will be held at the Academy for Disciplined Forces and/or in any other training institution as necessary. 

On successful completion of the training, a Certificate of competence shall be awarded to candidates. 

The final order of merit will be determined by the total marks obtained during the whole course of training. Those who fail to reach the required standard will not be appointed Assistance Rescue Officers and will have their traineeship terminated. 

6.10 Trainees who, on the closing day of the receipt of applications are not in Public Service/Public Sector will receive the current basic minimum wage, the cost of living allowance and bonus (pro-rata) in accordance with the relative legislation. Applicants who are already bound by some other agreement of apprenticeship shall be precluded from joining the traineeship scheme unless they obtain a certificate of release from the Jobsplus.
6.11 Trainees who, on the closing day of applications are in Public Service/Public Sector will be considered as transferred in the case of Public Officers and on secondment in the case of Public Sector employees and will be paid the minimum salary of Salary Scale 14 (i.e. €14,928 in year 2018), unless their salary is higher than the minimum of Salary Scale 14 and not in excess of the maximum of Scale 12 (€19,150 in the year 2018), in which case they will continue to receive their salary of their substantive grade/indefinite status/of a definite contract of employment for the whole period of training.

Selected applicants who are employees of Public Sector entities must make their own arrangements for their release.

6.12  On the successful completion of the course, a Trainee Assistance Rescue Operatives will be appointed Assistance Rescue Officer in Scale 14 as per paragraph 2.1, in accordance with the order of merit obtained following the end of the training course and subject to the availability of vacancies. The result will remain valid for two (2) years. 

Submission of applications

7. Applications, together with a curriculum vitae showing qualifications and experience, will be received by Director of the Civil Protection Department at the Civil Protection Department HQ, Ta’ Kandja, l/o Siġġiewi, by not later than noon (Central European Time) of Friday, 9th February, 2018. 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.

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 Office, Civil Protection Department, Ta’ Kandja, limits of Siġġiewi. These general provisions are to be regarded as an integral part of this call for applications.

The website address, fax number and e-mail address of the receiving Department are (civilprotection.gov.mt), 2146 2607 and (civilprotection@gov.mt).

26th January, 2018