Post of Manager II (Human Resources) in the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade


Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade


Post of Manager II (Human Resources) in the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade


Nomenclatures denoting the male gender include also the female gender.


1. The Director for Corporate Services, Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, invites applications for the post of Manager II (Human Resources) in the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade.


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 II (Human Resources) is Salary Scale 7, which in the year 2022 is €26,438 per annum, rising by annual increments of €531.17 up to a maximum of €29,625.


2.4 A Manager II (Human Resources) in Salary Scale 7 will progress to Salary Scale 6 (€28,132 x €596.33  - €31,710 in 2022) on completion of three (3) years service as Manager II in Salary Scale 7, subject to satisfactory performance.


2.5 Appointees will also be entitled to the payment of an annual performance bonus of up to a maximum of 15% of their basic salary, subject to satisfactory performance and subject to Central Administration's policies in force from time to time.


2.6 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.


2.7 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 if appointed 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.


2.8 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 Human Resources, in accordance with established vacancies.


2.9 The result will be valid for a period of two (2) years from the date of publication.




3. The job duties for the post of Manager II (Human Resources) include:


i. Supports the Director/Assistant Director/Senior Manager with the monitoring of delegated functions of all Human Resources policies, programs, and practices to ensure compliance with central policies across the Ministry;


ii. Assists in the liaison with all directorates in the Ministry to assess and recommend to the head of the HR Directorate the Human Resources requirements, succession plans and skills gaps;


iii. Supports the improvement of the performance in the Ministry/Department through planning, monitoring, and appraising of results whilst making necessary referrals for employees who require career guidance, counselling or corrective/disciplinary measures;


iv. Manages constant and regular compliance checks to ensure that established policies are being adhered to, and follow up on the timely implementation of corrective measures required;


v. Supports Senior Management in the alignment between the HR Strategy and business goals, contributes towards the Training Needs Analysis and supports change management programmes;


vi. Manages the collations of data related to Human Resources records of the Ministry by utilising the standard Dakar HR Corporate data systems for data entry, enquiry and reporting;

vii. Follows up with the Heads of the Ministry to ensure implementation and full compliance of performance appraisals and takes the necessary action to address any pending appraisals to ensure that timeframes are strictly adhered to;


viii. Verifies that calls for publication are submitted correctly and according to required timeframes, and manages operational functions in relation to resourcing by updating job requirements and job descriptions for all posts/positions;


ix. Supports and if necessary actively participates in the management of harmonious industrial relations in the Ministry and prepares all the required data/financial workings in case of negotiations;


x. Prepares, shares data and refers to the IPS all new employees who have to undergo induction or other employees who require development following results of performance appraisals as well as coordinates the inter ministry orientation as necessary;


xi. Supports the Culture of Excellence whilst ensuring effective communication at all levels;


xii. Undertakes any other tasks, which the superior may delegate to him/her as may be required;


xiii. Any other duties as directed by the Principal Permanent Secretary.


The objectives of the post are to support all Human Resources Management functions including HR planning, compliance of delegated processes and the management of updated employees records/data/statistic upon which Strategic Human Resource Management decisions are taken. This role is complementary to that of People Management.


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; or


f. in possession of a residence document issued in terms of the 'Residence Status of United Kingdom Nationals and their Family Members in Malta in accordance with the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community Regulations'.


The advice of the Citizenship Unit within Community Malta Agency and the Expatriates Unit within 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/must be proficient in the Maltese and English language;




iii. in possession of a recognised Masters degree at MQF Level 7 (subject to a minimum of 90 ECTS/ECVE credits, or equivalent*) in Work and Human Resources Management or Training and Development or Public Administration or Public Management or Corporate Goverance and Leadership or Leadership and Organisational Behaviour or Management and Leadership or Strategy or Leadership and Change Management or Industrial Relations and Workplace Learning or Business Administration or Evidence Based Management.


*A recognised Masters qualification with a minimum of 60 ECTS/ECVET credits is only accepted subject to an MFHEA formal Masters recognition statement being submitted with the application.


iv. Public officers applying for this post must be confirmed in their current appointment


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


(ii) Moreover, candidates who have not yet formally obtained any of the above-mentioned qualifications will still be considered. Such candidates are to submit evidence that they have been approved for the award of the qualification in question.


(iii) Furthermore, candidates who are currently following a recognised programme of study at a higher MQF level than that requested above will also be considered. Such candidates are to submit evidence that they have successfully completed the necessary ECTS/ECVETS credits, or equivalent, and attained the required MQF level, 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(iii) 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 obtain, or be approved, for the award of such qualification by the 31st May, 2023. If this stipulated deadline for the attainment of such qualification is not met, the appointment will be, for this reason, 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(iii) and 4.2.


4.4 Applicants must be of conduct which is appropriate to the post applied for. In the case of applicants who are already in the Malta Public Service, the GP 47 is to be requested by HR Unit of the ministry /department issuing the call for application from the Director responsible for HR where applicants are serving, while those applying from outside the Public 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 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.


4.7 Prospective applicants should note the requirement to produce MFHEA recognition statements in respect of their qualifications from MFHEA, 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/transcripts and/or testimonials, copies of which are to be scanned and sent through the Recruitment Portal (


5.2 Original certificates and/or testimonials are to be invariably produced for verification at the interview.


Selection Procedures


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 200 and the pass mark is 120.


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 Director for Corporate Services, Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade through the Online Government Recruitment Portal only ( Applications are to include a Curriculum Vitae (which should include a list of qualifications held by applicant). Those applying from outside the Public Service must produce a certificate of conduct which has been issued not earlier than one (1) month from the date of application, in PDF format, which are to be uploaded through the portal. The closing date of the receipt of applications is 5.15 p.m. (Central European Time) of Friday, 7th October, 2022. 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) would not be accepted.


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;

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 ( or may be obtained from the Human Resources Department, Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, 331, Allied House, Triq San Pawl, Il-Belt Valletta. These general provisions are to be regarded as an integral part of this call for applications.


The website address, contact number and email address of the receiving Department are (, (+356) 2204 3030 and (


23rd September, 2022