Civil Contingencies Officer
From the City fringe, through to the heart of the East End to the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, Tower Hamlets is a uniquely vibrant, diverse, and contrasting part of the capital – a melting pot of creativity, enterprise and cultural life that brings the best of London together in one place. Tower Hamlets is a borough with rich diversity and cultural heritage. At the same time there are undeniable problems – linked in part to poverty and deprivation. Levels of crime, violence and ASB are too high – with domestic abuse and knife crime a particular problem.
We are looking for Civil Contingencies Officer to join our team. This role will be leading on Humanitarian Assistance and Voluntary Sector engagement, therefore a sound understanding of these areas is essential. The successful applicant will be working as a part of a small team, and will be responsible for the development and maintenance of emergency plans and supporting frameworks within the Council, as well as embedding Resilience Standards for London across the organisation.
Specific responsibilities will include assisting in developing, implementing, and maintaining relevant on call procedures, along with our pool of Resilience Reserve volunteers. The post holder will lead on voluntary sector engagement, as well as embedding relevant regional humanitarian assistance frameworks (such as the Spontaneous Volunteer and Donation Management guidance) into the organisation, ensuring colleagues who have a key role within these frameworks are supported with ongoing training and development. The post holder must have excellent presentation skills and will be expected to deliver a range of training and exercising for Emergency Planning and Business Continuity. You will be confident to brief senior managers and elected members in the absence of the Civil Protection and Business Continuity Manager.
You will also assist with the implementation of the Council’s emergency civil protection arrangements during local and major emergency incidents. This will be a challenging role as demands on the Civil Protection Unit and expectations from the community, partners and elected members are high.
You must be self-motivated and have excellent communication, inter-personal and organisational skills with relevant experience, ideally at least two years in a local authority emergency planning role. You should have experience of working as part of a team and will be expected to be a member of a rota of officers responsible for coordinating incidents, working alongside the emergency services. This will often require using your own initiative and you will be required to make important decisions on behalf of the Council in a calm, confident and professional manner. The rota operates on 24/7 X 365 basis for which an additional allowance is paid. You must also hold a full driving licence.
As well as having a good knowledge and understanding of civil protection / business continuity, you will also have the following relevant qualifications:
· Experience of drafting plans, policies, procedure notes etc, and completing risk assessments.
· Effective presentation and communication skills.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org 07713 066 867.
Tower Hamlets vision for our borough is that: people are aspirational, independent and have equal access to opportunities; we are a borough that our residents are proud of and love to live in; and we are a dynamic, outcomes-based council using digital innovation and partnership working to respond to the changing needs of our borough. We want people who aspire to our TOWER values: Together; Open; Willing; Excellent; Respect.
Tower Hamlets has a zero-tolerance approach to, and works to eradicate, all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, status as a civil partner, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy and maternity and looks to employ a diverse workforce representative of those groups. We recognise that people can also be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class.
We welcome applicants interested in flexible working arrangements and also applicants who live in the borough.