International Training Academy Officer

UKHO

International Training Academy Officer

This new and exciting post is an integral part of the UKHO’s International Cartographic Training team, with a strong focus on the opportunity of working to develop and launch the International Training Academy. The delivery of cartographic training to international partners supports UKHO’s strategic objectives, including UKHO’s strategy relating to Primary Charting Authority Areas and Capacity Building.
The successful post holder will be expected to maintain a high level of organisational knowledge, have excellent communication skills, and have knowledge of cultural and international issues as they will be representing the UKHO, regularly on an international stage.

Job description

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is a world leading centre for hydrography, specialising in marine geospatial data to support safe, secure, and thriving oceans.

The successful post holder will be responsible for the coordination and assignment of all International training activity, working with the wider International Training Team and International Training Manager to plan effective schedules of work in line with capacity building requests. Alongside other members of the delivery team, the post holder will be responsible for the planning, design, delivery, and evaluation of training programmes for international students with training delivered at the UKHO, overseas, and through digital learning.

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is a world leading centre for hydrography, specialising in marine geospatial data to support safe, secure and thriving oceans.

As a trading fund of the Ministry of Defence, we support defence, safe maritime navigation, and marine development around the UK and worldwide. Working with a wide range of partners, we source, process, and provide access to data ranging from seabed to surface. We make this data available through our ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions – a portfolio of world leading charts, publications, and data sets, found on over 90% of ships trading internationally.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: together, responsibility, excellence and discovery. These are the guiding principles that help us work together to achieve our goals and are the key to the success of the International Training Team to date.

Responsibilities

As an International Training Academy Officer you can expect the following responsibilities:
• Working with the International Training Manager to translate strategic plans into daily actions for all, leading to successful outcomes.
• Coordinating and assigning all annual International training activity.
• Planning effective schedules of work in line with capacity building requests.
• Working with the wider International Training Officer team to effectively communicate workflows and requests acting as the single point of contact.
• Being responsible for coordinating and contributing to the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of training programmes for international students with training delivered at the UKHO, overseas and through digital learning.
• Being adaptive to working across various global time zones.
• Maintaining regular briefings with the Training Administrator to ensure planning is succinct and communicated appropriately to our international community.
• Delivering and supporting online hydrographic training when required
• Contributing to the strategic aims and activities of our key business area.
• Deputising for the International Training Manager as appropriate.
• Using a positive, methodical and collaborative approach to team working.
• Continually developing own skills and knowledge in line with your development plan.

The post holder may be expected to organise and participate in weekend & weekday social activities with international delegations.

The post holder must be prepared to give a degree of ‘pastoral care’ to his or her charges.

Full brief of the Behaviours, strengths, ability, knowledge, skills and experience required.

A successful International Training Academy Officer will be able to demonstrate the following level 2 Success Profiles :
• Making Effective Decisions
• Changing and improving
• Working together
• Delivering at Pace

You will be confident taking responsibility for making effective and fair decisions in a timely manner.
– You can analyse and research further information to support decisions.
– You can talk to relevant people to get advice and information when unsure how to proceed.
– You can explain how decisions have been reached in a clear and concise way, both verbally and in writing.
– You can demonstrate the consideration of all options, costs, risks and wider implications, including the diverse needs of end users and any accessibility requirements.

You can regularly review your own and wider team’s work and take the initiative to suggest ideas to make improvements.
– You can give feedback on changes in a constructive manner.
– You can take a positive, open approach to the possibility of change and encourage others to do the same.
– You can help others to understand changes and the reasons they are being put in place.
– You can identify and act on the effects changes are having on your role and that of the team.
– You can look for ways to use technology to achieve efficient and effective results.
– You can consider accessibility needs of the diverse range of end users.

You can develop a range of contacts outside of your own team and identify opportunities to share knowledge, information and learning.
– You show genuine interest when listening to others.
– You contribute to an inclusive working environment where all opinions and challenges are listened to and all individual needs are taken into account.
– You ensure it is clear that bullying, harassment and discrimination are unacceptable.
– You offer support and help to colleagues when in need, including consideration of your own and their wellbeing.
– You change ways of working to aid cooperation within and between teams in order to achieve results.

You are confident when regularly reviewing the success of activities in the team to identify barriers to progress or challenging objectives.
– You can identify who and what is required to ensure success, set clear goals and areas of responsibility, and continually assess workloads considering individual needs.
– You can follow relevant policies, procedures, and legislation to complete your work.
– You will ensure colleagues have the correct tools and resources available to them to do their jobs.
– You will have a positive and focused attitude to achieving outcomes, despite any setbacks.
– You will regularly check performance against objectives, making suggestions for improvement or taking corrective action where necessary.
– You will ensure that colleagues are supported where tasks are challenging.

As an important aspect of this role involves regular spoken interaction with members of the public, the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential to be successful for the post.

Things you need to know

• This role is open to full time, part time, job share. The UKHO will consider flexible working or workplace adjustments, where appropriate.
• Security – successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check and gain a Security Clearance and or a Developed Vetting Clearance
• This position is a permanent non-reserved post which is open to full time, part time and job share candidates. The role will be contractually based at our Head Office in Taunton. We are working remotely at present but envisage a hybrid working model post pandemic whereby you will be able to balance your work location between working remotely and in the office. You must be able to travel to the office as and when required.

Pay

External applicants:
New Entrants to the Civil Service will be expected to join at the salary minimum of the grade for which they applied. If an applicant at the offer stage wishes to negotiate higher starting pay, they will be required to submit a case with supporting evidence; UKHO will consider the case against several factors, including our total reward and benefits offering, the difficulty of recruiting the role and scarcity of skills. Higher starting pay will only be considered if the salary range (i.e. the minimum and maximum) for the role, and/ or specific allowance, has been advertised.

Internal Staff
Those who are successful for a level graded role will retain their current salary.
Those who are successful for a higher graded role will have their promotion salary calculated.
Further information can be found in the attached document “Additional Pay Information”

Existing civil servants from other government departments (OGDs): are subject to UKHO’s internal pay policies. Further information can be found in the attached Document “Additional Pay Information”.

SC – non reserved

This is a Ministry of Defence non-reserved post and although open to UK, British Commonwealth and European Economic Area nationals, successful applicants will require a security clearance (SC) and therefore need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 12 consecutive months within the last 5 years.

Nationality Statement
– Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
– If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance, please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Behaviours

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Experience of planning and organising work for self and others to meet demanding timescales
  • Proficient when designing and implementing blended programmes of study, from concept through to course completion analysis

Benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support your lifestyle, including generous leave allowances, flexible working hours, a lift-share scheme and regular training and development opportunities.

Working for UKHO, you could enjoy the following range of benefits: 26.5 days annual leave, increasing after five years service.

Flexible working options include: Flexible working hours scheme, that includes up to two days per month Flexi leave, remote working, part-time working, job sharing, paid special leave, career breaks and unpaid leave.

We offer maternity, adoption and or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay, followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid leave; plus paternity leave of up to two weeks full pay, subject to certain qualifying criteria.

We also offer a brand new state of art award-winning building.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• An interview with one or more exercises.

Short-list Criteria

You will be short-listed against the following criteria.

Experience:
• Proficient when designing and implementing blended programmes of study, from concept through to course completion analysis.
• Experience of planning and organising work for self and others to meet demanding timescales.

Behaviours:
• Making Effective Decisions
• Delivering at Pace

Interview Criteria

You will be interviewed against the following criteria.

Behaviours:
• Making Effective Decisions
• Delivering at Pace

Experience:
• Proficient when designing and implementing blended programmes of study, from concept through to course completion analysis.
• Experience of planning and organising work for self and others to meet demanding timescales.

As an important aspect of this role involves regular spoken interaction with members of the public, the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential to be successful for the post. You will be tested on this at interview.

Further Information
We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a merit (reserve) list for up to 6 months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post.

It is likely we will be able to start your employment with BPSS clearance (your clean DBS certificate and satisfactory references that we will obtain) before your SC/DV clearance is successful – this is called a conditional offer.

You will be presented with an unconditional offer only once you have obtained the necessary level of clearance for the role.

If your fail to gain SC/DV clearance, whichever is appropriate for the role you have applied for, your employment with UKHO will be terminated immediately.

Our ability to start employment on a conditional basis is subject to the specific requirements of the role and cannot be guaranteed; please contact our recruitment team if you would like further information: Recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk

Please note, if you have not been resident in the UK for the last 5 years (for SC clearance) or for the last 10 years (for DV clearance) then you may be requested to supply the information below:
• Evidence of your actual overseas residence (bills or rental agreements confirming addresses etc)
• Police Certificate providing confirmation that no criminal record is held in the overseas country of residence.
• Reference/Confirmation of employment from an employer in the overseas country of residence.
• Reference/Confirmation of residence or travel from friends, companions or fellow travellers that have knowledge of or have been in the company of you, when resident outside of the UK.
• Reference from a UK based organisation maintaining contract with a sponsorship of you, while residing overseas

Disability Confident – Guaranteed Interview

UKHO embraces diversity and promotes inclusion and equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident employer, which includes offering a guaranteed interview to candidates with disabilities, providing they meet the minimum selection criteria.

By ‘minimum selection criteria’ we mean that the evidence you provide in your application must demonstrate that you meet the minimum pass mark, set by the short-list panel, for each criteria listed in the ‘short-list’ section, above. The short-list panel will not be made aware of any disability you may choose to declare; this information will be processed solely by HR, in accordance with Data Protection legislation.

If you are a disabled candidate, please ensure you complete the Equality and Diversity form or inform our HR department, at recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk, if you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident guaranteed interview scheme.

Civil Service Recruitment

From 01/10/2020, UKHO’s HR Department is to provide a Fair Processing Notice (FPN) to all new applicants after they have been successful at interview.
These candidates will be informed that, as one aspect of pre-employment screening, their personal details – name, NINO and date of birth – will be checked against the Civil Service Resourcing Extract Internal Fraud Database (IFD) and that anyone included on the IFD will be refused employment unless they can show exceptional circumstances.

UKHO’s HR Department will also include the FPN wording advising of the check against the extract IFD in the advert for employment for the pilot departments.

UKHO’s HR Department will, on behalf of the vacancy holder, inform applicants when they are refused employment because of their inclusion in the IFD.

Civil Service Commission
Recruitment into the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission which has two key functions.
– To maintain the principle of selection for appointment to the Civil Service on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.
– To promote an understanding of the Civil Service Code which sets out the constitutional framework in which all civil servants work and the values they are expected to uphold, and to hear and determine appeals made under it. More detailed information can be found at on the Civil Service Commission website: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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