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Emergency Planning Assistant

The Role

  • Are you keen to progress your career in emergency planning and be part of a supportive team?
  • Do you have good understanding of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004?

If you answered yes, we want to hear from you!

The Councils’ Emergency Planning Unit is looking to recruit an enthusiastic, organised and diligent individual to the role of Emergency Planning Assistant. 

At a time when Emergency Planning and Resilience in London local authorities is undergoing a number of changes, this post offers an exciting opportunity to develop your emergency planning and business continuity skills by working for the London Boroughs of Richmond and Wandsworth. The Emergency Planning Unit sits within Environment and Community Services and is primarily based in Wandsworth with hot-desking facilities being available in Twickenham.

Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Senior Emergency Planning Assistant, you will be assisting in the development and maintenance of the emergency planning and business continuity arrangements across both boroughs.

You will:

  • Assist in keeping under review, develop and amend the Councils’ Corporate Resilience Plan and Emergency Call-out Procedures booklet. 
  • Assist in liaison with police, fire service, health services and others on aspects of emergency planning and business continuity, including formulating and organising exercises.
  • Assist with presentations to staff and contractors on the work of the Council with regard to emergency planning and/or business continuity.
  • Be required to participate in the Councils’ 24-hour response rota by being on-call standby at specific times.

Please review the attached Job Profile for the full responsibilities of this varied role.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • An understanding of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.
  • An understanding of the aims and objectives of emergency planning and business continuity.
  • An ability to plan and prioritise work to meet deadlines, making the most effective use of available resources.
  • Experience of using the Microsoft Office packages including, but not limited to, Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Experience of emergency planning or business continuity work, ideally in a local authority or similar setting is desirable.

If this is the type of career path you have been searching for, you believe you meet our criteria, and you’d like to join our team, we look forward to receiving your application.

How to apply?

Please register, submit your profile and a supporting statement addressing how you meet the requirements of this role. If you are having difficulty in applying online, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0208 871 8825 or recruitment@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk to see if we can offer alternative arrangements for you to apply.

Why choose us?

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance, including a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. 

In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities are also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date:  Sunday 5th January 2020
Shortlisting Date: Monday 6th January 2020
Interview Date: Monday 13th January 2020

Useful Information:

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Equality Statement:
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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