Launch date: 13:00 on Thursday 7 April 2016
Closing date: 13:00 on Thursday 21 April 2016
Number of vacancies: Four
South England - 2 vacancies
Preferably to cover South Eastern Counties of Berkshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, West Sussex, London (South of Thames, Richmond).
North England - 2 vacancies
Preferably one to cover Northern Counties of Yorkshire, Humberside, Cumbria, Durham, Northumbria, Tyne and Wear and one to cover Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Shropshire, Staffordshire.
These areas are not exhaustive and successful candidates may be expected to cover other regions and a wide geographical area however this is likely to be infrequent.
Salary: £143 per day
Overview of the role
Drainage Experts sit on tribunals as part of a panel hearing applications made to the tribunal concerning the restoration and improvement of ditches. They provide specialist assistance to other non-technical members of the tribunal at hearings, and take an active part in deliberations and decision-making, helping to ensure that the final decision of the tribunal is fair and based on the relevant facts.
Drainage Experts may also be required to attend site visits with other members of the tribunal to see matters ‘on the ground’ which are, or may be, relevant to the issues that the tribunal has to decide.
Terms and conditions can be found here.
The job description can be found here.
General advice about the application process is available, along with advice on completing the candidate self-assessment.
Section 31 of the Land Drainage Act 1991 provides that, for the purpose of determining applications under sections 28 and 30, each Agricultural Land Tribunal shall include a lay member drawn from a panel of persons "experienced in matters relating to drainage of the land".
Candidates must have on the job experience of drainage matters.
It is expected that applicants will be able to demonstrate knowledge or have experience of one or more off the following:
- the management of land drainage,
- pumped drainage and dyke systems,
- soil and water engineering,
- soil types and land drainage requirements for farming systems,
- any other land in the area to which they are applying.
Candidates must be either a UK Citizen or a Citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland at the time of application.
There is no upper or lower age limit for candidates apart from the statutory retirement age of 70. However, the age at which someone is appointed to this role must allow for a reasonable length of service of five years before retirement.
The Commission will make the decision as to whether a candidate will be able to provide a reasonable length of service.
You should note that the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 applies to this office. For further details please refer to the outline terms and conditions.
Please read the competency framework for the role attached to this page before making your application.
Throughout the exercise you will be assessed against the competency framework for a Fee-paid Drainage Member of the First-tier Tribunal.
Open for applications: 7 April 2016
Close for applications: 21 April 2016
Reference requested: 25 April 2016
Deadline for the receipt of references: 9 May2016
Outcome of sift issued: 18 May 2016
Telephone Interviews (if necessary, please see shortlisting below): 25-26 May 2016
Outcome of telephone interviews: 31 May
Selection Day if telephone interviews not necessary: 25-26 May 2016
Selection Day if telephone interviews necessary: 8-9 June 2016
Outcome of selection days issued: By the end of July 2016
Your online application plays an important part in the selection process, you must complete all required sections, ensuring the information you provide is clear and accurate.
The expression of interest section of the application is your opportunity to tell us about the experience and knowledge you have for the post. You must provide examples and evidence of why you feel your skills and experience are transferable into the post to enable you to perform effectively in the role.
You will have a 500 word limit and any information in excess of this will not be used to support your application. Note form is acceptable.
The first stage in the selection process is a paper sift. A sift panel, consisting of a JAC Chair and a Judicial Panel Member, will consider the information provided in your application form and the references received. The sift is scheduled to take place on 12-13 May 2016. Unsuccessful candidates will receive an email containing feedback on their application.
Successful candidates will be informed of the next stage. Subject to the number of applications received we may hold telephone interviews as the second stage of short listing. This will take place on 27-28 May and candidates will be asked to provide evidence of how they demonstrate the behaviours of the following two competencies:
- Possessing and Building Knowledge
- Assimilating and Clarifying Information
For full details of the behaviours required please see the Competency Framework.
Successful candidates at this stage will be invited to a competency based interview where they will be asked to provide evidence of behaviours for the remaining competencies.
If there are fewer applications than expected successful candidates at the sift will be invited straight to a selection day.
More information about sifts
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Feedback reports on previous tests and sifts
Referees are approached before the sift takes place and the evidence they provide will inform decisions during the selection process. References should provide evidence evidence based examples of your performance in your role against the competencies for this post. Please read the guidance about references before completing your application.
References will be requested on 25 April 2016 and must be returned by 09 May 2016. Late references may not be considered, therefore you are advised to notify your referees in advance that you intend to apply.
You are only required to provide a maximum of two referees, one personal and one professional.
You must ensure the correct details (title and email addresses) are provided. All correspondence with your referee will be via email; therefore it is imperative you ensure the details are correct to avoid any delays in your referee being contacted.
Your referees’ familiarity with your work performance is of greatest importance. Please ask your referees to review the guidance contained within the reference form for information on matters that should be included within their references.
Selection day is scheduled to take place on 27-28 May 2016 or 8-9 June subject to the number of applications received. The JAC is unable to arrange alternative dates.
The selection day for this exercise will comprise a competency based interview during which the selection panel will be seeking evidence from you against the competencies for the post.
The overall assessment made by the panel, which takes account of evidence from your application, the selection day and references will be provided to the Commissioners when they make their selection decisions. Further information will be contained in the email invitation to selection day.
More information about selection day, including interviews and roles plays
The JAC provides reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled candidates are not placed at a substantial disadvantage. We will also consider making reasonable adjustments for those suffering from short-term injury or temporary illness. Details can be found in the JAC's reasonable adjustments policy.
The JAC is required to carry out character checks on all candidates whom it intends to consider for appointment. This requires your signed consent.
A signed copy of the consent form attached above should be completed and returned to email@example.com by 21 May 2016.
Failure to declare any matters that come to light from the JAC's checks may prejudice the outcome of your application. Please read the good character guidance before applying.
Equal merit provision
In line with its published policy, the Commission will apply the equal merit provision to this exercise. If the Commission, sitting as the Selection and Character Committee, considers two or more candidates to be of equal merit, a candidate may be selected for the purpose of increasing judicial diversity. The Committee will use the provision based on the data declared by candidates in the diversity part of their online application.
The relevant datasets that will be used to identify any under-representation are taken from the 2011 Census, detailed Characteristics, England and Wales (ONS 2012) and the diversity statistics showing the background of the courts judiciary (as of 1 April 2015), based upon primary appointment, as published on the Judiciary website.
The population of the United Kingdom ('usual residents') aged 25-74 that are women is 50.4%, while BAME is 11.3%. The proportion of Members of the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber that are women is 25% and of those who declared their ethnicity 8% declared they were from a BAME background.
Diversity information for previous selection exercises is available through the JAC's official statistics pages.
The Selection and Character Committee will consider which candidates to recommend to the Appropriate Authority as set out in the Judicial Appointment Regulations 2013.
For this exercise the Appropriate Authority will be the Senior President of Tribunals, who can accept or reject a recommendation, or ask the Commission to reconsider. The Appropriate Authority may not select an alternative candidate.
When considering the candidates to recommend for appointment, the Commission will consider all the information gathered, which includes the overall assessment report from the selection panel and statutory consultation comments.
Outcome of the exercise
Please note that we will issue results by email to all those interviewed at the same time. We hope this will be by the end of July.
If you are not successful following the selection day, you can request written feedback. You should make this request within six weeks of the email informing you that you have not been successful. We will aim to respond to your request within 20 working days.
If you have any questions regarding this role or your application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or a member of the selection exercise team:
Jesika Kabaria - Selection Exercise Administrative Officer
Tel: 0203 334 6944
Jackie Marshall - Selection Exercise Team Manager
Tel: 0203 334 6233
Kate Williams - Senior Selection Exercise Team Manager
Tel: 0203 334 6185