The Executive Office today launched public appointment competitions for Chair, Expert Members, and Victim-Survivor Representatives to the Independent Panel being established to investigate Mother and Baby Institutions, Magdalene Laundries, Workhouses and relevant institutions here.
The first of these seeks to appoint six expert members (one of whom will be selected as Chair).
Applications are sought from individuals with expertise in the following disciplines: Sociology of Discrimination and Gender-based Violence; International Human Rights Law and Domestic Law; Social and Oral History; Trauma-informed Practice; Genealogy; Archiving.
The second competition is to appoint Victim-Survivor representatives to the Independent Panel.
The role of Victims-Survivors representatives on the Independent Panel is crucial to the future work of the Panel and truth recovery.
Applicants for these positions should have direct experience of the types of institution to be investigated and/or the adoption system.
Notes to editors:
1. For more detailed information and how to apply, please go to www.nicsrecruitment.org.uk Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:
PO Box 1089,
The Metro Building,
6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW.
Telephone: 0800 1 300 330.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/public-appointment-vacancies
2. The Expert Panel members will be required for a minimum of five days per month and may be required to work evening and weekends. It is likely that the time commitment for the member appointed as Chair will be greater than that of other members. The frequency of meetings will be determined by the Panel. Panel members will be entitled to claim £500 per full day worked plus travel and subsistence costs (expenses will be paid at NI Civil Service Rates). It is expected that the Independent Panel will carry out a significant programme of work over the lifetime of its existence – including work at both evenings and weekends. The remuneration arrangements proposed reflect the considerable investment of time and commitment expected from applicants.
3. The Victim-Survivor Panel members will be required to commit to a minimum of two days per month and may be required to work evening and weekends. The frequency of meetings will be determined by the Panel. Panel members will be entitled to claim £500 per full day worked plus travel and subsistence costs (expenses will be paid at NI Civil Service Rates).
4. The roles require extensive travel across Northern Ireland in order to engage with a broad range of stakeholders although Panel meetings are likely to be held within the Greater Belfast area. When suitable, consideration will be given to virtual attendance at meetings according to individual circumstances. Members may also be required to travel to GB and the Republic of Ireland to fulfil their duties.
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