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Vacancy Details

Head of Social Services

Falkland Islands Government
£42k - £57k Salary, Gratuity, Flights and Relocation Grant
Stanley, Falkland Islands.
Closing Date:
19/07/2020 at 22:00 PM
Falkland Islands Government

The Falkland Islands is a beautiful South Atlantic archipelago made up of 778 islands. There is an abundance of wildlife including 5 species of penguin along with a diverse range of aquatic mammals, birds and plant life. The Falklands is a unique culture with a vibrant economy and a lifestyle where the life / work balance compliments rather than conflicts with family life.  

The Falkland Islands delivers person centred support and intervention along with a very child focused, solution based approach.  As we are a small community we are also able to provide individualised packages of support that allow us to truly adapt service provision that is needs led rather than resource led.

The Role

You will be accountable for leading and managing a small but experienced generic team of professional social work practitioners who provide a comprehensive social work service to all the Islands’ residents. You will play a key role in developing policies, procedures and strategies that improve methods of working, service provision and practice, whilst ensuring resources are used to their best effect. In addition, as a member of the Directorate’s Senior Management team, you will also be expected to  actively contribute to ensuring that Social Services is fully represented in wider corporate and departmental planning agenda.  You will also have management responsibility for the benefits system and Probation Services and work closely with partner agencies including Early Help, Health, Police and Community Support Services.

The Person

We are looking for a first class leader with excellent judgement and management skills who can effectively engage and motivate people at every level.  If you have a solid track record of successfully delivering comprehensive, effective and sustainable Social Services and of helping your staff to effectively achieve best practice standards in all that they do, then we want to hear from you. 

In return for your passion, creativity and hard work, we offer you a real opportunity to help shape the future of a Nation’s social care provision.

The Package

  • Initial 2-4 Years Fixed Term Contract, with potential for extension by mutual agreement.
  • Salary Range £42-57k, starting salaries will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.
  • Eligibility for a taxable 25% Gratuity, paid upon successful completion of the contract.
  • 30 Days Annual Leave, plus government and public holidays (totalling 41 days leave).
  • Relocation Allowance, to help with moving costs.
  • Flights Package for you and your dependents.
  • Government Housing for rent at a subsidised rate and a starter pack to help you settle in.

How to Apply

For more information and to apply online to join our team in a unique and breath-taking location, with penguins, dolphins and the wilderness just next door to your office, please visit our new recruitment website: www.jobs.gov.fk.

Applications close at 22.00 UK time on 19 July 2020.

If you have any questions about working for the Falkland Islands Government or would like further information about applying, you can find contact details at the above link.

The Working Environment

Health & Social Services

The Health and Social Services directorate provides primary, community and secondary healthcare in the Falkland Islands, as well as social services and welfare provision for those most in need.  However, Social Services and Early Help Services remain independent of the Directorate at their own offices which are open to the public.  We operate a 24 hour service with an on-call rota which operates out of office hours.

Falkland Islands Government (FIG)

The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government in place.  We have our own legislation which is based on UK legislation with some anomalies to meet the needs of the islands.

As the largest employer in the Falkland Islands, we offer many unique and fulfilling job opportunities, across the full spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government – taxation, legislation and policy, as well as those usually managed on a local level such as town planning, health and social services, and education. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, such as fisheries research, power generation and the Government Air Service, FIGAS.

For more information about working for Falkland Islands Government, take a look at our recruitment microsite: www.jobs.gov.fk

The Falkland Islands

Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 400 miles east of South America and 8000 miles south-west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a British way of life, benefiting from good local services, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams!

The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales, seals and dolphins, all seen from the shore.

For those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world.

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