SO2 PARENTING AND WELLBEING SUPPORT
A vacancy has arisen for a Sqn Ldr (Any Branch) to serve as SO2 Parenting and Wellbeing Support at HQ Air, RAF High Wycombe, on Full-Time Reserve Service (Home Commitment) (FTRS(HC)) from 5 December 2022 or earlier subject to candidates’ status. Remote Working opportunities will be available for this role.
SO2 Parenting and Wellbeing Support will report to SO1 Wellbeing and Resilience within the ACOS Pers Del directorate and is a key appointment within the COS Pers area of responsibility. The incumbent will be responsible for leading the Air policy and casework relating to parenting (maternity, paternity, breast-feeding, adoption, surrogacy) and coordinating on gender health and well-being issues such as IVF and menopause. They will be responsible for assisting the development of and implementing Defence policies that contribute to the RAF Community’s well-being. The SO2 will deputise for SO1 Wellbeing and Resilience during periods of absence.
The specifics responsibilities are as follows:
a. Ensure that RAF Parenting Support policy is aligned with the RAF Strategy, the RAF Health & Wellbeing Strategy, the Armed Forces Families Strategy and their supporting Action Plans.
b. Work in partnership with national / Defence organisations and Station Health & Well-being Cttes to promote good Parenting Support practice (e.g. Health Visitor support, Station support networks, facilities and services, Physical Training) across the RAF.
c. Develop links with the Military Charities and other Third Sector organisations to promote greater awareness of the needs of expectant mothers and new parents, cohering the development of support for RAF parents when identified.
d. Support stations, Career Management and Line Managers in their management of SP going through their parenting processes, providing SME oversight, promoting Parenting Support policy and cohering continuous improvement.
e. Act as the Trg Requirements Authority (TRA) for Parenting Support training to prepare individuals and Line Managers for the challenges and responsibilities in this area (emotionally, physically and at work). Link in with and the Trg Delivery Agents (TDA), including Aviators Command School, Intermediate Officer Development and Future Commanders Study Period and Air Media & Comms, as required.
f. Represent the RAF in the development, implementation and promotion of Defence well-being policies, coordinating closely with well-being, health and related staffs in the Defence People area and sister Services.
g. Ensure that RAF well-being policy is implemented effectively, ensuring alignment with the RAF Strategy, the RAF Health & Wellbeing Strategy, the Occupational Well-being Survey and their supporting Action Plans.
h. Sustain links with the Military Charities and other Third Sector organisations, advocating the well-being training courses and initiatives offered through these organisations to Stn Health and Well-being Cttes.
i. Represent the RAF at events and meetings aligned with AP7005 Leaflet 801 activity, including the RAF Health and Wellbeing Working Group, Defence Health and Wellbeing Comms Working Gp and Women’s Health Advisory Group (WHAG).
k. Oversee the development of internal and external communications for RAF Health and Wellbeing initiatives in line with the RAF Health and Wellbeing Strategy and its supporting Action Plan.
Must either have been, or currently be, a Squadron Leader Rank Any Profession or a Flight Lieutenant Any Profession eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3393 Vol 1 and AP 70008. All Promotions will be ratified by means of a Promotion Board. If an applicant has been out of full-time military service and is applying for a post on promotion, they will also need to send their civilian appraisals or equivalent to evidence recent skills, knowledge and experience to be considered by the Promotion Board.
The successful applicant will be required to undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Clearance.
The successful applicant will be required to travel to Stations across the UK for roadshows / visits.
- Holds ICSC(Air) qualification (or equivalent other sS versions, or equivalent qualification in force prior to the introduction of ICSC).
- HQ staff experience.
- Highly effective communication skills (competent public speaker and briefer).
- Stakeholder engagement and management experience.
- Command experience on a RAF Stn.
- Strategic policy experience.
- Experience in community development projects / childcare settings.
- Ability to communicate via different platforms to varying ranks and seniorities.
A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, based principally on an applicant’s last 3/4 appraisal reports as required. Telephone enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:
Wg Cdr Sharon McMillan
SO1 Wellbeing & Resilience
Applications. Candidate applications, with a maximum 2-page CV (to include copies of last 3 / 4 appraisal reports as required) should be sent to:
Contact details of Post Sponsor:
Group Captain Dawn Murty
DACOS Community Support
+44 (0) 7796 375620
The closing date for applications is 30 September 2022. Interviews will take place week commencing 10 October 2022, unless a promotion board is required.
Unless already in the Reserve Air Forces, the successful applicant will be required to serve in the Royal Air Force Reserves with a liability for call-out for permanent service.
The appointment is on TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 1 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for an initial period of duration of commitment of 5 years.
Confirmation of appointment will depend on successful completion of a RAF Medical Board. Personnel who do not meet the Age / Permanent Joint Medical Employment Standard (PJMES) may apply for the appointment but will only be considered subject to an executive waiver process on a case-by-case basis.
Candidates who have been out of regular or reserve service for more than 5 years may be considered for this appointment. Prior approval must be sought from the relevant Professions Advisor to confirm current and past experience prior to being invited to interview.
Applicants of an equivalent rank from sister Services may apply but will only be accepted into the Royal Air Force Reserves if an appropriate Professions advisor sponsors the applicant. The relevant Profession’s advisor approval must be agreed before the interview.
Regular Service Applicants. Personnel currently serving in the Regular Royal Air Force should be mindful of the current Early Termination Minimum Waiting Time (MWT) for their respective Rank, Profession and ensure this MWT is compatible with the post sponsor’s proposed start date, prior to applying.
Ex-Service candidates who have been administratively discharged through the QR1027 process will have their applications rejected as they are not eligible to join the RAF Reserves in accordance with AP 3391 (Vol 3, Lft 207, Annex L, Para 1a).
Pension Issues. Personnel who qualify for a service pension should take financial advice from Defence Business Services (DBS) Pensions Department on the effect that undertaking reserve service has on their pension (details can be found on the JPA splash screen). Additional guidance can also be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pensions-and-compensation-for-veterans and MMP116 - Re-employment. Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment’ on Commutation and, for those leaving on a ‘preserved’ pension, the Resettlement Grant.
Transition between TCoS. Personnel taking this appointment from other TCoS should consider the impact on any accrued entitlements, such as leave, resettlement etc and should seek specialist guidance where required as certain entitlements are TCoS specific and may not be retained or transferred on transition between TCoS.
Flexible Working Arrangements. In accordance with the Flexible Working (FW) Policy, Reserve personnel can request FW arrangements with their line manager. Any immediate FW requirements should be agreed with the line management at the interview stage.
Individual Reinforcement Training (IRT) (Module 1) and RAF Fitness Test (RAFFT). Reserve personnel are required to maintain currency in IRT and the RAFFT iaw the relevant TCoS. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake IRT and the RAFFT within 6 months of commencing employment (if required).
Annual Salary and Leave. Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the reserve air forces. Leave entitlement is detailed in in JSP 760
Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS(HC) TCoS are eligible to occupy Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB. However, due to a severe shortage, it is unlikely that accommodation will be available at RAF High Wycombe.
This opportunity is closed to applications.