FS PARENTING AND WELLBEING SUPPORT
A vacancy has arisen for a FS (People Ops) to serve as FS Parenting and Wellbeing Support at HQ Air, RAF High Wycombe, on Full-Time Reserve Service (Home Commitment) (FTRS(HC)) from 5 December or earlier subject to candidates’ status. Remote Working opportunities will be available for this role.
FS Parenting and Well-being Support will report to SO2 Parenting and Well-being Support within the ACOS Pers Del directorate and is a key appointment within the COS Pers area of responsibility. The incumbent will be responsible for collaborating with the SO2 regarding the development of Air policy and management of casework associated with parenting (maternity, paternity, breast-feeding, adoption, surrogacy) and wider gender health issues (IVF, menopause). They will provide direct oversight and support for personnel through their pregnancy, maternity, paternity and shared parental journeys, including their return to work. The FS will support the implementation of Defence policies that contribute to the RAF Community’s well-being, including leading the HQ Air communications effort in this space. The FS will deputise on behalf of SO2 Parenting and Well-being Support during periods of absence.
The specifics responsibilities are as follows:
a. Support the implementation of Parenting Support policy across RAF Stations, seeking feedback to ensure it suitably supports our people while remaining aligned with higher level strategies and their associated Action Plans .
b. Work with HR staff, Career Management and Line Managers to ensure that SP are effectively supported during their parenting journeys, providing SME advice, signposting good practise and promoting extant documentation and processes, including:
(1) Maternity in the RAF – A Guide for Service Personnel 2020.
(2) Pregnancy in the RAF – A Guide for Line Managers.
c. Provide specific oversight to all expectant and new parents across the RAF, ensuring support mechanisms are available and comparable to those already in place for other personnel in the Workforce Training Margin.
d. Sustain links with the Military Charities and other Third Sector organisations to raise awareness about the parenting journey and explore options to optimise support for RAF parents.
e. Work in partnership with RAF and Defence Networks or Support Groups to identify where additional support is required, ensuring mutually beneficial communications are maintained between the RAF and our people on parenting journeys.
f. Assist with Trg Requirements Authority (TRA) work for Parenting Support ensuring RAF training meets the requirements of parents, Line Managers and other stakeholders. Links in with the Trg Delivery Agents (TDA) to utilise feedback to continually improve training provision.
g. Support the effective implementation and promotion of Defence well-being policies, coordinating closely with Stn Health & Well-being Cttes and HQ Air stakeholders.
h. Maintain links with the Military Charities and other Third Sector organisations, promoting the well-being training courses and initiatives offered through these organisations to Stn Health & Well-being Cttes and seeking mutual opportunities.
i. Attend events and meetings aligned with AP7005 Leaflet 801 activity, including the RAF Health & Wellbeing Working Group, Defence Health and Wellbeing Comms Working Gp and Women’s Health Advisory Group (WHAG).
j. Lead 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, on behalf of SO1 Wellbeing and Resilience.
Must either have been, or currently be, a Flight Sergeant or a Sergeant eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 2 Leaflet 560 and AP 3376 Vol 1. 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.
- Knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of RAF People Operations.
- Highly effective communication skills (competent public speaker and briefer).
- Personnel policy experience or knowledge.
- 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
+ 44 3001625572
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 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.