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					RECRUITMENT OF SALMON AND INLAND
   FISHERIES FORUM NI MEMBERS




        Guide for Applicants




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                         CONTENTS PAGE
Prior to completing the application form applicants should familiarise
themselves with the contents of the information pack. This pack
includes:-


BACKGROUND AND GUIDANCE:

   1. Introduction
   2. Management of Salmon and Inland Fisheries
   3. Background to the Salmon and Inland Fisheries Forum
   4. Guidance on the selection process
   5. Key points to note on the Application Form and Equal
      Opportunities Monitoring Form
   6. Role description
   7. Person Specification
   8. Terms and Conditions




DOCUMENTATION:


Annex A - Application Form
Annex B - Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Annex C – The Seven Principles of Public Life




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1. INTRODUCTION:

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) wishes to invite
applications for the recruitment of members to the Salmon and Inland
Fisheries Forum NI.


2. MANAGEMENT OF SALMON AND INLAND FISHERIES:

DCAL:

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is responsible, under the
provisions of the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966 as amended (the Fisheries Act) for
the salmon and inland fisheries of Northern Ireland. Salmon and inland
fisheries include the commercial fisheries and recreational fisheries on
Loughs Erne and Neagh and commercial fishing for salmon (and sea trout) in
the sea.

While the management of the Foyle and Carlingford catchments are the
responsibility of the Loughs Agency of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights
Commission, the Department retains overall policy responsibility for salmon
and inland fisheries and certain conservation and development responsibilities
in the Loughs Agency area.

The functions of the former Fisheries Conservancy Board (FCB) transferred to
the Department on the 1st June 2009. These include the enforcement of the
conservation and protection provisions of the 1966 Fisheries Act, including
Byelaws and Regulations, within the jurisdiction of the former FCB area;
assisting with the investigation of pollution incidents which involve fish kills in
conjunction with EHS; the design and agreement of re-stocking/reinstatement
programmes following such incidents; and the issuing of fishing licences.


3. BACKGROUND TO THE SALMON AND INLAND FISHERIES FORUM:

Following the Review of Public Administration, the Fisheries Conservancy
Board (FCB) was abolished on the 1st June 2009 and its functions and staff
have transferred to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL). The
FCB was the recognised representative forum for stakeholders with an
interest in the salmon and inland fisheries of Northern Ireland (except in the
Loughs Agency area).

The new advisory Salmon and Inland Fisheries Forum was created to
represent these stakeholders, and had its inaugural meeting on 10th
December 2009. However a vacancy has arisen on the Forum and DCAL is
therefore inviting applications from the following stakeholder group:

      Lough Neagh Commercial Fishermen.




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4. GUIDANCE ON THE SELECTION PROCESS:

Membership of the Forum will be for a 5-year period.

Selection of a Forum member for the vacant position will be by means of
public advertisement and interview.


Publicly advertised applications:

Those who apply for the publicly advertised post will be required to forward a
completed application form and attend an interview to be assessed against
the criteria outlined in the sifting and short-listing section below.


Equality of opportunity:

DCAL is committed to equality of opportunity and as women, people from
ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities are currently under-
represented in public life, applications from these groups would be particularly
welcome.


Interviews:

It is anticipated that interviews will take place during July 2012. When the
date has been offered, those invited should make every effort to attend on the
specified time and date. Given the difficulties in arranging panels, flexibility
may not be possible within the proposed time period. Applicants are therefore
asked to indicate if there is any period during July 2012 which might cause
particular difficulties, for example, an already booked holiday or period when
they might be out of the country. Expenses relating to your attendance at the
interview will not be reimbursed.


Sifting and short-listing:


After the closing date has passed, all applications (excluding late applications)
will be assessed against the following selection criteria, on the basis of the
information provided in the application form. The criteria will be assessed for
those who apply for the publicly advertised posts and may be used to reduce
the number of candidates to be invited for an interview.


                               Selection Criteria

Knowledge and Interest in Salmon and Inland Fisheries


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Ability to Review, Analyse and Evaluate

Working in Partnership




5. KEY POINTS TO NOTE:

Application Form (Annex A):

In completing the applications, applicants should refer to the Role Description
and Person Specification outlined in sections 6 and 7, and identify the extent
to which they satisfy the selection criteria. Applicants will be assessed on the
basis of the information provided on the application form. It is therefore
essential for applicants to complete their responses as fully as possible,
making use of the space provided.

Supplementary material such as CVs will not be considered by the
selection panel.

Under each of the criteria headings in the application form, we ask you to
provide clear and relevant evidence drawn from your recent work, which
illustrates how you match the criteria being sought.

You can use evidence from your working life, where appropriate, or from your
personal life, including any voluntary or community work you have been
involved in.


Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (Annex B):

DCAL is committed to equality of opportunity. All applications are considered
strictly on the basis of merit. DCAL welcomes applications from all suitable
qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, disability, race,
political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they
have dependents.

DCAL is required to monitor the gender, ethnic origin, community background
and disability of candidates to ensure equal opportunities are effective.
Applicants are therefore asked to complete the Equal Opportunities
Monitoring information section of the application form. This information is for
purely monitoring purposes. It is not made available to the selection panel
and does not play a part in the decision-making process.




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Return of Application Forms:

Completed application forms must be returned to: -

Susan Loughnan
Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
Causeway Exchange
1-7 Bedford Street
BELFAST BT2 7EG

Tel: 028 90515110
email: susan.loughnan@dcalni.gov.uk


All applications must be received at the above address by 4pm on Tuesday
26th June 2012. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
should be returned under separate cover in the self addressed envelope
provided.

Applications will be acknowledged within 7 working days of receipt.


Further Information:


Applicants wishing to discuss the recruitment process should contact Susan
Loughnan on (028) 90515110 who will be happy to answer any queries about
the roles.




6. ROLE DESCRIPTION:


ROLE TITLE                       Salmon and Inland Fisheries Forum
                                 Member

LOCATION                         Forum meetings will be held on a rotational
                                 basis at various DCAL venues including
                                 Bushmills, DCAL headquarters and former
                                 FCB premises in Portadown, if appropriate.
                                 Meetings will be held during week day
                                 evenings, as far as it is practically possible.

REMUNERATION                     Travelling expenses paid



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PERIOD OF SERVICE                 Recruitment will be for a 5 year period
                                  although possible extensions may be
                                  granted subject to satisfactory attendance
                                  and the members wishing to remain on the
                                  Forum

TIME COMMITMENT                   The Forum will meet on at least a quarterly
                                  basis and meetings in general last for 2-3
                                  hours. Members of the Forum may be
                                  asked to serve on sub-committees which
                                  may involve a similar time commitment.
                                  Members will be expected to allocate time
                                  for preparation for both Forum and/or sub-
                                  committee meetings and to communicate
                                  with other members of their interest group
                                  (if appropriate) as a preparation for the
                                  meetings and informing them of the
                                  outcomes.



Summary of role:

      To advise on DCAL’s salmon and inland fisheries functions and
       appraise DCAL policies in this area

      To report back to their representative interest groups (where
       appropriate) on relevant issues discussed at Forum meetings

      To provide advice to DCAL on any issues in relation to its strategic
       objectives regarding salmon and inland fisheries

      To participate in relevant sub-committees as and when required.

      Members may also be asked to serve as Chair or Deputy Chair of the
       Forum as this position will be filled on a rotational basis from the
       membership of the Forum


The above is given as a broad range of duties and is not intended to be
a complete description of all tasks.




7. PERSON SPECIFICATION:


ROLE TITLE:                       Salmon and Inland Fisheries Forum
                                  Member


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Selection Criteria:


Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they meet the following
selection criteria in their application form:

      Knowledge and Interest in Salmon and Inland Fisheries
      An Ability to Review, Analyse and Evaluate
      Experience of Working in Partnership


Specifically, applicants to the Forum must be able and willing to:
      become conversant with the relevant legislation and regulations
       applicable to the Forum’s remit;
      read and comprehend advance papers;
      weigh up the implications of any particular course of action;
      use any personal or professional skills or knowledge to the benefit of
       the Forum;
      communicate effectively and participate in discussion at meetings;
      possess good inter-personal skills;
      adhere to high standards of probity and integrity.




8. TERMS AND CONDITIONS


Period of service:

Initial recruitment to the Salmon and Inland Fisheries Forum will be for 5 years
although extensions may be granted subject to satisfactory attendance and
the volunteer wishing to remain on the Forum.


Remuneration and Hours of Work:

Forum members are volunteers and will not be paid or compensated for loss
of earnings.




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Forum meetings will be held on a rotational basis at various DCAL venues
including Bushmills, DCAL headquarters and former FCB premises in
Portadown, if appropriate. Meetings will be held during week day evenings,
as far as it is practically possible.


The Forum will meet on at least a quarterly basis and meetings in general will
last for 2-3 hours. Members of the Forum may be asked to serve on sub-
committees which may involve a similar time commitment. Members will be
expected to allocate time for preparation for both Forum and/or sub-
committee meetings and to communicate with other members of their interest
group (if appropriate) as a preparation for the meetings and informing them of
the outcomes. Members may also be asked to serve as Chair or Deputy
Chair of the Forum as this position will be filled on a rotational basis from the
membership of the Forum.


Expenses:

Expenses will be paid for necessary travel connected with membership of the
Forum.

Public Transport – expenses will be reimbursed on production of valid
tickets/receipts;

Private Transport – mileage will be reimbursed at 45p per mile;

Other out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of attending meetings (such
as car parking) will be reimbursed on production of receipts.


Conduct:

Candidates should be aware that certain standards of behaviour are expected
of those who occupy Forum posts based on the principle of probity. These
are detailed in the Seven Principles of Public Life produced by the Nolan
Committee on Standards in Public Life, which are outlined in Annex C.



Early Termination:

You may be removed from office if during your period of membership, DCAL
is satisfied that:

      You have failed to comply with any of the terms and conditions;
      You are otherwise unable or unfit to exercise your functions as a
       member of the Forum.




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