Competition launched for an Independent Chairperson to NI Search and Rescue Practioner Group

Date published: 13 June 2019

Recruitment Competition launched for an Independent Chairperson for the Northern Ireland Search and Rescue (NISAR) Practitioners Group

The Department of Justice has launched a competition to appoint a replacement independent chair to the NISAR Practitioners Group. 

The NISAR Practitioners Group represents those involved in the provision of front-line search and rescue services and includes representatives from a wide range of voluntary and statutory organisations.  It is led  by an independent chair who is also be responsible for representing the Practitioners Group at meetings of the NISAR Policy Group.  The Policy Group comprises those with a strategic interest in Search and Rescue and is chaired by the Department of Justice.  The NISAR Practitioners Group has responsibility for advising the NISAR Policy Group on all operational search and rescue issues.

Peter May, Permanent Secretary, Department of Justice said: “Search and rescue services save many lives across Northern Ireland each year.  The groups are made up of volunteers who selflessly give their time to help others.”

“The Practitioners Group is an important part of this framework, representing the wide range of organisations involved in search and rescue provision.  I encourage anyone who feels that they have the required skills to consider applying for this appointment.”

The position is not remunerated and is for a fixed term of three years with the option of reappointment for a further three years.  The Department of Justice will pay reasonable travel and subsistence expenses.

The closing date for applications is noon on Thursday 4th July 2019.  Interviews will be held in mid-August.  The appointment is expected to be made in September 2019.

Notes to editors: 

1.  Further information on the role, and the application form are available at Justice-ni/recruitment, by telephone at:028 90765702 and

2.  The Department of Justice is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process.  The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants.  Applications are welcomed regardless of age, gender, disability, marital status, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependents.

3.  Further information on NISAR and the work of the organisations it represents is available at Justice/Search and rescue section.

4.  All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office, 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 028 9037 8110 and your call will be returned.

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