Salary: £54,620 - £63,767 per annum, pro rata (inculding London Weighting)
Fixed term secondment opportunity until 31 March 2021
Fire risks don’t go away because of Covid-19, and the Government is keen to press on with remediating unsafe ACM buildings. The LGA, (wholly funded by MHCLG), built a team to tackle dangerous cladding on private sector residential tower blocks. The Joint Inspection Team, (JIT), goes across England assisting boroughs to enforce against uncooperative landlords. The JIT team has a fire engineer and building control staff, working alongside the EH team to help with making HHSRS assessments. The team works with the ‘host’ borough to support them take appropriate enforcement action.
The team is based in London, (once social distancing is over), but much of the work will be on site: wherever the high-risk blocks are. We need the best staff for this crucial work, and we welcome staff from across the country, on the basis that there will be some team meetings and training required in London. There’ll be blocks to be visited in London too. All staff will have to be ready to stay, (with colleagues), in a hotel in the city where the given block(s) is. Inspections and associated over-night stays will be fully risk-assessed, appropriate measures will be in place and any necessary PPE provided.
If you are currently working for a local authority and want to return there at the end of the contract, you will need permission from your employing borough. It’s a great opportunity to take part in this team at the cutting edge of using HHSRS in enforcement on tower blocks. Your employers would get back an upskilled team member, and a sum of up to £8k is available to assist in recruiting to each vacancy caused by EH posts seconding to the JIT team.
We are keen to recruit an Intelligence Officer to assist in preparing for JIT site inspections e.g. obtaining information on blocks from MHCLG casework team, researching internet/planning portals for information on the landlords, and on the blocks, (materials, design, nature of residents etc). The postholder will also:
Produce intelligence summaries of blocks, including floor plans annotated in colour for use by JIT team on site, and assist in collating risks highlighted and actions required within draft report to go in recommendations/ suggested works section.
Draft sections of HHSRS report relating to intelligence, responsible parties & current fire arrangements according to documentation.
The person we’re looking for will need to:
• Be able to deliver under pressure, prioritising work against competing demands to meet deadlines.
• Have an understanding of the English legal system and experience of appearing in a Tribunal/ Court is an advantage.
• Have highly developed written and oral communication skills, and be able to work well within a team and with external stakeholders
• Have an understanding of how buildings work, and common fire safety risks
• Be educated to degree level or equivalent
If you have any questions about this role, please contact Brian Castle at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. on 07833 046708
Please complete the online form and a supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria, in no more than 1000 words.
Closing date: 5pm, Monday 25th May
Interview date: Tuesday 2nd June, interviews will be held remotely
As a Disability Confident Leader the LGA values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community