Emergency Planning Officer

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job type Temporary
Salary Up to £16.25 per hour
Published about 1 month ago
Start date ASAP
Contact Gemma Lillington
Job ref EPO_1652864299

Job description

Emergency Planning Officer

Rate of Pay: £16.25

Location: Cecil Ward Building

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Duration: Temporary ongoing


The Emergency Planning Officer is responsible to the Emergency Coordination Officer (ECO) for assisting in the management and implementation of the council's emergency planning arrangements, ensuring that plans are regularly reviewed and updated. The officer is also responsible for training personnel in the operation of the plan, support systems and the Emergency Coordination Centres, arranging tests both internally and with other external agencies and for organising debriefings after tests and real events. The officer will provide 24/7 on-call cover one week in two, alternating with the Emergency Coordination Officer.


  • To assist the ECO in the implementation of the council's emergency plan, arrange exercises, review and update the plan on a regular basis.
  • To support the ECO in ensuring that the council is prepared to respond to emergency situations.
  • To support the ECO in sourcing and providing staff training at all levels on an ongoing basis to ensure that all involved are fully trained in and aware of any changes to the plan and its operation.
  • To develop the generic plan to incorporate plans for specific emergency situations.
  • To assist the ECO in organising and conducting regular tests of the council's emergency planning arrangements (including multi-agency tests) and to represent the council on external training and test exercises as required.
  • To organise debriefings after tests and real events and incorporate agreed changes into the emergency plan.
  • To develop IT systems and other resources to ensure a rapid response. This includes a GIS system of all Belfast City Council buildings and modelling programmes for certain types of emergency.
  • To assist with the integration of the emergency plan into the council's management systems.
  • To ensure that the Emergency Coordination Centres (in City Hall and at Duncrue), vehicles, equipment and facilities are maintained and can be brought into operation rapidly in an emergency situation.
  • To support the ECO in advising and assisting the EMT on the use of the resources in the Emergency Management Room and advise the EMT of the roles of the other agencies involved and the procedures to be followed.
  • To keep all relevant databases and contact directories up to date.
  • To support CNS Departmental Management Team in developing effective business continuity plans for key services within the Department.
  • To represent the council on regional and national forums involving Emergency Planning Officers as required by the ECO.
  • To provide secretarial support to local and regional resilience and internal working groups as required by the ECO.

General Responsibilities

  • To assist with the development and implementation of the council's action plan in accordance with recognised standards.
  • To motivate and manage any staff, that may be assigned, to the post holder to ensure effective service delivery and to be responsible for reviewing and implementing a proper staff training and development programme.
  • To participate in all induction and in-service training provided by Belfast City Council and in the induction and support of all newly appointed staff and other human resource management policies and procedures, as appropriate, including, absence management, disciplinary and grievance procedure.
  • To participate as directed in the council's recruitment and selection procedures.
  • To act in accordance with the council and departmental policies and procedures including customer care, equal opportunities, health and safety, safeguarding and any pertinent legislation.
  • To undertake the duties in such a way as to enhance and protect the reputation and public profile of the council.
  • To undertake such other relevant duties as may from time to time be required.

Essential criteria

Applicants must, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms, either:

  • have a third level qualification in a relevant discipline, such as Public Risk Management, Emergency Planning, Contingency Planning or equivalent qualification and be able to demonstrate on the application form, by providing personal and specific examples, at least one year's relevant work experience in at least two of the following three areas;


  • be able to demonstrate on the application form, by providing personal and specific examples, at least two years' relevant work experience in at least two of the following three areas:
  • the protection of people's safety and, or health;
  • inter-agency working including government, private, voluntary sector agencies; and, or developing and delivering training programmes.


If you are interested and available for this position please upload your CV to the link or contact Gemma Lillington.

To be shortlisted for this role all applicants MUST meet the essential criteria. Please note that these roles may be filled quickly but your CV will be kept on file for future similar roles. As there are so many applications, unsuccessful candidates may not be contacted.

Successful candidates may need to apply for an Access NI Certificate with Staffline regardless if you already have a valid certificate. It will be a cost of between £18 - £33 depending on clearance level.

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