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Standby Messenger and Security Guard

Post:                                   Standby Messenger and Security Guard
Section:                             Tynwald Administration Office
Grade:                               Messenger and Security Guard
Responsible to:               The Seneschal
Staff responsibilities:     None
Purpose:                            To support the smooth and safe running of the sittings of Tynwald and the Branches and
                                            other associated duties.
Closing date:                    25th February 2021
Main duties and responsibilities
The Tynwald Administration Office supports the smooth and safe running of the sittings of Tynwald and the Branches. Tynwald is to be as accessible to the public as possible: it is their Parliament and they have a right to attend its public sittings. To ensure that Tynwald is as accessible to the public as possible the role of the standby officer is to be available, on an ad-hoc basis, to cover staff absence or during busy periods in the Messenger and Security team.
When called for duty, the post holder will do all they can to welcome members of the public and guests and to support Tynwald Members and Officers during sittings, in respect of other parliamentary business or meetings and events held in the Legislative Buildings.
Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

Preparation of the Chambers for a sitting (including a security check of the Chamber prior to admitting the public).
b.       Welcoming the public to the Chambers and assisting them where possible.
c.       Providing security checks of the public on entry.
d.       Carrying confidential messages to Members during sittings.
e.       Assisting the Clerks, as requested, during sittings.
f.        Provision of refreshments to Members in the Chambers during sittings.
g.       Ceremonial duties on Tynwald Day at St Johns.
h.       Occasional cover for building security during evening functions, or providing reception cover for public committees;
i.         Leading tours for visitors to Legislative Buildings.
Full training for post-holder duties will be provided by the Seneschal.
The successful candidate
We consider the following to be essential attributes for this role. The post holder should:

enjoy working as part of a team;

behave with impartiality and discretion;

be confident when dealing with members of the public and Members of Tynwald;

have a flexible approach to working, including undertaking additional duties by agreement.

Terms and conditions of employment

The role is remunerated at £11.16 per hour, which includes a percentage payment in lieu of annual leave. Payment would be made for hours worked on the 25th monthly, in arrears. The post is not superannuable.

When you have been asked, and have agreed, to provide cover for a sitting you may be required to be available from 8.30 am until the sitting finishes; this is usually by 5.30 pm, apart from the monthly Tynwald sittings when the sittings can run into the evening. The post holder will have an hour for lunch and an additional short break before an evening session, if Tynwald is sitting late.

It is hoped to hold interviews during the week commencing 1st March. If a candidate is unavailable during this week, they should indicate this clearly on their application form.
Further information

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Steve Wright, Seneschal, by telephoning 651534 or by emailing to arrange for an informal discussion before applying.
To apply for this role please forward a completed application form, accompanied by a curriculum vita, by 12 noon on Thursday, 25th February 2021 to:
Roger Phillips
Clerk of Tynwald
Legislative Buildings