Army Families Federation – Employment & Training Specialist

Our aim at AFF is to give Army families a voice. We listen to what they have to say and provide information and guidance that supports all aspects of family life – both in the UK and overseas. And, as an independent charity, we work hard to make sure that the voice of Army families is heard by policy makers and service providers. If you have a keen interest in the quality of life of Army families and are looking for a flexible role, we would love to receive your application.

About the role

This role offers an exciting opportunity to support Army families facing issues with spousal employment and training due to the impact of Army life.

The AFF Employment & Training Specialist will assist Army families with their spousal employment and training enquiries by providing advice and guidance on policies and processes.

The role will play a key part in ensuring that the issues highlighted by families are raised to policy makers within the Army and MOD, working with them and other key stakeholders to ensure these issues are addressed.

They also co-ordinate AFF’s support to the running and development of Forces Families Jobs – the Families Federations’ employment and training platform for family members of currently serving UK military personnel.

The post is part-time (30 hours a week, working five days a week).  This is a home-based role, within the UK.  All staff are required to attend staff training, usually held in South East of England twice a year, involving overnight stays and travel.  The annual salary will be £22,000.

Unfortunately, due to the difficulties obtaining employer’s liability insurance overseas, it is not possible to offer this role to a candidate not based in the UK.

What we are looking for

The successful candidate will have an understanding of the impact of Service life on Army families and a keen interest in the welfare and quality of life of Army families, particularly in relation to spousal employment and training.

They will be confident helping families with their enquiries, with first-rate listening skills and the ability to provide clear information and advice.  They will be able to understand key policies and information relating to spousal employment and training issues and be able to assist families in understanding these.

They will have excellent interpersonal skills and be experienced at building effective stakeholder relationships.  They will be skilled in prioritising their workload and using their time effectively to be able to manage multiple enquiries or areas of work.  Given this is a home-based role, they will be self-motivated and able to use their initiative to undertake work.

We would welcome candidates who have knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges Army spouses and partners face with spousal employment and who are effective team players.

A full list of the skills and experience we are looking for can be found in the Job Description.

AFF encourages applications from all sections of the community.

For further information

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Any enquiries about the vacancy can be directed to Tracy Connolly (HR Administrator) via email recruitment@aff.org.uk

Closing, interview and start dates

  • Applications should be submitted by midnight on Thursday 24 February.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified by close of play on Friday 4 March
  • Interviews will take place on Friday 11 March via Microsoft Teams.
  • The start date for this post is 1 April 2022.
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