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Non Executive Directorships

Animals in Science Committee – Members

Location: London

Date Posted: 02/01/2019

Closing Date: 28/01/2019

Vacancy Description

Do you want to play a key role in advising the government on a range of issues relating to the welfare of animals used in research?

If so, this is an exceptional opportunity to deliver reports and policy advice to ensure that government is best placed to maintain the highest standards in the welfare of animals used in research.

The Animals in Science Committee (ASC) is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Home Office to provide independent advice to the Government on the use of animals in scientific procedures, advise the Animal Welfare Ethical Review Bodies on good practice, and exchange information with other national bodies within the European Union.

We are seeking six new members with expertise in veterinary science, neuroscience, industry (pharmaceutical/toxicology), animal technology/welfare/3Rs and legal expertise (regulatory). The successful candidates will possess excellent communication and influencing skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and the ability to evaluate complex issues to reach a consensus.

This will be a three year appointment with the possibility of re-appointment.

Person Specification

To complement its existing skills and knowledge, the ASC is seeking up to 6 new members. Applicants should have demonstrable expertise in in one or more of the following areas: neuroscience; veterinary science; animal technology/welfare/ the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement); industry (pharmaceutical/toxicology); legal (preferably regulatory).

In addition to the above your supporting statement should provide evidence of your skills and experience against the essential and desirable selection criteria set out below. Please be clear about the scale and significance of your role/achievement. The evidence you provide against the selection criteria will be used by the selection panel to determine your suitability for the role.

Essential Skills and Experience

• An understanding of the breadth and depth of ethical issues in relation to the use of animals in science.
• The ability to think logically and objectively to analyse complex information from diverse sources, identify key issues and make effective impartial and balanced decisions.
• Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with committee members and stakeholders and to actively and constructively contribute to discussions, negotiating between conflicting opinions and values and generating options to reach consensus.
• The confidence to deal with difficult situations sensitively, and to take and be accountable for decisions.
• An appreciation of equality and diversity and a willingness to champion difference.
• An awareness of how the views of the scientific community and the public are changing politically and socially.

Desirable

• Evidence of working successfully in a professional, community or voluntary capacity on committees or other decision-making groups and reaching impactful and timely conclusions.

Additional Information

Successful candidates will be required to have, or to obtain, security clearance to Counter Terrorism Check (CTC) level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4 and 5 weeks to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered to successful candidates on a conditional basis until the requisite checks have been passed

How to Apply

In order to apply, please submit your CV, supporting statement and Annex B supporting document, by the closing date, to:
publicappointments@homeoffice.gov.uk

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