Special Instructional Officer, RSMS

— 12th December 2017

  • Location: RSMS, Denison Barracks, Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire
  • Company: Ministry of Defence (Royal School of Military Survey)
  • Salary: £24,934
  • Closing Date: 12/01/2018

Job description

SIO GIS is responsible to Burnham Lecturer GIS (Applied) for:

a. Delivering instruction on MSc, BSc, FDSc and Defence courses.
b. Ensuring the provision of GIS and related technical and educational material for student learning.
c. Participation in RSMS quality assurance and implement any recorded actions in consultation with BL GIS (Applied).
d. Maintaining technical proficiency and currency.
e. The development and issue of appropriate assessment tasks for GIS related topics.
f. Maintaining professional links with appropriate institutions, academic and/or military organisations and industry.
g. Support and supervise student research projects as appropriate.

SIO GIS is to perform the following tasks:
a. Prepare and mark coursework, assessments and examinations.
b. Advise and where appropriate provide input to student reports, as required.
c. Prepare, review, maintain and revise appropriate learning resources and documentation.
d. Technical and administrative support work in connection with the efficient delivery of modules and courses.

Person specification

Desirable: A minimum of five years working experience with geospatial products.
Desirable: A recognised professional teaching qualification that equates to at least Level 5 on the NQF.
Teaching experience is desirable but not essential. The successful applicant should be prepared to undertake further training in teaching, learning and assessment.


Essential: An HND or equivalent qualification in GIS or a related subject


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Changing and improving
  • Making effective decisions
  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Building capability for all
  • Managing a quality service

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.
Subject to eligibility the post offers assistance with excess fares – limited to travel to work area only. Non Standard move applicants if successful will be eligible for the full relocation package.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Prior to the interview, the applicants will be required to deliver a 15 minute presentation developed from the following title "Emerging GIS Trends".

All candidates will be required to complete an online Assessment Exercise (AE) as part of the application process. The AE is 30 minutes long, and must be completed by midnight on the closing date, so please allow sufficient time. Internet access will be required for the duration of the AE.

You will only have one opportunity to take the AE for this particular vacancy and only candidates reaching the required standard will have their applications considered by the Recruiting Line Manager. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email.

Candidates who pass the AE will hold a ‘banked score’ and will be exempt from completing another AE for vacancies advertised at the same grade over the ensuing 6 months.

If you already hold a banked score, but you are invited to take the AE again, please contact the DBS Enquiry Centre on 0800 345 7772 or email peopleservices@dbs.mod.uk to ensure that your application is progressed to the next stage.

If you require any particular arrangements (for example due to a disability or health problem) to be made in order for you to complete the on-line test you MUST contact the DBS Enquiry Centre on 0800 345 7772 BEFORE accessing the on-line test.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available on the website..


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Mr Jeff Chartrand (Burnham Lecturer GIS), RSMS, Denison Barracks, Hermitage, THATCHAM, Berk RG18 9TP.
Tel Civ: 01635 204301. Tel Mil: 94231 4234.

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews will take place at RSMS, Denison Barracks, Hermitage, THATCHAM, Berk RG18 9TP on a date TBC.

Further information

Before attempting the online Assessment Exercise all applicants are strongly recommended to contact Mr Jeff Chartrand (Tel Civ: 01635 204301. Tel Mil: 94231 4234). Mr Chartrand will be able to provide specific advice regarding the post and the online Assessment Exercise. The RSMS working hours are 0800 to 1645hrs Mon to Thurs and 0800 to 1230hrs Fri.

Applicants should monitor their Civil Service Jobs application centre regularly for updates.

Applicants that are invited to interview will be asked to forward their last two completed Performance Appraisal Reports to the Recruiting Line Manager at least 2 working days before the date of the interview.

Some of MoD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3 February 2014. Those TACOS changes applied to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who were new recruits to MoD or who were appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. On the same basis, the TACOS for Departmental Retained Grades changed with effect from 01 September 2014. The document attached to this advertisement provides more information.

If you need to contact Defence Business Services (DBS) regarding this vacancy, please indicate that your vacancy is being handled by Resourcing Team 5.

Please be aware that the selection and interviewing of applicants is the responsibility of the Recruiting Line Manager (RLM) and not the Defence Business Services (DBS) Resourcing team. DBS does not play any part in the selection and interview process itself.

Therefore, if you wish to discuss your feedback, or you are dissatisfied with your markings, you should in the first instance raise this with the Recruiting Line Manager of the vacancy.

If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received from DBS, or believe that DBS has failed to follow the recruitment process in line with the Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition, you can raise a formal complaint by writing to DBS at the following address:

Defence Business Services

Scanning Hub

PO Box 38

Cheadle Hulme

Cabinet Office Fraud Checks

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant whose details are found to be held on the IFD will be refused employment


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