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Head of Planning & Building Services
  • Employer: Falkland Islands Government
  • Reference: 110/21/153363
  • Published: Fri 28/05/2021, 15:10 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 30/06/2021, 16:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37.5 hours
  • Salary: £50k-76k + Relocation Grant, 25% Gratuity and flights
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Stanley, Falkland Islands. , Falkland Islands

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Head of Planning & Building Services

Looking for a new adventure and a PROFESSIONAL challenge?

We have the job for you!

The Role

The Falkland Islands are a unique and diverse place to live and work. We have a strong economy; a stronger community and the natural environment speaks for itself. You will have an opportunity to make your contribution to our successes as the Falkland Islands Government is now looking for a suitable candidate for the Head of Planning and Building Services.

We are planning for a resurgence in our tourism sector and major housing and infrastructure projects are bringing forward the opportunities and challenges of delivering significant development in a remote island context. This role offers you an opportunity to practice your profession in a place like no other and you will play a key part in delivering sustainable development across the islands.

The successful candidate provides strategic and operational leadership of the Planning and Building Service. You will be responsible for advice to the Falkland Islands Government on a range of matters including: development management, building control, policy and regulations development, heritage, and where necessary enforcement.

The Person

The successful candidate will be a highly experienced built environment professional with a proven skill set. A hands-on attitude to tackling the unique challenges faced in the planning and building industry in the Falklands is key to succeeding in this role.

Your academic proficiency will be commensurate with your professional skills. You will have recognised planning or building qualifications and hold related accreditation as a chartered member of your profession, such as the Royal Town Planning Institute or the Royal institute of Chartered Surveyors.

You will bring a wide range of development policy experience covering all aspects of the planning and building process from administration to decision making. Developing positive working relationships with applicants, stakeholders and other areas of Government will be second nature to you. Your management experience will extend to the operational elements where staffing, budgets, grant schemes and service delivery require you to flex your organisational skills and balance competing demands on a daily basis.

The work will always be challenging and varied. This role will require you to take the lead on the annual reviews of the Falkland Islands Development Plan as well as progressing ongoing legislative and procedural improvements within the service. A practised understanding of regulation and policy development will place the successful candidate in good stead to drive the service forward and deliver for our community’s future needs.


The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government. Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 400 miles east of South America and 8000 miles south-west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a British way of life. The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore. Albatross, petrels, whales and dolphins will be part of your daily habitat and of course there are the penguins.

The Falkland Islands Government is the largest employer in the Falkland Islands, we offer many unique and fulfilling job opportunities, across the full spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government – taxation, legislation and policy, as well as those usually managed on a local level such as town planning, health and social services, and education. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, such as fisheries research, power generation and the Government Air Service.

For those with a true sense of adventure, the Falklands provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world. For more information about working for Falkland Islands Government, please take a look at our recruitment microsite:


  • 2 - 4 Years Fixed Term Contract, with potential for extension by mutual agreement.
  • Salary Range £50k - £76k, starting salary will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.
  • Eligibility for a 25% Gratuity, paid upon successful completion of the contract.
  • 30 Days Annual Leave, plus government and public holidays (totalling 41 days leave).
  • Relocation Allowance, to help with moving costs.
  • Flights Package for you and your dependents, including annual return flight home.
  • Government Housing for rent and a starter pack to help you settle in.

Please note, successful applicants with Falkland Islands Status/PRP will be employed on local terms and conditions.


If you have the drive and ambition to be successful in this challenging role, and wish to share our ambition for the future of the Falkland Islands and the people we serve, then we certainly want to hear from you.

For more information and to apply online to join our team in a unique and breath-taking location, with penguins, dolphins and the wilderness just next door to your office, please visit our new recruitment website:

Applications close at 16.00 UK time on 30 June 2021. Interviews are anticipated to take place between 6th and 9th July 2021.

If you have any questions about working for the Falkland Islands Government or would like further information about applying, you can find contact details at the above link.