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Planning Officer

  • Employer: Falkland Islands Government
  • Reference: 110/23/259824
  • Published: Wed 25/10/2023, 9:29 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 26/11/2023, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week
  • Salary: Starting Salary £39,944 to £46,057 (depending on qualifications and experience), eligibility for 25% Gratuity, Flights and Relocation Grant.
  • DBS Check: No
  • Workplace: On-Site
  • Location: Stanley, Falkland Islands. , Falkland Islands

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Planning Officer

Do you recognise that effective planning is a vital tool in delivering successful community growth? Would you like to work in a thriving economy, embarking on a period of increased development and a challenging portfolio of major Government infrastructure projects? If so, come and use your skills and knowledge to help shape the future development of the Falkland Islands for many years to come.

The Role

You will be a key member of the team with a focus on all aspects of development management and the determination of all planning applications, including but not limited to householder applications, single dwellings, small housing developments, hydrocarbons and EIA development.

You will support the Head of the Planning and Building Services in the review of the development plan (and ongoing legislative and procedural improvements), and develop the work of the Historic Buildings Committee.

The Person

Ideally you will have a wide range of development management experience covering all aspects of development management functions. You must have experience in preparing committee reports and presenting to committees. You will assist in providing a high quality, customer-focused planning service delivering timely and quality decisions by acting as or supervising other case officers in the processing of pre-application enquiries and more complex planning applications.

With good communication and interpersonal skills, you will be well-organised, proactive and have a flexible approach.

Core Requirements

  • At least three years post-qualification experience in Planning / Development Management.
  • Degree in Planning and Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) or equivalent.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, able to produce reports for senior management.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and dealing with members of the public.
  • Solid project management experience and able to manage conflicting priorities.
  • Valid manual driving license.

The Package

  • Fixed Term Contract, up to 4 years
  • Starting Salary £39,944 to £46,057 (depending on qualifications and experience).
  • 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 mid-term return flight home.
  • Government Housing for rent and a starter pack to help you settle in.
  • A stimulating and supportive setting to work in and a unique and beautiful setting to live in

How to Apply

Interested candidates can download the job description and view further information from our online vacancy page. 

For further information regarding the position please contact Steve Dent, Deputy Director of Development & Commercial Services, by emailing or by calling (+500) 27040.

To apply, please complete our online application form from our vacancy page, by clicking on 'Apply Now' and completing the form. 

Timetable for Recruitment and Selection Process

Closing Date for Applications26 November 2023

Shortlisting – w/c 27 November 2023

Interviews  - w/c 04 December 2023

The Working Environment

Planning & Building Services

A small, friendly department in Stanley, Planning and Building Services delivers statutory planning and building control functions, provides statutory environmental functions, co-ordinates the delivery, monitoring and review of the Biodiversity Framework and Waste Management Action Plan, administers grant schemes and advances environmental good practice and sustainable use of natural resources within the Falkland Islands.

Development & Commercial Services

The Development & Commercial Services directorate is responsible for the development of ‘Place’ across the Falkland Islands, ensuring that the activities of Planning, Development, Regeneration, Leisure Services, Corporate Programmes and Procurement operate in a co-ordinated manner to efficiently and effectively enable the achievement of the Government’s priorities and successful delivery of the National Infrastructure Plan.

Falkland Islands Government (FIG)

The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government.

As 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, FIGAS.

For more information about working for Falkland Islands Government, take a look at our recruitment microsite:

The Falkland Islands

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, benefiting from good local services, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams!

The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales and dolphins, all seen from the shore.

For those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world.