Independent Monitoring Board for Northern Ireland seeking new members (x19)

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking to appoint at least 19 new members to the Independent Monitoring Board for Northern Ireland.

An Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) is appointed for each prison in Northern Ireland. Members come from all backgrounds, cover a wide range of ages and have a diverse combination of skills and experiences. DOJ are looking for people who are open-minded and committed to diversity, equality and human rights. People under the age of 40 are currently under represented and applications from them would be particularly welcome. In keeping with the departmental policy on diversity, DOJ would also welcome applications from those not currently serving on public bodies.

  • remuneration: reasonable travel expenses only – paid at civil service rates
  • period of appointment: three years commencing on 1 April 2016
  • time commitment: two or three prison visits approximately every four weeks as per an agreed rota, attend a minimum of nine monthly board meetings a year, and attend training events as required
  • regulated by CPA NI: NO

No formal qualifications are required but we are looking for people who are open-minded and committed to diversity, equality and human rights.  Our members are required to visit the allocated prison regularly and report to the Justice Minister on the conditions of imprisonment and the treatment of offenders.

IMB members usually carry out two or three visits approximately every four weeks as per an agreed rota, attend a minimum of 9 monthly board meetings a year, and attend training events as required.  As members may be required to travel to establishments at short notice, only applicants who live in Northern Ireland will be considered and access to a form of transport is essential.

These are unpaid voluntary posts but all reasonable travelling expenses will be paid.

Alternatively you can email IMBSecretariat@dojni.x.gsi.gov.uk, telephone 028 9052 2366 or write to:

IMB Secretariat (Intake 2016)
Department of Justice
Room B4.13
Castle Buildings
Stormont
Belfast
BT4 3SG

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS 12 NOON ON FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER 2015.