Vacancy -- Wales Animal Health & Welfare Framework Group - New Member Welsh Essential

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Wales Animal Health & Welfare Framework Group
Framework Group meetings will usually be held in Cardiff, however there may be occasions when attendance at meetings is required elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

 The post is remunerated at £92 per day and the remuneration will be paid per meeting

 The post of the member will be at £92 per day. Members are regarded as holders of an office for tax and National Insurance purposes. Fees payable will, as a result, be chargeable to tax under Section 62 of the Income Tax Earnings and Pensions Act 2003 and subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions. These liabilities will be deducted via the Welsh Government payroll system and the net fee paid to the office holder.


Function of body

Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework (Wales AHWF)

The Wales AHWF was launched in July 2014 and sets out our ten-year overarching plan for making improvements in standards of animal health and welfare, whilst also helping to protect public health and making a contribution to the economy and the environment.

The Framework covers the health and welfare of farmed animals, companion animals, working animals, kept animals involved in sport and aquaculture. Wildlife is also covered where our actions affect their health and welfare or where there is a risk of wildlife transmitting disease to other animals or humans.

The Framework sets out five strategic outcomes:Wales has healthy productive animals

  • Animals in Wales have a good quality of life
  • People trust and have confidence in the way food is produced and the way public health is protected
  • Wales has a thriving rural economy
  • Wales has a high quality environment


A copy of the plan can be found at the following link; 

2019-20 Implementation Plan

The 2019-20 Implementation Plan demonstrates our continued commitment to progress key animal health and welfare priorities despite the uncertainty and increased pressures of ongoing Brexit negotiations.


Our key priorities are outlined under the key themes of Responsible Ownership, Disease Prevention and Disease Eradication, which overarching themes of Animal Health Planning, Biosecurity and Animal Identification.


This year’s priorities include taking forward the next phase of the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD), Sheep scab and Bovine TB Eradication Programmes, as well as continuing to meet statutory obligations to safeguard the food chain and public health and promote responsible ownership.


The scope of the Implementation Plan is wide ranging, but collaborative working will continue to raise animal health and welfare standards and promote healthy Welsh livestock, protect human health, the environment and safeguard the local economy.


A copy of the Implementation plan can be found at;


Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group

The Wales AHWF Group was established in June 2014 to support the implementation of the Wales AHWF.

The Wales AHWF Group strengthens the link between the Welsh Government, livestock keepers, other animal owners and industry representatives, covering the whole spectrum of animal health and welfare challenges. The members play a key role in raising and considering new issues which could impact on achieving the key outcomes of the Framework, challenge new and emerging policy, review progress of outcomes, facilitate and streamline communication of key messages to industry organisations and representative groups, and provide links to the wider agricultural and rural community.


The Group serves as an advisory and consultative role rather than a decision-making one and does not have the autonomy to make decisions on how funding will be allocated, sign off Service Level Agreements with delivery bodies, approve contingency plans or approve submissions. Members will serve in an individual capacity and not represent any organisations. Members will not be entitled to nominate alternates to attend in their absence.


Role description

As a member of the Wales Animal Health & Welfare Framework Group you are expected to work as part of an established team to support the implementation and delivery of the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework. Key elements of the role are to;


  • raise and consider new issues which could potentially impact on achieving the strategic outcomes within the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework
  • consider delivery of outcomes and priorities, especially important in current and future climate of pressurised resources
  • challenge new and emerging policy
  • liaise with and gain information from industry to better inform decisions
  • ensure continuous reviews of progress, identify, deliver and where required facilitate improvements and projects
  • facilitate and streamline communication of key messages & flow of information as part of a broader communications strategy
  • establish and maintain links to industry organisations and representative groups, the wider agricultural and rural economy as well as to areas such as human health, education, tackling poverty etc.
  • perform a representative role – members can act as spokespeople on animal health & welfare issues





Welsh language skills

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.  The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.
Full understanding of all work related material
Can prepare written material for all work-related matters
Can understand all work-related conversations

Person specification

Applicants are expected to demonstrate the specific skills, experience and expertise they have in relation to animal health and welfare. Applicants should consider the key elements of the role, as detailed above, and provide evidence against the essential and desirable criteria.

The Welsh Government is seeking to appoint a total of three individuals, from a range of sectors and interests who can demonstrate the following key skills: 

Essential Criteria 

  • Knowledge of animal welfare standards and how they apply in Wales and a commitment to continuously improve these.
  • Knowledge and understanding of animal health challenges in Wales.
  • Understanding of the livestock industry in Wales and/ or the companion animal or equine sector.
  • Access to an established network of contacts which can be used to promote and disseminate the work of the group and share OCVO’s key messages
  • The ability to act as an ambassador for the Framework Group, collaborating with new stakeholders and strengthening links with existing ones
  • Ability to share key messages and views of industry and representative groups to shape policy development

Desirable Criteria

  • Ability to think innovatively, provide constructive challenge where appropriate and support a culture of change
  • An understanding of the wider Animal Health & Welfare Agenda in other nations and the impacts and links to the Welsh agenda.
  • The ability to work well as part of a diverse group, recognising the different views and interests of a range of the represented sectors.
  • Appreciation of the values of sustainable development as set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
  • The ability to consider strategic issues and identify their short term & long term implications
  • A background and understanding of animal health and welfare research and development.


Interview dates

15 January 2021
22 January 2021

Closing date

06/01/2021, 16:00

Additional information

For further information regarding the role of the WAHWFG and the role of a member please contact:

Emily Lay – Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer

Tel: 03000 253853


Alexandra Jones – Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer

Tel: 03000 258621


If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact / 03000 255454.  



How to apply

To apply for this role, click on the ‘Apply’ button below. The first time you apply for a post, you will need to complete a registration form for the Welsh Government’s online application system.  You will only need to register once, and you will be able to keep yourself updated on the progress of your application, and any other applications you make, via your registered account.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access the application form.  To apply you will need to submit two supporting documents. The first, a document outlining how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the criteria for the role as outlined in the information for candidates.  This document should be no more than 2 sides of A4.  Your application may be rejected if you exceed this limit.  The second document is a full, up to date CV.  The two documents should be uploaded to the ‘Reasons for applying’ section of the online application form.

In your application, you will also be asked to provide details of any activities which have helped you to develop skills that would be useful in a public appointment role, and list the organisations for which you undertook these activities.  We also need to know about any political activity that you’ve undertaken over the last 5 years. 

It is recommended that you register for an account and access the application form as soon as possible so that you see how the application form is structured, before starting to prepare your evidence.  You don’t have to complete the application form all in one go.  You can save your responses, and log in and out as required, until you’re ready to submit – just follow the guidance in the application form.

If you’d like to apply for this opportunity in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

If you need any further assistance in applying for this role, please contact the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Team on

For further information about Public Appointments in Wales, please visit

This vacancy is closed to applications.