Civil Contingencies Officer (CCO)

Temporary contract to 31.3.2021 with potential to renew

Grade 8 (31,371 - £33,799)

Would you like to work as a member of an innovative civil contingencies organisation delivering excellent service to a wide and varied range of public sector partners?

Can you demonstrate that you can effectively manage a project to a successful conclusion?  Can you show you led and/or negotiated with people to achieve a positive result?

Do you have experience of working and achieving results in a multi-agency environment?

Do you have excellent communication skills?

If you can answer yes to all of the above, then please read on.

The Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit (CCU), based at Stafford Fire Station supports strategic partner organisations across Staffordshire in preparing for and responding to emergencies as defined under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.  In addition, we deliver a range of planning, training and advisory functions, all of which are aimed at helping to build the overall resilience of Staffordshire.  We are looking to recruit a CCO to join our team of professional Civil Contingencies Officers.

Applications are sought from people with knowledge of emergency preparedness, Civil Contingencies and business continuity to join our enthusiastic team.

The successful candidates will join an established unit of officers responsible for the operational delivery of Civil Contingencies advice and support to stakeholders and clients.  Their roles will include working with local authority stakeholders on their resilience needs, providing emergency planning and business continuity services.  

Please be aware that this job will involve routinely working in several partner locations; currently in the CCU’s building in Stafford as well as Lichfield and Tamworth.  From time to time, you will also be required to travel to other stakeholder locations in the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent area.  

You will have the flexibility to adapt to meet the needs of the full range of Category 1 responders including the emergency services and the local Health economy.  Other duties will include the development of key multi-agency Civil Contingencies projects and planstoenhance resilience of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The successful candidates when trained will join a 24/7 on-call rota where staff currently provide continuous cover for a seven day period every seven weeks.

You will also be required on occasions to set up and operate the Unit’s Mobile Control Unit and associated equipment for which personal protective equipment (PPE) and training will be provided. You will be the holder of a full UK driving licence and you must provide your own transport for work purposes.  (Essential Car User Allowance will be paid as soon as the successful candidates join the on-call rota).

For more information on the Civil Contingencies Unit and the job in particular, please visit the website at or speak to Bethan Morgan on 01785 898608 or Peter Taylor on 01785 898615. Initially the contract on offer is until 31.3.2021 although subject to funding, it could be extended beyond that date.

Applications should be made online through WM Jobs.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 8 September 2019, following shortlisting, initial assessments will take place on Monday 23 September 2019 and final selection interviews on Tuesday 24 September 2019. (Successful candidates must be available to attend on both of these dates).

The successful applicant (subject to references, security and medical clearance) will then start with the Unit as soon as possible afterwards.

Any enquiries regarding the recruitment process please contact Julie Ann Edwards – Recruitment Advisor on 01785 898749.


Strategic exercise consultant (sector specific roles) Casual hours

Salary circa £400 per day

Would you like to support an innovative civil contingencies organisation delivering strategic resilience exercises to public sector responders?

The Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit (CCU), based at Stafford Fire Station supports organisations across Staffordshire in preparing for, and responding to Emergencies as defined under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.  In addition, we deliver a range of training and exercise functions, all of which are focussed upon promoting skills and knowledge within emergency response setting.

This is a unique opportunity for senior managers / executives from key public sector agencies to support our strategic exercise programme.  In particular, we are interested in recruiting from Police, Ambulance, Local Authority, Environment Agency and NHS sectors to form an exercise team.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate experience of representing their sector at a strategic level in emergencies and exercises.  A record of participating in the multi-agency response to emergencies and working within a Strategic Coordinating Group is a must, as well as an understanding of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

The successful candidate will also be able to provide sector-specific input to scenarios, adapting and responding to events within an exercise. It is anticipated this will be up to 6 days/times a year.

For more information on this role, refer to the Job Description, if you have any specific queries relating to this vacancy please speak to Peter Taylor on 01785 898615.   Further details regarding the Civil Contingencies Unit can be found on this website (  All enquiries regarding the recruitment process should be directed to Julie Ann Edwards – Recruitment Advisor on 01785 898749.

Applications should be made via this: Application form once completed this should be emailed to

Recruitment for these posts is open now. 

Shortlisting will take place on a quarterly basis at the beginning of September, December, March and June each year with interviews held in Stafford following successful shortlisting.