Master Pay Scale Point 31 ($54,265) to Master Pay Scale Point 44 ($91,590) per month
Candidates should -
(a) (i) be Corporate Members of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP); or
(ii) be Corporate Members of other professional town planning institutes recognised by the Director of Planning, and have a pass in Part II of the HKIP Qualifying Examination;
(b) have 1 year or more of the appropriate working experience in the planning field after obtaining the professional qualification stated in (a);
(c) have a pass result in the Aptitude Test in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) [see Note (A)];
(d) have met the language proficiency requirements of Level 2 results in the two language papers (Use of Chinese and Use of English) in the CRE or equivalent [see Note (A)] ; and
(e) speak fluent Cantonese and English, and fluency in Putonghua is an advantage.
(A) (i) Candidates’ results in the Aptitude Test (AT) paper are classified as pass or fail, while the results of Use of Chinese (UC) and Use of English (UE) papers are classified as Level 2, Level 1 or Fail, with Level 2 being the highest.
(ii) Grade C or above in Use of English of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE), or equivalent, is accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE. Grade C or above in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the HKALE is accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UC paper of the CRE.
(iii) Applicants with an overall band of 6.5 or above with no subtest score below band 6 obtained in the same sitting in the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the two-year validity period of the test are considered as having met the English language proficiency requirement [item (d) of the entry requirements] of the Town Planner post. The IELTS test result must be valid on the starting day of the application period, i.e. 6 March 2015.
(B) For the purpose of heightening public awareness of the Basic Law (BL) and promoting a culture of learning of BL in the community, assessment of BL knowledge will be included in the recruitment for all civil service jobs. Results of the BL test for degree/professional grades will be one of the considerations to assess the suitability of a candidate but will not affect his/her eligibility for applying for civil service jobs. As a general principle, the main consideration for suitability for appointment remains a candidate’s qualification, experience and calibre.
(C) Candidates should attach to their applications the following documents: (i) copies of CRE results; (ii) copies of transcripts and certificates in support of the academic and professional qualifications; and (iii) a detailed account of the relevant working experience. Applications without the above documents will not be considered.
A Town Planner is responsible for -
(a) preparation, revision and implementation of the territorial development strategies, and statutory and non statutory district plans;
(b) formulation and revision of planning standards and guidelines and carrying out planning researches, studies and urban design work either directly or through managing the work of consultants;
(c) processing development proposals and planning applications and carrying out site searches for various purposes;
(d) undertaking enforcement actions against unauthorised development under the Town Planning Ordinance;
(e) development and application of geographic information system and IT technologies to facilitate public participation and decision making; and
(f) carrying out research and liaising with Mainland authorities on cross-boundary infrastructure and regional development matters.
Terms of Appointment:
Successful candidates will normally be appointed on civil service probationary terms for three years. Upon passage of probation bar, they may be considered for appointment on the prevailing permanent terms.
(a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise. (b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race. (c) Civil service vacancies are posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates selected for these vacancies will be appointed on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service and will become civil servants on appointment. (d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made. (e) The information on the maximum pay point is for reference only and may be subject to changes. (f) Fringe benefits include paid leave, medical and dental benefits, and where appropriate, assistance in housing. (g) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend recruitment examination and/or interview. (h) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview/written examination without being subject to further shortlisting. (i) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the below enquiry address. (j) Civil service vacancies information contained in this column is also available on the Planning Department on the Internet at http://www.pland.gov.hk. (k) Towards the application deadline, our on-line system would likely be overloaded due to large volume of applications. To ensure timely completion of your on-line application, it is advisable to submit the application as early as possible.
How to apply:
Application forms [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)] are obtainable from any Public Enquiry Service Centre of District Office, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centre of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau’s website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). Completed application forms together with the required documents mentioned in Note (C) should reach the specified address on or before the closing date for application. On-line application can also be made through the Civil Service Bureau’s website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). Candidates who apply online should submit the required documents mentioned in Note (C) by post or by hand to the address below on or before 27 March 2015, quoting the online application number on the envelope and the documents.
Applications which are late, incomplete or without the required documents, or submitted by fax or e-mail will not be considered.
Candidates may be required to attend a written examination conducted by the Planning Department.
Candidates who are selected for written examination/interview will normally receive an invitation in about six to eight weeks from the closing date for applications. Those who are not invited for written examination/interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.
Appointments Section, Planning Department, 18/F, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s):
Ming Pao (6 & 13 March 2015); South China Morning Post (7 & 14 March 2015)