Is the government gearing for a national emergency? Ynet learned Friday that the Civil Service Commission (CSC) is seeking to bolster the emergency readiness departments in a dozen ministries.
The CSC has so far advertised for over 16 positions – all calling for senior emergency readiness coordinators – with an unusually short application window.
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Moreover, all of the positions have been exempt from the mandatory tender usually practiced by the CSC.
The Civil Service Commission is currently seeking emergency readiness coordinators for the Agriculture, Industry, Trade and Labor, Communications, Tourism, Interior, Education, Public Security, Energy and Water and Finance ministries.
Similar positions have been posted for three of the Health Ministry's major districts – the Jerusalem, Southern and Tel Aviv districts.
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"The fact that ther i's no tender means that the process is in its very beginning. Actually appointing people for the positions could take months and even if some are hired by October 1, it will be months before they can formulate emergency contingences and more time before the plans are implemented."
The source added that the listings were "Part of a process lead by the National Emergency Administration over the past four years, as part of recommendations made after the Second Lebanon War.
"Some ministries already have an emergency readiness coordinator and some don’t. This is about being ready in the future."
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The Civil Service Commission issued the following statement: "The listings are the result of preparatory work that has been in progress for over a year and aims to ensure that the government is emergency-ready.
"As part of the preparatory work, each ministry presented (us) with its needs for emergency readiness and positions were allocated accordingly. The hiring process will adhere to Civil Service regulations and will take place via a tender."
The Home Front Defense Ministry said: "When Avi Dichter took office as home front defense minister he ordered to accelerate the manning of some 22 positions, which was being held up by red tape.
"We welcome the vital decision to go ahead with the process of manning the emergency readiness coordinators' positions in all ministries."
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