BACKGROUND CHECKS AT MAG: Information for job applicants

February 2021

MAG is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of the communities with whom MAG engages. MAG expects all staff to share this commitment through our Policy on Personal Conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our commitment to Safeguarding are recruited to work for us.

All post holders with MAG will undertake the appropriate level of training and are responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include police / criminal record and anti- terrorism checks. 

You can find out more about our commitment to Safeguarding here.

References: All offers of employment will be subject to the receipt of professional references which cover your last three years of employment, and are satisfactory to MAG (and where appropriate for the role, verification of your professional membership and qualifications). MAG requires references from your two most recent organisations, and which cover the entirety of the last three years of employment. Your referees should be your direct line managers and be official organisational references. If your most recent line managers are only able to provide personal references, we will require additional organisational reference details from you. 

MAG also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. 

Further information on MAG’s reference checking process will be provided to successful candidates, who are selected for roles with MAG.

Police/Criminal Records Check: In order to ensure MAG is fulfilling its safeguarding obligations, we require all roles based at our HQ and our internationally contracted staff to undertake a Police/Criminal Records check. We provide successful candidates with further information on this if they are selected for a role with MAG. This is also repeated every three years during employment. 

Successful candidates are also required to make a criminal record self-disclosure as part of our appointment process.  

Responding to a Criminal Conviction: MAG will not discriminate unfairly on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed, and is committed to equal opportunities in employment.  Declaration or discovery of a criminal history will not automatically preclude a person from being or remaining employed.   

Anti Terrorism: To ensure compliance with donor requirements, all offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory screening through MAG’s anti-terrorism software.

Medical clearance: MAG requires all employees to show they are likely to be able to give regular and effective service in the duties of the post. All offers of employment will be subject to medical clearance and the successful candidate will be required to complete a medical form. 

For our internationally contracted staff, offers of employment with MAG are subject to satisfactory medical clearance. MAG uses the services of Well-Travelled Clinics, a UK-based travel health organisation to assess employees’ health and welfare prior to deployment. Successful candidates only will be required to undergo this pre-deployment medical process.  All reasonable costs will be borne by MAG.

Asylum and Immigration Act 1996: you will need to show evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK if your post is based there. Further information will be provided when an offer of employment is made. 

For our internationally contracted staff, there will be different requirements for obtaining a work permit, depending on the country of work. Further details will be given on appointment.