UK Climate Change and Environment Policy Advisors (9 SEO Positions), DEFRA – Flexible Location

Published 23:27 on June 7, 2019  /  Last updated at 23:28 on June 7, 2019  /  Job Postings  /  No Comments

The UK is bidding to host COP26 in Dec. 2020. As part of our preparations, as well as a growing need to influence UK climate change policy, the UK is developing a UK climate change strategy, covering international and domestic mitigation and adaptation. Defra has an important role to play in contributing to the strategy and shaping associated UK policy proposals and links to the wider environment agenda, and is creating nine new SEO roles in the Wildlife, International, Climate & Forestry Directorate.

Reference number

1636492

Salary

£35,188 (National) £37,987 (London) – £40,310 (National) £43,520 (London)

Grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

2 Years

Business area

Other – WICAF

Type of role

Policy

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Hours

Full time / Part time (3+ days)

Number of posts

9

Closing date: 14 Jun 2019

Location

(Some posts are likely to require staff to work between 2 and 3 days in London)

About the job

Job description

About Us

The UK is bidding to host the annual UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations meeting in December 2020 – COP26. As part of our preparations, as well as a growing need to influence UK climate change policy, the UK is developing a UK climate change strategy, covering international and domestic mitigation and adaptation. Defra has an important role to play in contributing to the strategy and shaping associated UK policy proposals and links to the wider environment agenda.

Alongside this, Defra leads on the Convention on Biological Diversity, which will also meet in 2020, providing the opportunity to exploit the links between climate and nature. Defra are creating nine new SEO roles in the Wildlife, International, Climate & Forestry Directorate.

The roles are in the domestic adaptation policy team (1), the fluorinated gases team (1), the international climate team (1), a new international conservation team (1), the international biodiversity and environment team (3) and a new international environment conventions team (2).

These posts will lead amongst other things on developing Defra’s policy offer for the negotiations across the department and aligning with wider international environmental policy. This is likely to include contributing to a strong domestic adaptation narrative within the overall Climate Strategy and scoping potential deliverables and objectives ahead of the conference, development and delivery of Government policy on the protection of the Earth’s ozone layer and the reduction of fluorinated greenhouse gases to protect the climate, aligning COP26 with Defra’s goals on the Convention for Biological Diversity and wider international priorities and policy such as the HMT led Independent Review of the Economics of Biodiversity. This will link to, and build on, the work already in train for the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a high profile and important policy area, within a friendly and supportive directorate.

The Roles

Key responsibilities:

The roles on domestic adaptation, fluorinated gases and the international climate team will:

– Take forward specific policy areas, working collaboratively across government to develop the narrative, scope and objectives on COP26
– Co-ordinate and work effectively across Defra to ensure climate policy development reflects the wider departmental aims
– Engage confidently with stakeholders and represent the team across Whitehall, ensuring the policy position is accurately set out
– Briefing and advising senior officials appropriately and accurately; there may be some secretariat functions although this is yet to be confirmed.
– Be able to respond to evolving events and work within a fast paced and sometimes uncertain environment.
– Likely to involve line management responsibilities

There will be three roles working on the Convention on Biological Diversity, and one role on international conservation:

– To support negotiations of a new global biodiversity framework to be adopted in 2020
– To ensure the close interlinkages between climate and nature are fully explored and included in the UK engagement strategy
– To ensure the UK is meeting its obligations under the Convention and its related protocols
– To take forward Ministerial priority work to support conservation corridors in developing countries.
There will be two roles on International Environment Conventions:
– Support the strategy, planning and engagement for two major international summits in 2020 – the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
– Co-ordinate and work effectively across Defra to bring together contributions from across the Defra group and beyond.
– Engage confidently with stakeholders and represent the team across Whitehall,
– Briefing and advising senior officials appropriately and accurately; there may be some programme management functions although this is yet to be confirmed.
– Be able to respond to evolving events and work within a fast paced and sometimes uncertain environment.

Likely to involve line management responsibilities

There may be a requirement for domestic/international travel.

Person specification

Essential Experience:

For these roles we are seeking candidates to:

• Engage confidently across Whitehall, working closely with DfID, BEIS, FCO and Cabinet Office
• Support Ministers and senior officials, providing briefing and advice; the team may take on some secretariat functions although this is yet to be confirmed.
• Be comfortable working with uncertainty and at pace and able to respond to events and positions evolve

Behaviours

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

To apply:

Please complete the advertised CS Jobs application process, you will be asked during your application to provide:

1. 500 words explaining how you meet the essential experience listed above for the role you are applying for.
2. 250 words explaining how you meet each of the behaviours listed above (1,250 word total).

Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on Experience and the lead behaviour Making Effective Decisions candidates must pass this behaviour for their application to be progressed.

During interview, candidates will be assessed on all the behaviours and essential experience listed above

Due to the number of vacancies within Defra, you may be offered another post not specified on the job advert dependent on your skills and experiences.

Please note:
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interview dates are to be confirmed.

Interviews will be held in London and Bristol.

Further information

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

– Contact Government Recruitment Service via defrarecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

– Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

Legislative changes and the closure of Employer Supported Childcare scheme on 4 October 2018 will mean individuals moving across the Civil Service to a new PAYE scheme on any type of move other than TUPE/COSOP will lose the right to continue to claim Childcare Vouchers.

Whilst some employees may lose the right to continue claiming childcare vouchers via their employer, they may still be eligible to claim Click here Get Tax-Free Childcare

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: defrarecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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