See job eligibility requirements: Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Adaptation

U.K. Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Bristol, UK 🇬🇧

London, UK 🇬🇧

York, UK 🇬🇧

Location

Bristol, London, York

About the job

Summary

This role is a key part of the climate adaptation team, in the environment strategy directorate. The team sets the strategic direction, co-ordinates and drives action to strengthen resilience to climate change risks across government.

The team is responsible for the development of the National Adaptation Programme, providing a framework for adaptation action in Defra and X-HMG. It also manages Defra’s input into cross-Whitehall governance groups on adaptation and net zero. Close working with colleagues in the wider climate team is vital in this role (domestic mitigation, science and economics teams), as well as across Defra and other government departments.

Job description

This role will lead the climate adaptation’s governance and engagement team. It will manage the senior cross-government governance for adaptation, bringing senior stakeholders together to deliver our objectives across government. It will also contribute to the design of the next National Adaptation Programme (NAP), under the Climate Change Act 2008. The NAP is a whole-of-government programme, involving most major government departments. Around half of the risks of climate change, and the actions being taken, sit with Defra. and some of the team’s responses to reactive commissions, and forward planning. This role will develop in the coming months as the team reorganises to tackle these challenges – and the postholder will have the opportunity to shape the role, and the team’s approach.

Responsibilities

The postholder will be responsible for managing a policy/project team of 3-4 people.

In addition to the above, tasks may include

• Drafting briefings, correspondence, reports, coordinating responses to commissions and write-rounds, and advising senior officials and ministers on adaptation policy,
• Organising and hosting organising workshops, team meetings and events,
• Engaging confidently with stakeholders within Defra group, across government and outside of government, communicating key climate risks and measures to respond and manage these, and
• Coordinating and developing strong networks, working effectively with across policy and analyst teams to monitor departmental progress towards the NAP.

Behaviours

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

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

Benefits

• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.Application Process
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV, personal statement, behaviour and technical statements.
Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Within your personal statement please describe your motivations for applying for this role, and why your skills, knowledge, expertise and experience make you a strong candidate.

Sift
Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, seeing the big picture. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

Interview
If successful at application stage, you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed on behaviours and strengths and experience.

Interviews will likely take place w/c 25 October, or w/c 1 November.

Interviews will take place on MS Teams.

It may also include a presentation. We will provide further information to candidates we invite to interview.

Reserve List
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Merit Lists
Where more than one location is advertised, candidates will be posted in merit order by location. You will be asked to state your location preference on your application.

Salary
New entrants to the Civil Service are expected to start on the minimum of the pay band. The internal roles rules apply to existing Civil Servants, i.e. level transfers move on current salary or the pay range minimum, transfers on promotion move to new pay range minimum or receive 10% increase. Either case is determined by whichever is the highest.

Location
Please be aware that this role(s) will be contractually based in a Defra group workplace/office. The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties from a UK location, and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time.

Visa Sponsorship Statement
Please take note that Defra does not hold a UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) Skilled Worker License sponsor and are unable to sponsor any individuals for Skilled Worker Sponsorship.

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 [email protected] 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.

Accessibility
If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.

Criminal Record Check
If successful and transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognize in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Internal Fraud Database Check
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.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Higher Security Clearance:
All of these posts require the successful candidate to hold basic security clearance. Candidates posted to 2 Marsham Street, London may be subject to a higher level of clearance because of the security requirements for that location. Job offers to these posts are made on the basis of merit. Security vetting will only take place after the receipt of a job offer.

Childcare Vouchers
Any move to Defra from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Coronavirus
We are closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly for any updates from us as this is how we will communicate with you.

As government restrictions continue to lift, Defra group is exploring future ways of working with flexibility in mind. This means, that subject to business need, successful candidates will be offered the option to combine working at home with working at their contractual Defra group workplace, with occasional travel to other work locations. Further information relevant to this post will be available for candidates invited to interview.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Tom Handysides
Email : [email protected]
 
Recruitment team :
Email : [email protected]

Further information

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: [email protected] If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here to visit Civil Service CommissionIf 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: [email protected] If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here to visit Civil Service Commission


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