Local recruitment: Flood Hydrology Improvement Programme Stakeholder and Engagement Specialist

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job description

Flood hydrology underpins all our flood risk work and we need to make improvements to the way we analyse floods so we can manage risk in catchments under a changing climate. We are beginning a significant and exciting 6 year Flood Hydrology Improvements Programme for the UK. We have formed a new team and will deliver projects improving hydrometric data, our scientific understanding and modelling techniques and our UK-wide capability in flood hydrology. We are committed to opening hydrology to a wider audience and to encourage new voices in the discipline. Much of this work will be delivered as projects buying in external expertise from consultants or academics.

This role will work alongside the grade 6 hydrologists and project managers providing stakeholder engagement at the programme and project level. Building relationships with external partners and internal teams to ensure we work effectively in collaboration, sharing what we are doing and create opportunities for engagement.

Your ability to work collaboratively, build trusting relationships, communicate effectively and maintain networks at all levels of the organisation internally and externally will be critical to success.

The team

The newly formed team is delivering the Flood Hydrology Improvements programme consisting of project managers, senior hydrologists, and a grade 7 manager acting as the programme executive. The team has mixed backgrounds recruited from academia, consultancy and internally to create coverage across the sector.
This team sits within Evidence and Risk (E&R), a national team of 140 that provides expert analysis and advice to manage flood risk and improve resilience through delivering modelling and hydrology.

Experience/skills required

You’ll be an experienced stakeholder and engagement specialist who:

Quickly forms and maintains relationships and networks of internal and external stakeholders, facilitates meetings, runs networks and communities of practice.
Understands how to influence and take the lead in/manage discussions ensuring stakeholder management, early engagement and collaborative advantage is built into programmes of work, and that evaluation provides the intelligence to continually refine and improve allowing efficiency, innovation and quality engagement to thrive.
Can spot stakeholder and engagement risks, issues and opportunities, and through using evidence and communication, raise with leaders and existing governance groups outlining approaches to shape discussions on how to mitigate risks and issues and maximise opportunities to achieve outcomes.
The ability to bring together virtual teams to work collaboratively to achieve tangible outcomes.
Can work within ambiguous, uncertain and changing situations.
Has relevant experience engaging with the research community
Considers equality, diversity and inclusion when doing engagement

Contact and additional information

We welcome internal and external applicants from any background who can bring different ideas and experience into the team. The Environment Agency is a great employer with flexible working arrangements and a good pension scheme.
The Environment Agency has an incident management role and you will be encouraged to play your part in a way that fits around your work/life balance.
Applications from those wanting full, shared or part-time working arrangements are welcome.
Only the capability questions will be used for interview selection. Interviews will be undertaken remotely week commencing 15th November 2021.
Applicants must have the right to work in the UK, we will not be able to provide sponsorship for this role.
For more information please contact Anita Asadullah: [email protected] 07810 057266

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Closing Date: 31/10/2021, 23:55 hours

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Competence 1: Achieves Results
We need someone who has experience achieving results, to ensure we deliver this programme. Prioritising and organising tasks as well as managing resources to ensure a timely achievement of results. Please outline an example when you have achieved results on a project and how you achieved your success.

Competence 2: Engages others
This role will require you to engage with stakeholders across the organisation and externally, with differing knowledge and experience. You will therefore need to be able demonstrate successful engagement utilising your communication and presentation skills. Please provide an example that demonstrates your experience engaging with stakeholders.

Competence 3: Builds and Sustains Relationships


To enable effective working relationships this role needs you to build and maintain stakeholder relationships internally and externally, please tell us about how you have successfully built and maintained relationships, how you approached this and the key considerations you made?

If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

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