Local recruitment: E&B Advisor - Water Resources Security of Supply

Environment Agency

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Number of jobs available: 1
Region: National
City/Town: All
Grade: Staff Grade 5
Post Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time
Role Type: Project Delivery
Salary Minimum: £37,462 pro-rata

Job description

It’s an exciting time to be involved in planning England’s water resources. The peak of last year’s drought is at the forefront of people’s minds, and our water supply is under continuing pressure.

It is also time to refresh our National Framework for Water Resources and ensure our future water supply is secure. First released in March 2020, the framework broke ground in planning for the nation’s water resources to be more resilient to climate change, droughts, and population growth alongside a new approach to enhancing the environment. Now we need to look at new evidence, along with lessons identified and emerging challenges, to improve water supply resilience and protect people and our environment.

The post holder will be responsible for helping with activities to review and refresh the National Framework for Water Resources. This will involve working closely with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including Defra, Ofwat, RAPID, Natural England, plus representatives from Water Companies and the energy and agricultural sectors.

The team

We set the direction for water resources planning. We advise government on long term resilience, future strategic water needs, and the management of public water supplies. Our objective is to ensure there are secure water supplies and a protected environment.

We are in the Environment and Business directorate, alongside other water management and investment teams. As the national framework develops, we envisage that a dedicated team will be established to which this role will transition.

Experience/skills required

We welcome applications from those with a good understanding of water resources, but this would also be an opportunity to learn for those outside the field. We would be very interested in hearing from you if you have some or all of the following:

• good project management skills, and experience of delivering specific projects depending on team and government/organisational priorities
• experience of environmental regulation and planning, particularly water resources planning such as licensing, environmental regulation, or sustainable abstraction
• experience in aiding reviews of statutory plans or similar
• strong communication skills, and a proven ability to build and maintain good relationships with internal colleagues and external stakeholders
• a track record of achieving results

The team is dispersed, and the successful candidate must be able to work on their own initiative while maintaining effective communication with colleagues.

Contact and additional information

Interviews will be held remotely in early February 2023.

We are fully committed to being a diverse and inclusive organisation reflecting the communities we serve.

For further details please contact Andrew House (07767 207119; andrew.house@environment-agency.gov.uk).

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Closing Date: 25/01/2023, 23:55 hours

Level of security checks required: Basic Check

Length of contract: Up to 2 years

Competence 1: Achieves Results
Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results. Tell us about your experience of achieving an important outcome.

Competence 2: Engages others
Plans, carries out and evaluates effective engagement with internal and external stakeholders. Tell us about a time when you have worked with others to deliver a piece of work.

Competence 3: Programme and Project Management
Selects, plans and manages contractors, programmes or events to achieve a set of Environment Agency objectives cost-effectively. Provide an example of when you managed a project to completion.

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.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/become-a-crown-commercial-service-supplier/becoming-a-supplier-through-the-crown-commercial-service-what-you-need-to-know for more information.




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development