U.K./Commonwealth/E.E.A. nationals: G7 Business and Infrastructure Resilience

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

United Kingdom 🇬🇧


Bristol, London, York

About the job


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.

As well as being at the heart of the government’s plans to support a green and fair recovery following the coronavirus pandemic, Defra continues to deliver an ambitious agenda, setting global standards in protecting and enhancing our natural environment for future generations.

Defra is the lead government department for adapting to climate change. This is a cross-Whitehall responsibility, touching all sectors of the economy. Defra delivers the government’s statutory obligations under the climate change act, to carry out a climate change risk assessment every five years, and to develop a national adaptation programme to address those risks.

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, analyst and evidence team), as well as across Defra and Whitehall. The team is also delivering a programme of work to ensure we have a robust story to tell on the world stage at COP26.

Job description

This is an exciting role in an important policy area. This role will lead the implementation of the Adaptation Reporting Power (ARP) strategy, part of the Climate Change Act 2008. This strategy invites a wide range of business and infrastructure and other sectors to report on their progress towards adapting and preparing for climate change.
Nearly 100 organisations including businesses and financial and utilities regulators will report on their progress to adapting to climate change in 2021, as well as bodies responsible for transport, environment, heritage, and health. This is a role that will require strong engagement and presentation skills, and a good understanding of business and infrastructure sectors. The role will also lead the business and infrastructure components of the National Adaptation Programme.

The role will work closely with colleagues from the Defra group, and across Whitehall, particularly from BEIS and DfT. It will also work closely with infrastructure firms, particularly from the power, water and transport sectors, and utility and finance regulators, amongst others.

We are looking for a candidate with familiarity with, and experience of working on business and infrastructure policy, regulation or delivery.


• Providing leadership, support and advice to ARP reporting organisations, drawing on own knowledge of the business and infrastructure sectors as well as engagement within the sector
• Delivering a review of ARP reports, drawing conclusions to inform climate adaptation policy and strategy, and feeding into the work of the Climate Change Committee
• Engaging confidently with stakeholders within Defra, across government and outside of government, communicating key climate risks, and measures to respond and manage them, as well as promoting best available evidence, eg UK Climate Projections 2018
• Coordinating and developing strong networks, working effectively with across policy and analyst teams to monitor departmental progress towards the National Adaptation Programme
• Supporting COP26-facing work focused on business and infrastructure as needed
• 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
• Line management of a project officer.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service


• Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
• An annual leave entitlement of 25 days (rising over 5 years to 30 days) for full time staff.
• A pro rata annual leave allowance if you work part time or flexibly.
• In addition, an entitlement to 9 public holidays a year (pro rata if you work part time or flexibly).

Things you need to know


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.
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 and behaviour statements.
Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, Seeing the Big Picture and Personal Statement. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

Sift and interview dates as well as the interview location to be confirmed.

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

A presentation or additional exercise may also be assessed.

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.

New entrants are expected to start on the minimum of the pay band.

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.

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.

Higher Security Clearance:
All of these posts require the successful candidate to hold basic security clearance. Candidates posted to 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

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.

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 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

Complaints 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 Commission