Water Framework Directive Advisor (Sustainable Management of Natural Resources)

Natural Resources Wales

Wales, , GB

Job Purpose:

One of the key element of the Environment (Wales) Act is the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources which enables Wales’ resources to be managed in a more proactive, sustainable and joined-up way. The Water Framework Directive Advisor – Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) role will be responsible for supporting the work of Natural Resources Wales in developing our approach for water resource management and water quality. The post will be pivotal in supporting the development of Area Statements, evidence for Public Services Boards and readiness for the second State of the Natural Resources Report. This will require the ability to work with a large range of Welsh Government and NRW colleagues often in collaboration with external stakeholders.


Setting direction

  • Provide pragmatic technical and policy advice on a range of topics relevant to water issues. Advice will build capability for practical delivery and is consistent with the objective and principles of SMNR
  • Co-ordinate the work of the Water Framework Directive Team to support the development of Area Statements and in readiness for the second State of the Natural Resources Report, working closely with other teams. Where necessary liaise with Welsh Government to ensure that advice it consistent with national Policy and influence changes where needed
  • Support the development of the work programme and ways of working that is consistent with delivery of the first Welsh Government Natural Resources Policy and NRWs new Corporate Plan
  • Assist the work of the respective governance groups (Programme Boards) that are in place to supporting the policy leads, and contribute to task and finish groups tackling some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing Wales
  • Support the Team Leaders in a range of tasks to further the teams’ work plan

Delivering results

  • Support the development of the team’s key deliverables and where necessary lead on the preparation of internal guidance working, closely with our standards set out in OGN 1 ‘developing good guidance’
  • Develop and implement clear engagement plans to promote and support implementation in conjunction with our Communications Team across our website, intranet, Yammer and beyond
  • Provide evidence, analysis and documentation to support the development of Area Statements and team readiness for the second State of the Natural Resources Report
  • Working closely with others, help develop clear ways of working between the team and operational teams to understand and analyse areas of unsustainable management

Building relationships

  • Maintain good working relationships with a broad range of colleagues across Natural Resources Wales and some of our key external stakeholders to help develop Welsh Government policy, corporate position statements and guidance for relevant staff
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships between policy and operational directorate teams to ensure good understanding of your work and promote the work of the wider team fostering a clear understanding of strategic policy priorities that are able to be delivered with a place-based focus
  • Develop and maintain a clear way of working with Natural Resource Management Teams working on the development of Area Statements consistent with the emerging approach that effectively bridges the gaps between the outcomes we seek and area based assessments of unsustainable activity

Ensuring effective governance

  • Ensure that you undertake your work in a manner that is consistent with NRW policies and processes
  • Ensure appropriate management of financial and other resources for which you are responsible
  • Maintain and monitor performance against agreed goals and targets
  • Take the initiative in solving complex problems and change management activities and produce appropriate documentation and records of actions ensuring that risks and issues are elevated for action when necessary in a timely manner

Developing people and teams

  • Mentor and coach colleagues to promote and further the work of the wider team equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to deliver their work in an effective and efficient manner
  • Take reasonable care for the wellbeing, health and safety of yourself and others and comply with all environment, health and safety legislation, policy and procedure as appropriate
  • Actively seek knowledge and advice from others, be open to new and challenging ideas and be willing to negotiate agreed ways of working. For example – support staff across NRW to develop and bring forward proposals for the use of experimental powers
  • Foster an enabling approach to your work finding approaches that are acceptable to all parties resulting in actions and outputs that have a firm focus on delivery of the positive outcomes sought by Welsh Government policy and programmes

Job Specific Criteria:

  1. Education / professional experience. Educated to degree level or equivalent, or able to demonstrate comparable technical knowledge, in a relevant subject. Significant professional experience relevant to water (eg water quality, water quantity etc). Working knowledge and good understanding of the legal framework and EU, UK and Welsh legislation applicable to their sector(s) or area of responsibility. Essential
  2. Self-motivated, proven problem solver with strong communication skills. Proven ability to work independently demonstrating personal initiative, good organisational and analytical skills to deliver high quality work to tight timescales and ability to communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences effectively. Essential
  3. Clear natural resources knowledge base. A sound working knowledge of legislation, regulation, policy, evidence and research relevant to water. Essential
  4. Knowledge of spatial ecology theory and tools. A sound working knowledge of My Map, Arc GIS, spatial ecology and how opportunity mapping can help guide better decision making compliant with the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources for better land use and land management outcomes. Demonstrate an understanding of how this can be applied to influence opportunities via Area Statements, Public Services Boards and NRW customer interfaces. Desirable
  5. Able to apply the principles of SMNR in practice. Ability and experience of working successfully in collaboration with others to develop policy, solve problems, deliver strategic programmes, plans or projects. Desirable
  6. Professional membership of a recognised professional body (eg Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, Chartered Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Managers etc.) (or working towards Professional Membership). Desirable 

Welsh Language Requirements:

Due consideration has been given to the Welsh language requirements for the post and the existing skills within the department. Given this consideration the Welsh language skills required for this post is Level 1. The ability to use basic Welsh conversational phrases (eg ‘bore da’- ‘good morning’) and to pronounce Welsh place names correctly. 502/050617

Additional Information:

  • The post-holder would be expected to travel to locations around Wales and may require over-night stays. A full driving licence would therefore be essential
  • Information on the various governance groups and programme boards can be shared on request
  • Contract type: This is a fixed-term appointment until 31 March 2019. There may be the potential for this appointment to be extended (no longer than 100 weeks from start date) or to be advertised as a permanent opportunity at a later date, however this cannot be guaranteed
  • Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week
  • Grade / Salary: £33,093

As part of the Total Reward Package all legacy salary scales were aligned to NRW salary scales and associated grades. This role has been aligned to NRW grade C3 based on existing team member’s salary scales. This is for information purposes for prospective applicants only and in no way represents the outcome of the Job Evaluation process currently being undertaken. It is provided to enable applicants to identify the size and scale of this role.

Application closing date: 31 January 2018

Interviews to take place on: w/c 19 or 26 February 2018

To apply send your completed application form to: 

If you have any queries please contact:

Tel: 0300 065 4923 Mobile: 07772 869129

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