Senior Analyst (Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme)

Edinburgh, , GB

About the job

Job description

The ASC was established under the 2008 Climate Change Act as the independent, statutory advisor to Government and Parliament on preparing the UK for climate change. In fulfilling this role, the ASC assesses climate change risks and appropriate responses, and reports on the progress being made by the Government’s National Adaptation Programme (NAP). The ASC also works closely with the devolved administrations, including to assess the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme. 

The Climate Change Act (Scotland) 2009 (the Act) requires Scottish Ministers to lay an adaptation programme before the Scottish Parliament in response to the risks identified by the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment. The Act requires an independent assessment of progress to be made towards implementing the programme every two years following publication. A second assessment of the first SCCAP is therefore due before the next SCCAP is published in 2019. 

Scottish Ministers formally requested the ASC to deliver a first independent assessment, which was published in September 2016. The Scottish Government also commissioned ClimateXChange (CxC), a collaboration of 16 Scottish research institutions, to develop indicators to monitor adaptation in Scotland. 

Following the publication of the second UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) in 2017 the Scottish Government are in the process of drafting a second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme. Current plans include putting a suggested outcomes-based approach to the next SCCAP out to consultation in autumn 2018, followed by the launch of the new programme in early 2019. This independent assessment will add to the evidence base informing Scottish Ministers in their preparation for this second programme. 

Develop, oversee and implement a work programme that will deliver an independent assessment of the SCCAP ready for publication in January 2018 


  • Support CxC delivery of an updated indicator set to measure trends in exposure and vulnerability to climate change and the uptake of adaptation action in key sectors such as agriculture and forestry, and the built environment. Maintain close liaison with the CxC team and the Scottish Government to provide feedback and ensure the final set of indicators are acceptable to the ASC and in line with those used in the ASC’s first assessment of the SCCAP. 
  • Carry out additional analysis to fill any identified evidence gaps. 
  • Interpret the final CxC indicators and associated data to assess trends in the priority climate risks and opportunities facing Scotland. 
  • Carry out a detailed assessment of the progress being made in implementing the policies and proposals underlying each objective in the SCCAP, liaising with the relevant owners of the policies/proposals and building on the annual monitoring and reporting arrangements planned by the Scottish Government. 
  • Undertake a review of implementation of the ASC’s 2016 recommendations for the SCCAP and the extent to which they are being met. 
  • Working with ASC members individually and collectively to combine, check and refine analysis and conclusions. 
  • Lead on drafting a report to the Scottish Parliament containing the results and conclusions of the evaluation, together with policy recommendations, to the ASC’s satisfaction. 
  • Work with the Scottish Government and CxC to arrange a launch event for the report in Scotland, potentially in the Scottish Parliament. 
  • Maintain close liaison with the adaptation team and the sponsors in the Scottish Government throughout, providing regular reports on progress and escalating any issues that arise. 
The role will largely be based in Edinburgh with frequent travel to London required. 

Candidates must also be available to start work as quickly as possible on the project.

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

Leading and Communicating 

  • Develop and lead analytical work programme to understand climate change risks and effectiveness of government policy in managing these. 
  • Communicate in a succinct, evidence based, engaging manner and stand ground when needed 
  • Communicate using appropriate styles, methods and timing, including digital channels, to maximise understanding and influence 
  • Convey enthusiasm and energy about their work and encourage others to do the same 

Collaborating and Partnering 

  • Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes 
  • Actively seek input from a diverse range of people 
  • Deal with conflict in a prompt, calm and constructive manner

Making Effective Decisions 

  • Identify a range of relevant and credible information sources and recognise the need to collect new data when necessary from internal and external sources 
  • Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of 
  • evidence/data and draw key conclusions 
  • Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations 

Seeing the Big Picture 

  • Be alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact or benefit own and team’s work 
  • Actively seek out and share experience to develop understanding and knowledge of own work and of team’s business area. 
  • Seek to understand how the services, activities and strategies in the area work together to create value for the customer/end user 

Delivering at Pace 

  • Successfully manage, support and stretch self and team to deliver agreed goals and objectives. 
  • Take responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to standard, giving credit to teams and individuals as appropriate 
  • Regularly monitor own and team’s work against milestones or targets and act promptly to keep work on track and maintain performance 


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
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Selection process details

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.


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Contact point for applicants

Closing date: 26th march 2018 at 23;55 hours 

Contact: Kathryn Brown [email protected] 020 7591 6083 

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Sift/interview dates and location

Expected: Interviews week commencing 2 April