You will work as part of our team of climate change adaptation experts to:
- Provide advice on adapting to climate change to a wide range of government stakeholders and public, private and third sector organisations
- Develop innovative adaptation tools, guidance and training courses to help organisations put adaptation theory in to practice
- Lead climate risk and vulnerability assessments
- Develop adaptation plans and actions
- Facilitate collaborative working to help organisations address shared adaptation challenges
- Raise the profile of climate change adaptation in Scotland including providing regular website updates and newsletter contributions, attending events and giving presentations.
- Analyse, interpret and present data to inform decision-making in relation to adaptation planning, including presentation of GIS data.
- Develop Sniffer’s collaborative, partnership projects in different locations and with different sectors.
- Develop, manage and facilitate workshops/ events relating to climate change adaptation risk management and resilience planning.
- Develop excellent working relationships with key stakeholders including SSN, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, COSLA, key agencies and the Scottish Government; and
- Support flood risk management knowledge exchange events.
- Support necessary business changes, where appropriate, in order to ensure Sniffer achieves strategic and operational business plans.
- Support a step change in the understanding and awareness of the adaptation and resilience measures that can be adopted to address climate change.
- The post is unlikely to have direct line management responsibilities in initial contract phase although will require liaison with external stakeholders.
- Responsible for reporting and monitoring contract expenditure for projects.
- Agree invoices for payment for final approval by Sniffer’s finance manager.
- Comply with internal and external financial framework regulations.
Supporting business development and improvement:
- Support stakeholder involvement, partnership working and knowledge exchange.
- Maintain awareness of existing and emerging climate change and environmental/ sustainable development policy drivers and research initiatives in the UK and Europe and consider relevant links to Sniffer’s work.
- Raise the profile of Sniffer as a recognised and respected knowledge broker.
The above outline of key areas of responsibility is not exhaustive. Post-holders are expected to carry out activities within their ability/experience and within the overall remit and spirit of the post. The successful post-holder may be expected to travel around Scotland, as well as work occasional evenings or weekends where necessary for the successful delivery of work (e.g. attending or running events).
All job outlines are subject to change as Sniffer and post requirements evolve.
Recruitment and Selection
- A good honors degree or postgraduate qualification in sustainability, natural sciences, economics or planning social sciences
- Three years’ experience of delivering projects in partnership with a range of organisations, businesses and communities
- Experience of undertaking climate change adaptation planning work
- Demonstrable experience of (or ability to) network and work in partnership
- A track record of delivering agreed objectives within specified timetable
- An understanding of the policy and technical issues relevant to climate resilience and in particular climate risk management and adaptation planning
- Advanced knowledge of Scotland’s climate change legislation and policy landscape
- Highly developed interpersonal skills, including communication, influencing, negotiating, motivation
- Professional / business report writing skills
- Communication of technical and policy information to a wider range of audiences in an accessible language and format
- Strong IT skills, particularly Microsoft Office and GIS
- Analysing and interpreting verbal/ written information and data
- Ability to work flexibly and respond to changing priorities
- Resilience under pressure
- High degree of integrity and professional credibility
- Highly organised
- Concerned about service quality
- Member of relevant professional body (e.g. IEMA, CIWEM)
- Postgraduate qualification in sustainability, social or natural sciences, economics, planning
- Experience of completing climate change adaptation risk and vulnerability assessments
- Work on delivering adaptation in the Private Sector
- Advanced knowledge of climate change impacts affecting one or more of the following: Built environment, infrastructure, health and wellbeing, natural environment
- Knowledge of flood risk management policy and practice
- Familiarity with concepts of climate justice
- Demonstrable negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
- Experience of social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Hootsuite)
- Strong commitment to enhancing the environmental, social and economic sustainability of Scotland