Marine Opportunity Catchments Senior Advisor

Natural Resources Wales

Wales, UK 🇬🇧

Job Summary
Job TitleMarine Opportunity Catchments Senior Advisor
Post Number202834
Grade6, ÂŁ35,288 rising to ÂŁ38,597 over four years
TeamArea Marine Advice and Management team, Marine Service
Reports toTeam Leader, Charlotte Gjerlov
Direct ReportsNone
Welsh Language requirementsEssential Level 1, able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases.Please note if you do not meet the Welsh language requirements specified i.e. ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.
Contract typeFixed term until 31 March 2022
Work pattern37 hours, Monday to Friday
Application information
Application closing date27 July 2021
Interview to take place on and whereVia Microsoft Teams, date to be confirmed
To apply send your completed application form to[email protected]  
If you have any queries, contact[email protected]

Job Context

This is a Senior Advisor post within the Marine Area Advice and Management Team that covers the whole of Wales. The purpose of the post is to provide a focus whereby opportunities that maximise the benefits to the seas and estuaries, linked to Opportunity Catchments are explored in partnership with others.  You will provide technical support and leadership with a range of partners organisations that seek to collaborate to achieve environmental improvements to the seas and estuaries connected to the Opportunity Catchments plus those that deliver wellbeing benefits

Your role would enable NRW to maximise the potential of delivering outcomes that contribute to the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) and deliver Integrated Catchment Management solutions.  Specifically you would:

  • identify, coordinate and contribute to the delivery of marine actions and outputs from the opportunity catchment programme
  • apply good coordination and project management skills to deliver the marine elements of the programme to standard and on time
  • ensure marine waters are considered in any Opportunity catchment projects by using good communication and partnership working

This could include projects that seek to:

  • Develop integrated catchment-based approaches for flood risk management, habitat creation and restoring natural processes
  • Develop projects that deliver nature-based solutions to improve water quality/quantity, deliver biodiversity gains, improve connectivity and include wellbeing outcomes
  • Develop & deliver approaches to tackling invasive species
  • Explore innovative approaches and solutions to incentivise behavioural change, manage nutrient inputs (e.g. PES through nutrient trading) etc.
  • Support opportunities for innovative and technological solutions, learning and adapting approaches that benefit at the local-to landscape and regional-to national scales.
  • Work with landowners and coastal communities to reduce nutrient, sediment and litter inputs.

Other information relevant to the job:

The role covers Opportunity Catchments across Wales, but should not involve significant travel.

Significant prior experience of working in collaboration with stakeholders and other interested parties to deliver shared outcomes would help prepare you for success in this role.

Applying for this post

The following competencies will be used to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview. Please read the whole of the Role Description to ascertain at what level this information needs to be presented.

  • Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Decision Making Autonomy
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others
  • Responsibility for Resources
Essential Knowledge and SkillsAble to undertake practical or technical tasks or work, requiring specialist knowledge/ expertise.Expert in a range of subjects relating to their specialism and able to act as the local expert or specialist lead for a small area, in an advisory capacity.Demonstrates substantial experience and specialist knowledge in their field, with the ability to manage projects, including the project budget and team.Possess analytical, influencing, persuading, supervisory and mentoring skills, together with project management skills. 
Evaluation of InformationAble to interpret the function’s operational delivery plans and understand their context in the wider NRW strategy. Able to interpret developments in their area of expertise, contributing to business planning and the design and delivery of team-work programmes.Demonstrates the ability to analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and able to communicate them to individuals at all levels and contribute to the development of policy.
Decision Making and Autonomy RequirementsAbility to lead and project manage specific areas of work, taking responsibility for managing project budgets and teams, and for the success and delivery of the project.Able to decide how best to achieve results, with guidance from peers, requiring the need for some degree of judgment and creativity which may lead to changes in established procedures/ practice in the work area.Post holders will be delivering often significant programmes of work, which may require the need to alter priorities due to conflicting demands.Responsible for making independent decisions at an operational level, with input from line management and peers, together with an understanding of NRW policy and the range of options available and their potential implications for the business.Understands the consequences of taking wrong decisions, which would have an adverse effect in relation to external stakeholders, such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc. Decisions taken may concern a broad range of matters, the outcome of which may not always be immediately clear or apparent; and are likely to be wider than the immediate function or department.Problems encountered may also relate to the work of other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse.
ImpactWorking as a local expert / sector lead, the post holder’s input and influence will be at an operational level and have an impact both internally and externally.
Communication and Relationships with OthersAbility to interact and link with other roles across the business, fostering and maintaining good relationships and networks, engaging the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way. Communication with others will be at an operational level both internally and externally and will typically be specialist in nature.Able to act as an advisory or functional specialist, providing advice, which may be technical, specialist or detailed; tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately for the audience. Demonstrates effective communication and persuasive skills with the ability to lead projects, which may include facilitating and presenting at internal or external meetings, giving advice and input as required.Able to produce documents, reports, programs, contracts, with some complexity; containing advice, guidance or opinion; which would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.Ability to research and gather information and data from multiple locations or sources and apply professional judgment in how the information should be interpreted.
Responsibility for ResourcesWill have a small budget for delivery of a specific project and/or responsibility for checking the validity of forms and documents as part of a process or procurement of goods and services.
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Role Description
Job Purpose:Provision of specialist marine technical advice into area casework and sustainable management of marine protected areas (MPAs) and other marine areas of Wales. Lead on/coordinate the provision of marine advice with respect to specific geographic areas in North and South Wales but may also be required to cover a wider area. Build external partnership and work collaboratively internally and externally to promote evidence and a natural resource management and ecosystem services approach.
Key Job Accountabilities:Lead on the provision of specialist advice on the day to day MPA and wider marine management issues in specific geographic areas of Wales.Lead on and /or coordinate provision of expert technical marine advice on development and other casework/ information requests in MPAs and other marine areas, with advice as required from All Wales Advice Team and Marine Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting Team. Includes complex high-profile proposals and NSIPS/ DNS. Provide expert marine advice to the development and implementation of Area statements. In particular, take a lead role in local delivery of SMNR in the marine and coastal environment within the geographic area, working with the marine Area Statement Advisor.   Expert witness role in public inquiries and similar fora as required.Quality assure, interpret and advise on external and internal reports/ assessments.Develop and maintain effective stakeholder relationships and engagement, including liaison and partnership working in particular with respect to marine protected areas. Influence and contribute to the development and delivery of NRW Marine Service Plan and Marine Programme, and other relevant NRW policy, strategy and process, working collaboratively with EPP colleagues.   Provide expert technical and operational advice to the development of corporate standards/ process and guidance. Marine pollution incident response and preparedness. Cooperation with and provision of marine advice to local teams on designated sites with coastal fringe.   Work collaboratively with the marine All-Wales Advice Team and Marine Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting Team, delivering some aspects of monitoring, analysis and reporting activities relevant to geographic areas/ sites.   Mentor and coach other members of the team and colleagues as required. Contribute to the development and subsequent implementation of casework guidance.Contribute technical advice into enforcement cases, both internal and with Welsh Government regarding marine licenses.
Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:Substantial marine technical skills and experience. Significant knowledge of marine legislative requirements particularly marine conservation.Good knowledge and experience of marine monitoring and analysis methods.Substantial knowledge and experience of marine casework.Good marine evidence analysis and interpretation skills, report critiquing and writing skills.Good understanding of the marine and coastal development sector. Experience of marine pollution contingency planning.Strong Influencing skills and ability to communicate, negotiate and collaborate effectively both internally and externally at senior levels. Project management / project coordination skills.Coaching and mentoring skills.

What you will do

You will provide specialist expertise to the functions across NRW which are involved in the provision of services of a technical or specialist operational nature to internal and external customers including regulation and environmental monitoring (including NRM).

You will act as the local expert or specialist lead for a small sector and work in an advisory capacity and your input will have an impact both internally and externally, and you will influence at an operational level.

You will make decisions and take action that will influence others and there will be a reliance on your input.

You will lead and project manage specific areas of work, taking responsibility for managing project budgets and teams and will be responsible for the success and delivery of the project.

You will deliver significant programmes of work.

You will analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to others, at all levels.

You will undertake research as required and produce documents that have some complexity and will provide advice, guidance or opinion which others will use and act upon.

You will interpret developments in your area of expertise and contribute to business planning and the design and delivery of work programmes.

You will be responsible for a small budget for the delivery of a specific project and will have responsibility for checking the validity of documentation relating to the procurement of good and services.

Who you will be working with

You will interact with colleagues across the organisation, collaborating with others to provide the efficient delivery of policies and work plans, and draw upon their skills to support the achievement of objectives.

You will communicate with others both internally and externally at an operational level in an advisory or functional specialist capacity.

You will have operational responsibility for leading specialist/technical staff through non-complex technical/ specialist programmes through a matrix management structure.

You will facilitate and deliver presentations for internal and external meetings, giving input and advice, as required.

You will mentor less experienced colleagues.

Where you will be working

Your role will be primarily office based but may entail travel between different NRW locations, as well as working at partner organisations and other premises.

What knowledge and skills you need

You will have a recognised qualification, degree or equivalent knowledge.

You will have substantial experience working in the relevant field and the ability to manage projects, project budgets and teams.

You will have specialist knowledge and will be an expert in a range of subjects relating to your area of specialism enabling you to work as a local expert.

You will have good inter-personal skills and able to develop and maintain good relationships and networks.

You will have analytical skills enabling you to analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information.

You will have good communication skills enabling you to give technical and specialist advice to others.

You will have the skills to manage your workload and prioritise tasks in relation to conflicting objectives and targets.

What other information is relevant to your job

You are responsible for complying with the policies, procedures and processes that relate to your role.

You are responsible for ensuring that all financial transactions undertaken by yourself represent value for money and meet the requirements of the organisation.

NRW is a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), and this means we have a duty to work with partners to prepare for and respond to emergencies and incidents covered by the Act.  All staff may be required to undertake activities, at a level commensurate with the skills and experience required by their role, to assist in ensuring this duty is undertaken.

This role description sets out a broad indication of the role, where it sits within the overall NRW structure and indicative expectations of the post holder. It is not intended to provide a detailed description of all tasks and activities. This document should be read in conjunction with the job specific Personal Development Plan which sets out the specific activities and projects to be delivered during the year.

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