Closing date: Monday, 18th July 2022
Post Title: Science and Evidence
Liaison – England
Team: Nature Conservation Policy & Advice
Ref No: 2022-38
Grade: S (SEO)
Type of appointment: Fixed-term for 2 years
This post will have a base at JNCC’s office in Peterborough, which will be moving to a shared office with Natural England from 2023.
JNCC will be adopting a more flexible approach to working options and, once we are able to return to working in our office locations, our people will have more flexibility about where they choose to work. The expectation is that we will be expected to work from our office base for 1 – 2 days a month as a minimum. We can provide more details at the interview and offer stages.
Secondments from Defra/other government agencies will be considered and in this case alternative office locations could be considered.
Who are JNCC?
Established in 1991, we’re the UK’s statutory advisor on issues affecting the natural environment across the UK and internationally. Our primary role is advising all four Governments of the UK. We also work with private sector organisations to support decision making on the sustainable use of marine waters and natural resources around the UK. JNCC is led by the Joint Committee, which brings together members from the nature conservation bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and independent members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under an independent Chair. Support is provided to the Committee by almost 270 people who bring together scientific and technical expertise, extensive knowledge of policy at global, European and national levels, and skills in working with other organisations. Staff are based in two main offices in Peterborough and Aberdeen.
We’re small enough (c.270 staff) that your voice is heard by everyone including the CEO, but big enough that we have all the skills, resources and people you’ll need to get the job done. All our staff are passionate about conservation and making a difference to the world we live in. We have a very flexible, inclusive and welcoming organisational culture. Our Executive Management provides advisers with the freedom and tools you will need, and our friendly team will assist you in your role. You will benefit from our supportive workplace culture, excellent holiday and pension benefits, as well as an exciting job in a unique environment.
Hours of work: Full-time
Normal minimum hours of attendance for the post are 36 hours per week over a 5-day period, Monday to Friday.
Flexi time is available. This post may also be suitable for job share.
The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years’ service. There are also 12 days public and privilege leave. Part-time staff will receive this on a pro rata basis.
In its unique UK role, JNCC works collaboratively with the four countries of the UK to support nature recovery. This requires a strong understanding of the developing policies and delivery mechanisms in the four countries, as well as internationally, to ensure JNCC’s evidence and advice evolves to meet the needs of each country.
JNCC is looking to appoint a Science and Evidence Liaison Officer for England, to help shape and prioritise its science and evidence. The role is focused on enhancing engagement and building JNCC’s collaborative relationship with Natural England and Defra.
The post holder will be based in the Nature Conservation Policy and Advice Team at JNCC and will work with teams across the organisation. Specifically, they will be part of a small and collaborative project team, comprising staff holding equivalent liaison roles covering Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. With strong links to the JNCC Executive Leadership Team, their work builds on the networks and working groups that already exist between JNCC and country partners, with the aim of identifying new opportunities and enhancing collaborations where JNCC’s skills and expertise can support the countries in delivering their priorities. Together they provide a co-ordinated UK overview and a hub for information exchange. They may also have responsibility for the delivery of specific projects and can contribute to projects aligned with their expertise.
This is a new role, and the post holder will have the opportunity to shape it, using the template and approaches already developed by the other country liaison officers, tailoring it to meet the ways of working that best support JNCC’s relationship with Natural England and Defra.
The portfolio of this role is broad, requiring day-to-day engagement across a range of work areas and interacting with staff, from the project level through to strategic-level interactions with senior managers and executive leaders. We are looking for someone to join our team who thrives in a fast paced and often reactive environment, who has a passion for building relationships and engaging with partners, who is tuned into and sensitive to their different perspectives, whilst bringing good organisational skills and a strong understanding of how scientific evidence and analysis supports the policy development cycle.
This is a critical time and new opportunities are arising as the Government drives forward its policy and legislative agenda to achieve transformational change to address the inextricably linked emergencies of climate change and biodiversity loss. Help JNCC’s science and evidence be at the heart of this.
The post holder will be at the forefront of promoting JNCC’s science and evidence capabilities in England through collaborative working with Natural England and Defra. They will liaise with individuals to develop a better understanding of their priorities, spotting opportunities and connections, conveying the work of JNCC, ensuring JNCC’s skills, experience and outputs are exploited to maximum effect, and generally building and maintaining relationships.
The main duties of the post are:
The post holder will be line managed from JNCC’s Nature Conservation Policy and Advice Team and will receive support from Natural England colleagues. You will be expected to work independently and/or remotely from your line manager. You will be self-motivated with excellent planning and organisational skills with the ability to manage a busy workload and respond quickly to a range of tasks. From time to time, there may be an opportunity to line manage other staff or interns, although this will not be required initially
To be a successful candidate you will be/have:
To be a successful candidate you will have:
In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on the Lead Behaviour of Communicating and Influencing
Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade.
Closing date and interview date
The closing date for this post is 23:55 on Monday, 18 July 2022
The anticipated interview date is Thursday, 04 August 2022