Project Manager - National Peatlands Action Programme.
Closing date: 22 March 2023 | Salary: £41,150-£46,147 (Grade 7) | Location: Flexible
Contract type: Fixed term appointment until 12 May 2024 or earlier if the permanent post holder returns from maternity leave sooner
Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week.
Post number: 202522
As an organisation we support flexible working. This role allows hybrid working (a mix of home and office working) and a working pattern suitable for you can be discussed on appointment if you are successful.
You will be contracted to the nearest NRW office to your home, of which you will be required to attend for regular meetings, training and for one-to-one meetings with your manager. These will be planned in advance.
This is an exciting opportunity to become a key part of delivering Wales’ national programme to restore peatlands to address the Nature and Climate Emergencies. Working with the Peat Programme Manager and Lead Specialist Advisor for Peatlands, the post-holder will manage all aspects of the delivery of the National Action Programme for Welsh Peatlands. This will include providing technical and managerial leadership and overall management of the project and its current team of five staff (directly line managing two members of staff and matrix managing 3). Using a range of key policy elements, primarily NRW’s National Action Programme for Welsh peatlands, you will work across NRW and with key partners to deliver a £1.5M p.a. action programme for peatlands. A primary focus of the programme is restoration groundworks projects, implemented via direct delivery on the NRW estate and private sector land, and funding third party activity via NRW’s grants route and land management agreements. The programme also works to deliver cross-cutting partnership engagement and communications as well as developing Wales-wide reporting procedures to enable reporting to WG against delivery and policy targets.
Your responsibilities include:
- Develop and lead the implementation of a £1.5M programme of peatland habitat restoration across Wales, working closely with NRWs Lead Specialist Advisor for peatlands, NRWs Peatlands Working Group, other relevant NRW and partner staff and the two project delivery posts.
- Lead and project manage specific and complex issues implicit in the delivery of the National Action Programme that require extensive liaison across NRW and with partner bodies, coupled with interpretation of and adherence to NRW policies, practices, strategies, plans and programmes.
- Have oversight of the peatland restoration work area and process to ensure integrity of the project with NRW approaches with Welsh Government, Central Government and EU Policy intent, supporting ongoing development of the longer-term 4-5 year action programme for Welsh Peatlands.
- Serve as NRW’s client manager with external partners engaged through the agreed funding mechanism to ensure delivery of agreed objectives and overcome obstacles to delivery.
- Develop, maintain and deliver a detailed project implementation plan (incorporating the Area Statement priorities at Place) following management practices and principles approved by NRW to manage the project budget and ensure delivery of objectives and targets.
- Monitor progress against the plan and undertake regular reviews and the production of progress reports to ensure full delivery of projects within the 2020-21 timeframe, ensuring that implementation and reporting of the project fully adheres to NRW policies, procedures and consenting requirements.
- Advise on evidence needs and opportunities, commission evidence & project manage evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
- Lead, develop and maintain engagement with partners, Wales & UK Government, relevant sector policy leads, stakeholders, networks and partnerships; you will represent NRW and be the lead point of contact for the National Action Programme for Welsh Peatlands, representing the project at key internal and external boards and forums.
- Maintain a detailed working knowledge of the assigned sector(s) identifying the implications of legislative, technology and market changes for Natural Resources Wales and the sector(s).
- Contribute to task and finish groups, commissioned through the Business Boards, to prepare defined products as required.
- Collaborate with the Team Leader to develop and deliver an agreed Personal Development Plan.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
Knowledge and experience of the following:
- Welsh, UK and EU legislation regulatory and permitting mechanisms, policy drivers and practices related to biodiversity, and the management of large-scale groundworks projects.
- Knowledge and practical understanding of peatland restoration techniques and their application in specific contexts.
- Experience and knowledge of: the range of peatland habitats in Wales and the causes and symptoms of ecosystem degradation.
- Proven experience of partnership working and working with landowners and managers.
- Knowledge of commissioning and managing groundworks projects, including the production of technical specifications, contractor management and the use of CDM regulations.
- Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications including budget management, management of staff and work programming
- Proven team working and communication skills and the ability to write clear, concise technical reports.
- The ability to currently and legally drive a car in the UK.
- Representing the organisation in high profile and contentious issues in the public arena.
- Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in EPP as required.
Welsh language requirements:
Essential Level 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases
Please note if you do not meet the level 1 requirement 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.
Please note - Applications to this role will be assessed based on the following competencies, both at shortlisting and interview. Please give examples of how you demonstrate these competencies when completing your application form.
Essential Knowledge and Skills
Evaluation of Information
Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements
Communication and Relationships with Others
Responsibility for People
Responsibility for Resources
Benefits of working for us
This role will offer a range of benefits, including:
- Agile and flexible working
- Civil Service Pension Scheme offering employer contributions of 26.6% to 30.3%
- 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days
- Generous leave entitlements for all your life needs
- Health and wellbeing benefits and support
- Weekly well-being hour to use at your choice
See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.
How to apply
Please send a completed Application form to Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk
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Application closing date 22 March 2023
Interviews will take place on 27 March 2023 through Microsoft Teams
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Liz Halliwell at email@example.com or Rhoswen Leonard at Rhoswen.firstname.lastname@example.org
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