Strategic Environmental Policy Advisor
Contract type: Permanent
Work pattern: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.
Post numbers: 203154
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.
Are you passionate about programmes, enthusiastic about the environment, love working with people and want to make a difference? Then we have an exciting opportunity to join our new Strategic Environmental Policy Team.
In an exciting and challenging new role, you will provide meaningful programme and project management support to establish and champion good governance, clear communication and excellent customer service. The team leads on programmes and projects related to environmental governance, EU Exit and environmental legislation and international strategy and engagement. You will have the opportunity to support our cross-cutting work on strategic environmental policy, with a focus on interpreting and embedding the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources across our relevant functions. You will prepare technical assessments and advice informing the preparation of Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance. You will work with other members of the team; functional policy leads and liaise with relevant operational staff as well as engage directly with stakeholders. The role is varied and challenging giving you a real opportunity for your continuing professional development.
Your responsibilities include:
- Prepare technical assessments, drawing on a range of information and data sources.
- Support the preparation of material to inform the development of NRW, WG and other Partners policy, statutory advice and guidance documents.
- Prepare the development of procedures, tools and guidance and lead the delivery of new ways of working.
- Provide regular accurate information to managers on progress, to adapt and ensure delivery of work to time and cost.
- Liaise with relevant NRW staff regarding interactions between the Brexit workstreams to ensure the timely and effective delivery of project, policy or strategy obligations.
- Support projects and programmes of work to achieve well planned and managed integrated solutions that progress effective change and improvement in NRW and for business across Wales.
- Support engagement with sectors, partners, WG, sector and environment bodies in Wales and the UK in relation to environmental governance and international engagement; and be a primary point of contact for customer queries.
- 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:
- Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to natural resources, incident management; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers in natural resources, the environment, incident management and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
- Experience of: technical analysis and interpreting a range of environmental information and data; analysing large data sets.
- Competence in a range of IT software, specifically the suite of Microsoft Office software.
- Working with/in nature conservation bodies, water companies, local authorities, environmental organisations and public bodies.
- Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
- Share your knowledge and expertise to help solve problems, supporting all Heads of Business in Evidence, Policy and Permitting Directorate as required.
Welsh language requirements:
Essential Level 3 – or the successful candidate will be expected to develop their language skills to attain the required level following an agreed training programme with full NRW support.
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 Resources
Benefits of working for us
This role will offer a range of benefits, including:
- agile and flexible working (role dependent)
- 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
- competitive financial rewards to enhance your monthly pay
See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.
How to apply
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Application closing date 18 December 2022
Interviews will take place on 23 January 2023 through Microsoft Teams
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Michelle van-Velzen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07815 186496
Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.
We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented, including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability. We have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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