Lead Specialist Advisor, Terrestrial Species Policy
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment until 31 March 2024
Work pattern: Full time, 37 hours
Post number: 203239
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.
There is increasing demand to develop and deliver key species policy areas to support the Nature Emergency and other areas of terrestrial species work. As an organisation we need to ensure linkages are made across all NRW’s work with respect to species conservation and management. In this post you will provide the expert lead on terrestrial species policy and approaches including the development of an NRW Species Programme to focus action, a review of NRW’s Conservation Translocations policy and process and development of the NRW position on reintroductions including beaver and oversight of the Section 7 priority species. You will manage the development of NRW policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance relating to terrestrial species. This will translate Welsh & UK Government policy into practical approaches to the point of delivery. You will work with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from WG and sector representatives.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Lead and project manage specific and complex issues that require development of NRW policies, strategies, plans, programmes.
- Provide advice to WG and other bodies in Wales and the UK as appropriate, and in-turn review and advise on the produced policy, plans and strategies.
- Retain ownership and oversight of the terrestrial species policy area to ensure integrity of NRW approaches with Welsh Government, Central Government and EU Policy intent.
- Advise on evidence needs and opportunities, commission evidence and project manage agreed evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
- Maintain a detailed working knowledge of the technical specialist areas 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.
- Steer the overview and ownership of engagement with Welsh Government on the specific policy areas related to terrestrial species.
- Collaborate with the Team Leader to develop and deliver an agreed Personal Development Plan.
Qualifications, experience and knowledge
You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the following:
- Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to biodiversity; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers in biodiversity; and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
- Knowledge and practical understanding of the range of partners and stakeholders involved with biodiversity in Wales.
- Specialist technical knowledge related to terrestrial species conservation and management techniques.
- Experience of: In-depth understanding of the relevant technical specialist area and the complex range of drivers and barriers to delivery.
- Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
- You will be a member of a relevant professional institution and/or working towards membership
- 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.
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
Ability to decide how best to achieve results, with the need for some judgment or creativity to alter priorities due to conflicting demands.
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
See full details for all the employee benefits you will receive.
How to apply
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Application closing date 21 August 2022
Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams.
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Liz Halliwell at email@example.com
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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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