Lead Specialist Strategic Environmental Policy Advisor x 3

Closing date: 18 December 2022 | Salary: £41,150-£46,147 (Grade 7) | Location: Flexible

Contract type: Permanent

Work pattern: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday. 

Post numbers: 203148, 203149, 203150

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.

Job description

Are you passionate about the environment and want to make a difference? Then we have three exciting opportunities to join our new Strategic Environmental Policy Team.

In one of these exciting and challenging new roles, you will lead and 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 combine your knowledge of Welsh, UK and EU legislation with your practical experience of working with people, organisations and partners across Wales and the UK to support the development of strategy and policy in relation to environmental governance, international engagement with a specific emphasis on post-EU Exit and legislative development programmes. You will support the design and implementation of cross cutting programmes and policy across NRW, Welsh Government, UK and international levels with public, private and third sector organisations. Using this expertise, you will support the development of NRW response through changes to a portfolio of policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance. You will work with colleagues from other teams in our Evidence, Policy and Permitting and Operations Directorates, officials from Welsh Government, other UK agency staff and sector representatives. These roles are varied and challenging giving you a real opportunity for your continuing professional development.

Responsibilities

Your responsibilities include:

  • Lead and project manage specific and complex issues that require development of NRW policies, strategies, plans, programmes including support on casework that is novel, contentious or of high public interest.
  • Manage the preparation of material to inform the development of NRW, WG and other partners’ policy, statutory advice and guidance documents; Manage the development of procedures, tools and guidance and lead the delivery of new ways of working.
  • Prepare technical assessments, strategic briefings and updates, drawing on a range of complex information and data.
  • 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.
  • Advise on evidence needs and opportunities, commission evidence & project manage evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
  • Maintain a detailed working knowledge of the assigned sectors identifying the implications of legislative, technology and market changes for Natural Resources Wales and the sectors.
  • Contribute to task and finish groups, commissioned through the Business Boards, to prepare defined products as required.
  • Lead engagement with sectors, partners, WG, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and other environment bodies in the UK and be the lead point of contact for queries related to your assigned work and technical specialism.
  • Collaborate with the Team Leader/Manager to develop and deliver an agreed Personal Development Plan.

Qualifications, experience and knowledge

Knowledge and experience of the following: 

  1. Good knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related to environmental governance and international work and the environment; Welsh & UK Governments & EU policy drivers in regulation, the environment and EU Exit; and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
  2. Experience of technical analysis and interpreting a range of environmental information and data, analysing large data sets and presenting information to senior managers or an external audience.
  3. Experience of: Managing a portfolio of work programmes related to environmental policy including engagement with other agencies and partners
  4. Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
  5. Good understanding of environmental governance and international engagement and the complex range of drivers and barriers to delivery.
  6. Representing the organisation in high profile and contentious issues in the public arena.
  7. 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 1 – able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Desirable Level 4 – fluent in spoken Welsh

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.

Competencies

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

  • Able to undertake complex practical or technical tasks or work, requiring advanced specialist knowledge in the relevant subject matter.
  • Able to provide objective advice to others on related issues based on their knowledge and experience, keeping up to date with advances and changes within their specialist field.
  • Demonstrates relevant substantial experience. Able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge, and personal and professional credibility, for example, able to act as an expert witness in a public enquiry.
  • Able to demonstrate good mentoring, knowledge sharing and supervisory skills as well as the ability to set strategic direction for themselves, their area and others.

Evaluation of Information

  • Able to interpret relevant delivery plans and understand their context in the wider national and NRW policy and strategy.
  • Able to analyse and interpret a wide range of information, which may be of a technical nature, extracting key points and communicate them to individuals at all levels.

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.
  • Responsible for making independent decisions based on input from line management and peers; an understanding of NRW policy; the range of options available; and their potential implications for the business.
  • Able to lead and project manage specific, complex and often challenging issues, that typically carry a high degree of reputational risk.
  • An appreciation that decisions (which may relate to national policy) may be made, leading to changes in established procedures/practices within the post-holder’s area of work.
  • Demonstrates an appreciation of the consequences of making wrong decisions and the adverse effect they may have on the organisation in relation to its external stakeholders, such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc.  

Impact

  • Demonstrates an awareness of how their decisions may encompass a broad range of matters and that the outcomes may not always be immediately clear or apparent.
  • An appreciation that the impact of decisions made by the post holder are likely to be wider than the immediate function or department, and likely to be medium term and from an external perspective, may be at a national level.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • The post holder will have considerable external stakeholder connections and may be expected to represent the organisation externally, conveying specialist knowledge.
  • Able to interact and foster good working relationships with senior leaders internally and externally, at a national and UK level.
  • Able to discuss policy issues with others, which may be highly technical, specialist or detailed in nature, tailoring the method, style and level of communication appropriately to the audience.
  • The work will involve written and verbal communications; and leading key projects with a high degree of complexity, requiring excellent communication and persuasive skills.
  • Able to facilitate and/or present at internal or external meetings, providing advice on complex technical or specialist issues, including legislative changes and steering the direction of discussion or activities.
  • Able to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Ability to produce moderately complex documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc., containing advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use, and would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Ability to source data and content from multiple locations requiring external research and professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted.
  • The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally longer term in nature.

Responsibility for People

  • Post holders will have no direct line management responsibility but will have responsibility for leading specialist/ technical staff, through complex and/ or highly technical/ specialist programmes through a ‘matrix management’ structure.
  • Post holders will also mentor less experienced colleagues.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Post holders may have a delegated budget and/or will have responsibility for checking the validity of forms and documents as part of a process and/ or the procurement of goods and services.
  • Post holders will be responsible for the safe and legal use and operation of equipment and data that they use to fulfil the requirements of their role.

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

Please send a completed Application form to Applications@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk using the post number as the email reference

Before completing your application, please read our Guidance on completing a job application form

Application closing date 18 December 2022

Interviews will take place on 16 & 17 January 2023 through Microsoft Teams

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Michelle van-Velzen at michelle.van-velzen@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk 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.

We put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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