Specialist Strategic Environmental Policy Advisor x 2

Closing date: 18 December 2022 | Salary: £37,308-£40,806 (Grade 6)Location: Flexible

Contract type: Permanent

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

Post numbers: 203152, 203153

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 two exciting opportunities to join our new Strategic Environmental Policy Team.

In one of these exciting and challenging new roles, you will 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 provide environmental technical and specialist advice and knowledge to shape and inform Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales decisions, programmes, plans, guidance and strategies. You will deliver and support a range of projects and work in relation to environmental law, environmental principles and governance and international engagement. You will use your practical experience of working with people, organisations and partners to work with colleagues from other teams in Evidence, Policy and Permitting and Operations Directorates, officials from Welsh Government and sector representatives. These roles are varied and challenging giving you a real opportunity for your continuing professional development.

Responsibilities

Your responsibilities include:

  • Prepare technical assessments, drawing on a range of complex information and data.
  • Manage the preparation of material to inform the development of Natural Resources Wales, Welsh Government 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.
  • Liaise with colleagues, external stakeholders such as Welsh Government, sector representatives and partners to ensure the timely and effective delivery of project, policy or strategy obligations.
  • Advise on evidence gaps and project manage agreed evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
  • Support engagement with sectors, partners, WG, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and other environment bodies in the UK and be the lead point of contact for customer queries.
  • Maintain knowledge of the assigned sector identifying the implications of legislative, technology and market changes for Natural Resources Wales and the sector.
  • 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: 

  1. Knowledge of: Welsh, UK and EU legislation related environmental governance and international work and the environment; Welsh, UK Governments & EU policy drivers in regulation, the environment and EU Exit.
  2. Experience of: technical analysis and interpreting a range of environmental information and data, analysing large data sets.
  3. Working with/in statutory nature conservation bodies, water companies, local authorities, eNGOs, and public bodies.
  4. Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
  5. Understanding of environmental governance and international engagement and the complex range of drivers and barriers to delivery.
  6. Be able to work at pace and have a track record of delivery.
  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 practical/technical tasks or work, requiring specialist knowledge/expertise. 
  • Able to provide objective advice to others on related issues, based on their knowledge and experience and keeps up to date with changes within their specialist field.
  • Demonstrates relevant substantial experience gained from working in number of different organisations, or roles/functions within a single organisation.
  • Ability to lead and project manage specific areas of work, which may include the implementation of plans.
  • Has mentoring skills and the ability to share skills and knowledge with others within the function and/or across the organisation.
  • Possibly an expert in a range of subjects relating to their profession. 

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to analyse and interpret a range of complex information of a technical nature, relating to a specific area of specialism, contributing to the development of strategy and policies.
  • Able to extract key points and communicate them to individuals at all levels.
  • Able to interpret relevant delivery plans and understand their context in the wider national and NRW strategy and policies.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Ability to decide how to achieve results applying some degree of judgment or creativity, whilst responding to conflicting demands, by altering priorities.
  • Able to make independent decisions on a broad range to matters, considering the options available and potential implications for the business.
  • Decisions will require input from line management and peers and an understanding of NRW policy, the impact of which is likely to be wider than the immediate function or department and medium term in nature.
  • Has an appreciation of the consequences of making wrong decisions and the adverse effect they may have on the organisation in relation to external stakeholders, such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc.
  • Able to contribute to the setting of strategic direction for themselves, their area and others.
  • Ability to develop organisation strategy and policies with some autonomy in the implementation of organisational policy.
  • Can adapt and respond to decisions made which lead to changes in established procedure/practice for dealing with issues within the post holder’s area of work, which may not be immediately clear or apparent.
  • Some decisions may need to be taken without reference to others.

Impact

  • Demonstrates an appreciation of how their decisions and actions will influence others both internally and externally.
  • Must have an awareness of the consequences of their decision making, which will have a moderate level of impact and influence and be medium term in nature.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to interact and link with others across the business, engaging the organisation in delivering polices and work plans in the most efficient way.
  • Communications will be both with internal colleagues and external stakeholders which may include specialist input and influence in relation to policy and strategy or implementation.
  • Some interactions may be emotionally challenging where individuals are angry or upset, requiring the need for tact, patience and the ability to remain calm to try and resolve the issue.
  • The work will involve written and verbal communications and/or leading projects, requiring good communication and persuasive skills.
  • Ability to facilitate and/or present at internal or external meetings, giving advice and input as required. 
  • Able to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Ability to produce documents, reports, accounts, contracts, etc., with some complexity, containing elements of advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use, and which would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Ability to source data and content from multiple locations, entailing some external research and professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted.
  • The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally medium term in nature.

Responsibility for People

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

Responsibility for Resources

  • Post holders will 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.
  • The level of financial responsibility, is likely to be a delegated part of a much larger budget, managed by a senior member of staff.

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 12 or 19 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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