Specialist Water Quality Policy Advisor
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment for 12 months
Work pattern: Full Time, 37 hours per week
Post number: 203298
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.
To lead on the provision of Water Quality technical assessments and advice primarily in relation to NRW’s role in delivering improvements in water quality in Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) river catchments. This technical/specialist advice will inform the development of NRW policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance for SAC rivers, and will support other priority water quality work areas. You will work closely with colleagues in the SAC Rivers Project to deliver a planned Review of Permits and with colleagues from other teams in EPP and Operations, officials from WG and sector representatives.
Your responsibilities include:
- Preparing technical assessments for new or revised Water Quality policy, drawing on a range of information and data sources; working with EPP staff to draw in relevant information and evidence.
- Managing the preparation of material to inform the development of NRW, WG and other Partners policy, advice and guidance documents; Manage the development of procedures, tools and guidance and lead the delivery of new ways of working.
- Liaising with external stakeholders such as Welsh Government, sector representatives and partners to ensure the timely and effective delivery of project, policy or strategy obligations.
- Advising on evidence needs and opportunities and project manage agreed evidence projects, in line with the agreed evidence programme.
- Supporting engagement with sectors, partners, WG, Ofwat, EA, SEPA, Water UK and water companies and other Environment bodies in the UK; and be the lead point of contact for customer queries.
- Maintaining knowledge of the water sector identifying the implications of legislative, technology and market changes for Natural Resources Wales and the water environment in Wales.
- Contributing to task and finish groups, commissioned through the Business Boards, to prepare defined products as required.
- Collaborating 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 Water Quality; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers, strategic plans and initiatives in Water Quality (WG Water Strategy, wider UK strategies); and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
- Experience of: technical analysis and interpretation of a range of complex water quality and environmental information and data sources; analysing large data sets using spreadsheets and relevant models.
- Working with: water companies, local authorities, eNGOs, Governments (UK), farming unions; representing NRW on key policy groups (Wales/UK).
- Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
- You will be a member of CIWEM or another relevant professional institution and/or working towards membership.
- 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 Welsh language requirements specified 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 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 4 October 2022
Interviews will take place on 3rd October 2022 through Microsoft Teams.
If you have any queries about the role, please contact Geraint Weber at Geraint.firstname.lastname@example.org or 07909 831421
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