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International Biodiversity Adviser

Ref No: 2020/15
Grade: H
Type of appointment: Two-year Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Peterborough or Aberdeen
Team: International Advice

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Who is JNCC?

We’re the environment’s best kept secret. Established in 1990, we’re the UK’s statutory adviser on issues affecting the natural environment across the UK and internationally. Our primary role is advising all four Governments of the UK. With most of our work being within Government, our public profile is low but our impact is high.

 

What’s the role?

JNCC provides advice on matters as varied as sustainable governance of the UK’s offshore and overseas marine environments, understanding the impacts of the UK’s overseas trade and development assistance on the natural environment, and supporting the UK’s domestic implementation of its international environmental obligations.

Based in the International Advice Team in JNCC, this post will play a key role in advising on international biodiversity issues with an emphasis on supporting the production of UK biodiversity indicators and producing reports to a range of multi-lateral environmental agreements (MEAs) to which the UK is Party.

You will be working with a wide range of specialists and stakeholders, including UK government departments, the devolved governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and specialists from across JNCC and the Country Nature Conservation Bodies.  Your workload will be varied and regularly changing in line with the priorities of our customers. There may be opportunity for international travel associated with this post.

 

Who are we looking for? 

As befits an influential Government advisory role, we’re looking for an individual with a good understanding of the importance of the relationship between scientific research, evidence and policy development. Effective communication is essential, as is an ability to build and maintain relationships (both internally and externally). You will have strong experience in research, statistical analysis and data management. Full details of the role are included in the job description. For an individual with the right characteristics, but limited experience, we can provide training and support to develop your skills.

 

Why JNCC?

We’re small enough (c. 200 staff) that you’ll know everyone by name, but big enough that we have all the skills, resources and people you’ll need to get the job done. We have a very flexible and welcoming organisational culture. Our Executive Management focus on supporting advisers with the freedom and tools they need to get their jobs done. You will benefit from our supportive workplace culture, excellent holiday and pension benefits, as well as an exciting job in a unique environment. No two days will be the same and we welcome diversity in all its forms.

 

This post will play a key role in the work of the team advising on international biodiversity issues with an emphasis on supporting the production of UK biodiversity indicators and producing reports to international agreements.

The post holder will need to have a good understanding of the importance of the relationship between scientific research, evidence and policy development.  You will be working closely with officials in the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), other UK government departments, such as the Department for International Development (DfID) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and across the UK with the devolved governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to develop advice and guidance on a variety of international issues. You will also work with specialists from across JNCC and the Country Nature Conservation Bodies. Discussion and input from other agencies and stakeholders will also be required. You will need to work with a wide range of specialists and stakeholders to contribute to the production of indicators and UK reports to international agreements and to advise on relevant policy development. There may be opportunity for international travel associated with this post.

The main duties of the post are to:

  • contribute to the production, revision, publication and development of UK and international biodiversity indicators in accordance with the Code of Practice on Statistics[1];
  • support the production and drafting of UK reports to MEAs and contribute to a review of UK and international reporting;
  • support a review and further development of the UK biodiversity indicators in the light of the targets in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework;
  • assist in providing advice on issues relating to international biodiversity including preparing for relevant international meetings;
  • contribute to projects related to the work of the international team, including on climate change, nature-based solutions and strategy development;
  • contribute generally to the work of the International team as required, including updating relevant web content.

The precise duties and responsibilities of the post will be refined to reflect the balance of skills and resources in the team.

 

[1] https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/code-of-practice/

Success Profiles

Technical  

  • A degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline

 

Experience

To be a successful candidate you will have:

  • Sound knowledge of International environmental policies and how they relate to the domestic policy framework;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Verifiable experience in using standard MS Office software, including a high level of proficiency in Excel;
  • Data management and exploratory data analysis skills;
  • Statistical analysis skills;
  • Demonstrable experience in researching topics and an ability to summarise scientific information to produce succinct advisory briefing papers;
  • General understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the statutory nature conservation bodies, UK Government Departments, the Devolved Administrations and the remits of major biodiversity related NGOs.

 

Behaviours

  • Managing a Quality Service (lead behaviour)
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working together
  • Changing and Improving

 

Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade (Level 3 – HEO and SEO or equivalent)

Salary

£27,946 per annum

 

The closing date for this post is 09:00 on 13 July 2020

The anticipated interview date is during week commencing 20 July 2020.

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Hours of work

Normal minimum hours of attendance for the post are 36 hours per week over a 5-day period, Monday to Friday.  Flexi time is available. This post may also be suitable for job share.

 

Annual Leave Entitlement

The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years’ service.  There are also 12 days public and privilege leave.  Staff appointed on a part time basis will receive this leave pro rata.

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