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Northern Ireland Science and Evidence Liaison Officer

Ref No: 2020/65
Grade: S
Type of appointment: Fixed-term for one year with a possibility of extension
Location: Northern Ireland - remote working currently due to COVID 19, with a future possibility of working from DAERA office
Team: Nature Conservation Policy & Advice Team

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Who are JNCC?

We’re the environment’s best kept secret. Established in 1990, we’re the UK’s statutory advisor 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. Our special combination of scientific and analytical excellence with deep knowledge of how to facilitate joint working across jurisdictions allows us to deliver a much-valued service to the UK and other governments.

 

What’s the role?

JNCC has been at the heart of UK nature conservation science, management and policy advice for decades, and we are proud of our UK’s record of working together. In the UK, nature conservation is mainly a devolved responsibility. It is driven by a wide range of polices, legislation and agreements, and delivered by a range of bodies, from the statutory, voluntary, academic and business sectors. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each have their own country-level strategies for biodiversity and the environment.

JNCC has strong links with the devolved governments and the country nature conservation bodies through its statutory remit, and plays an important role in nature conservation at a UK scale, by co-ordinating nature conservation action at a UK level; working in partnerships to provide common approaches, shared solutions and best practice; and providing a cost-effective and robust environmental evidence base across the UK.

As Northern Ireland Science and Evidence Liaison Officer, you will use your skills and knowledge to identify, share and promote solutions to improve decision-making, and develop and maintain strategic relationships with our customers and partners, especially Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and other parts of the Northern Ireland Executive. The post will enable greater integration between JNCC and work within Northern Ireland, resulting in greater awareness and uptake of opportunities. Significant new opportunities are arising driven by the development of the ‘connecting people and nature’ facet of nature conservation, advances in technology, devolved policy / implementation of ensuing work, and the prospect of further policy changes as a result of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

The post holder will work especially closely with the biodiversity relevant activity, although engagement across the wide range of DAERA activities is anticipated. They will be expected to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders and DAERA staff across Northern Ireland, and to liaise closely with JNCC’s staff in order to in order to build a knowledge of the skills and services available and how this could be applied within Northern Ireland. It will be important to coordinate with the corresponding liaison posts in Scotland and Wales.

One of the advantages of working for JNCC is the opportunity to collaborate with different specialisms, including economics, ecology, site and wider protection, monitoring, marine industries, modelling and policy.

 

Who are we looking for?

Someone with good understanding of the nature conservation and policy and legislation in Northern Ireland. You will have a good knowledge of the role and remit of the JNCC in relation to other organisations, in particular the country nature conservation bodies, UK Government departments and Devolved Administrations

You will have a general knowledge of ecology and nature conservation in the UK, with in-depth knowledge in at least one topic (e.g. plant/animal ecology, species specialism, data analysis, habitat mapping, natural capital etc.). Effective communication is essential.  

 

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 are flexible and welcoming, and we focus on supporting staff with the freedom and tools they need to get their jobs done. You will benefit from our inclusive and lively workplace culture, excellent holiday and pension benefits, as well as an exciting job in a unique environment.

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The post holder will promote the scientific and operational work of the JNCC in Northern Ireland through working closely with DAERA and its agencies. They will liaise with individuals (remotely) to develop a better understanding of their priorities, spotting opportunities and connections, conveying the work of JNCC and DAERA to new audiences, ensuring our shared skills, experience and outputs are exploited to maximum effect, and generally building and maintaining relationships. The post holder will also have the opportunity to spend approximately 25% of their time working directly on a relevant project.


The post holder will work especially closely with the biodiversity relevant activity, although engagement across the wide range of DAERA activities is anticipated. They will be expected to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders and DAERA staff across Northern Ireland, and to liaise closely with JNCC’s staff in order to in order to build a knowledge of the skills and services available and how this could be applied within Northern Ireland. It will be important to coordinate with the corresponding liaison posts in Scotland and Wales.


The post holder will be part of JNCC’s Nature Conservation Policy and Advice Team but will receive on-site support and mentoring from NIEA Head of Biodiversity and Conservation Science, in addition to the support of the wider on-site teams.

SUCCESS PROFILES

Technical


To be a successful candidate you will be expected to have a relevant degree or equivalent qualification and relevant recent practical work experience.


Experience

To be a successful candidate you will have:

  •  Good knowledge of the role and remit of the JNCC in relation to other organisations, in particular the country nature conservation bodies, UK Government departments and Devolved Administrations.
  •  Good general knowledge of ecology and nature conservation in the UK, with in-depth knowledge in at least one topic (e.g. plant/animal ecology, species specialism,  data analysis, habitat mapping, natural capital etc.).
  •  Good understanding of environmental policy and legislation, specifically in a Northern Ireland context.
  •  Good overview and knowledge of JNCC’s work and skills how these can be applied within customers’ business.
  •  Experience of working independently and/or remotely from line manager.


Behaviours

  • Lead Behaviour: Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Working Together


In the event that we receive a large volume of applications we reserve the right to conduct the sift based on one lead behaviour.
Please see the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade.


Presentation

If you successfully reach the interview stage, you will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation. Details will be sent to candidates prior to interview.

Hours of work: Full-time

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 and secondments are also an option.

Annual Leave

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. Part-time staff will receive this on a pro rata basis.

Salary: £35,879

Closing Date and Interview Date

The closing date for this post is 09:00 on Friday 12 March 2021.
It is anticipated that interviews will take place the week commencing 22 March 2021.

Presentation

If you successfully reach the interview stage, you will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation. Details will be sent to candidates prior to interview.

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