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Science and Evidence Liaison – Scotland

Ref No: 2022132
Grade: S (SEO)
Type of appointment: Permanent (or 2-year secondment)
Location: Edinburgh, Inverness or Aberdeen
Team: Nature Conservation Policy & Advice

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Apply before 23:55 on Monday, 05 December 2022.

The preferred location of this post will be in Scotland, either at one of NatureScot’s offices (preferably in Edinburgh or Inverness) or JNCC’s Aberdeen office. In exceptional cases it may be possible to be based in JNCC’s Peterborough office, but frequent travel to Scotland will be required.   

This is a permanent position.  However, we would welcome applications from staff currently working for NatureScot or Scottish Government who would like to take the post on the basis of a fixed-term secondment.  In this case, the secondment would be for 2-years, and would be subject to agreement with the current employer.  As a permanent position or as a secondment opportunity, the post offers a chance to gain skills in areas such as: building relationships, chairing meetings, organising events and workshops, engaging with senior staff and Executive Leaders, project management of science projects. 

JNCC has adopted a hybrid working approach, allowing colleagues to benefit from time in the office, with the flexibility also to work from home. Employees are expected to work from our office base for 1 – 2 days a month as a minimum, this will vary by team and the exact balance will depend on the nature of your role. We can provide more details at the interview and offer stages.


Short Summary: Post background

In its unique UK role, JNCC works collaboratively with the four countries of the UK to support nature recovery.  This requires a strong understanding of the developing policies and delivery mechanisms in the four countries, as well as internationally, to ensure JNCC’s evidence and advice evolves to meet the needs of each country.

JNCC is looking to appoint a Science and Evidence Liaison Officer for Scotland, to help shape and prioritise its science and evidence.  The role is focused on enhancing engagement and building JNCC’s collaborative relationship with NatureScot and the Scottish Government. 

The post holder will be based in the Nature Conservation Policy and Advice (NCPA) Team at JNCC and will work with teams across the organisation.  Specifically, they will be part of a small and collaborative project team, comprising staff holding equivalent liaison roles covering Northern Ireland, England and Wales.  With strong links to the JNCC Executive Leadership Team, their work builds on the networks and working groups that already exist between JNCC and country partners, with the aim of identifying new opportunities and enhancing collaborations where JNCC’s skills and expertise can support the countries in delivering their environmental priorities.  Together they provide a co-ordinated UK overview and a hub for information exchange.  They may also have responsibility for the delivery of specific projects and can contribute to projects aligned with their expertise.

The portfolio of this role is broad, requiring day-to-day engagement across a range of work areas and interacting with staff, from the project level through to strategic-level interactions with senior managers and executive leaders.  We are looking for someone to join our team who thrives in a fast paced and often reactive environment, who has a passion for building relationships and engaging with partners in the environmental sector, who is tuned into and sensitive to their different perspectives, whilst bringing good organisational skills and a strong understanding of how scientific evidence and analysis supports the policy development cycle.

This is a critical time and new opportunities are arising in areas such as agricultural reform, developments in upland management and peatland restoration, terrestrial and marine protected areas as the Scottish Government drives forward its policy and legislative agenda to achieve transformational change to address the inextricably linked emergencies of climate change and biodiversity loss. Help JNCC’s science and evidence be at the heart of this.

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