Strategic Environmental Policy Advisor

Closing date: 18 December 2022 | Salary: £32,876-£36,229 (Grade 5) | Location: Flexible

Contract type: Permanent

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

Post numbers: 203154

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 programmes, enthusiastic about the environment, love working with people and want to make a difference? Then we have an exciting opportunity to join our new Strategic Environmental Policy Team.

In an exciting and challenging new role, you will provide meaningful programme and project management support to establish and champion good governance, clear communication and excellent customer service. The team leads on programmes and projects related to environmental governance, EU Exit and environmental legislation and international strategy and engagement. You will have the opportunity to 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 prepare technical assessments and advice informing the preparation of Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government policy, programmes, plans, strategies and guidance. You will work with other members of the team; functional policy leads and liaise with relevant operational staff as well as engage directly with stakeholders. The role is 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 information and data sources.
  • Support the preparation of material to inform the development of NRW, WG and other Partners policy, statutory advice and guidance documents.
  • Prepare the development of procedures, tools and guidance and lead the delivery of new ways of working.
  • Provide regular accurate information to managers on progress, to adapt and ensure delivery of work to time and cost.
  • Liaise with relevant NRW staff regarding interactions between the Brexit workstreams to ensure the timely and effective delivery of project, policy or strategy obligations.
  • Support projects and programmes of work to achieve well planned and managed integrated solutions that progress effective change and improvement in NRW and for business across Wales.
  • Support engagement with sectors, partners, WG, sector and environment bodies in Wales and the UK in relation to environmental governance and international engagement; and be a primary point of contact for customer queries.
  • 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 to natural resources, incident management; Welsh, UK Government policy drivers in natural resources, the environment, incident management and the issues and opportunities in Wales.
  2. Experience of: technical analysis and interpreting a range of environmental information and data; analysing large data sets.
  3. Competence in a range of IT software, specifically the suite of Microsoft Office software.
  4. Working with/in nature conservation bodies, water companies, local authorities, environmental organisations and public bodies.
  5. Working in a programme and project management environment with Project Management experience and/or qualifications.
  6. 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 3 – or the successful candidate will be expected to develop their language skills to attain the required level following an agreed training programme with full NRW support.

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

  • Proven expertise in a defined area or function, and able to provide advice and guidance to others.
  • Will have a sound understanding and appreciation of the work of the wider function.
  • Able to demonstrate good literacy, numeracy and communication skills, including well developed customer facing skills.

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to interpret and understand a range of information including technical data, extracting key points and principles to provide the building blocks for the development of internal policies, strategy and plans.
  • Documents produced will contain technical/ specialist information, requiring some original thought, creativity and understanding of the issues.
  • Able to process and analyse non-routine information with an element of complexity and of a technical nature.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of legislation and able to interpret and apply it, in relation to their role.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Able to decide how best to achieve results, requiring some degree of judgment and creativity, and alter priorities where there are conflicting demands.
  • Decisions will be of a technical nature, primarily around the scope of the post holder’s area of work.
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions which have a degree of complexity and require the need to apply different techniques or methods.
  • Able to undertake research to determine how best to resolve issues. 
  • Demonstrates the ability to guide less experienced members in the resolution of problems.

Impact

  • Has an appreciation that the work undertaken is generally within a discrete area and its impact primarily affects the direct environment, but it may also extend across other subjects and work areas and has the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact third parties and a wider area.
  • The impact of decisions or work activities will typically be relatively short to medium term.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Ability to interact and communicate with people across a range of functions within NRW and externally, requiring the post holder to communicate around their area of expertise, adapting their approach and style appropriately.
  • Demonstrates well established inter-personal and communication skills with an ability to develop, influence and sustain good working relationships. 

Responsibility for Resources

  • Responsible for the tools and equipment used to carry out their work, which will generally be of a relatively modest value.
  • Responsible for the safe keeping and legal use of tools and equipment. 
  • Will have oversight of contractors and associated costs.

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 23 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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