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Chair and 6 x Members of the Science Advisory Council (SAC)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Water Resources
Location England (London & Greater) - UK
Town/City Members of the Science Advisory Council are not required to work from Defra offices, so are able to work from an office of their choosing.
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Part Time / Per Day
Level Board & Executives
Deadline 03/06/2011
Company Name Defra
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Directory Entry : Defra is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs.
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Chair and 6 x Members for the Science Advisory Council. Job Reference PAPPT 119/11 (Chair) & PAPPT 120/11 (Member)

The Science Advisory Council (SAC) is an independent non-departmental public body (NDPB) first established in 2004.
Following an independent review in 2010, the committee is being reconstituted to reflect the recommendations made in the report.
The SAC was established to provide support to Defra’s CSA so that he can independently challenge and promote the use of evidence in policy-making in Defra. The SAC reports through the CSA to Ministers and the Defra Board; it has the power to report directly to Ministers if necessary.

Defra’s Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), oversees the quality, appropriateness and value for money of Defra’s evidence investment and use, ensuring that it is robust and fit for purpose. The CSA ensures that Ministers are supported in their decision making by sound evidence.

The Chair will take responsibility for the operation and output of the SAC and Members will challenge and support the Department’s CSA in ensuring that the evidence programme meets Defra’s needs and is independently assuring and challenging the evidence underpinning Defra policies.

Appointments are for a period of three years with the possibility of re-appointment subject to satisfactory performance, and will be at the discretion of Defra Ministers. Appointees are restricted to a maximum of three terms.

The current remuneration for Science Advisory Council Members is:

Chair: £375 per day
Members: £275 per day

Remuneration is available at half this rate for preparation time. Reasonable (standard class rate) travel expenses are also paid.The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 Noon, Friday 3 June.

By Clicking on the following links, you will be able to download a full information pack, application form, guidance notes & monitoring form. Completed papers should be emailed to PublicAppts@defra.gsi.gov.ukquoting the reference number of the position(s) you are applying for.

Defra is committed to improving the diversity of its public bodies and welcomes applications irrespective of race, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age or gender re-assignment.

We particularly welcome interest from under-represented groups, including individuals from Black and Minority Ethnic communities; and disabled people – for whom we offer an interview access scheme.

These appointments will be governed by the principle of public appointment based on merit, with independent assessment and transparency of process.

Good luck with your application.

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