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Climate Science Advisors / International Inventory Lead / Domestic Emissions Advisor

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
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Salary Additional Information £32,750 - £36,000
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Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 28/06/2020
Company Name Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
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Description
Are you a scientist passionate about using your expertise to advise the Government's climate policies? We are looking for someone with your skills!

The BEIS Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy (SICE) Directorate is looking to recruit specialists into its Science Team. These positions will support its Mitigation, International and Greenhouse Gas Inventory workstreams, including our work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and core deliverables under the UK Climate Change Act (2008). The roles will support the Science Team, which is responsible for advising colleagues across Government on specialist topics including the climate system, emissions pathways, climate risks, bioenergy and geo-engineering.

We are a friendly, fun and encouraging team, with a focus on personal and professional development and ensuring a good work/life balance! Four HSO roles are available within the team. The detailed responsibilities will be divided according to the successful candidates' interests, expertise and experience, but are broadly outlined below.

Job description

The role in the International Workstream will:

• Support our engagement with the IPCC, including helping to co-ordinate input into IPCC Task Groups, Special Reports and Assessment Reports, and managing relationships with and financial support towards UK authors;

• Provide scientific advice on matters of climate science in support of wider UK climate objectives, including COP26 and the domestic 2050 net zero target;

• Assist the commissioning and contract management of research projects and grants, developing and maintaining high quality and up-to-date technical knowledge in areas covered by these projects;

• Deliver and co-ordinate responses to official enquiries, communicating complex scientific information in a clearly accessible manner to demanding timescales;

• Provide technical and administrative support to the wider team as the need arises.

The roles within the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Workstream will:

• Provide technical advice on emissions reporting under the Paris Agreement Rulebook, including reviewing post-2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions targets and Nationally Determined Contributions.

• Manage the transition for reporting GHG Emissions to the EU following our exit from the European Union.

• Give technical advice relating to the adoption of the latest scientific advice into the UK's international and domestic Greenhouse Gas reporting.

• Supervise the Quality Control and Quality Assurance of the Inventory models and outputs.

• Support on the publications and methodologies for Conversion Factors and Non-CO2 projections.

• Support the broader team by responding to queries from policy teams and other interested parties.

The role within the Mitigation Workstream will:

• Build and maintain a detailed evidence base on the potential contribution of Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) technologies to UK emissions reduction objectives. A key part of this will be ensuring any potential adverse consequences of large-scale deployment of such technologies are understood and quantified;

• Provide advice on technical issues related to the development and deployment of GGRs;

• Assist with scoping, launch, appraisal and running of an innovation competition to bring forward credible, large-scale GGR technologies in the UK;

• Develop a strong network of internal and external partners to ensure that the potential and limitations of GGR technologies are well understood across Government and Government has a good understanding of the interest and ability of the national supply chain to deliver large-scale removals.

Responsibilities

Personal Specification

Candidates should have a degree in environmental science or other relevant scientific subject or equivalent experience. This can be either at an undergraduate level at 2:1 or above, or at a postgraduate level.

Candidates must have specialist experience working in climate, energy or the environment (this may be academic or otherwise).

They will have excellent skills in presenting complex information to non-specialists in both oral and written form. They will organise their time efficiently and be confident working with administrative processes. The candidates will need to demonstrate ability to work flexibly and sometimes independently on various pieces of work. It would also be desirable for them to have experience in managing financial processes, and in building and maintaining relationships with partners.

BEIS is a modern and diverse workplace, committed to promoting and ensuring equality and valuing diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process. Please see the 'Reasonable Adjustment' section below for further details.

Technical Skills

You will assessed at application stage on the following Technical Skills

Building and applying knowledge

Please give a statement of up to 250 words detailing an example of a time when you have demonstrated the skills required under the Government Science and Engineering Career Framework

Further information on the Government Science and Engineering Career Framework, and examples of how this technical skill may be demonstrated can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government
/publications/government-science-and-engineering-career-framework (pages 12-13)

Communicating science & engineering ( S&E ) for government

Please give a statement of up to 250 words detailing an example of a time when you have demonstrated the skills required under the Government Science and Engineering Career Framework

Further information on the Government Science and Engineering Career Framework, and examples of how this technical skill may be demonstrated can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government
/publications/government-science-and-engineering-career-framework (pages 14)

Technical oversight and management

Please give a statement of up to 250 words detailing an example of a time when you have demonstrated the skills required under under the Government Science and Engineering Career

Further information on the Government Science and Engineering Career Framework, and examples of how this technical skill may be demonstrated can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government
/publications/government-science-and-engineering-career-framework (pages 16)

You will assessed at interview on the following Technical Skills

Building and applying knowledge

Communicating science & engineering ( S&E ) for government

Technical oversight and management

Further information on the Government Science and Engineering Career Framework, and examples of how this technical skill may be demonstrated can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government
/publications/government-science-and-engineering-career-framework (pages 12-16)

Qualifications

Do you have a degree in environmental science or other relevant scientific subject or equivalent experience? This can be either at an undergraduate level at 2:1 or above, or at a postgraduate level.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Building and applying knowledge
  • Communicating science & engineering
  • Technical oversight and management
  • Building and applying knowledge
  • Communicating science & engineering
  • Technical oversight and management

We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

  • Building and applying knowledge
  • Communicating science & engineering
  • Technical oversight and management

Benefits

BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.
Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.
BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.
Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.


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