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Director of International Evidence and Advice (Peterborough or Aberdeen)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Town/City Peterborough
Salary Additional Information £56,020
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 14/08/2022
Company Name Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Contact Name
Joint Nature Conservation Committee logo
Directory Entry : The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation. Originally established under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. For Careers with the JNCC visit the Civil Service Career Portal.
Also Listing:
Option to be contracted to either the Peterborough or Aberdeen office, with a high degree of flexible working fully embedded across the organisation. The role involves some international travel


Who is JNCC?
JNCC is the only statutory nature advisor to the four governments of the UK. We know nature and believe that a thriving natural world is crucial for people and planet.

We are an inclusive organisation. We collaborate, innovate, and evaluate, providing robust evidence and advice to help policy makers turn science into action.

We work across land and sea with partners in the UK, the UK Overseas Territories and around the world. For over 30 years our trusted expertise, dedication and skills have strengthened nature conservation and we are working in collaboration to drive nature recovery.

We are for nature, for people and the planet.

We’re small enough (c.270 staff) that your voice is heard by everyone including the CEO and the Joint Committee (our ‘board’), but big enough that we have the skills, resources and assets you’ll need to get the job done.

Our staff are passionate about nature conservation and recovery and making a difference to the world we live in. We have a very flexible, inclusive and welcoming organisational culture. You will benefit from our supportive workplace culture, excellent holiday and pension benefits, as well as an exciting job in a unique environment.


Ecosystems are being degraded and biodiversity is being lost at significant rates around the world, and declines are continuing in the UK. These losses matter: we no longer have a sustainable natural system that can provide reliable supplies of clean water, purify the air, regulate the climate, or secure food supplies. More than half of global Gross Domestic Product is put at risk by losses to nature.

Many countries have made hugely important commitments to recover nature. Achieving these commitments will require transformative change across society and in the way we value, protect, use and engage with nature.

Collectively, we need to go high nature and low carbon, tackling the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change together. Nature can help us survive this uncertain future, but its ability to do so depends upon biodiverse ecosystems that are resilient to the changes ahead.

JNCC’s unique role, as the only statutory nature advisor to all four governments of the UK, ensures we make an important contribution to the UK’s international nature negotiations and commitments and to bending the curve on biodiversity loss.

Job description

The postholder will lead JNCC’s international work, through the newly created International Programme Board, making best use of the experience and capabilities within the organisation and with our partners to support the delivery of the UK’s international nature commitments and ambitions.

The work has a strong focus on mainstreaming nature: building our portfolio to provide data, information and advice to encourage and mobilise other sectors to co-invest with governments, by effectively evidencing and emphasising biodiversity benefits to support nature recovery. The postholder will be leading on four international work areas:

• International agreements – providing scientific advice to support the development of international commitments, including engagement with governments across the UK, to inform the development of international policy positions and their implementation in the UK.

• International reporting – advising on reporting commitments to ensure accountability, as well as building an evidence base, to help inform international investment; integrating data from across the UK to meet these commitments.

• Development and implementation of nature recovery strategies – advising on the development of nature recovery strategies abroad to direct and inform investment, including Official Development Assistance, from the UK and others. This includes a focus on the UK’s Overseas Territories. The area of work also supports implementation in priority countries through provision of scientific advice and support for capability building in country.

• UK international impact – helping assess the impact of the UK’s consumption and trade on the natural environment abroad and how these impacts could be mitigated through trade arrangements and investment of aid.


• You will be an authentic, visible and strategic leader able to clearly articulate JNCC’s vision, mission and values, through your work and actions, and be inspiring about our work and its future.

• You will proactively collaborate with our Executive Leadership Team (ELT) to lead the organisation, collectively and efficiently, through the change needed to deliver JNCC’s mission, being confident in your engagement with staff and stakeholders.

• You will be a high-profile and influential advocate for JNCC externally and promote JNCC’s reputation for robust scientific advice.

• You will advise the JNCC Chair and Joint Committee, deputise for the Chief Executive as required, and sponsor the Joint Committee International Subgroup.

• You will participate in ELT’s collective leadership coaching for organisational health, as well as development in business planning, financial management, workforce planning, staff development and coaching, and cultural intelligence.

People and Capability

• You will empower your teams to deliver through regular individual and team coaching, line management and positively role modelling key behaviours.

• You will foster an environment where everyone feels valued and respected by creating a more inclusive workforce, where every individual has equality of opportunity to progress and thrive.

• You will support JNCC’s ambition to continue to develop as a learning organisation.

Resource Management

• You will be responsible and accountable for the resources (including workforce) allocated to you as Director of International Evidence and Advice in the CEO’s delegated budgetary control total.

• You will manage your baseline Grant-in-Aid funding and forecasts for non-core income to deliver the relevant outputs in the Business Plan subject to the limits and procedures outlined in the Financial Scheme of Delegation.


You will be asked later in this application to provide a short statement (covering letter) against how you meet each of the technical and experience requirements and your reasons for applying.


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

  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

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

  • Experience of working internationally, with a good understanding of cultural, social, political and economic contexts for global nature conservation and recovery.
  • Experience of international science in any natural or social scientific discipline, and a good understanding of the UK Government’s domestic and international priorities as they affect the twin global crises of biodiversity loss and climate change
  • Experience in change management, including creating psychologically safe and inclusive working environments, engaging, listening and adapting to feedback, and providing confident and constructive challenge and support
  • A demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and a strong understanding of what it takes to become a learning organisation
  • A demonstrable commitment to self-development and awareness of impact on others, including supporting colleagues to take responsibility for their own learning and development.
Equality and diversity

JNCC is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected and see this as a good place to work. JNCC has a responsibility to ensure that we have an inclusive culture where discrimination, harassment, bullying and prejudice will not be tolerated. Our selection process is determined on fair and open competition and regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership.

Continuous professional development (CPD)

Employees are encouraged to keep developing skills and professional knowledge.
JNCC has made available, and encourages employees to use, on average, five working days per annum for CPD activities with access to related funding

Leave entitlement

JNCC annual leave allowance is 25 days per annum. After five years’ service, leave entitlement increases to 30 days per annum.
In addition to annual leave, JNCC offers 12 public and privilege days per annum, three of which are explicitly reserved for office closure between Christmas and New Year.

Work/life balance

JNCC supports flexible working hours and practices to help employees strike a good balance between work life and personal life.

Our policies are family-friendly and include flexi-time, flexible working patterns, compressed hours and dispersed working. JNCC also offers paid maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave, over and above the minimum statutory entitlements. Some work/life balance benefits are available following a minimum length of service.

Any move from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Civil Service Pension

Employees will have the opportunity to join Civil Service pension arrangements, which include a valuable range of benefits. JNCC will pay an age-related contribution and will match any voluntary contributions (up to 3%) paid by the employee..

Employee Assistance Programme

JNCC provides employees with a free and confidential support service which gives unlimited access to information, advice and emotional support to help employees prepare for and manage all of life's ups and downs, events and challenges.

Trade Union

JNCC has entered into a partnership agreement with its recognised Trade Unions: Prospect and PCS, which employees are able to join and be involved with.

Salary sacrifice schemes

Employee Discount Scheme

Civil Service Sports Club


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to submit a CV. You will also be asked to provide a short statement of suitability (covering letter).

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name :Recruitment Team
  • Email :recruitment@jncc.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email :recruitment@jncc.gov.uk

Further information

Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of appointment on the basis of merit by fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact recruitment@jncc.gov.uk in the first instance.
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