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International Biodiversity Adviser (2 posts Peterborough or Aberdeen) 202282-83

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Location
Town/City Aberdeen, Scotland, AB11 9QA
Salary Additional Information £28,390
Salary (Minimum)
28390
Salary (Maximum)
28390
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 05/09/2022
Company Name Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Contact Name
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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.
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Description
Location: This post will have a base in either Peterborough or Aberdeen. 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 or at external meetings or events 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

Summary

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the statutory adviser to the UK Government on nature conservation in the UK and internationally, working at the science-policy interface.

The International Advice Team leads on providing advice to governments across the UK on a range of Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) to which the UK is Party. These include the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), as well as to the subsidiary bodies of the MEAs and other affiliated science-policy platforms. Our experts regularly form part of UK delegations at international meetings and engage with other associated international-level fora. Our work at an international scale is constantly changing as international and domestic priorities develop, as also reflected in the JNCC Strategy.

The post holders will have the opportunity to work across a number of MEAs and assist in delivering JNCC’s duties to enable the UK to meet its international obligations. The positions will be supporting policy development and increased UK ambition in the area of international nature conservation.

We are seeking two International Biodiversity Advisers:

One post will focus on work that contributes to meeting UK objectives and commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the other post will focus on the same elements under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Depending on the post-holder’s experience and skills, they will focus to a lesser extent on engagement with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and/or the World Heritage Convention (WHC). The posts will also involve contributing to team objectives under other MEAs where needed. The successful post-holders will be expected to take the lead on tasks and to work closely with others to seek their input where needed.

Job description

Post Duties 

Post 1 - Focus on Ramsar Convention on wetlands – Job Description

The post holder needs to have a good understanding of the importance of the relationship between scientific research, evidence and policy development. You will be reporting to a Senior International Biodiversity Adviser, and working closely with officials in Defra, other UK government departments and the devolved governments, and with specialists from across JNCC and the Country Nature Conservation Bodies. This will support the development of advice and guidance on a variety of international issues, and their implementation at the UK level, focused on the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

A major focus at present is supporting government on negotiations at the forthcoming Ramsar Conference of the Parties and understanding how the Convention will contribute to wetland conservation via the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Understanding the key elements of the Ramsar Convention’s Strategic Plan in terms of implementation across the UK is another key area. The role will also be involved in the updating and management of Ramsar Site information and working on a new project focussed on drawing together various UK wetland-related information and data to help inform better scientific understanding, policy making and international reporting on the value and importance of wetlands in terms of biodiversity and climate change mitigation.

Depending on the post-holder’s skills and experience, other work areas may cover the IPBES, including facilitating the UK IPBES Stakeholder Network, and IUCN. An emerging area of work for the team is engagement with the UNFCCC and the post holder may support the provision of nature-related advice to the UK government on climate change and on links between UNFCCC with other MEAs.

Discussion with and input from other stakeholders will be required for this role. You will need to work with a wide range of specialists and stakeholders to undertake policy-relevant analysis and to contribute to developing practical advice in a fast-moving science-policy environment. There may be opportunity for international travel associated with this post.

Post 1 - duties

Duties are likely to principally focus on contributing to the delivery of UK objectives under the Ramsar Convention including:

• Providing scientific and technical advice to Defra, the Devolved Administrations, the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, and non-government stakeholders on the implementation of the Ramsar Convention across the UK and the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

• Contributing to JNCC’s responsibility as the UK National Focal Point under the Ramsar Convention’s Science and Technical Review Panel (STRP), including related advice to the Defra Ramsar Convention policy leads.

• Representing JNCC at relevant meetings in the UK and participating in UK Government delegations at international meetings, including at the Conferences of the Parties and at other related intersessional meetings.

• Contributing to the development of new projects relating to wetland conservation for communication, policy development and UK reporting purposes.

• Being responsible for building relationships with key stakeholders to enable/facilitate delivery against UK objectives of the Convention and meet wider UK policy commitments.

• Managing UK Ramsar information on the JNCC website, including facilitating the updating of the Ramsar Site ‘Ramsar Information Sheets’.

• Contribute to UK reporting under the Ramsar Convention.

Depending on the post-holder’s skills and experience, other duties may include:

• Supporting Defra’s engagement with IPBES and facilitating the UK IPBES Stakeholder Network.

• Supporting UK engagement with IUCN, including providing support to Defra and other government entities.

• Supporting JNCC and UK engagement with UNFCCC, including linkages with other MEAs.

• Advising DCMS and other stakeholders on UK engagement with the WHC.

• Providing scientific and technical advice to Defra on the implementation of other MEAs as required.

• Contribute generally to the work of the International Advice Team as required, including updating relevant web content.

Post 2 - Focus on Convention on Biological Diversity – Job Description

The post holder needs to have a good understanding of the importance of the relationship between scientific research, evidence and policy development. You will be reporting to a Senior International Biodiversity Adviser, and working closely with officials in Defra, other UK government departments and the devolved governments, and with specialists from across JNCC and the Country Nature Conservation Bodies. This will support the development of advice and guidance on a variety of international issues, and their implementation at the UK level, focused on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

A major focus at present is supporting government on the negotiation of a new CBD post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to replace the, now expired, Aichi targets. Once the framework is adopted (expected in December 2022), focus will turn to supporting its implementation in the UK and elsewhere.

Depending on the post-holder’s skills and experience, other work areas may cover the IPBES, including facilitating the UK IPBES Stakeholder Network, and IUCN. An emerging area of work for the team is engagement with the UNFCCC and the post holder may support the provision of nature-related advice to the UK government on climate change and on links between UNFCCC with other MEAs. There may be opportunity for international travel associated with this post.

Discussion with and input from other stakeholders will be required for this role. You will need to work with a wide range of specialists and stakeholders to undertake policy-relevant analysis and to contribute to developing practical advice in a fast-moving science-policy environment. There may be opportunity for international travel associated with this post.

Post 2 – duties

Duties will principally focus on contributing to the delivery of UK objectives under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) including:

• Providing scientific and technical advice to Defra, the Devolved Administrations, the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, and non-government stakeholders on the implementation of CBD, and on issues relating to international biodiversity.

• Prepare for international meetings including drafting documents, gathering and analysing relevant evidence, and preparing briefings for UK delegations.

• Representing JNCC at relevant meetings in the UK and participate in UK Government delegations at international meetings, including at the CBD Conferences of the Parties and at other related intersessional meetings.

• Contribute to UK reporting under the CBD.

Depending on the post-holder’s skills and experience, other duties may include:

• Supporting Defra’s engagement with IPBES and facilitating the UK IPBES Stakeholder Network.

• Supporting UK engagement with IUCN, including providing support to Defra and other government entities.

• Supporting JNCC and UK engagement with UNFCCC, including linkages with other MEAs.

• Advising DCMS and other stakeholders on UK engagement with the WHC.

• Providing scientific and technical advice to Defra on the implementation of other MEAs as required.

• Contribute generally to the work of the International Advice Team as required, including updating relevant web content.

Responsibilities

Please demonstrate in your statement of suitability your reasons for applying. You will then be asked later in this application to provide a short statement against how you meet each of the technical and experience requirements

Behaviours

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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • educated to degree level in a science or relevant subject, or equivalent experience in a relevant subject
  • be knowledgeable about biodiversity and the benefits it provides to people and sustainable development, in the UK or internationally, and have an understanding of the objectives of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (especially CBD and/or Ramsar)
  • an analytical and logical approach to problem-solving in order to make sound, reliable and consistent decisions and to justify them under scrutiny, sometimes at a governmental level
  • good organisational, team-working and communication skills
  • good writing skills
  • the ability to synthesise complex information and communicate concepts to technical and non-technical audiences
  • an ability to engage with stakeholders and partners, determine their priorities and work collaboratively with them
  • an ability to think strategically and to make effective use of project management skills and other techniques to deliver outcomes, including identifying risks and mitigating actions.
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 makes a significant contribution to the cost of employee pensions.

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

Security

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 complete a statement of suitability. In your statement, refer to the responsibilities and experience section of this advert to show how you’re suitable for the role. Make your statement no longer than 1000 words.

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.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
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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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