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International Climate Science Lead

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate Change, EMS & Audits
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Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 04/09/2020
Company Name Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
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Description
We are looking for an enthusiastic scientist with strong communication skills to help steer the UK’s input to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and ensure its findings inform national and international policy actions to address climate change.

The Science Team sits within BEIS’s Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy (SICE) Directorate and is responsible for providing scientific advice on issues including the climate system, greenhouse gas emissions and pathways, climate risks, bioenergy and geo-engineering. As a key member of the Science Team's International Workstream, you will play a meaningful role in crafting and delivering scientific advice and information to support the achievement of BEIS’s international climate goals.

This is an exciting time to be joining the team with the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment cycle culminating over the next two years and the UK hosting the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's COP26 in 2021. The Science Team is a friendly, fun and supportive team, with a focus on personal and professional development and ensuring a good work/life balance.

Applicants from outside the Civil Service are advised to speak to BEIS Recruitment or the vacancy manager before completing an application, or talk to another civil servant, to understand the application process.

Job description

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading the UK’s input to the IPCC and supporting the delivery of broader international goals, working with the UK IPCC Focal Point. Specifically, you will:

• Coordinate UK input to the IPCC to ensure its reports are scientifically robust and policy neutral, and deliver evidence relevant to UK and international policy processes.

• Expand the messaging and communication of IPCC reports to maximise impact and work with COP26 science leads to develop common narratives

• Ensure robust BEIS leadership and governance of the UK’s IPCC activities including management of a cross-Whitehall IPCC Governance Board and strong oversight of BEIS funding in support of our IPCC work

• Manage the department’s relationship with IPCC authors and the wider academic community to encourage participation in the work of the IPCC, provide continued support to authors, and maximise the impact of UK research.

• Develop UK thinking on how to maintain the IPCC’s relevance and UK climate leadership in the future as climate policy and the climate change narrative evolves over time

• Play a key part of the senior management of the Science Team and manage the work and development of 1 Senior Scientific Officer and 1 Higher Scientific Officer

Responsibilities

As the lead on the government’s engagement with the IPCC you will need to be a credible scientist with a passion for ensuring that science plays a strong role in international action on climate change and experience of working with policy stakeholders. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate, using the “Situation, Task, Action, Result” (STAR) format, the following :

• Strong leadership skills with a track record of shaping the direction of work areas and influencing outcomes. You will be politically aware and able to anticipate the impact of your work when formulating proposals for change.

• Strong scientific skills with an ability to quickly understand new scientific findings and their implications, spot emerging topics that have policy relevance at national and international level, and engage with the wider scientific community.

• Ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with policy leads, technical leads, other government departments and international stakeholders.

• Ability to communicate complex scientific and technical concepts and messages to a range of audiences including senior leaders, and to prepare clear and concise written material.

• Ability to work in a fast-paced policy environment, be flexible, proactive and self-motivated.

• Strong people management with experience of developing and nurturing teams

Candidates should have a strong scientific background with a postgraduate degree in climate science or related area (Masters or higher). The candidate must also have experience of working in climate change or a related area such as energy and the environment (this may be academic or otherwise).

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

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 under the Government Science and Engineering Career Framework Technical Skill.
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)

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 the Government Science and Engineering Career Framework Technical Skill.
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)

Qualifications

Postgraduate degree in climate science or other related science area

Behaviours

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • Government Science and Engineering Career Framework Technical Skill: "Building and applying knowledge"
  • Government Science and Engineering Career Framework Technical Skill: "Technical oversight and management"
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