An interesting new Government roles needed for supporting Brexit. Deadline is 3rd January 2017.
Salary range from £28k -£35k. These are fix term contracts for 2yrs and may also become permanent roles .
We are seeking individuals to fill a range of extremely varied roles. As a policy adviser, you will be expected to get to grips with a range of different policies, using evidence and expertise from within and outside Government to help to guide decisions about how they are developed. You will brief Ministers and senior officials, and work with stakeholders within and outside Government to help ensure we get the best results.
Amongst the issues we will be addressing, we require people who can help us to:
• deliver domestic and international commitments on issues such as air quality
• scope and design a new system for supporting farmers to improve the environment and farming productivity;
• develop policy options to ensure that our water is cleaner and healthier and managed in a way that is more resilient to floods or drought;
• prepare for negotiations for EU and global market access for our food and drink sector, which employs 1 in 8 people in the UK;
• develop new arrangements for sustainable fishing outside the Common Fisheries Policy;
• ensure EU environmental legislation is integrated into UK law on exit and that we have arrangements in place to ensure the many environmental services currently provided by Brussels can continue to be provided effectively on exit.
In terms of the specific skills, experience and knowledge we require we are particularly looking for people with;
• Policy experience, or with a potential to work in policy;
• Excellent written skills;
• Excellent communications skills and an ability to influence and/or negotiate with a range of colleagues;
• The ability to assess information against a framework and produce recommendations or suggested options;
• The ability to think through a problem and identify potential solutions;
• A flexible and adaptable approach.
This is a tremendously exciting time to join Defra, which is at the heart of the UK’s relationship with the EU and the nation’s place in the world.
As an HEO you will play an active role in the fast paced environment of the Directorate to which you are assigned. You will need to be a team-player, supporting colleagues and team members through change and bringing the best out of people to achieve the delivery of key outcomes. You will need to collaborate with and deliver through others and at short deadlines. No day is ever the same so being versatile is extremely important. Your role may include staff management and development. This is a great opportunity for your own development too as the team will welcome support in other areas of work when deadlines are tight.
The specific responsibilities across these roles will vary, and you will be expected to demonstrate all of the Civil Service competencies for the grade (https://civilservicelearning.civilservice.gov.uk/).
However, the following competences are seen as key for all of these roles and all five will be assessed should you be shortlisted for interview.
You will be asked to supply evidence of meeting these competencies when you apply.
Changing and improving
Making effective decisions
Delivering at pace
Managing a quality service
Collaborating and partnering
Civil Service Competency Framework
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Please see the Candidate Information Pack for full details on the benefits package you can receive as an employee of DEFRA
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
No Travel and Subsistence will be available for candidates attending interview.
Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates in advance of interview.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
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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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants
Sift/interview dates and location
Applications will be assessed from 04 January 2017 using the evidence provided against:
1) Changing & Improving 2) Making effective decisions
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview from w/c 9th January 2017 where you will be assessed against all 5 competencies listed above.
Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, and if successful will be offered the post on loan (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.