Senior Analyst - Buildings (Ref: 3504)

Committee on Climate Change

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 8th August 2021

 

Reference number

135411

Salary

£53,100 - £60,000

Grade

Grade 7
Grade 7 (L)

Contract type

Fixed Term
Secondment

Length of employment

For a period up to 12 months

Type of role

Analytical
Policy

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts

1

Location

London, South East

About the job

Summary

This position is based at 151 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SZ

Job description

Organisation Details

The Climate Change Committee is the independent expert statutory adviser to Parliament and the UK Government on climate change policy. It was created as a key part of the long-term legal framework set out in the Climate Change Act (2008). The Act sets a long-term target for 2050 (previously for an 80% reduction on 1990 emissions, now Net Zero emissions) and requires that carbon budgets (five-year caps on emissions) are set on a path towards the long-term target.

The CCC has established itself as a high-profile, high-impact expert body in the analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Its reports can be accessed from the CCC’s website: www.theccc.org.uk

The CCC is comprised of a Board (‘the Committee’) and an analytical secretariat. The Committee has a distinguished membership of leading experts from the fields of climate change, science, engineering and economics: www.theccc.org.uk/about-the-ccc/the-committee. The Committee is supported by a Secretariat of around 30 economists, operational researchers, scientists and other analysts.

It is the first body of its kind in the world and brings together different strands of expertise from its members, from government, the research community and business. It draws on existing information and undertakes its own analysis to provide expert advice to Ministers and to Parliament. It is required to give advice to Ministers on climate change matters covered by the Climate Change Act and on an ad-hoc basis as and when requested.

Job description

Summary

The Climate Change Committee are seeking a high-performing policy analyst to work on buildings within the mitigation secretariat. Existing energy and climate expertise is advantageous but not necessary. This is a fixed-term appointment, available as a secondment or a loan, aiming to start as soon as possible and run for an initial period of 12 months.

About the role

The post-holder will be based within the Buildings team, looking at how best to decarbonise the UK’s homes. This is a high-profile multi-disciplinary team with an active and engaged set of stakeholders. This role is maternity cover for a Grade 7 Senior Analyst, leading the CCC’s analysis, stakeholder engagement and policy work on residential buildings. The team also currently includes one other Senior Analyst (G7) and an Analyst (HEO). The role will be suited to a strategic self-starter with strong analytical and communication skills who is confident in moving seamlessly between the big picture and the detail, developing strong networks to enact robust evidence-based policy in line with carbon targets, who enjoys thinking about decarbonisation pathways, policy design and how to motivate people and organisations to change. Ideally candidates will be able to demonstrate familiarity with climate change economics and policy, particularly in the buildings sector, along with some experience of applying modelling/analysis to the real world. An appreciation of the different roles of businesses, households and government will be vital.

The precise set of issues to be worked on will depend on the postholder’s skills and expertise but is likely to include:

• Lead on drafting sections of the annual progress report to Parliament, including well-evidenced and high impact recommendations to Government Departments.
• Develop the CCC’s indicators and metrics to track meaningful progress in the building sector, looking across the full chain of decision makers and working with Government, business, academia and the third sector.
• Evaluate policy progress and work to develop well-evidenced and timely strategic and policy positions on Government policy, including the design of buildings standards, incentives, skills and other policy, working closely with policymakers across Government to incorporate the evidence into policy development.
• Prepare buildings inputs to other CCC reports, roundtables and media briefings and represent the CCC at external events, including public speaking opportunities.
• Work flexibly across the mitigation work programme, including potential work on different themes (e.g. public engagement, ‘who pays?’, governance), work with Devolved Administrations and with the international team.

The postholder will contribute across the range of tasks required in these areas:

• Undertaking desk-based analysis and research.
• Engaging widely, including with relevant stakeholders in academia, business, NGOs and across Government and representing the CCC at high-profile engagements.
• Presenting findings at monthly Committee meetings, articulating clearly your analysis and its complexities, to help the Committee understand the issues and reach its conclusions.
• Quality-assuring analysis, including spreadsheet-based models, and working to ensure the CCC’s advice is based on the best available evidence and assumptions.
• Drafting clear, well-evidenced and engaging inputs to CCC reports and other outputs.
• Line management of the HEO Analyst in the Buildings team.
• Planning the CCC work programme on residential buildings to make the best use of the available resources and have the most impact.

The postholder will work in the secretariat alongside colleagues with economics, science and technology backgrounds, and alongside the distinguished members of the Committee. They will gain a deep understanding of the technological, economic and political challenges to climate action and have opportunities to develop analytical, presentational and influencing skills in an environment with a direct influence on policy development in the UK and around the world.

You will be expected to work flexibly with other CCC analysts across mitigation and adaptation, to manage work independently and work at times to tight deadlines. As projects complete, you will need to work flexibly to move onto new projects. You will operate with autonomy within a supportive team environment and engage confidently across the CCC team and externally.

Things you need to know

Location: The team are currently working remotely, before a planned move to Government offices at 1 Victoria Street in London by September 2021. We envisage this as a full-time position, but part-time and flexible working arrangements will be considered.

Grade and Salary: This is a Grade 7 post and the expectation is that the successful candidate will join on the minimum of the CCC Grade 7 pay band (or current salary, subject to the band).

Security: Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality requirements: 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.

Feedback: Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme: 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.

Experience

Essential

Minimum of two years’ relevant experience.

Excellent numeracy and spreadsheet skills.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write clear reports on complex subject areas ensuring these are appropriate for the given audience.

Apply and further information

To apply for this post please complete the online application form on Civil Service jobs, ensuring to provide evidence against the key sections:

• Provide evidence on how you meet the skills/behaviours underneath the individual behaviours. You should provide examples which evidence how you meet the specifics of each behaviour at grade 7 level, as set out in Success Profiles: Civil Service Behaviours (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/success-profiles) along with the Technical analytical competency detailed within the advert.
• Remember the STAR technique, situation, task, action and result when you are preparing your response.
• Your CV will be used to assess your experience against the requirements.
• The interview will look to assess across four areas within the Civil Service Success Profiles: Behaviours, Technical, Experience and Strengths. Strengths are not listed in the job description by design.

Key dates

• Closing date – 8th August 23.55
• Sift – 9th August
• Interview date – 13th August
• Appointment begins – as soon as possible

Technical Skills

Technical 1

Specialist analytical skills

Apply appropriate quantitative analytical tools and techniques, and synthesise evidence from a range of sources, as appropriate. Assess the reliability and relevance of evidence and give objective evidence-based advice. Quality-assure models, challenge input data and assumptions and interpret output data for the purposes of providing supporting evidence.

Responsibilities

Please refer to Job Description

Qualifications

An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a numerate discipline (e.g. engineering, environmental science, economics)

Behaviours

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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • Please refer to Technical Skills section in Job Description

Benefits

• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know

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, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Please refer to Job Description

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Jenny Hill
Email :  jenny.hill@theccc.org.uk
Telephone :  07464983525
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  defra-recruitment-enquiries@gov.sscl.com

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