Senior Analyst, International Action and/or Senior Analyst, Climate Science (Ref: 3797)

Climate Change Committee

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 7th December 2021

 

Reference number

166229

Salary

£53,100 - £60,000

Grade

Grade 7
Grade 7 (L)

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

For a period of up to 12 months

Type of role

Analytical

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts

1

Location

London

About the job

Summary

This position is based at 1 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1H 0ET

Job description

About the Climate Change Committee

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 20 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.

Summary

The Climate Change Committee are seeking a high-performing analyst with existing climate and energy expertise to work on the organisation’s internationally-focused work programme. We encourage candidates with a strong climate science background as there is potential for the postholder to lead on both portfolios, and those without a climate science background, since there is potential for the science portfolio to be covered elsewhere within the existing team. This is a fixed-term appointment, available as a secondment or a loan, aiming to start as soon as possible (ideally January) and run for an initial period of 12 months.

Background

The Climate Change Act sets out that in advising on carbon budgets the CCC must consider international circumstances. More broadly, the UK’s climate action is set in the context of the Paris Agreement, and global action is required to tackle climate change successfully. Analysing international agreements and the potential pathways to deliver them is therefore a key aspect in understanding what is needed at a UK level.

In support of the UK’s COP26 Presidency, the CCC expanded its internationally focused work programme over 2021, to share our experience and expertise as the UK’s independent expert advisors on climate change under the Climate Change Act (2008). This has involved undertaking targeted strategic and technical engagement with key partners from around the world, to support them in developing their own ambitious climate change targets and plans, and climate governance approaches. We have also worked to establish a new International Climate Councils Network,[1] launched at COP26 alongside a joint statement to Heads of State, and supported the COP Unit and ZEVs Council campaign with technical analysis.

The team has two other Grade 7s and one SEO.

About the role

The post-holder will join the international team in the CCC secretariat as lead on international analysis and engagement. Depending on skills, we are also interested in people with strong climate science backgrounds as there is scope to cover both portfolios, working alongside the existing G7s in the team. In addition, the post-holder will occasionally contribute to the Secretariat’s domestic project work.

The postholder will lead the CCC’s global progress assessment for the Committee’s June progress report to Parliament, and potentially new analysis of consumption emissions. The team also aims to extend the CCC Insights briefings. with further papers, such as on the costs and benefits of climate action, and on the role of business in cutting emissions and adapting to climate change. They will also continue international engagement and knowledge sharing, through the UK PACT programme[2], the International Climate Councils Network and continuing bilateral engagements.

The precise issues to be worked on will depend on the post-holder’s skills and expertise, as well as the needs of our international partners, but is likely to include:

• Analytical work on global scenarios consistent with the Paris Agreement and pathways to reducing emissions, in the light of the outcomes of COP26 in Glasgow. Looking beyond the UK while drawing out implications at a UK level.

• Leading the international assessment as part of the CCC’s annual update to Parliament, following COP26 and identifying actions for the UK best to support global progress.

• Analytical work estimating the impact of CCC scenarios on the UK’s consumption emissions footprint over the coming decades, given scenarios for climate action outside the UK.

• Planning, coordinating and delivering the programme of strategic engagement and technical assistance by the CCC secretariat and Committee members following COP26.

• Developing bespoke country-specific analysis in response to emerging requests from other nations. This could involve input on proposed carbon budget legislation, setting emissions targets and/or plans to meet them.

• Supporting the new co-Chairs of the International Climate Councils Network to steer the network through its next phase of development.

• Leading on the development of international briefings on governance and decarbonisation pathways, building on the existing Insights briefings.

• Supporting the wider Secretariat to deliver priority domestic project work.

The post-holder will contribute across the range of tasks required in these areas:

• Undertaking desk-based analysis and research on both international and domestic topics.

• Engaging widely, including with relevant stakeholders in academia, business, NGOs and across Governments both in the UK and overseas.

• Supporting Committee members and colleagues in the Secretariat to participate in international engagements, such as producing materials, leading on briefings and accompanying to events.

• Presenting to the Committee and representing the CCC at high-profile engagements.

• Drafting CCC reports and other outputs.

This will be an important role delivering a high-profile and influential set of activities for the organisation, in support of one of the most critical periods for international climate policy since the 2015 Paris Agreement. The post-holder will work in the secretariat alongside colleagues with economics, science and technologist backgrounds, and alongside the distinguished members of the Committee. They will gain a deep understanding of the technological, political and diplomatic challenges to global 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.

The role would suit an excellent policy analyst who is a skilled communicator and has existing expertise in relevant areas (e.g. energy and climate change transition pathways globally and in emerging economies, international climate policy and diplomacy, sectoral expertise in decarbonisation challenges). You will deliver to tight deadlines and operate with autonomy within a supportive team environment and engage confidently across the CCC team and externally.

Things you need to know

Location: The role is based in BEIS offices at 1 Victoria Street in London. We have a flexible working policy in place with most staff currently working in the office a minimum of two days a week. 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.

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.

Specialist skills

Essential

• Minimum of two years’ climate change or energy policy experience (or closely-related field).

• 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.

• 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 and Strengths. Strengths are not listed in the job description by design.

Candidates are asked to state the earliest date they could join the CCC, with a preference that this be in April. The appointment will run for an initial period of 12 months.

Key dates

• Interview date – 14th and 15th December
• Appointment begins – as soon as possible, ideally in January

[1][1] See https://www.theccc.org.uk/2021/11/01/international-climate-council-network-launches-to-support-global-climate-action/ and https://blogs.fcdo.gov.uk/mikaelmikaelsson/2021/11/02/the-launch-of-the-international-climate-council-network/

[2] Partnering for Accelerating Climate Transitions, which sponsors one of the CCC G7 posts.

Responsibilities

Please refer to Job Description

Qualifications

Essential Professional Qualifications

An undergraduate 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:

  • Specialist analytical skills

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 :  07464 983 525
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  defra-recruitment-enquiries@gov.sscl.com

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