Policy Advisors - The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
- £28,604 to £31,920 (National) or £31,916 to £35,620 (London)
- South West, London, Yorkshire, York, Bristol
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• Grade: HEO
• Two-year fixed-term appointment with the potential for extension or permanency
• Preferred Locations: London, Bristol and York
We are immersed in an exciting period of change. At the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) our work ranges from supporting the UK’s world-leading food, farming and fishing industries to protecting the environment and providing robust defences against natural threats. Leaving the EU will fundamentally transform the work we do and how we deliver it. We are embracing this opportunity to become even more efficient, focused and innovative. Join us, and you will be at the heart of this change - helping us to secure a more sustainable future for the UK.
As a Policy Advisor, you will focus on EU Exit issues relating to one or a number of areas, such as Agri-Food Chain; Animal and Plant Health and Welfare; Biosecurity and Food Projects; Environmental Regulations; EU and International Trade; EU Exit Domestic and Constitutional Affairs; EU Exit Overview; Future Farming and Countryside; or Marine and Fisheries or Strategy. You will also:
- Help to draft policies and strategies that will support the UK’s exit from the European Union in the immediate and the long-term future.
- Adapt to the changing needs of your tasks by seeking out and analysing the most current information, raising any issues with senior colleagues, and suggesting creative solutions.
- Build strong relationships with a broad array of internal and external stakeholders, including Directors, Ministers, industry bodies, non-governmental organisations, and UK citizens.
- Plan and prioritise your workload and take responsibility for meeting deadlines
This is a role that requires a passion for politics, but not policy experience. While you will develop new policies and tackle current newsworthy issues. You could have a research, analysis, or project management background, or come from a different industry entirely. What is important is your ability to communicate in person and on paper; plan and prioritise effectively; use your initiative to respond to problems; and confidently manage diverse stakeholders. Comfortable analysing research, you will join a forward-thinking team and learn from experienced colleagues. However, you will also see this as a challenge that could lead to high-profile roles, as you build a career making life better for millions across the country.
Candidates who are interested in this opportunity will be assessed against the ‘Success Profile Framework’ in which your suitability for the role will be matched against a variety of elements. This flexible framework is the new and improved application process for all civil service roles, and will look at your ability to perform the role, your relevant experience, your strengths and behaviour, as well as your technical skills, knowledge, or qualifications.
We aim to support the professional and personal wellbeing of everyone in Defra. Our benefits include generous annual leave, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, salary sacrifice benefit options, and an employee discount scheme. We also offer flexible working and a variety of learning and development opportunities.
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