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Lead Adviser - Data Services

Posted: 14 Feb 2020 Closes: 3 Mar 2020
East Midlands, Eastern, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber £25,215
Permanent & Full-time defra/20200214155833

This position is based Nationally


Evidence Services provides scientific and evidence leadership, so that Natural England operates as an evidence-based organisation. We lead the delivery of terrestrial and marine monitoring projects, provide expert analytical and data management services, and ensure access to evidence through online systems and scientific publications.
We want to:

Provide the means for everyone to discover, access, share, capture and use data & evidence;
Drive organisational direction and the use of evidence services and approaches;
Enable and empower all to use evidence and innovative techniques to boost the recovery of the natural environment.

This exciting role will support the delivery and evolution of various projects including initially District Level Licensing (DLL). The post holder will be part of Evidence Services, working to our Senior Adviser for Data Mobilisation. The role will involve using DLL as a case study to inform the strategy for resolving data licensing and mobilisation issues, and subsequently providing ongoing support and leadership around data use across Natural England's work.

The post holder will be expected to seek ways to improve effectiveness and drive efficiencies, collaborating with others in the team to put these in place, and working to deliver and embed a robust framework which would support DLL project expansion and future projects where data sharing is central to innovation.

The Lead Adviser will:

Work with data licensing staff and project teams to ensure all data use is in compliance with licensing standards and data provider agreements
Understand the short and long term aims of projects and associated data use to enable effective planning and problem solving
Work with internal staff and external stakeholders to seek solutions for data licensing challenges
Collate and create templates and standardized formats for all data licensing needs for projects/as standards for the wider organization
Lead or contribute to the work of Evidence Services teams as required, including to improve the end to end data cycle

The DLL project

District Level Licensing (DLL) is an England-wide approach to strategic habitat creation for Great Crested Newts (GCN), an example of private sector funding for the environment and the forerunner for how we want to work across all aspects of biodiversity. The DLL project is externally funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

This project represents a substantial change in practice: seeking to reduce the need for survey, trapping and translocation on development sites, removing delays caused by seasonal working requirements and embedding strategic provision of compensation habitat, targeted through modelling, to locations which will have the highest conservation impact.

Alongside conservation benefits to GCN, this new approach will cut costs, delays and developer/investor uncertainty in the planning process, and maximise the proportion of investment invested in habitat creation.

Additional Information

Location is flexible as this role will sit within a dispersed team. Occasional travel for meetings may be required.

Competencies:

Competence 1

Professional competency

Detail

Putting people at the heart of the environment (Practitioner)

Description

Develop an understanding of the objectives and needs of our partners and customers

Collaborate, influence and build trusting relationships to achieve pragmatic outcomes

Competence 2

Professional competency

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Personal effectiveness (Practitioner)

Description

Share your knowledge and expertise with people in your networks (both internal and external) to help develop their capability and to improve outcomes.

Competence 3

Professional competency

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Personal effectiveness (Practitioner)

Description

Be decisive, combine your professional judgement with evidence to inform your decision making.

Resolve problems that involve considering new approaches, testing options and interpretation in being able to determine appropriate action.

Interpret and apply relevant evidence to underpin your advice.

Competence 4

Professional competency

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Work delivery (Practitioner)

Description

Through effective use of tools deliver your workload to meet agreed targets and deadlines.

Have a proven track record of collating management information to enable successful analysis to support the management of operational risks and issues.

Competence 5

Professional competency

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Providing leadership (Practitioner)

Description

Demonstrate an ability to lead within a certain area that supports change, embraces challenge and adapts work practices to positively contribute to the programme's outcomes.

Competence 6

Professional competency

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Technical skills and knowledge (Expert)


Statements of experience rather than worked examples will be fine for this competency - but please ensure your evidence of intellectual property/data licensing/memorandums of agreement/similar experience is very clear. You can use the next competency space to continue if you need to use more words for this one.
Description
An understanding of intellectual property/data licensing/memorandums of agreement or a field with similar technical and legal requirements is essential

Able to build swiftly an excellent understanding of the range of evidence used in Natural England and the business context within which it is used.

Effective problem solving and negotiation of solutions in challenging circumstances.

Experience of biological survey or a biological/ecological background is desirable.

Strong IT skills are essential.

Competence 7

Professional competency

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Technical skills and knowledge (Expert)

This is a space to allow you to continue your evidence from the technical skills and knowledge competency if you wish to use more words.

Description
Optional continuation space for technical skills and knowledge.

You do not have to use this space - just put in the word 'blank'.

Responsibilities

Please refer to job description

Benefits

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.

Selection process details

Please refer to job description

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

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.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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