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Project Manager Climate and Environment

Posted: 9 Oct 2019 Closes: 8 Dec 2019
Bristol, London £37,987 - £43,520
Flexible defra/20191009154613

The UK, in partnership with Italy, has been nominated to host the annual UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations meeting in December 2020 – COP26. As part of our preparations, as well as a growing need to influence UK climate change policy, the UK is developing a UK climate change strategy, covering international and domestic mitigation and adaptation. Defra has an important role to play in contributing to the strategy and shaping associated UK policy proposals and links to the wider environment agenda. Alongside this, Defra leads on the Convention on Biological Diversity, which will also meet in 2020, providing the opportunity to exploit the links between climate and nature. Defra is creating a new SEO role in the Wildlife, International, Climate & Forestry Directorate in the International Environment Conventions 2020 team which supports the strategy, planning and engagement for these two major international summits in 2020 – the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a high profile and important policy area, within a friendly and supportive directorate.

The role in the International Environment Conventions 2020 team will:
- Help to create, maintain and monitor a planned programme of Defra activities, working closely with other teams and Minister’s Private Offices;
- Assist with establishing the management and design of COP26/CBD DEFRA governance;
- Maintain a central information ‘hub’ on 2020 conventions;
- Manage commissions from Private Offices, Cabinet Office, No10 and other Whitehall Departments
- Co-ordinate and work effectively across Defra to bring together contributions from across the Defra group and beyond.
- Engage confidently with stakeholders and represent the team across Whitehall as needed,
- Brief and advise senior officials appropriately and accurately;
- Be able to respond to evolving events and work within a fast paced and sometimes uncertain environment.
- Line management for at least one member of the team
There may be a requirement for some domestic/international travel.


Essential Experience
For this role we are seeking candidates who are experienced in project management and (ideally) have the Prince 2 or equivalent project management qualification.
In addition candidates will need to be able to:
• Engage confidently across Whitehall, working closely with DfID, BEIS, FCO and Cabinet Office
• Support Ministers and senior officials, providing briefing and advice;
• Be comfortable working with uncertainty, work flexibly and at pace and able to respond to events and positions evolve


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together



• 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


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

To apply:
Please complete the advertised CS Jobs application process, you will be asked during your application to provide:
1. 500 words explaining how you meet the essential experience listed above for the role you are applying for.
2. 250 words explaining how you meet each of the behaviours listed above (1,250 word total).

Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on Experience and the lead behaviour Making Effective Decisions. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

The interview will be a blended interview testing both strengths and behaviours.

During interview, candidates will be assessed on all the strengths and behaviours and essential experience listed above.

Due to the number of vacancies within Defra, you may be offered another post not specified on the job advert dependent on your skills and experiences.

Sift and interview dates as well as the interview location to be confirmed.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

New entrants are expected to start on the minimum pay band.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

- Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
- Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Any move to Defra will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can
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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.

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

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