[Job] Inst Eur Environmental Policy vacanc, Snr Policy Analyst (agriculture / land mgmt), ??30-38k, clos 5 July #scicomm jobs

Institute for European Environmental Policy
Senior Policy Analyst
Institute for European Environmental Policy – Agriculture and Land Management Programme
Apply online at jobs.ac.uk http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ABG390/senior-policy-analyst

Duty Station: London, UK (Brussels, Belgium if preferred)
Salary scale ??30,000 – ??38,000 per annum
Deadline for Applications: Monday 5 July, 2010, 12.00 noon UK time
Contact Person: Annie Glynn +44 (0)20 7799 2244

The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) is an influential policy studies institute, which undertakes research and consultancy work on European environmental and environment-related policies. IEEP has a vacancy for a Senior Policy Analyst in the Agriculture and Land Management Programme. We are looking for an ambitious, energetic individual to play a leading role in a motivated and successful team. Our Agriculture and Land Management programme has an excellent reputation as a leading authority on agricultural policy in Europe, specifically on agri-environmental and sustainable land use policies and issues. For a full job description and an application form please visit our website.

Full details at IEEP website (reproduced below)
http://www.ieep.eu/vacancies/jobitem.php?item=18

Vacancy: Senior Policy Analyst: Agriculture and Land Management Programme

Closing date for applications: Jul 05, 2010

Location: London

We have a vacancy for an experienced policy analyst, with strong research and communication skills, to join our Agriculture and Land Management policy team. We are looking for an ambitious, energetic individual to play a leading role in a motivated and successful team. The post-holder will be responsible for developing and leading a variety of projects and advisory work in this field, as well as supervising the work of more junior staff. We are looking for someone who can contribute at a strategic level to the development of European agricultural policy through project development and research as well as political advice and advocacy.

It will be a stimulating and demanding job requiring considerable analytical capacity and policy knowledge, equipping you to engage in and help to shape current debates. It offers both intellectual challenge and a significant opportunity to make a real difference at a time of change in agricultural policy.

Read about the institute

About IEEP

The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) is an independent and influential policy studies institute, based in central London and Brussels. It undertakes research and consultancy work on the development, implementation and evaluation of environmental and environment-related policies in Europe. IEEP???s work is directly relevant to current policy debates and staff work closely with the EU institutions, national and regional government departments in various Member States, agencies, parliamentarians, NGOs and academics. Much of IEEP???s project work involves teams of partners from a variety of EU Member States and staff travel frequently within Europe. Our project portfolio varies from year to year but we maintain a commitment to being at the cutting edge of thinking about the integration of the environment into EU policies, and to promoting a thorough understanding of environmental issues and needs among policy makers and other relevant organisations in Europe. IEEP has a full time staff of 24 based in London and 12 based in Brussels, supported by interns and a network of associates.

IEEP???s Agriculture and Land Management programme has an excellent reputation as a leading authority on agricultural policy in Europe, specifically on agri-environmental and sustainable land use policies and issues.

Through our programme of work we aim to inform and influence the development of policies with implications for the sustainable use of land. We are currently involved in work to inform the future direction of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), arguing for a strong environmental rationale to be at its heart, and making the case for the adequate resources to be made available for the environment within the EU Budget. More specifically, we focus on ways in which farming and forestry can help to protect Europe???s biodiversity and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

The projects we work on vary considerably in size and subject matter, and are for a range of sponsors and clients, including DG Agriculture and DG Environment, the European Parliament, the EU institutions, national government departments, the UK countryside agencies and NGOs. The scope of the work is broad – covering the key environmental issues of the day – and is of a strategic nature.

The Post

We have a vacancy for an experienced policy analyst, with strong research and communication skills, to join our Agriculture and Land Management policy team. We are looking for an ambitious, energetic individual to play a leading role in a motivated and successful team. The post-holder will be responsible for developing and leading a variety of projects and advisory work in this field, as well as supervising the work of more junior staff. We are looking for someone who can contribute at a strategic level to the development of European agricultural policy through project development and research as well as political advice and advocacy.

It will be a stimulating and demanding job requiring considerable analytical capacity and policy knowledge, equipping you to engage in and help to shape current debates. It offers both intellectual challenge and a significant opportunity to make a real difference at a time of change in agricultural policy.

The successful candidate will join a cohesive and supportive team that is committed to the professional development of all of its members. You will enter an intellectually challenging and fast-paced environment, where the opportunities for learning and for making a difference are great. All candidates should be able to work under pressure and meet firm deadlines. The post will involve some travel, typically short trips within Europe.

This is a permanent post (subject to a one year probationary period) and ideally will be based in our London office. Consideration will be given to basing this post in Brussels however, if the appointee has a strong preference. The post will report to Kaley Hart, Head of the Agriculture and Land Management Programme.

Responsibilities

Particular aspects of the job include:

  • Providing intellectual leadership and management of a range of policy research projects undertaken by the team. Most projects have a strong European policy focus and often involve multiple partners.
  • Successfully developing, leading and winning bids for new research and project work in key areas of the team???s interest/competence;
  • Responsibility for the ongoing management and future development of our CAP2020 website, which provides a platform for debate and analysis on the future of the CAP;
  • Making well judged contributions to EU policy debate in the agriculture and sustainable land management field;
  • Preparing, writing and editing substantive research reports and shorter briefing materials, often to tight deadlines;
  • Providing policy advice to the UK statutory agencies and others, and influencing policy thinking in this field;
  • Representing IEEP and promoting key policy messages through speaking at national and European level conferences and events; and
  • Maintaining good relations with a variety of external institutions and clients in the policy making/influencing arena;
  • Maintaining an up to date and detailed knowledge of agricultural, rural development and related (e.g. biodiversity, climate, water) policies at a European level and a broad overview of how these are implemented within the UK and other Member States.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and attributes.

Essential:

  • A post-graduate degree or equivalent qualification in one of the following, or related, subject areas: agriculture; agricultural, environmental or rural economics; environmental policy; or social sciences;
  • An established expertise and a proven track record in agriculture, agri-environment or rural development policy work, with at least seven years of relevant experience and a corresponding list of project achievements, and publications;
  • A broad knowledge of the literature and policy dialogue surrounding environmental aspects of the CAP and land use policy more generally as well as a good understanding of the basic principles of economics and their relevance to agricultural policy;
  • A good understanding of EU policy processes and institutions;
  • Proven competence in leading EU or national research projects, and a sound understanding of the relative merits of different research methods and techniques when undertaking research;
  • Experience of making successful bids for significant project or programme initiatives;
  • Proven ability to plan and manage projects, tasks and budgets effectively and accurately, to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrated good communication skills, in particular excellent written and spoken English, the ability to present information in a clear, concise and accessible style and to represent IEEP externally with confidence;
  • The enthusiasm and adaptability to work across a range of subjects as part of a team, and ability to communicate effectively and authoritatively with professional staff in other organisations;
  • A high degree of computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Office applications.

Desirable:

  • Experience in managing a website.
  • Experience in staff management;
  • Knowledge and proficiency (written and spoken) in one or more European languages, other than English ??? German or a southern European language would be advantageous.

All team members are expected to play a critical role in ensuring that the team maintains its reputation as one of the leading authorities on sustainable land use in Europe.

How to apply

If you fit this person specification and you would like to apply for this post, please

  1. Fill
    in the application form.

  2. Prepare an application letter explaining your interest in the job and showing clearly how you meet our job and person requirements.

  3. Enclose a short (maximum ten pages) extract of work that you have written within the past year, with minimal editing/amendment by others, preferably on a subject which is relevant to this post.

  4. Send your completed application form, letter and work extract to recruitment@ieep.eu, clearly marking the title of the email: ???Senior Policy Analyst ??? Agriculture and Rural Development???.

All applications must reach us by noon on Monday 5 July 2010. We expect to hold interviews in the week beginning 19 July 2010 in our London office.

Due to anticipated interest in the post, we are unfortunately not able to reply to unsuccessful applicants. If you have not had a response to your application within one month of the closing date you should assume you have been unsuccessful.

PLEASE NOTE: agencies need not apply.

PLEASE NOTE: IEEP strives to be an equal opportunities employer and undertakes that there shall be no discrimination in employment policies or salaries on grounds of race, ethnic origin, gender, disability, religious or other belief, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

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