Locations: London, York and Bristol
Salary: from £46,150 (national); from £50,750 (inner London).
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 European Union (EU) will fundamentally transform the work we do and how we deliver it. We are embracing this opportunity to become even more efficient, focussed 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.
We currently have several opportunities, where your contribution will have a considerable impact on how we manage the challenging process of exiting the EU. You will offer seamless economic advice and analysis relating to high-profile priories within Defra. These priorities will determine the potential implications of legislative frameworks and trade deals being considered during our ongoing exit from the EU. Across all roles, you will assess information against a framework and produce solutions and recommendations, translating complex results for a variety of audiences.
Our roles are available in four teams:
- Farming Analysis & Evidence. You will be embedded with a specific policy team which is developing future domestic agricultural policy. With the overall aim of supporting a productive and competitive agriculture sector, you will apply economic thinking to complex policy questions and develop analysis to address Ministerial questions.
- EU Exit and Trade Analysis. You will use analysis to ensure the UK is achieving the best outcomes during the EU Exit negotiations. This work will be varied and could include challenges relating to the implications of tariff scenarios, international trade analysis or supporting policy development on trade.
- Animal & Plant Health. You will work to protect the nation from animal and plant diseases and pests, which can have significant impacts on consumers, industry and trade. You would be responsible for delivering economic advice and analysis on a wide range of topics. For instance you could be analysing Defra’s preparedness to respond to animal or plant disease outbreaks; or considering the impact on trade and animal welfare of different trade agreements or policy proposals.
- The Environment Agency. You will UK environmental chemicals assessment regulation, providing socio-economic input and support to the UK REACH Competent Authority. You will critically assess reports relating to the environmental impact of chemicals and you will support our inclusion of Natural Capital concepts in future risk-management decisions.
This is a new area of responsibility for us and, as such, there is great scope for working collaboratively across the wider economic community to share knowledge and expertise. We will expect you to have a relevant degree or postgraduate degree that included 50% economic modules, with experience in performing appraisals and impact assessments, and building evidence-based business cases. With the ability to apply techniques such as monetisation and discounting, you will have good theoretical and empirical knowledge of how markets function and the capacity to establish robust counterfactuals. Great collaboration skills are essential and your natural leadership qualities will be complemented by a full range of econometric capabilities.
We aim to support the professional and personal well-being 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.
Defra is open to considering candidates on inward secondment to these posts. An inward secondment is an arrangement where an individual temporarily moves from an organisation outside of the Civil Service (the home organisation) to Defra (the host department) as a result of being successfully appointed on merit following a recruitment exercise. In this case, the term of the secondment would be for the advertised two years.
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