Senior Air Pollution Adviser


Post Details

Post title: Senior Air Pollution Adviser
Ref No: 2018/101
Grade: S
Type of appointment:          Fixed Term Appointment up to 14 October 2020
Location: Peterborough
Team: International
Closing date: 23 November 2018  (The anticipated interview date is 14 December 2018)



Post background

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the statutory adviser to Government on UK and international nature conservation working at the science-policy interface.


The International Advice team provides, amongst other things, advice across the range of multi-lateral environmental agreements (MEAs) to which the UK is Party. These include agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the Convention on Migratory Species. The team also advises on European environment issues, legislation and policy, including air pollution, leads on preparing government reports required under European or international obligations, provides expert advice on European funding mechanisms, such as the LIFE fund, and contributes to the production of UK biodiversity indicators.


Within the International team, JNCC leads and co-ordinates joint-work on air pollution with the Country Nature Conservation Bodies (CNCBs) through an Inter-agency Air Pollution Group (IAPG).  This concerns air pollution impacts on the natural environment broadly focussing on evidence and advice over a range of scales, from local assessment to national reporting, and is driven by national and international policy and operational drivers. The work includes:


  • assessment, evidence and reporting on impacts;
  • providing advice to Government e.g. on research and evidence requirements, links between biodiversity and air quality policy;
  • providing information and support tools (e.g.;
  • collating, providing and sharing information and best practice;
  • networking with other organisations and countries.


Post Duties

The post will play a lead role in the provision of advice on air pollution and the natural environment, the management of the Inter-Agency Air Pollution Group (IAPG) and in the development of JNCC’s air pollution work; with the overall objective of meeting the evolving requirements of JNCC, CNCBs and Defra and Devolved Governments.  The post holder will carry out the functions listed below.


  • Leading the production of policy relevant analysis, evidence and advice to government and others on air pollution effects, assessment and reporting. 
  • Producing JNCC responses to Government and other consultations or official requests relating to air pollution matters, co-ordinating with the CNCBs as required.
  • Managing the IAPG and other project-specific inter-agency groups, undertaking work planning and reporting, providing the secretariat for the groups.     
  • Developing air pollution research priorities with partners.
  • Writing project specifications, project managing multi-partner commissioned contracts and/or in-house projects, ensuring that the work delivers robust scientific information and tools to meet current policy and operational needs.
  • Providing technical support to Defra, DA’s and CNCBs or others, through specific working groups or project steering groups.  For example, a key role for the FTA is to support Defra on the implementation of duties for monitoring and reporting of ecosystem impacts required under the National Emissions Ceilings Directive and the Clean Air Strategy and the policy relevant analysis and interpretation of the results.
  • Communicating JNCC's air pollution work through presentations, report and scientific paper publishing, website, newsletters and other fora. 
  • Developing JNCC’s air pollution work to respond to the evolving needs of JNCC, the Government, including its Clean Air Strategy, and CNCBs. 
  • Sourcing and achieving external sources of funding for air pollution work.  This will include building on JNCC’s relationships with the research community to co-design research projects and working with partners to identify and bid for funding for developing and building an integrated air pollution assessment tool or alternatives.



Specialist and Technical   

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of air pollution impacts on the natural environment (essential)
  • Good knowledge of UK, EU and international environmental legislation and policies and particularly those related to air pollution (essential)
  • Broad understanding of the roles and functions of UK Government, the devolved administrations, the regulatory bodies, CNCBs (essential)
  • Knowledge of habitats, their monitoring and surveillance in respect to air pollution impacts, and/or skills in analysing pressures (desirable)
  • Experience of managing multi partner projects or contracts and research design and specification (desirable).



Collaborating and Partnering

  • Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes (essential).
  • Readily share resources to support higher priority work, showing pragmatism and support for the shared goals of the organisation (essential).


Making Effective Decisions

  • Identify a range of relevant and credible information sources and recognise the need to collect new data when necessary from internal and external sources (essential).
  • Explore different options outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses to each (essential)
  • Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations (essential)


Leading and Communicating

  • Communicate in a succinct, engaging manner and stand ground when needed (desirable)


Managing a Quality Service

  • Make effective use of project management skills and techniques to deliver outcomes, including identifying risks and mitigating actions (essential).


Delivering at Pace

  • Successfully manage, support and stretch and monitor self and team to deliver agreed goals and objectives, keeping work on track and maintaining performance (essential).
  • Take responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to standard, giving credit to team and individuals as appropriate (essential).



£34,984 per annum
Hours of work
Normal hours of work for the post are 36 hours per week over a 5-day period, Monday to Friday.  Flexi time is available

Annual Leave Entitlement

The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years service.  There are also 12 days public and privilege leave.  Staff appointed on a part time basis will receive this pro rata.
The closing date for this post is 09:00 on 23 November 2018
The anticipated interview date is 14 December 2018