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Team Leader - Peatlands and Land Quality Unit

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Job summary

Salary
Grade - C1
Location
Edinburgh
Hours
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
30 April 2021 at midnight
Reference
IRC87486IO
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

Eligible Grades – All
Location – Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply

Overview
Peatlands are at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to the twin crises of the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity. In good condition, they represent an outstanding nature-based solution to these challenges, offering a range of ecosystem services: a natural sink for capturing and storing carbon, supporting unique habitats and biodiversity, reducing flood risk, improving water quality in rivers and streams, and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature. However, it is estimated that around 80% of Scotland's peatlands are in poor condition when these wider co-benefits are lost and they emit carbon.

Restoring degraded peatlands therefore has an important part to play in balancing the government's Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), achieving a Just Transition to net zero by 2045 and - by supporting skilled jobs across rural Scotland - contributing to a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. Scottish Ministers have committed at least £250 million to support PfG and CCPu commitments for a transformative increase in the rate of peatland restoration over the coming decade. This post will play a leading role in delivering that ambition.

Alongside restoring degraded peatlands, the team also has a focus on protecting existing ones. The commercial extraction of peat, primarily for horticulture, is at odds with our commitment to peatland restoration and our work includes delivering a PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat by increasing uptake of alternative growing media. The team also supports colleagues currently strengthening planning controls for development on peat and carbon rich soils.

The team is also responsible for a number of elements of policy on soils, contaminated land and noise.

This team leader post presents an outstanding opportunity to work at the cutting edge of this current, high profile, dynamic and exciting area. It offers a blend of strategy and policy development, programme and budget management and delivery, significant profile and Ministerial interest, wide stakeholder engagement and collaboration inside and outside government (including across agriculture, crofting, forestry, biodiversity, land use and planning), and interface with research and analysis.

Main Duties
•Work closely with the unit head to oversee and lead the team's work on peatland, soil, contaminated land and noise policy, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external policy and delivery partners and stakeholders.
•Complete the development, implementation and delivery of a new Scottish Government-led peatland restoration programme. Ensure provision of secretariat and other support to senior colleagues, the new Board and associated structures within the programme. Manage the peatland restoration budget (~£25 million per year), ensuring due process and financial accountability around its distribution to a range of external direct delivery partners.
•Engaging widely, lead the development and delivery of peatland policies and proposals in the CCPu, ensuring appropriate links with agriculture, forestry and land use interests. These include developing a new vision and strategy for Scotland's peatlands, increasing the flow of private finance into peatland restoration, and responding to recommendations from the Climate Change Committee.
•Ensure detailed intelligence from the team's policy development and delivery work informs wider strategic thinking and links with other programmes across government including climate change and COP26, agriculture and crofting, biodiversity, forestry, land use, natural capital and planning.
•Support the team's work to deliver the 2019-20 PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat. This may include consideration of banning its sale and will involve close engagement with policy and delivery partners, technical experts and stakeholders including UK Government, industry bodies and specialist interest groups.
•Support the team's work engaging with policy and analytical colleagues across government and more widely to review soil management, protection and conservation policy, ensuring a systematic and coherent approach to this broad issue that reflects the current policy context including its role in carbon storage.
•Oversee the team's work on noise policy, including close engagement with UK Government and the other devolved administrations to ensure compliance with legal obligations upon Scottish Ministers in relation to noise pollution monitoring, mapping and reporting following the UK's departure from the EU, and handling of Ministerial correspondence.
•Support the team's inwardly seconded contaminated land expert from SEPA, making connections as necessary with policy work around regenerating post-industrial sites as part of Scottish Governments' economic development plans.
•Engage with colleagues elsewhere in the Division and more widely to progress Scottish Government's commitment in its response to the Werrity Report to review the current definition of peatlands and take expert advice on whether it should be revised and a stricter definition imposed.

Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, experience of delivering successful outcomes using project and programme planning and management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
2. Experience of analysing, developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
3. Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve policy objectives.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a successful team, demonstrating excellent people management skills and the development of shared ambition.

Competencies
Leading others
Analysis and use of evidence
Communications and engagement
People management

Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.

Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.

In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.

Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.
Peatlands and Land Quality is a recently enlarged a C2-led unit within Natural Resources Division in the Directorate for Environment and Forestry. In total it comprises 8 members of staff, including this one.

This C1 Team Leader post reports to the C2 and will oversee the two policy branches in the unit: (a) Peatland restoration, Climate Change Plan and contaminated land (1x B3, 1x B2, SEPA secondee); (b) Horticultural peat, soils and noise (1x B3, 2x B2).

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

For information on this post please contact Ben Dipper on 07795-222404  or email to ben.dipper@gov.scot
.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.



Eligible Grades – All
Location – Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply


Overview
Peatlands are at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to the twin crises of the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity. In good condition, they represent an outstanding nature-based solution to these challenges, offering a range of ecosystem services: a natural sink for capturing and storing carbon, supporting unique habitats and biodiversity, reducing flood risk, improving water quality in rivers and streams, and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature. However, it is estimated that around 80% of Scotland's peatlands are in poor condition when these wider co-benefits are lost and they emit carbon.


Restoring degraded peatlands therefore has an important part to play in balancing the government's Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), achieving a Just Transition to net zero by 2045 and - by supporting skilled jobs across rural Scotland - contributing to a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. Scottish Ministers have committed at least £250 million to support PfG and CCPu commitments for a transformative increase in the rate of peatland restoration over the coming decade. This post will play a leading role in delivering that ambition.


Alongside restoring degraded peatlands, the team also has a focus on protecting existing ones. The commercial extraction of peat, primarily for horticulture, is at odds with our commitment to peatland restoration and our work includes delivering a PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat by increasing uptake of alternative growing media. The team also supports colleagues currently strengthening planning controls for development on peat and carbon rich soils.


The team is also responsible for a number of elements of policy on soils, contaminated land and noise.


This team leader post presents an outstanding opportunity to work at the cutting edge of this current, high profile, dynamic and exciting area. It offers a blend of strategy and policy development, programme and budget management and delivery, significant profile and Ministerial interest, wide stakeholder engagement and collaboration inside and outside government (including across agriculture, crofting, forestry, biodiversity, land use and planning), and interface with research and analysis.

Main Duties
•Work closely with the unit head to oversee and lead the team's work on peatland, soil, contaminated land and noise policy, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external policy and delivery partners and stakeholders.
•Complete the development, implementation and delivery of a new Scottish Government-led peatland restoration programme. Ensure provision of secretariat and other support to senior colleagues, the new Board and associated structures within the programme. Manage the peatland restoration budget (~£25 million per year), ensuring due process and financial accountability around its distribution to a range of external direct delivery partners.
•Engaging widely, lead the development and delivery of peatland policies and proposals in the CCPu, ensuring appropriate links with agriculture, forestry and land use interests. These include developing a new vision and strategy for Scotland's peatlands, increasing the flow of private finance into peatland restoration, and responding to recommendations from the Climate Change Committee.
•Ensure detailed intelligence from the team's policy development and delivery work informs wider strategic thinking and links with other programmes across government including climate change and COP26, agriculture and crofting, biodiversity, forestry, land use, natural capital and planning.
•Support the team's work to deliver the 2019-20 PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat. This may include consideration of banning its sale and will involve close engagement with policy and delivery partners, technical experts and stakeholders including UK Government, industry bodies and specialist interest groups.
•Support the team's work engaging with policy and analytical colleagues across government and more widely to review soil management, protection and conservation policy, ensuring a systematic and coherent approach to this broad issue that reflects the current policy context including its role in carbon storage.
•Oversee the team's work on noise policy, including close engagement with UK Government and the other devolved administrations to ensure compliance with legal obligations upon Scottish Ministers in relation to noise pollution monitoring, mapping and reporting following the UK's departure from the EU, and handling of Ministerial correspondence.
•Support the team's inwardly seconded contaminated land expert from SEPA, making connections as necessary with policy work around regenerating post-industrial sites as part of Scottish Governments' economic development plans.
•Engage with colleagues elsewhere in the Division and more widely to progress Scottish Government's commitment in its response to the Werrity Report to review the current definition of peatlands and take expert advice on whether it should be revised and a stricter definition imposed.


Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, experience of delivering successful outcomes using project and programme planning and management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
2. Experience of analysing, developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
3. Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve policy objectives.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a successful team, demonstrating excellent people management skills and the development of shared ambition.

Competencies
Leading others
Analysis and use of evidence
Communications and engagement
People management


Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.


Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.


In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.


Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.


Peatlands and Land Quality is a recently enlarged a C2-led unit within Natural Resources Division in the Directorate for Environment and Forestry. In total it comprises 8 members of staff, including this one.


This C1 Team Leader post reports to the C2 and will oversee the two policy branches in the unit: (a) Peatland restoration, Climate Change Plan and contaminated land (1x B3, 1x B2, SEPA secondee); (b) Horticultural peat, soils and noise (1x B3, 2x B2).


Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.


In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.


For information on this post please contact RMName on TelNo or email to email@email.com.


If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.


Eligible Grades – All
Location – Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply


Overview
Peatlands are at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to the twin crises of the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity. In good condition, they represent an outstanding nature-based solution to these challenges, offering a range of ecosystem services: a natural sink for capturing and storing carbon, supporting unique habitats and biodiversity, reducing flood risk, improving water quality in rivers and streams, and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature. However, it is estimated that around 80% of Scotland's peatlands are in poor condition when these wider co-benefits are lost and they emit carbon.


Restoring degraded peatlands therefore has an important part to play in balancing the government's Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), achieving a Just Transition to net zero by 2045 and - by supporting skilled jobs across rural Scotland - contributing to a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. Scottish Ministers have committed at least £250 million to support PfG and CCPu commitments for a transformative increase in the rate of peatland restoration over the coming decade. This post will play a leading role in delivering that ambition.


Alongside restoring degraded peatlands, the team also has a focus on protecting existing ones. The commercial extraction of peat, primarily for horticulture, is at odds with our commitment to peatland restoration and our work includes delivering a PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat by increasing uptake of alternative growing media. The team also supports colleagues currently strengthening planning controls for development on peat and carbon rich soils.


The team is also responsible for a number of elements of policy on soils, contaminated land and noise.


This team leader post presents an outstanding opportunity to work at the cutting edge of this current, high profile, dynamic and exciting area. It offers a blend of strategy and policy development, programme and budget management and delivery, significant profile and Ministerial interest, wide stakeholder engagement and collaboration inside and outside government (including across agriculture, crofting, forestry, biodiversity, land use and planning), and interface with research and analysis.

Main Duties
•Work closely with the unit head to oversee and lead the team's work on peatland, soil, contaminated land and noise policy, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external policy and delivery partners and stakeholders.
•Complete the development, implementation and delivery of a new Scottish Government-led peatland restoration programme. Ensure provision of secretariat and other support to senior colleagues, the new Board and associated structures within the programme. Manage the peatland restoration budget (~£25 million per year), ensuring due process and financial accountability around its distribution to a range of external direct delivery partners.
•Engaging widely, lead the development and delivery of peatland policies and proposals in the CCPu, ensuring appropriate links with agriculture, forestry and land use interests. These include developing a new vision and strategy for Scotland's peatlands, increasing the flow of private finance into peatland restoration, and responding to recommendations from the Climate Change Committee.
•Ensure detailed intelligence from the team's policy development and delivery work informs wider strategic thinking and links with other programmes across government including climate change and COP26, agriculture and crofting, biodiversity, forestry, land use, natural capital and planning.
•Support the team's work to deliver the 2019-20 PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat. This may include consideration of banning its sale and will involve close engagement with policy and delivery partners, technical experts and stakeholders including UK Government, industry bodies and specialist interest groups.
•Support the team's work engaging with policy and analytical colleagues across government and more widely to review soil management, protection and conservation policy, ensuring a systematic and coherent approach to this broad issue that reflects the current policy context including its role in carbon storage.
•Oversee the team's work on noise policy, including close engagement with UK Government and the other devolved administrations to ensure compliance with legal obligations upon Scottish Ministers in relation to noise pollution monitoring, mapping and reporting following the UK's departure from the EU, and handling of Ministerial correspondence.
•Support the team's inwardly seconded contaminated land expert from SEPA, making connections as necessary with policy work around regenerating post-industrial sites as part of Scottish Governments' economic development plans.
•Engage with colleagues elsewhere in the Division and more widely to progress Scottish Government's commitment in its response to the Werrity Report to review the current definition of peatlands and take expert advice on whether it should be revised and a stricter definition imposed.


Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, experience of delivering successful outcomes using project and programme planning and management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
2. Experience of analysing, developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
3. Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve policy objectives.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a successful team, demonstrating excellent people management skills and the development of shared ambition.

Competencies
Leading others
Analysis and use of evidence
Communications and engagement
People management


Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.


Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.


In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.


Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.


Peatlands and Land Quality is a recently enlarged a C2-led unit within Natural Resources Division in the Directorate for Environment and Forestry. In total it comprises 8 members of staff, including this one.


This C1 Team Leader post reports to the C2 and will oversee the two policy branches in the unit: (a) Peatland restoration, Climate Change Plan and contaminated land (1x B3, 1x B2, SEPA secondee); (b) Horticultural peat, soils and noise (1x B3, 2x B2).


Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.


In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.


For information on this post please contact RMName on TelNo or email to email@email.com.


If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.



 



Eligible Grades – All
Location – Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply

Overview
Peatlands are at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to the twin crises of the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity. In good condition, they represent an outstanding nature-based solution to these challenges, offering a range of ecosystem services: a natural sink for capturing and storing carbon, supporting unique habitats and biodiversity, reducing flood risk, improving water quality in rivers and streams, and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature. However, it is estimated that around 80% of Scotland's peatlands are in poor condition when these wider co-benefits are lost and they emit carbon.

Restoring degraded peatlands therefore has an important part to play in balancing the government's Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), achieving a Just Transition to net zero by 2045 and - by supporting skilled jobs across rural Scotland - contributing to a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. Scottish Ministers have committed at least £250 million to support PfG and CCPu commitments for a transformative increase in the rate of peatland restoration over the coming decade. This post will play a leading role in delivering that ambition.

Alongside restoring degraded peatlands, the team also has a focus on protecting existing ones. The commercial extraction of peat, primarily for horticulture, is at odds with our commitment to peatland restoration and our work includes delivering a PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat by increasing uptake of alternative growing media. The team also supports colleagues currently strengthening planning controls for development on peat and carbon rich soils.

The team is also responsible for a number of elements of policy on soils, contaminated land and noise.

This team leader post presents an outstanding opportunity to work at the cutting edge of this current, high profile, dynamic and exciting area. It offers a blend of strategy and policy development, programme and budget management and delivery, significant profile and Ministerial interest, wide stakeholder engagement and collaboration inside and outside government (including across agriculture, crofting, forestry, biodiversity, land use and planning), and interface with research and analysis.

Main Duties
•Work closely with the unit head to oversee and lead the team's work on peatland, soil, contaminated land and noise policy, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external policy and delivery partners and stakeholders.
•Complete the development, implementation and delivery of a new Scottish Government-led peatland restoration programme. Ensure provision of secretariat and other support to senior colleagues, the new Board and associated structures within the programme. Manage the peatland restoration budget (~£25 million per year), ensuring due process and financial accountability around its distribution to a range of external direct delivery partners.
•Engaging widely, lead the development and delivery of peatland policies and proposals in the CCPu, ensuring appropriate links with agriculture, forestry and land use interests. These include developing a new vision and strategy for Scotland's peatlands, increasing the flow of private finance into peatland restoration, and responding to recommendations from the Climate Change Committee.
•Ensure detailed intelligence from the team's policy development and delivery work informs wider strategic thinking and links with other programmes across government including climate change and COP26, agriculture and crofting, biodiversity, forestry, land use, natural capital and planning.
•Support the team's work to deliver the 2019-20 PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat. This may include consideration of banning its sale and will involve close engagement with policy and delivery partners, technical experts and stakeholders including UK Government, industry bodies and specialist interest groups.
•Support the team's work engaging with policy and analytical colleagues across government and more widely to review soil management, protection and conservation policy, ensuring a systematic and coherent approach to this broad issue that reflects the current policy context including its role in carbon storage.
•Oversee the team's work on noise policy, including close engagement with UK Government and the other devolved administrations to ensure compliance with legal obligations upon Scottish Ministers in relation to noise pollution monitoring, mapping and reporting following the UK's departure from the EU, and handling of Ministerial correspondence.
•Support the team's inwardly seconded contaminated land expert from SEPA, making connections as necessary with policy work around regenerating post-industrial sites as part of Scottish Governments' economic development plans.
•Engage with colleagues elsewhere in the Division and more widely to progress Scottish Government's commitment in its response to the Werrity Report to review the current definition of peatlands and take expert advice on whether it should be revised and a stricter definition imposed.

Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, experience of delivering successful outcomes using project and programme planning and management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
2. Experience of analysing, developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
3. Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve policy objectives.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a successful team, demonstrating excellent people management skills and the development of shared ambition.

Competencies
Leading others
Analysis and use of evidence
Communications and engagement
People management

Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.

Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.

In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.

Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.
Peatlands and Land Quality is a recently enlarged a C2-led unit within Natural Resources Division in the Directorate for Environment and Forestry. In total it comprises 8 members of staff, including this one.

This C1 Team Leader post reports to the C2 and will oversee the two policy branches in the unit: (a) Peatland restoration, Climate Change Plan and contaminated land (1x B3, 1x B2, SEPA secondee); (b) Horticultural peat, soils and noise (1x B3, 2x B2).

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

For information on this post please contact RMName on TelNo or email to email@email.com.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.



Eligible Grades – All
Location – Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply


Overview
Peatlands are at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to the twin crises of the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity. In good condition, they represent an outstanding nature-based solution to these challenges, offering a range of ecosystem services: a natural sink for capturing and storing carbon, supporting unique habitats and biodiversity, reducing flood risk, improving water quality in rivers and streams, and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature. However, it is estimated that around 80% of Scotland's peatlands are in poor condition when these wider co-benefits are lost and they emit carbon.


Restoring degraded peatlands therefore has an important part to play in balancing the government's Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), achieving a Just Transition to net zero by 2045 and - by supporting skilled jobs across rural Scotland - contributing to a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. Scottish Ministers have committed at least £250 million to support PfG and CCPu commitments for a transformative increase in the rate of peatland restoration over the coming decade. This post will play a leading role in delivering that ambition.


Alongside restoring degraded peatlands, the team also has a focus on protecting existing ones. The commercial extraction of peat, primarily for horticulture, is at odds with our commitment to peatland restoration and our work includes delivering a PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat by increasing uptake of alternative growing media. The team also supports colleagues currently strengthening planning controls for development on peat and carbon rich soils.


The team is also responsible for a number of elements of policy on soils, contaminated land and noise.


This team leader post presents an outstanding opportunity to work at the cutting edge of this current, high profile, dynamic and exciting area. It offers a blend of strategy and policy development, programme and budget management and delivery, significant profile and Ministerial interest, wide stakeholder engagement and collaboration inside and outside government (including across agriculture, crofting, forestry, biodiversity, land use and planning), and interface with research and analysis.

Main Duties
•Work closely with the unit head to oversee and lead the team's work on peatland, soil, contaminated land and noise policy, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external policy and delivery partners and stakeholders.
•Complete the development, implementation and delivery of a new Scottish Government-led peatland restoration programme. Ensure provision of secretariat and other support to senior colleagues, the new Board and associated structures within the programme. Manage the peatland restoration budget (~£25 million per year), ensuring due process and financial accountability around its distribution to a range of external direct delivery partners.
•Engaging widely, lead the development and delivery of peatland policies and proposals in the CCPu, ensuring appropriate links with agriculture, forestry and land use interests. These include developing a new vision and strategy for Scotland's peatlands, increasing the flow of private finance into peatland restoration, and responding to recommendations from the Climate Change Committee.
•Ensure detailed intelligence from the team's policy development and delivery work informs wider strategic thinking and links with other programmes across government including climate change and COP26, agriculture and crofting, biodiversity, forestry, land use, natural capital and planning.
•Support the team's work to deliver the 2019-20 PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat. This may include consideration of banning its sale and will involve close engagement with policy and delivery partners, technical experts and stakeholders including UK Government, industry bodies and specialist interest groups.
•Support the team's work engaging with policy and analytical colleagues across government and more widely to review soil management, protection and conservation policy, ensuring a systematic and coherent approach to this broad issue that reflects the current policy context including its role in carbon storage.
•Oversee the team's work on noise policy, including close engagement with UK Government and the other devolved administrations to ensure compliance with legal obligations upon Scottish Ministers in relation to noise pollution monitoring, mapping and reporting following the UK's departure from the EU, and handling of Ministerial correspondence.
•Support the team's inwardly seconded contaminated land expert from SEPA, making connections as necessary with policy work around regenerating post-industrial sites as part of Scottish Governments' economic development plans.
•Engage with colleagues elsewhere in the Division and more widely to progress Scottish Government's commitment in its response to the Werrity Report to review the current definition of peatlands and take expert advice on whether it should be revised and a stricter definition imposed.


Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, experience of delivering successful outcomes using project and programme planning and management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
2. Experience of analysing, developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
3. Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve policy objectives.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a successful team, demonstrating excellent people management skills and the development of shared ambition.

Competencies
Leading others
Analysis and use of evidence
Communications and engagement
People management


Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.


Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.


In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.


Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.


Peatlands and Land Quality is a recently enlarged a C2-led unit within Natural Resources Division in the Directorate for Environment and Forestry. In total it comprises 8 members of staff, including this one.


This C1 Team Leader post reports to the C2 and will oversee the two policy branches in the unit: (a) Peatland restoration, Climate Change Plan and contaminated land (1x B3, 1x B2, SEPA secondee); (b) Horticultural peat, soils and noise (1x B3, 2x B2).


Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.


In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.


For information on this post please contact RMName on TelNo or email to email@email.com.


If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.


Eligible Grades – All
Location – Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply


Overview
Peatlands are at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to the twin crises of the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity. In good condition, they represent an outstanding nature-based solution to these challenges, offering a range of ecosystem services: a natural sink for capturing and storing carbon, supporting unique habitats and biodiversity, reducing flood risk, improving water quality in rivers and streams, and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature. However, it is estimated that around 80% of Scotland's peatlands are in poor condition when these wider co-benefits are lost and they emit carbon.


Restoring degraded peatlands therefore has an important part to play in balancing the government's Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), achieving a Just Transition to net zero by 2045 and - by supporting skilled jobs across rural Scotland - contributing to a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. Scottish Ministers have committed at least £250 million to support PfG and CCPu commitments for a transformative increase in the rate of peatland restoration over the coming decade. This post will play a leading role in delivering that ambition.


Alongside restoring degraded peatlands, the team also has a focus on protecting existing ones. The commercial extraction of peat, primarily for horticulture, is at odds with our commitment to peatland restoration and our work includes delivering a PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat by increasing uptake of alternative growing media. The team also supports colleagues currently strengthening planning controls for development on peat and carbon rich soils.


The team is also responsible for a number of elements of policy on soils, contaminated land and noise.


This team leader post presents an outstanding opportunity to work at the cutting edge of this current, high profile, dynamic and exciting area. It offers a blend of strategy and policy development, programme and budget management and delivery, significant profile and Ministerial interest, wide stakeholder engagement and collaboration inside and outside government (including across agriculture, crofting, forestry, biodiversity, land use and planning), and interface with research and analysis.

Main Duties
•Work closely with the unit head to oversee and lead the team's work on peatland, soil, contaminated land and noise policy, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external policy and delivery partners and stakeholders.
•Complete the development, implementation and delivery of a new Scottish Government-led peatland restoration programme. Ensure provision of secretariat and other support to senior colleagues, the new Board and associated structures within the programme. Manage the peatland restoration budget (~£25 million per year), ensuring due process and financial accountability around its distribution to a range of external direct delivery partners.
•Engaging widely, lead the development and delivery of peatland policies and proposals in the CCPu, ensuring appropriate links with agriculture, forestry and land use interests. These include developing a new vision and strategy for Scotland's peatlands, increasing the flow of private finance into peatland restoration, and responding to recommendations from the Climate Change Committee.
•Ensure detailed intelligence from the team's policy development and delivery work informs wider strategic thinking and links with other programmes across government including climate change and COP26, agriculture and crofting, biodiversity, forestry, land use, natural capital and planning.
•Support the team's work to deliver the 2019-20 PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat. This may include consideration of banning its sale and will involve close engagement with policy and delivery partners, technical experts and stakeholders including UK Government, industry bodies and specialist interest groups.
•Support the team's work engaging with policy and analytical colleagues across government and more widely to review soil management, protection and conservation policy, ensuring a systematic and coherent approach to this broad issue that reflects the current policy context including its role in carbon storage.
•Oversee the team's work on noise policy, including close engagement with UK Government and the other devolved administrations to ensure compliance with legal obligations upon Scottish Ministers in relation to noise pollution monitoring, mapping and reporting following the UK's departure from the EU, and handling of Ministerial correspondence.
•Support the team's inwardly seconded contaminated land expert from SEPA, making connections as necessary with policy work around regenerating post-industrial sites as part of Scottish Governments' economic development plans.
•Engage with colleagues elsewhere in the Division and more widely to progress Scottish Government's commitment in its response to the Werrity Report to review the current definition of peatlands and take expert advice on whether it should be revised and a stricter definition imposed.


Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, experience of delivering successful outcomes using project and programme planning and management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
2. Experience of analysing, developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
3. Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve policy objectives.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a successful team, demonstrating excellent people management skills and the development of shared ambition.

Competencies
Leading others
Analysis and use of evidence
Communications and engagement
People management


Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.


Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.


In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.


Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.


Peatlands and Land Quality is a recently enlarged a C2-led unit within Natural Resources Division in the Directorate for Environment and Forestry. In total it comprises 8 members of staff, including this one.


This C1 Team Leader post reports to the C2 and will oversee the two policy branches in the unit: (a) Peatland restoration, Climate Change Plan and contaminated land (1x B3, 1x B2, SEPA secondee); (b) Horticultural peat, soils and noise (1x B3, 2x B2).


Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.


In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.


For information on this post please contact RMName on TelNo or email to email@email.com.


If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.



Eligible Grades – All
Location – Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply

Overview
Peatlands are at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to the twin crises of the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity. In good condition, they represent an outstanding nature-based solution to these challenges, offering a range of ecosystem services: a natural sink for capturing and storing carbon, supporting unique habitats and biodiversity, reducing flood risk, improving water quality in rivers and streams, and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature. However, it is estimated that around 80% of Scotland's peatlands are in poor condition when these wider co-benefits are lost and they emit carbon.

Restoring degraded peatlands therefore has an important part to play in balancing the government's Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), achieving a Just Transition to net zero by 2045 and - by supporting skilled jobs across rural Scotland - contributing to a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. Scottish Ministers have committed at least £250 million to support PfG and CCPu commitments for a transformative increase in the rate of peatland restoration over the coming decade. This post will play a leading role in delivering that ambition.

Alongside restoring degraded peatlands, the team also has a focus on protecting existing ones. The commercial extraction of peat, primarily for horticulture, is at odds with our commitment to peatland restoration and our work includes delivering a PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat by increasing uptake of alternative growing media. The team also supports colleagues currently strengthening planning controls for development on peat and carbon rich soils.

The team is also responsible for a number of elements of policy on soils, contaminated land and noise.

This team leader post presents an outstanding opportunity to work at the cutting edge of this current, high profile, dynamic and exciting area. It offers a blend of strategy and policy development, programme and budget management and delivery, significant profile and Ministerial interest, wide stakeholder engagement and collaboration inside and outside government (including across agriculture, crofting, forestry, biodiversity, land use and planning), and interface with research and analysis.

Main Duties
•Work closely with the unit head to oversee and lead the team's work on peatland, soil, contaminated land and noise policy, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external policy and delivery partners and stakeholders.
•Complete the development, implementation and delivery of a new Scottish Government-led peatland restoration programme. Ensure provision of secretariat and other support to senior colleagues, the new Board and associated structures within the programme. Manage the peatland restoration budget (~£25 million per year), ensuring due process and financial accountability around its distribution to a range of external direct delivery partners.
•Engaging widely, lead the development and delivery of peatland policies and proposals in the CCPu, ensuring appropriate links with agriculture, forestry and land use interests. These include developing a new vision and strategy for Scotland's peatlands, increasing the flow of private finance into peatland restoration, and responding to recommendations from the Climate Change Committee.
•Ensure detailed intelligence from the team's policy development and delivery work informs wider strategic thinking and links with other programmes across government including climate change and COP26, agriculture and crofting, biodiversity, forestry, land use, natural capital and planning.
•Support the team's work to deliver the 2019-20 PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat. This may include consideration of banning its sale and will involve close engagement with policy and delivery partners, technical experts and stakeholders including UK Government, industry bodies and specialist interest groups.
•Support the team's work engaging with policy and analytical colleagues across government and more widely to review soil management, protection and conservation policy, ensuring a systematic and coherent approach to this broad issue that reflects the current policy context including its role in carbon storage.
•Oversee the team's work on noise policy, including close engagement with UK Government and the other devolved administrations to ensure compliance with legal obligations upon Scottish Ministers in relation to noise pollution monitoring, mapping and reporting following the UK's departure from the EU, and handling of Ministerial correspondence.
•Support the team's inwardly seconded contaminated land expert from SEPA, making connections as necessary with policy work around regenerating post-industrial sites as part of Scottish Governments' economic development plans.
•Engage with colleagues elsewhere in the Division and more widely to progress Scottish Government's commitment in its response to the Werrity Report to review the current definition of peatlands and take expert advice on whether it should be revised and a stricter definition imposed.

Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, experience of delivering successful outcomes using project and programme planning and management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
2. Experience of analysing, developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
3. Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve policy objectives.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a successful team, demonstrating excellent people management skills and the development of shared ambition.

Competencies
Leading others
Analysis and use of evidence
Communications and engagement
People management

Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.

Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.

In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.

Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.
Peatlands and Land Quality is a recently enlarged a C2-led unit within Natural Resources Division in the Directorate for Environment and Forestry. In total it comprises 8 members of staff, including this one.

This C1 Team Leader post reports to the C2 and will oversee the two policy branches in the unit: (a) Peatland restoration, Climate Change Plan and contaminated land (1x B3, 1x B2, SEPA secondee); (b) Horticultural peat, soils and noise (1x B3, 2x B2).

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

For information on this post please contact RMName on TelNo or email to email@email.com.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.



Eligible Grades – All
Location – Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply


Overview
Peatlands are at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to the twin crises of the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity. In good condition, they represent an outstanding nature-based solution to these challenges, offering a range of ecosystem services: a natural sink for capturing and storing carbon, supporting unique habitats and biodiversity, reducing flood risk, improving water quality in rivers and streams, and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature. However, it is estimated that around 80% of Scotland's peatlands are in poor condition when these wider co-benefits are lost and they emit carbon.


Restoring degraded peatlands therefore has an important part to play in balancing the government's Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), achieving a Just Transition to net zero by 2045 and - by supporting skilled jobs across rural Scotland - contributing to a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. Scottish Ministers have committed at least £250 million to support PfG and CCPu commitments for a transformative increase in the rate of peatland restoration over the coming decade. This post will play a leading role in delivering that ambition.


Alongside restoring degraded peatlands, the team also has a focus on protecting existing ones. The commercial extraction of peat, primarily for horticulture, is at odds with our commitment to peatland restoration and our work includes delivering a PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat by increasing uptake of alternative growing media. The team also supports colleagues currently strengthening planning controls for development on peat and carbon rich soils.


The team is also responsible for a number of elements of policy on soils, contaminated land and noise.


This team leader post presents an outstanding opportunity to work at the cutting edge of this current, high profile, dynamic and exciting area. It offers a blend of strategy and policy development, programme and budget management and delivery, significant profile and Ministerial interest, wide stakeholder engagement and collaboration inside and outside government (including across agriculture, crofting, forestry, biodiversity, land use and planning), and interface with research and analysis.

Main Duties
•Work closely with the unit head to oversee and lead the team's work on peatland, soil, contaminated land and noise policy, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external policy and delivery partners and stakeholders.
•Complete the development, implementation and delivery of a new Scottish Government-led peatland restoration programme. Ensure provision of secretariat and other support to senior colleagues, the new Board and associated structures within the programme. Manage the peatland restoration budget (~£25 million per year), ensuring due process and financial accountability around its distribution to a range of external direct delivery partners.
•Engaging widely, lead the development and delivery of peatland policies and proposals in the CCPu, ensuring appropriate links with agriculture, forestry and land use interests. These include developing a new vision and strategy for Scotland's peatlands, increasing the flow of private finance into peatland restoration, and responding to recommendations from the Climate Change Committee.
•Ensure detailed intelligence from the team's policy development and delivery work informs wider strategic thinking and links with other programmes across government including climate change and COP26, agriculture and crofting, biodiversity, forestry, land use, natural capital and planning.
•Support the team's work to deliver the 2019-20 PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat. This may include consideration of banning its sale and will involve close engagement with policy and delivery partners, technical experts and stakeholders including UK Government, industry bodies and specialist interest groups.
•Support the team's work engaging with policy and analytical colleagues across government and more widely to review soil management, protection and conservation policy, ensuring a systematic and coherent approach to this broad issue that reflects the current policy context including its role in carbon storage.
•Oversee the team's work on noise policy, including close engagement with UK Government and the other devolved administrations to ensure compliance with legal obligations upon Scottish Ministers in relation to noise pollution monitoring, mapping and reporting following the UK's departure from the EU, and handling of Ministerial correspondence.
•Support the team's inwardly seconded contaminated land expert from SEPA, making connections as necessary with policy work around regenerating post-industrial sites as part of Scottish Governments' economic development plans.
•Engage with colleagues elsewhere in the Division and more widely to progress Scottish Government's commitment in its response to the Werrity Report to review the current definition of peatlands and take expert advice on whether it should be revised and a stricter definition imposed.


Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, experience of delivering successful outcomes using project and programme planning and management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
2. Experience of analysing, developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
3. Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve policy objectives.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a successful team, demonstrating excellent people management skills and the development of shared ambition.

Competencies
Leading others
Analysis and use of evidence
Communications and engagement
People management


Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.


Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.


In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.


Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.


Peatlands and Land Quality is a recently enlarged a C2-led unit within Natural Resources Division in the Directorate for Environment and Forestry. In total it comprises 8 members of staff, including this one.


This C1 Team Leader post reports to the C2 and will oversee the two policy branches in the unit: (a) Peatland restoration, Climate Change Plan and contaminated land (1x B3, 1x B2, SEPA secondee); (b) Horticultural peat, soils and noise (1x B3, 2x B2).


Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.


In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.


For information on this post please contact RMName on TelNo or email to email@email.com.


If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.


Eligible Grades – All
Location – Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply


Overview
Peatlands are at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to the twin crises of the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity. In good condition, they represent an outstanding nature-based solution to these challenges, offering a range of ecosystem services: a natural sink for capturing and storing carbon, supporting unique habitats and biodiversity, reducing flood risk, improving water quality in rivers and streams, and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature. However, it is estimated that around 80% of Scotland's peatlands are in poor condition when these wider co-benefits are lost and they emit carbon.


Restoring degraded peatlands therefore has an important part to play in balancing the government's Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), achieving a Just Transition to net zero by 2045 and - by supporting skilled jobs across rural Scotland - contributing to a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. Scottish Ministers have committed at least £250 million to support PfG and CCPu commitments for a transformative increase in the rate of peatland restoration over the coming decade. This post will play a leading role in delivering that ambition.


Alongside restoring degraded peatlands, the team also has a focus on protecting existing ones. The commercial extraction of peat, primarily for horticulture, is at odds with our commitment to peatland restoration and our work includes delivering a PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat by increasing uptake of alternative growing media. The team also supports colleagues currently strengthening planning controls for development on peat and carbon rich soils.


The team is also responsible for a number of elements of policy on soils, contaminated land and noise.


This team leader post presents an outstanding opportunity to work at the cutting edge of this current, high profile, dynamic and exciting area. It offers a blend of strategy and policy development, programme and budget management and delivery, significant profile and Ministerial interest, wide stakeholder engagement and collaboration inside and outside government (including across agriculture, crofting, forestry, biodiversity, land use and planning), and interface with research and analysis.

Main Duties
•Work closely with the unit head to oversee and lead the team's work on peatland, soil, contaminated land and noise policy, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external policy and delivery partners and stakeholders.
•Complete the development, implementation and delivery of a new Scottish Government-led peatland restoration programme. Ensure provision of secretariat and other support to senior colleagues, the new Board and associated structures within the programme. Manage the peatland restoration budget (~£25 million per year), ensuring due process and financial accountability around its distribution to a range of external direct delivery partners.
•Engaging widely, lead the development and delivery of peatland policies and proposals in the CCPu, ensuring appropriate links with agriculture, forestry and land use interests. These include developing a new vision and strategy for Scotland's peatlands, increasing the flow of private finance into peatland restoration, and responding to recommendations from the Climate Change Committee.
•Ensure detailed intelligence from the team's policy development and delivery work informs wider strategic thinking and links with other programmes across government including climate change and COP26, agriculture and crofting, biodiversity, forestry, land use, natural capital and planning.
•Support the team's work to deliver the 2019-20 PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat. This may include consideration of banning its sale and will involve close engagement with policy and delivery partners, technical experts and stakeholders including UK Government, industry bodies and specialist interest groups.
•Support the team's work engaging with policy and analytical colleagues across government and more widely to review soil management, protection and conservation policy, ensuring a systematic and coherent approach to this broad issue that reflects the current policy context including its role in carbon storage.
•Oversee the team's work on noise policy, including close engagement with UK Government and the other devolved administrations to ensure compliance with legal obligations upon Scottish Ministers in relation to noise pollution monitoring, mapping and reporting following the UK's departure from the EU, and handling of Ministerial correspondence.
•Support the team's inwardly seconded contaminated land expert from SEPA, making connections as necessary with policy work around regenerating post-industrial sites as part of Scottish Governments' economic development plans.
•Engage with colleagues elsewhere in the Division and more widely to progress Scottish Government's commitment in its response to the Werrity Report to review the current definition of peatlands and take expert advice on whether it should be revised and a stricter definition imposed.


Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, experience of delivering successful outcomes using project and programme planning and management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
2. Experience of analysing, developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
3. Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve policy objectives.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a successful team, demonstrating excellent people management skills and the development of shared ambition.

Competencies
Leading others
Analysis and use of evidence
Communications and engagement
People management


Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.


Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.


In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.


Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.


Peatlands and Land Quality is a recently enlarged a C2-led unit within Natural Resources Division in the Directorate for Environment and Forestry. In total it comprises 8 members of staff, including this one.


This C1 Team Leader post reports to the C2 and will oversee the two policy branches in the unit: (a) Peatland restoration, Climate Change Plan and contaminated land (1x B3, 1x B2, SEPA secondee); (b) Horticultural peat, soils and noise (1x B3, 2x B2).


Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.


In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.


For information on this post please contact RMName on TelNo or email to email@email.com.


If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.



Eligible Grades – All
Location – Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply

Overview
Peatlands are at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to the twin crises of the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity. In good condition, they represent an outstanding nature-based solution to these challenges, offering a range of ecosystem services: a natural sink for capturing and storing carbon, supporting unique habitats and biodiversity, reducing flood risk, improving water quality in rivers and streams, and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature. However, it is estimated that around 80% of Scotland's peatlands are in poor condition when these wider co-benefits are lost and they emit carbon.

Restoring degraded peatlands therefore has an important part to play in balancing the government's Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), achieving a Just Transition to net zero by 2045 and - by supporting skilled jobs across rural Scotland - contributing to a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. Scottish Ministers have committed at least £250 million to support PfG and CCPu commitments for a transformative increase in the rate of peatland restoration over the coming decade. This post will play a leading role in delivering that ambition.

Alongside restoring degraded peatlands, the team also has a focus on protecting existing ones. The commercial extraction of peat, primarily for horticulture, is at odds with our commitment to peatland restoration and our work includes delivering a PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat by increasing uptake of alternative growing media. The team also supports colleagues currently strengthening planning controls for development on peat and carbon rich soils.

The team is also responsible for a number of elements of policy on soils, contaminated land and noise.

This team leader post presents an outstanding opportunity to work at the cutting edge of this current, high profile, dynamic and exciting area. It offers a blend of strategy and policy development, programme and budget management and delivery, significant profile and Ministerial interest, wide stakeholder engagement and collaboration inside and outside government (including across agriculture, crofting, forestry, biodiversity, land use and planning), and interface with research and analysis.

Main Duties
•Work closely with the unit head to oversee and lead the team's work on peatland, soil, contaminated land and noise policy, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external policy and delivery partners and stakeholders.
•Complete the development, implementation and delivery of a new Scottish Government-led peatland restoration programme. Ensure provision of secretariat and other support to senior colleagues, the new Board and associated structures within the programme. Manage the peatland restoration budget (~£25 million per year), ensuring due process and financial accountability around its distribution to a range of external direct delivery partners.
•Engaging widely, lead the development and delivery of peatland policies and proposals in the CCPu, ensuring appropriate links with agriculture, forestry and land use interests. These include developing a new vision and strategy for Scotland's peatlands, increasing the flow of private finance into peatland restoration, and responding to recommendations from the Climate Change Committee.
•Ensure detailed intelligence from the team's policy development and delivery work informs wider strategic thinking and links with other programmes across government including climate change and COP26, agriculture and crofting, biodiversity, forestry, land use, natural capital and planning.
•Support the team's work to deliver the 2019-20 PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat. This may include consideration of banning its sale and will involve close engagement with policy and delivery partners, technical experts and stakeholders including UK Government, industry bodies and specialist interest groups.
•Support the team's work engaging with policy and analytical colleagues across government and more widely to review soil management, protection and conservation policy, ensuring a systematic and coherent approach to this broad issue that reflects the current policy context including its role in carbon storage.
•Oversee the team's work on noise policy, including close engagement with UK Government and the other devolved administrations to ensure compliance with legal obligations upon Scottish Ministers in relation to noise pollution monitoring, mapping and reporting following the UK's departure from the EU, and handling of Ministerial correspondence.
•Support the team's inwardly seconded contaminated land expert from SEPA, making connections as necessary with policy work around regenerating post-industrial sites as part of Scottish Governments' economic development plans.
•Engage with colleagues elsewhere in the Division and more widely to progress Scottish Government's commitment in its response to the Werrity Report to review the current definition of peatlands and take expert advice on whether it should be revised and a stricter definition imposed.

Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, experience of delivering successful outcomes using project and programme planning and management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
2. Experience of analysing, developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
3. Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve policy objectives.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a successful team, demonstrating excellent people management skills and the development of shared ambition.

Competencies
Leading others
Analysis and use of evidence
Communications and engagement
People management

Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.

Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.

In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.

Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.
Peatlands and Land Quality is a recently enlarged a C2-led unit within Natural Resources Division in the Directorate for Environment and Forestry. In total it comprises 8 members of staff, including this one.

This C1 Team Leader post reports to the C2 and will oversee the two policy branches in the unit: (a) Peatland restoration, Climate Change Plan and contaminated land (1x B3, 1x B2, SEPA secondee); (b) Horticultural peat, soils and noise (1x B3, 2x B2).

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

For information on this post please contact RMName on TelNo or email to email@email.com.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.



Eligible Grades – All
Location – Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply


Overview
Peatlands are at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to the twin crises of the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity. In good condition, they represent an outstanding nature-based solution to these challenges, offering a range of ecosystem services: a natural sink for capturing and storing carbon, supporting unique habitats and biodiversity, reducing flood risk, improving water quality in rivers and streams, and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature. However, it is estimated that around 80% of Scotland's peatlands are in poor condition when these wider co-benefits are lost and they emit carbon.


Restoring degraded peatlands therefore has an important part to play in balancing the government's Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), achieving a Just Transition to net zero by 2045 and - by supporting skilled jobs across rural Scotland - contributing to a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. Scottish Ministers have committed at least £250 million to support PfG and CCPu commitments for a transformative increase in the rate of peatland restoration over the coming decade. This post will play a leading role in delivering that ambition.


Alongside restoring degraded peatlands, the team also has a focus on protecting existing ones. The commercial extraction of peat, primarily for horticulture, is at odds with our commitment to peatland restoration and our work includes delivering a PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat by increasing uptake of alternative growing media. The team also supports colleagues currently strengthening planning controls for development on peat and carbon rich soils.


The team is also responsible for a number of elements of policy on soils, contaminated land and noise.


This team leader post presents an outstanding opportunity to work at the cutting edge of this current, high profile, dynamic and exciting area. It offers a blend of strategy and policy development, programme and budget management and delivery, significant profile and Ministerial interest, wide stakeholder engagement and collaboration inside and outside government (including across agriculture, crofting, forestry, biodiversity, land use and planning), and interface with research and analysis.

Main Duties
•Work closely with the unit head to oversee and lead the team's work on peatland, soil, contaminated land and noise policy, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external policy and delivery partners and stakeholders.
•Complete the development, implementation and delivery of a new Scottish Government-led peatland restoration programme. Ensure provision of secretariat and other support to senior colleagues, the new Board and associated structures within the programme. Manage the peatland restoration budget (~£25 million per year), ensuring due process and financial accountability around its distribution to a range of external direct delivery partners.
•Engaging widely, lead the development and delivery of peatland policies and proposals in the CCPu, ensuring appropriate links with agriculture, forestry and land use interests. These include developing a new vision and strategy for Scotland's peatlands, increasing the flow of private finance into peatland restoration, and responding to recommendations from the Climate Change Committee.
•Ensure detailed intelligence from the team's policy development and delivery work informs wider strategic thinking and links with other programmes across government including climate change and COP26, agriculture and crofting, biodiversity, forestry, land use, natural capital and planning.
•Support the team's work to deliver the 2019-20 PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat. This may include consideration of banning its sale and will involve close engagement with policy and delivery partners, technical experts and stakeholders including UK Government, industry bodies and specialist interest groups.
•Support the team's work engaging with policy and analytical colleagues across government and more widely to review soil management, protection and conservation policy, ensuring a systematic and coherent approach to this broad issue that reflects the current policy context including its role in carbon storage.
•Oversee the team's work on noise policy, including close engagement with UK Government and the other devolved administrations to ensure compliance with legal obligations upon Scottish Ministers in relation to noise pollution monitoring, mapping and reporting following the UK's departure from the EU, and handling of Ministerial correspondence.
•Support the team's inwardly seconded contaminated land expert from SEPA, making connections as necessary with policy work around regenerating post-industrial sites as part of Scottish Governments' economic development plans.
•Engage with colleagues elsewhere in the Division and more widely to progress Scottish Government's commitment in its response to the Werrity Report to review the current definition of peatlands and take expert advice on whether it should be revised and a stricter definition imposed.


Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, experience of delivering successful outcomes using project and programme planning and management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
2. Experience of analysing, developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
3. Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve policy objectives.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a successful team, demonstrating excellent people management skills and the development of shared ambition.

Competencies
Leading others
Analysis and use of evidence
Communications and engagement
People management


Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.


Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.


In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.


Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.


Peatlands and Land Quality is a recently enlarged a C2-led unit within Natural Resources Division in the Directorate for Environment and Forestry. In total it comprises 8 members of staff, including this one.


This C1 Team Leader post reports to the C2 and will oversee the two policy branches in the unit: (a) Peatland restoration, Climate Change Plan and contaminated land (1x B3, 1x B2, SEPA secondee); (b) Horticultural peat, soils and noise (1x B3, 2x B2).


Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.


In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.


For information on this post please contact RMName on TelNo or email to email@email.com.


If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.


Eligible Grades – All
Location – Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply


Overview
Peatlands are at the heart of the Scottish Government's response to the twin crises of the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity. In good condition, they represent an outstanding nature-based solution to these challenges, offering a range of ecosystem services: a natural sink for capturing and storing carbon, supporting unique habitats and biodiversity, reducing flood risk, improving water quality in rivers and streams, and providing opportunities for people to connect with nature. However, it is estimated that around 80% of Scotland's peatlands are in poor condition when these wider co-benefits are lost and they emit carbon.


Restoring degraded peatlands therefore has an important part to play in balancing the government's Climate Change Plan update (CCPu), achieving a Just Transition to net zero by 2045 and - by supporting skilled jobs across rural Scotland - contributing to a green recovery from the Covid pandemic. Scottish Ministers have committed at least £250 million to support PfG and CCPu commitments for a transformative increase in the rate of peatland restoration over the coming decade. This post will play a leading role in delivering that ambition.


Alongside restoring degraded peatlands, the team also has a focus on protecting existing ones. The commercial extraction of peat, primarily for horticulture, is at odds with our commitment to peatland restoration and our work includes delivering a PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat by increasing uptake of alternative growing media. The team also supports colleagues currently strengthening planning controls for development on peat and carbon rich soils.


The team is also responsible for a number of elements of policy on soils, contaminated land and noise.


This team leader post presents an outstanding opportunity to work at the cutting edge of this current, high profile, dynamic and exciting area. It offers a blend of strategy and policy development, programme and budget management and delivery, significant profile and Ministerial interest, wide stakeholder engagement and collaboration inside and outside government (including across agriculture, crofting, forestry, biodiversity, land use and planning), and interface with research and analysis.

Main Duties
•Work closely with the unit head to oversee and lead the team's work on peatland, soil, contaminated land and noise policy, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external policy and delivery partners and stakeholders.
•Complete the development, implementation and delivery of a new Scottish Government-led peatland restoration programme. Ensure provision of secretariat and other support to senior colleagues, the new Board and associated structures within the programme. Manage the peatland restoration budget (~£25 million per year), ensuring due process and financial accountability around its distribution to a range of external direct delivery partners.
•Engaging widely, lead the development and delivery of peatland policies and proposals in the CCPu, ensuring appropriate links with agriculture, forestry and land use interests. These include developing a new vision and strategy for Scotland's peatlands, increasing the flow of private finance into peatland restoration, and responding to recommendations from the Climate Change Committee.
•Ensure detailed intelligence from the team's policy development and delivery work informs wider strategic thinking and links with other programmes across government including climate change and COP26, agriculture and crofting, biodiversity, forestry, land use, natural capital and planning.
•Support the team's work to deliver the 2019-20 PfG commitment to phase out the use of horticultural peat. This may include consideration of banning its sale and will involve close engagement with policy and delivery partners, technical experts and stakeholders including UK Government, industry bodies and specialist interest groups.
•Support the team's work engaging with policy and analytical colleagues across government and more widely to review soil management, protection and conservation policy, ensuring a systematic and coherent approach to this broad issue that reflects the current policy context including its role in carbon storage.
•Oversee the team's work on noise policy, including close engagement with UK Government and the other devolved administrations to ensure compliance with legal obligations upon Scottish Ministers in relation to noise pollution monitoring, mapping and reporting following the UK's departure from the EU, and handling of Ministerial correspondence.
•Support the team's inwardly seconded contaminated land expert from SEPA, making connections as necessary with policy work around regenerating post-industrial sites as part of Scottish Governments' economic development plans.
•Engage with colleagues elsewhere in the Division and more widely to progress Scottish Government's commitment in its response to the Werrity Report to review the current definition of peatlands and take expert advice on whether it should be revised and a stricter definition imposed.


Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, experience of delivering successful outcomes using project and programme planning and management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
2. Experience of analysing, developing and presenting complex policy options using a range of evidence and research to support decisions.
3. Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills with experience in successfully leading on a cross-cutting policy area, and developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to achieve policy objectives.
4. Proven experience of leading and managing a successful team, demonstrating excellent people management skills and the development of shared ambition.

Competencies
Leading others
Analysis and use of evidence
Communications and engagement
People management


Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.


Minimum Time in Post
The successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of three years unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.


In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.


Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure release dates can be agreed.


Peatlands and Land Quality is a recently enlarged a C2-led unit within Natural Resources Division in the Directorate for Environment and Forestry. In total it comprises 8 members of staff, including this one.


This C1 Team Leader post reports to the C2 and will oversee the two policy branches in the unit: (a) Peatland restoration, Climate Change Plan and contaminated land (1x B3, 1x B2, SEPA secondee); (b) Horticultural peat, soils and noise (1x B3, 2x B2).


Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.


In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.


For information on this post please contact RMName on TelNo or email to email@email.com.


If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.



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