Impact and Engagement Manager (UK Resilience to Xylella fastidiosa)
Post Details
Job Title
Impact and Engagement Manager (UK Resilience to Xylella fastidiosa)
Post Number
1003588
Closing Date
12 Dec 2018
Grade
SC4
Starting Salary
£48,600 - £59,400
Hours per week
37
Project Title
BRIGIT - A consortium for enhancing UK surveillance and response to Xylella fastidiosa
Expected/Ideal Start Date
01 Feb 2019
Months Duration
26
Interview Date
21 Dec 2018

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

This new post is part of an exciting £5M multidisciplinary project focussed on UK resilience to Xylella fastidiosa. The project is led by JIC in a partnership with nine other institutions across the UK, and close links to Defra and the Scottish Government. The impact of the project will rely on the generation, analysis and communication of evidence underpinning future UK responses to this bacterial plant pathogen. Success will depend on close engagement with stakeholders, including policy-makers, government agencies, industries and NGOs. This post will work across all partners in the project, ensuring that policy-makers’ evidence needs are met, and other stakeholders’ interests are integral to the project from the outset.

Key Relationships

This is an outward-facing role. The post-holder’s priority external relationships will be with policy-makers in Whitehall and the devolved administrations; associated statutory agencies (e.g. APHA and SASA; the Forestry Commission, Natural England and their devolved equivalents); the horticultural, agricultural and forestry trades and industries; and NGOs with interests in conservation and land management. The post-holder will also need to develop and maintain excellent relationships with all ten UK research partners in the project.

Internally, the post-holder will need to work closely with the Project Leader, Saskia Hogenhout, plus JIC’s policy, knowledge exchange and communications teams.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Meeting evidence-based policy needs – through the synthesis of evidence, its interpretation and presentation in face-to-face briefings, written briefings and time spent with policy-makers
20
Developing an open policy making framework – in which the evidence generated by the project is augmented with scientific evidence from elsewhere, stakeholder engagement, public engagement and international engagement
20
Engaging with industry practice – through the two-way exchange of evidence which can inform the work of the project and lead to changes in industry practice where appropriate
20
Organising workshops and events – to facilitate stakeholder engagement, four workshops are planned in two years
10
Building a project evidence team – across a diverse set of project partners and without direct line management
10
Establishing formal and informal networks – in Whitehall, in the Devolved Administrations, with industry and other stakeholder representative bodies
10
Data and evidence curation – to ensure the robustness of evidence during and after the project
5
Facilitating wider networks – for example, with other projects related to bacterial plant pathogens and with other evidence intermediaries such as the UK learned societies
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Degree in relevant subject
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Indepth understanding of the policy-making process
Essential
Knowledge of the horticultural, agricultural and forestry industries in the UK, and of NGOs with related interests in land management and conservation.
Essential
Experience of synthesising scientific evidence for a range of non-scientific audiences
Essential
Broad scientific awareness
Essential

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience of engaging with government and its agencies
Essential
Substantial research experience with documented outputs (e.g. publication record).
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Exceptional communication skills both written and verbal
Essential
Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
Essential
Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
Essential
Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders
Essential
Promotes and strives for continuous improvement
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to travel (inside the UK)
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential

Who We Are

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.

Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Department

Crop Genetics

The Department of Crop Genetics undertakes fundamental research on the biology of cereals, brassicas and legumes to understand the genetic and molecular basis of phenotypic variation. A major goal is to develop the technologies and knowledge base to provide a predictive framework that will underpin conventional and novel plant breeding strategies. This will enable high-yielding, stress and disease resistant varieties, with a particular end-use quality, suitable for an efficient but benign agriculture.

Group Details

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Applications are invited for an Impact and Engagement Manager to join the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.

Background:

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology based in Norwich. From November 2018, the John Innes Centre will lead a large, multidisciplinary project focussed on UK resilience to the bacterial plant pathogen, Xylella fastidiosa. The impact of the project will rely on the generation, analysis and communication of evidence underpinning future UK responses to this pathogen. Success will depend on close engagement with stakeholders, including policy-makers, government agencies, industries and NGOs. Applications are sought for an Impact and Engagement Manager for this project.

The role:

This senior, outward-facing role will work across all partners in the project, ensuring that policy-makers’ evidence needs are met, and other stakeholders’ interests are integral to the project from the outset. The main activities and responsibilities of the role will include:

-     Meeting evidence-based policy needs
-     Developing an open policy making framework
-     Engaging with industry
-     Organising workshops and events

This post offers the opportunity to work in a priority area with scientific partners at the very top of their game. It is a new role with the possibility of significant impact and visibility.

The ideal candidate:

The successful applicant will be a trained research scientist with experience of research impact on policy and practice. They will be a credible interlocutor and possess exceptional communication skills with experience of synthesising scientific evidence for a range of non-scientific audiences.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £48,600 - £59,400 depending on qualifications and experience. This is a fulltime post for a period of 26 months. Applicants wishing to explore secondment into this post, for example from government, academia, learned societies or industry, are encouraged to contact the John Innes Centre.

Interviews will be held on 21 December 2018.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.jic.ac.uk or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk quoting reference 1003588.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.