Senior specialist (economics) Natural england

Application Deadline: 
22 Nov 2019


East Midlands, Eastern, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber

About the job


This post is based Nationally

Job description

Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment. We provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone.

We’re recruiting two Senior Specialist Economists to join our Chief Scientist’s Directorate. The directorate is dispersed so the location is flexible.

The Chief Scientist’s Directorate hosts Natural England’s scientific and technical capability. It leads on research, evidence standards and applying evidence to decision-making. As an evidence-led organisation, science and evidence is at the heart of our work. Our work is both applied to the real world and technically robust, and we have track record of turning our outputs into academic journal papers.

You’ll use your economics expertise to ensure that the full value of the natural environment is included in decisions, both in Natural England and much more widely. Doing so will improve lives in England now, and for future generations.

Economists in Natural England work in a small team, led by our Principal Specialist, Tim Sunderland. We work closely with ecologists and social scientists to produce integrated products. Much of our work is focussed on Natural Capital – building the environment into decision-making by treating it as an asset which provides benefits. Natural Capital currently has a high profile due to its central role in the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and an upsurge in interest in the privates sectors.

We have a reputation for providing high quality analytical advice and recently won the John Hoy award for the best piece of economic analysis in government. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to this high profile workstream. Other currently important areas of work include, health, economic development, spatial planning and protected areas.

The successful candidate will be an experienced and confident economist, able to lead specific topics within Natural England’s work. Specifically, this will include:

Working with others across Natural England, and outside the organisations, to understand developments

Appropriately framing environmental economic challenges.

Producing, and commissioning, high-quality analysis and decision-support tools

Providing quality assurance and advice on analysis and decision-support tools produced by others

Provide coaching and training in Environmental Economics to Natural England staff

We are recruiting two roles as follows:

Role 1: Permanent member of the economics team-

The successful candidate will work across Natural England’s remit and develop specialisms as appropriate. We are planning to develop an alternative progress dashboard and would welcome applications from candidates with an interest in this area.

Role 2:Supporting the North Devon New Environmental Land Management Scheme trial (Initially Fixed Term Appointment of 12 months)

Environmental Land Management is a large scheme distributes more than £3 billion to UK farmers in return for more environmentally friendly farming practices. North Devon is running one of several trials which will influence the design of the new scheme This is a challenging role developing and testing a new approach to farm business planning exploring ways to operationalise the use of natural capital indicators at the farm level and integrate land management plans with farm business planning to generate costed farm scale natural capital offers.

The trial will focus on establishing the costs of ‘buying’ natural capital outcomes on an income foregone basis, on our indicators of natural capital report. The trial team will provide up to 30 individual farm land management plans and natural capital options which the economist will analyse, providing costed options. The economist will work with the team to test farm business reactions to the approach and share lessons with Defra.

This role is a Defra funded Fixed Term Appointment for 12 months in the first instance. (The role may be extended in January 2021 to test new payments in the farm businesses subject to funding). This role is highly suitable for a government secondment and as a development opportunity