Policy Adviser - ICCAN

Woking, Surrey
10 Sep 2020
23 Sep 2020
Contract Type

About the job Summary

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Are you able to build strong trusting relationships with stakeholders? Do you have excellent written communication skills?

Can you think strategically and do you find it easy to adapt to change?

If so, the Policy Adviser role in Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) could be for you!

Job description

We are looking a Policy Adviser to join ICCAN.

ICCAN was established last year as an Advisory Non-Departmental Public Body to become a credible and authoritative voice on aviation noise issues.

The objective of ICCAN is to bring together industry, communities and the Government to ensure best practice is followed and information is shared and communicated in an accessible way. It will aim to identify any improvements needed to industry methods of assessing and mitigating noise impacts and will give communities a greater stake on aviation noise issues.

As a Policy Adviser in the team, you will be integral in taking the evidence provided from data analysis and/or consultations and turning it into robust recommendations delivered in reports to the Commissioners, Government and others.


Responsibilities Include:

• Working closely with both colleagues in ICCAN and aviation sector stakeholders to identify and make recommendations on the key challenges within the aviation noise debate
• Delivering high quality policy development based on a robust evidence base
• Supporting ICCAN’s senior management in delivering its corporate strategy
• Collaborating with the communications team within ICCAN to interpret and communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences
• Supporting ICCAN’s business management function in procuring and delivering external research commissions.

For further deatils, please refer to the Job profile.

Please note, some domestic travel may be required.

This vacancy is open to full or part-time (minimum of 0.8 FTE basis) applicants. These hours can be flexible throughout the working week which can be arranged with your line manager. It can also be available on secondment with the agreement of both employers.

ICCAN embraces diversity and celebrates our differences. Everyone is involved in making ICCAN an inclusive and great place to work. We actively promote a flexible approach to working whilst giving staff opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their full potential organisational values are:

• Inclusive
• Collaborative
• Challenging
• Aspirational
• Novel

About you
The successful post holder will have previous experience of working with stakeholders, understanding their issues and maintaining content quality with the ability to think strategically and set the agenda for others. You will have good policy, project management, presentation, report writing and communication skills, with the ability to pick up technical issues at pace and work within a multi-disciplinary team. This is a public-facing independent body, and you must have an ability to bring together policy considerations with an understanding of commercial and implementation practicalities. You will have strong analytical skills and be able to understand and translate findings to inform judgements , recommendations and develop policy, with ability to communicate this in a way that can be clearly understood. You will be leading on a variety of projects and work streams, therefore it's import you are confident leading on projects and are able to motivate others to meet time frames and ensure differing needs of others are met.

While it is not essential knowledge or experience in one of local government, planning, acoustics or environmental policy is also desirable.

About us

Our mission at the Department for Transport is ‘connecting people and places’. Everything we do to achieve this is reinforced by our values:

Confidence: to challenge, to take action, to innovate

Excellence: in our professionalism, in our delivery, in our learning

Teamwork: we are inclusive, we collaborate, we support each other

These values define the kind of organisation we want to be – delivering for today whilst being ambitious for tomorrow.

We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. Everyone is involved in making DfT an inclusive and great place to work. We actively promote a flexible approach to working whilst giving our staff opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their full potential.

We are different people, one team.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Policy Exercise


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

The sift is due to take place on the 24th September 2020.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held week commencing 12th October 2020.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

•an interview

•an interview and policy exercise

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:

•what energises and motivates you

•how you would manage situations relevant to the role

•your previous experience

•your professional skills and knowledge

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Further Information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a reserve list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the reserve list you may be considered for the post. Within the reserve list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

We welcome applications from every part of the community and we don’t discriminate against any gender identity. We’re especially interested to hear from underrepresented groups in the DfT such as gender diverse, BAME, LGBT+ and disabled candidates.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Any move to the Department For Transport will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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