Vacancy -- Head of Prosiect 2050

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Education and Public Services
Welsh Language Division
Grade 6 - £62,320 - £72,905
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. A list of the Welsh Government's offices can be found on our website ( Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.

Purpose of Post:

To lead the new Welsh Language Planning Unit (Prosiect 2050) to be established to drive forward the Cymraeg 2050 strategy and provide a greater focus on language planning within Welsh Government.

The role of the new Unit will be to:

  • Plan, create and evaluate programmes to increase the use of Welsh in all aspects of life, informed by insights from the behavioural sciences.
  • Provide professional advice to Welsh Government departments about their contribution to achieving the Cymraeg 2050 strategy.
  •  Increase the Welsh Government’s capability to undertake effective language planning in line with the aims of Cymraeg 2050.
  •  Work with local authorities to increase their strategic planning in the context of Cymraeg 2050.
  • Lead a programme to deliver the Welsh Government’s Welsh Language Technology Action Plan.
  • Lead on the implementation of relevant aspects of Cymraeg 2050.
  • Ensure that the findings of relevant research is fully implemented into all aspects of the language planning programme
  • The post holder will be expected to provide Ministers and senior officials with detailed information and evidence on language planning and promotional activities to assist them to take decisions with contribute to the Cymraeg 2050 targets.


Key tasks:

  • Co-ordinate the planning for the route to a million speakers, from early years, through Welsh-medium statutory education provision, post-compulsory education to Welsh for adults by working with Directors and CEOs across Wales.
  • Develop new initiatives across a wide range of domains specifically aimed at achieving the Welsh Government's target of doubling the daily use of Welsh by 2050.
  • Develop partnerships both internally and externally, to maximise the impact of activities undertaken to implement Cymraeg 2050.
  • Develop language planning expertise within Prosiect 2050 in departments across Welsh Government and externally, with a specific focus on supporting the Welsh in Education Strategic Plans (WESPs), and the language forums within Local Authorities. It is also expected that the post holder will advise Ministers on the Plans to attend the language forums as appropriate.
  • Influence and support policy areas across the Welsh Government to contribute to: 
  • the maintenance of Welsh-speaking communities;
  • increased awareness of bilingualism amongst leaders in the public sector;
  • the increased use and support for Welsh in digital technology;
  • other aspects of the Cymraeg 2050 strategy as required.
  • Lead on cross-Government work to ensure that policies in economic development, housing, planning, education, health, culture etc support the Cymraeg 2050 vision using behavioural insights to increase the use of Welsh across Ministerial portfolios.
  • Be accountable to the Minister, senior officials and the Cymraeg 2050 Programme Board on the delivery of Cymraeg 2050;
  • Direct responsibility for £10 million budget, and responsibility for influencing spend within other key areas whilst ensuring value for money.
  • Present recommendations on allocation of budget to all Welsh Government language promotion activity, demonstrating spend against key strategic priorities of Cymraeg 2050
  • Advise the the Minister on the ambitions and priorities of Prosiect 2050.
  • Evaluate programmes and advise on new strategies/policies.
  • Commission research on matters relating to the delivery of Cymraeg 2050 strategy.
  • Lead and develop a team of around 25 staff within Prosiect 2050. 
  • Manage contracts with an external panel to provide expert advice on language planning.
  • Present at conferences and public events about the Welsh language and language planning in Wales and beyond.

Development opportunities:

This is an unique opportunity to lead a programme of change in a high profile policy area.  The post holder will be expected to create partnerships and work across organisational boundaries, working closely with leaders in all sectors.

Closing Date:

16/03/2020, 16:00

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Full understanding of all work related material
Can understand all work-related conversations
Can prepare written material for all work-related matters

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria


1. Seeing the Big Picture
Anticipate economic, social, political, Environmental and technological developments to keep activity relevant and targeted.
2. Changing and Improving
Encourage and recognise a culture of initiative and Innovation focused on adding value – give people space and praise for creativity.
3. Delivering at Pace
Clarify Business priorities, roles and responsibilities and secure individual and team ownership.
4. Delivering at Pace
Review, challenge and adjust performance levels to ensure quality outcomes are delivered on time, rewarding success.

Job Specifics

  1. Experience and extensive knowledge of project management.
  2. Extensive evidenced knowledge of language planning, policy development and behavioural sciences.
  3. Expertise in language technologies and an understanding of GDPR is also preferable as the post holder will be responsible for leading on implementing the government’s Welsh Language Technology Strategy.

Assessment Process

5 minute presentation to assess presentation skills and Welsh language skills.

Other Information

Bethan Webb - - 03000256565

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

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If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

This vacancy is closed to applications.