Vacancy -- Welsh Government’s Representative on Europe, office of the First Minister
Purpose of Post
The Welsh Government recognises the continuing importance to Wales of our relationship with the EU. The Welsh Government wants to continue to be well-connected in Europe at a political and senior official level, to maximise Wales’ interests across a broad range of areas. We are therefore seeking to appoint a Welsh Government Representative on Europe as a Specialist Policy Adviser. The post-holder will have already have very significant experience of working in an EU context with an existing and diverse range of relevant high-level connections. The successful applicant needs to understand how to make and manage new and different connections and to use these to further Wales’ interests. The jobholder will need to exercise excellent judgment in handling potentially sensitive dossiers.
The influence of the EU on policy-making and the regulatory framework in Wales will remain significant for the foreseeable future. The Specialist Policy Adviser on Europe will be proactive in making connections, gathering relevant intelligence and working across the Welsh Government and with stakeholders to support developing policy priorities. This will require strategic leadership skills in a range of policy areas including climate change, innovation, higher education and others.
The role requires wide experience of working with the EU Institutions and policy-making processes, as well as demonstrable understanding of how the EU operates and its current broad policy agenda. Strong collaborative/partnership skills will be vital.
The successful candidate also needs a good knowledge of the policy and political context in Wales to operate effectively.
Equality and Diversity
The Welsh Government is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity. This is underpinned by the Equality Act 2010 and will be adhered to at each stage of the recruitment process. Our goal is to ensure that these commitments are also embedded in our day-to-day working practices with all our customers, colleagues and partners.
We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and increasing diversity in the Welsh Government by removing barriers and supporting all our staff to reach their potential. We are committed to recruiting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and disabled people who are currently under-represented in Welsh Government.
We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, marriage and civil partnership (both same sex and opposite sex), impairment or health condition, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender identity or gender expression.
We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Disability Confident Level 3 (Leader) organisation. Key to supporting this work and providing peer support are five Board sponsored Staff Networks (Disability Awareness and Support (DAAS); Minority Ethnic Support Network (MESN); Mind Matters (Mental health and well-being); PRISM (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex +) and Women Together.
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 SharedServiceHelpdesk@gov.wales as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.
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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.
In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.
Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
• terms and conditions
• policies and procedures
• organisational change.
Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.
The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.
Assessments for shortlisted candidates only
A brief meeting with the First Minister
Panel Interviews (including presentation)
How to apply
Completed application form, an up to date CV, together with a personal statement of suitability for the post should be submitted by the closing date. All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system. If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail SCSrecruitment@gov.wales to request an application pack in an alternative format or if you need to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment in order to submit your application.
To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system. Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account. Registration takes just a few minutes to complete. You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register. Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.
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 Senior Civil Service recruitment process within the Welsh Government, please see the SCS Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link). Further guidance on Preparing Your Personal Statement (link) is also available.
When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)
Other information about the vacancy
This is a Name Free Recruitment - Your name should be removed from your CV and personal statement when you submit your application.
The successful candidate must be cleared to Security Check (SC) level before starting or posting to the job
This vacancy is closed to applications.