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Climate Action Strategic Lead, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

Climate Action Strategic Lead

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful

  • Belfast

  • £28,000 per annum

  • Permanent full-time

  • Updated 30/05/2021

  • Human Resources

Job Title: Climate Action Strategic Lead Employed by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Reporting to Operations Manager

Job Purpose Develop, deliver and report on climate related environmental education programmes, training and assessments for a range of audiences. Effectively integrate these into the organisation’s wider programmes. Hours of Business Core hours 9am - 5pm

Location: Belfast Office/Home-based and NI Wide Hours per week 37.5 hours Full time Salary £28,000 Interview Date: 18th June 2021 Interviews will be held virtually via Zoom.


Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’s strategic plan 2020-2025 states that we must go further faster together in making transformational changes that deliver sustainable lifestyles for all in our society. The Climate Action Strategic Lead (CASL) will provide professional support services on climate action. The role will predominantly provide externally-facing services and will have an element of internally facing policy, research and advice.

The CASL will play a key role in the development and delivery of high quality climate action services. The CASL will engage with various audiences and carry out research and sector analysis to identify needs/opportunities and to develop and deliver marketable solutions, products and services (including commercial services). These will be adaptable to both on-line and face-to-face modes of delivery.

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has recently developed a suite of Carbon Literacy programmes thanks to the generous support of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. These are ready to be pilot tested with a wide range of interested stakeholders. Initially, your key focus will be on ensuring the successful operation of this pilot phase, evolving the structure and content of the programmes through co-design and managing the programme launch in the lead up to COP 26. You will work with team members to roll out the Carbon Literacy programmes, provide quality assurance frameworks to this process, build capacity and meet departmental targets.

AUTHORITY All staff are expected to:  Commission work only in line with company procedures, and obtain best value at all times.  Refer any media interest or potential news stories to their line manager.  Operate within the organisation’s policies and procedures at all times.  Only commission marketing channels in line with those agreed by the Chief Executive.

DUTIES AND EXEPCTED OUTCOMES A. Business Services and Development  Develop and deliver learning and behaviour change training services, including Carbon Literacy programmes, for a variety of audiences.  Work with colleagues and key partners to develop and implement Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’s Climate Action services.  Plan Climate Action events that inform, inspire and capture the views of groups and communities. Secure involvement and participate in existing events where appropriate (eg Conference of the Parties).  Develop and maintain customer relations with prospective clients.  Work with colleagues and key partners to develop new markets for our existing portfolio of products and services.  Deliver climate action consultancy services, including Carbon Management Plans and Climate Change reports.  To plan, coordinate, launch and evolve publicity campaigns linked to Climate Action initiatives.  Work to departmental budget.  Reporting as required both internally and to funders.

B. Policy and Advice  Keep abreast of national and international climate change related policy and contribute to Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’s Climate Action positioning and messaging.  Foster and maintain positive working relationships with private/public/voluntary sector organisations and key influencers in Northern Ireland and beyond.  Contribute to the organisation’s Environmental Audit activities and assist with the production of our own inaugural annual climate change report.  Develop advocacy services for key Climate Action linked groups and sectors.

C. General  Work with colleagues in the annual planning processes to prepare and monitor work-plans, budgets and performance indicators.  Undertake such work as may be determined from time to time up to or on a level commensurate with the main responsibilities of the post.  Develop and maintain close communications with team members to ensure the maximum flow of information, understanding and ideas.  Familiarise, develop and adhere to all internal policies and procedures.  Ensure compliance with the Health and Safety policy.  Observe the Equal Opportunities Policy.  Manage staff and resources within your sphere of responsibilities.  This is not to be viewed as an exhaustive list of duties, rather, the key elements of the expected workload of the Climate Action Strategic Lead.


Qualifications, skills and experience


Essential competencies must be clearly demonstrated within your application.  A relevant degree level qualification, e.g., environmental/carbon management systems, or at least three years’ demonstrable equivalent experience.  One year’s experience in data gathering, analysis and reporting, preferably focused on climate change/carbon literacy/energy monitoring/environmental auditing.  One year’s experience of establishing and maintaining strong and lasting partnerships and effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders.  Two years’ experience of developing and implementing training programmes.  Two years’ experience of effectively communicating complex information in various formats to a range of audiences.  One year’s experience of project and/or programme development and delivery.  Full current driving licence and/or access to a suitable means of transport to enable you to carry out the duties and responsibilities.


 Experience of carbon and ecological foot-printing.  Experience of working with various organisations from an external perspective.

Knowledge & Understanding


 Knowledge of key climate change issues and their relevance to the Northern Ireland context.  Awareness of the global climate change agenda and key agreements.

Desirable  An understanding of how central and local government is administered and its services delivered.

Personal Qualities

Essential  Ability to work independently and as part of a team.  Enthusiastic belief in partnership working and ability to innovate.  Problem solving, taking decisions and being accountable come naturally.

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Applications close on Monday 7th June 2021 at 12 noon. Late applications will not be accepted. Interviews will take place (via Zoom) on Friday 18th June 2021. Please note that Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful reserve the right to increase the shortlisting criteria to assist with the recruitment process.

Please note that CVs or cover notes are not accepted. Relevant information on how you meet the requirements of the roles must be within the application form only. Due to delays with the postal service we ask that you submit your applications via e-mail. KNIB will not be responsible for applications received after the deadline.

Skills: business development climate action data gathering climate change

To apply for this position the employer requires you to complete the following documents and return them via the apply link below Application form Download Now About Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Download Now Monitoring Form Download Now Ref: AUTO-202105111119437610 Apply Now

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