Living With Environmental Change Developments — Vacancy
* Employer: NERC
* Posted: 13 May 2008
* Location: UK
* Industry: Education - General,
* Science - Research,
* Senior executive - General
* Contract: Contract
* Hours: Full Time
* Salary: c£85,000 plus benefits
LIVING WITH ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
c£85,000 plus benefits
The evidence suggests that if we continue on our current path, by the end of this century - and perhaps sooner - our environment will change beyond the recognition of modern humans.
Here in the UK, the principal funders of environment-related research are joining forces and embarking on a ten year £1 billion programme, that will increase society's resilience to, and reduce the costs of, environmental change. The responsibility of the Director will be to develop and deliver this collaborative research-policy programme.
Spanning the UK Research Councils, Departments of State, Government Agencies and related organisations, the programme will provide the required synergies and connections to join world-leading natural, engineering, economic, social, medical, cultural, arts and humanities researchers with policy makers, business, the public and other key stakeholders.
Working on behalf of the 16 partners of the board, that is being independently chaired by Lord Selborne, you will be responsible for recruiting and leading a supporting team to work with the programme's advisory groups and partner organisations to enable the programme to reach its objectives.
This is a five-year contract with the potential for renewal. The role demands inspirational leadership, supported by credibility in research relating to environmental change.
A proven track record of inter-disciplinary working and outstanding communication and interpersonal skills will enable you to recognise and represent the varying needs of the range of partner organisations.
For more information, please visit http://www.directorlwec.co.uk
To apply, please email an up-to-date CV and covering letter to email@example.com (To call direct 01793 442592). Your covering letter should outline how you would enable this ambitious programme to succeed and will present your ideas on the feasibility of hosting the Director within an organisation that will enhance their effectiveness.
Closing date: 6th June 2008.
Visit http://www.lwec.org.uk for more information on Living With Environmental Change.
Living With Environmental Change
The principal funders of environment-related research in the UK are seeking to make this senior appointment to develop and deliver a collaborative research-policy programme to tackle environmental change. The prospective budget for this programme is £1Bn over the first 5 years of which over £350M will come from the UK Research Councils in the current Comprehensive Spending Review period (2008 - 2011).
The 10-year programme - Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) - is being designed by an unprecedented partnership spanning UK Research Councils, Departments of State, Governments and other government bodies. It will connect world-leading natural, engineering, economic, social, medical, cultural, arts and humanities researchers with policy makers, business, the public, and other key stakeholders.
Through interdisciplinary research activities, knowledge-exchange actions, business-engagement and training, a successful LWEC programme will increase society's resilience to, and reduce the costs of, environmental change. It will enable the development of the interdisciplinary evidence-base, tools and processes that are needed to inform public and policy debates and people's choices about mitigation, management and adaptation options and opportunities.
The issues LWEC addresses are of prime importance to the UK and to many other areas of the world, including the poorest. Expectations of the programme are high and the Director will need to be able to manage these and encourage all partners to meet them through coherent actions. LWEC will provide the knowledge and foresight needed for government and business to deal with the challenges and take the opportunities that all forms of environmental change present. It will help decision-makers and individuals make informed choices for a sustainable future. By encouraging dialogue amongst stakeholders LWEC will help create conditions in which technological solutions will be introduced that will be accepted by the public because the benefits will be understood. As a unique partnership, LWEC will provide the coherent actions that we need to deal with unprecedented levels and rates of environmental change.
The Director will work on behalf of the sixteen partners that have seats on the LWEC Partners' Board. This has an independent chair, The Earl of Selborne, a distinguished Parliamentarian. The Director will be the public leader of the overall effort, recruiting and leading a supporting team to work with the programme's advisory groups and the partner organisations to enable the programme's overarching strategic objectives to be met.
· Maintain links with other research programmes, especially the Research Council's Energy Programme and such co-ordinating groups as the UK Collaborative on Development Science and the EU Framework Programmes
· Develop links to the IPCC and the next national and international phases of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
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