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Policy Adviser

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 092
Grade HEO
Salary: £36,652
Location: London
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Some occasional travel within the UK
Appointment Type Permanent
Appointment Term Full time
Level of Security clearance BPSS
Medical required? No

Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.

Application details

Closing date for applications: 28 Feb 2019
Anticipated interview date: Mid March

Brief overview of role

The OGA is looking for a high-calibre candidate to fill this post. This is an exciting opportunity to use and develop your policy development and strategy skills in an industry-facing environment in a team that works on a range of areas across both the onshore and offshore oil and gas portfolios, including the OGA’s energy transition work to support the UK’s wider transition to a low carbon economy.


This role sits within the policy and strategy team in the Strategy Directorate, a small and friendly team with a unique remit in terms of the cross-cutting nature of its work and the view it takes across the whole of the OGA and beyond.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

Given the team’s remit in working across the OGA, the exact objectives for this post may evolve to respond to the priorities of the organisation and the post holder will need to be flexible and willing to work across teams in the Strategy Directorate and take on new projects as business needs change.


Initial duties for the successful candidate will involve leading on aspects of work to support current priorities for the team, including:


-      providing project support and a secretariat function in relation to the OGA’s cross-cutting energy transition work, in support of the UK’s wider transition to a low carbon economy


-      supporting the policy and regulation teams in relation to onshore activity, including producing advice and briefing, drafting correspondence, and organising, attending and occasionally chairing relevant internal and external meetings, including with central government and the Shale Environmental Regulator Group (SERG)


-      acting as a key point of contact between the OGA and central government, particularly through developing good working relationships with our Shareholder Team in BEIS


-       project managing an ongoing industry-facing project


-      supporting the OGA’s engagement with the onshore oil and gas industry


-      being a flexible resource to respond to new and urgent strategy and policy needs across the whole organisation as they arise, in particular around the energy transition and North Sea energy integration opportunities


The post holder will need:


-        good analytical and evidence-based skills and the ability to grasp complex and unfamiliar issues quickly and identify implications and risks


-        to be a strong self-starter, confident in working independently but knowing when to seek support


-        excellent written communication skills and strong oral communication skills with the ability to adjust their style to explain complex issues clearly to a variety of audiences


-        an excellent eye for detail but also the ability to move between complex detail and the bigger picture and think strategically


-        the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships across a wide variety of teams across the whole OGA, in both London and Aberdeen, including geoscientists and lawyers, and with stakeholders in other bodies including other regulators, industry and central government.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Making Effective Decisions - • Effectiveness in this area is about being objective; using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice. For all staff, it means showing clarity of thought, setting priorities, analysing and using evidence to evaluate options before arriving at well-reasoned, justifiable decisions. At senior levels, leaders will be creating evidence based strategies, evaluating options, impacts, risks and solutions. They will aim to maximise return while minimising risk and balancing social, political, financial, economic and environmental considerations to provide sustainable outcomes.
  • Competence 2: Collaborating and Partnering - • People skilled in this area create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service to help get business done. At all levels, it requires working collaboratively, sharing information and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions. At senior levels, it’s about delivering business objectives through creating an inclusive environment, encouraging collaboration and building effective partnerships including relationships with Ministers.
  • Competence 3: Seeing the Bigger Picture - • Seeing the big picture is about having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs. For all staff, it is about focusing your contribution on the activities which will meet Civil Service goals and deliver the greatest value. At senior levels, it is about scanning the political context and taking account of wider impacts to develop long term implementation strategies that maximise opportunities to add value to the citizen and support economic, sustainable growth.
  • Competence 4: Delivering at pace - • Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes. For all staff, it’s about working to agreed goals and activities and dealing with challenges in a responsive and constructive way. At senior levels, it is about building a performance culture to deliver outcomes with a firm focus on prioritisation and addressing performance issues resolutely, fairly and promptly. It is also about leaders providing the focus and energy to drive activities forward through others and encourage staff to perform effectively during challenging and changing times.

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language

Essential Desirable
• Critical thinking and excellent drafting skills
• Some experience of government and/or policy development
Experience in using programme and project management techniques

Application Process and Further Information

Unfortunately you do not meet minimum nationality and educational requirements of this position.

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online application process below, however, if you do require the application form in a different format please contact us at quoting the recruitment reference number and job title.

You should provide examples in your covering letter that best demonstrate your skills and abilities against the competencies and specialist skills. The maximum word count against each competence example is 250 words. The information you provide will be assessed during the short listing stage and if you are invited to attend an interview, the indicated competence areas will discussed further.

When completing your application, you should use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result) methodology for each competence. All appointments are subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks

For further information please see the Information to Candidates pack (PDF)

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Equality and diversity statement

The OGA is committed to embedding equality and diversity into all our policies and processes. We will aim to recruit, retain and promote staff on the basis of competence and regardless of characteristics including those listed under the Equality Act 2010. These protected characteristics are; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

The OGA is an accredited Disability Confident Committed employer.