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HEO Policy Advisers Animal and Plant Health and Welfare

Higher Executive Officer


Salary Range:

National: £30,317 - £32,803 London: £33,827 - £36,606

Department and Location:

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Bristol, London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York

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Contract Type:


Available Working Pattern:

Flexible Working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time, Term time working

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Job Description:

As a Policy Adviser your role will include:

Leading on specific policy areas, where you will gain expertise in the relevant legislation and policy guidelines.
Engaging with cross-Defra teams who have an interest on your policy area, as well as external stakeholders from Defra’s Arm’s Length Bodies, other government departments, the devolved administrations, Non-Government Organisations, industry and animal keepers.
Using evidence to guide your policy development and drawing expertise from within and outside government.
Co-ordinating policy briefing for Ministers and senior officials.
Planning and prioritising effectively to deliver high quality results to time.

Person Specification:

In these exciting, fast moving, and high-profile policy areas in APHW, successful candidates will need to be organised, have an eye for detail and accuracy, have excellent written and oral communication skills and be able to work at pace.

The Defra group is dedicated to having a diverse workforce which represents people in our communities and an inclusive culture where everyone feels they can be their authentic self at work, belong in the organisation and can speak up to challenge others when needed. We want everyone to be able to contribute to the success of our organisation, regardless of your background.

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