Senior Policy Officer, DCCEE – Australian Government

General details:

Reference number: VRN 65/12
Title: Policy Officer
Designation: Executive Level 1
Division: Land Division
Branch: Carbon Farming Policy
Section: Vegetation Methodologies Team
Location: Canberra ACT
Immediate supervisor: Executive Level 2 
Security classification: Baseline
About the Department: Climate change is one of the most complex policy challenges facing governments today. The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency is a new and dynamic organisation at the forefront of developing and delivering the Australian Government’s response to this critical global issue.
About the Division:
The Land Division is responsible for:
• providing integrated policy advice and analysis relating to carbon sequestration and emissions reductions in agriculture, forestry and other land-based activities; 
• implementing the Carbon Farming Initiative, and the National Carbon Offset Standard;
• delivering Australia’s national greenhouse gas accounts for all sectors, and methods for estimating and measuring greenhouse gas emissions; and
• developing international policy and negotiation positions for the inclusion of the land sector in a post-2012 international climate change outcome.
The Carbon Farming Policy branch develops and oversees the implementation of policies and programs to improve the capacity of the land sector to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase sequestration. 
Responsibilities include designing the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI); overseeing the complementary land sector measures under the Clean Energy Future Plan; and overseeing the National Carbon Offset Standard which facilitates the integrity of the voluntary carbon offset market.
The Vegetation Methodologies section:
• identifies potential abatement opportunities in the land sector related to vegetation and natural resource management broadly (e.g. permanent plantings, regeneration of native vegetation, forestry, savannah fire management, feral animal control, restoration of wetlands and coastal marine ecosystems); 
• develops, assists external proponents to develop, and provides technical reviews of methods that can be implemented under the CFI to quantify emissions abatement that lead to carbon offset credits; 
• identifies and responds to related stakeholder issues; and,
• manages two grants programs — the Methodology Development Program and the Research and Development stream of the Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund. 
Applications are sought for an Assistant Manager position occupying key roles in the Vegetation Methodologies section.
The main duties of this role include, but are not limited to:
1. Analyse, synthesise and communicate technical information and solve problems related to identifying potential abatement activities and quantifying emissions abatement through the management of vegetation and natural resources under the CFI.
2. Develop methodologies, guidelines, and tools for quantifying abatement activities under the CFI.
3. Collaborate with colleagues within the Land Division and brief departmental executives and ministers on methodology development and policy issues as required.
4. Represent the Department in internal and external fora and communication activities, including participating in or chairing working groups.
5. Liaise with and assist in managing stakeholders including researchers, other government agencies, industry and the not-for-profit sector.
6. Procure expert technical advice and manage projects. 
7. Assist in managing staff with diverse technical and policy skills and associated administration.  For information about the position please contact Rochelle Christian on (02) 6159 7608
Qualifications or demonstrated experience, subject matter expertise and skills that can be applied to developing methodologies for the quantification of emissions abatement in natural or managed landscapes.
Security assessment
This position is a security assessed position. The successful applicant will be required to undergo a security assessment to obtain a Baseline Security Clearance.
Selection criteria
Applicants should consider each of the following selection criteria as they will be asked at interview to provide examples against the criteria to demonstrate their ability to perform the duties of the position. An order of merit maybe created from this process and may be used to fill similar positions within 12 months.
1. Shapes strategic thinking
  • Communicates with others regarding the purpose of their work and the relationship between operational activities and organisational goals.
  • Thinks about the future and considers the longer-term implications of own work.
  • Identifies problems, assesses their significance and takes appropriate action to resolve them.

2. Achieves results

  • Contributes own expertise for the benefit of the business unit; encourages others to draw upon this knowledge.
  • Constructs project plans that have clear and appropriate goals, timeframes and budgets, anticipates change and builds contingencies in to plans.
  • Monitors projects against plans; manages priorities and agrees adjustments to milestones as required.
3. Cultivates productive working relationships
  • Builds and sustains relationships; liaises with a range of stakeholders including other teams, peers and colleagues across the organisation and in other organisations.
  • Operates as an effective member of the team; works collaboratively and cooperatively; draws on team strengths.
  • Recognises that others have different views and experience; explores their contributions and capitalises on the differing contributions.
4. Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
  • Takes the initiative, progresses work, and engages in additional tasks as required.
  • Demonstrates commitment to self-development and capitalises on opportunities to extend skills andknowledge; accepts challenging new opportunities.
  • Operates in a professional manner when representing the organisation in public and internal forums
5. Communicates with Influence
  • Anticipates the stand of other parties in advance and positions own case accordingly.
  • Structures messages clearly and succinctly both orally and in writing.
  • Focuses on gaining a clear understanding of others comments by listening, asking clarifying questions and reflecting back.
6. Relevant professional or technical proficiency
Qualifications or demonstrated experience, subject matter expertise or skills that can be applied to developing methodologies for the quantification of emissions abatement resulting from the management of vegetation and other natural resources (e.g. permanent plantings, regeneration of native vegetation, forestry, savanna fire management, feral animal control, restoration of wetlands and coastal marine ecosystems).
Applications close: 6 September 2012
Applications should be forwarded by:
or mail to: Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
GPO Box 854