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candidates with strong leadership skills and with a scientific background of relevance to air quality.
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Dr. Mohamed Ghalaieny | Air Quality Analyst I Air Quality and Industrial Emissions
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Recruitment of Chair of the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG)
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) invites applications for the position of Chair of the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) which plays a vital role in providing advice to officials and
key office holders in Government and the Devolved Administrations (DAs) on the evidence base supporting air quality policies and operations. The independent advice from AQEG helps shape Defra’s evidence base to robustly support policy development and implementation.
While AQEG’s primary role is in the provision of scientific advice to assist Defra’s strategic vision, members and the Chair are also called upon to provide ad hoc advice on occasion. The role of the AQEG is particularly significant at present as Government
begins to implement its Clean Air Strategy
The position of Chair requires significant expertise in a field of science relevant to air quality in addition to demonstrable strategic leadership and vision. Candidates should be able to show exceptional knowledge
of the range of the Committee’s work and high levels of technical expertise in at least one of the areas detailed within the role specification. The Chair’s key responsibilities include:
- Showing excellent vision and leadership to a diverse group of specialists working together to advise Government on a wide range of issues relating to air quality;
- Representing the group within the research community and other advisory committees and championing Defra’s air quality evidence base;
- Working with Defra officials on the implementation of key policies such as the Clean Air Strategy (CAS) and updating ministers as required;
- Handling press queries relating to AQEG reports and, on occasion, the science underpinning high profile media attention relating to Defra air quality policy.;
- Chairing meetings and determining procedures for the group;
- Overseeing the work of AQEG members, providing appropriate support and ensuring appropriate management within the organisation;
- Providing impartial and independent input to discussions;
- Fostering close working relationships with key experts, including academics and institutions from the UK and Internationally.
The role is scheduled to commence in November 2019 with a suggested handover from the outgoing Chair between July and October 2019.
The post is part-time and voluntary, although modest travel and subsistence costs are met and attendance and preparation fees paid. The workload will vary, but on average the Chair will be required to work approximately
2 days per month, chairing 4-6 meetings per year with a maximum workload of 40 days per year.
Appointments will be based on merit, with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Government and devolved administrations are committed to the principles of equal opportunities and welcome
applications from all sections of the Community regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion or disability. Women, representatives of ethnic minority communities and people with disabilities are currently under-represented
on government committees and applications from these groups are therefore particularly welcome.
If you are interested in serving and have the necessary qualifications and experience, an information pack is available for download.
How to Apply
Full specification and application details:
Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.
The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the
criteria (max two pages please).
Your CV and statement should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date: 12:00 (midday) on 10 June, 2019 quoting reference AQEG_Chair_2019.
For any queries please email email@example.com
Closing date: Monday, 10 June 2019 12:00 (midday)
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