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Engagement and Impact Officer (Climate Resilience and Land, Water, Nature and Food)

Do you have experience working with the public, private or third sectors on the design and delivery of climate strategies? Do you have expertise relating to climate resilience and the implications of climate change for land, water, nature and food? Do you have strong analytical, organisational and communication skills and experience in supporting extensive stakeholder engagements 

We are looking for an Engagement and Impact Officer to play a central role in driving climate actions in the Yorkshire and Humber region.  

The Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission (YHCC) is an independent advisory body working with combined and local authorities and with other public, private and third sector (i.e. NGOs and community-based) organisations across the region. It has the goals of supporting the transition to net zero, promoting climate resilience, protecting and restoring nature, and facilitating a just (i.e. a fair and inclusive) transition across the region. 

Established at the start of 2021, the YHCC prepared and published the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Action Plan (CAP) in November 2021. The Commission is now working with multiple stakeholders – especially combined and local authorities, businesses and communities and more local climate commissions - to build capacities for the delivery of the CAP.  

To support and shape its ambitious work programme, we are seeking a motivated and proactive Engagement and Impact Officer to work with the YHCC to promote climate resilience and adaptation in the region and to help influence the interactions between climate change and land use, water resources, nature recovery and food production/consumption across the region Also supporting the work of the Leeds Climate Commission, the post will be funded by the University of Leeds as part of its ‘Climate Principles’ commitments that seek to support climate action in Leeds and the wider region.  

The appointed candidate will work with the Commission – and especially with its Climate Resilience Working Group and its Land, Water, Nature and Food Panel – to: 

  1. analyse best practice and understand how it can be promoted across the region; 
  2. help to organise open and inclusive stakeholder consultations and to support/participate in events on the above;  
  3. support others in the effective delivery of practical climate actions relating to climate resilience and land, water, nature and food.  

The Engagement and Impact Officer (Climate Resilience and Land, Water, Nature and Food) will be a central part of the Secretariat that supports the YHCC. The Secretariat – which is based at the University of Leeds but works across the region – includes two Co-Directors and a number of engagement and impact officers, communications and engagement specialists and project managers/administrative support staff. Beyond the Secretariat, the appointed candidate will work with the Chair of the Commission, the Chairs of the Climate Resilience Working Group and the Land, Water, Nature and Food Panel and with the Commission, its national and regional policy fora and its working groups and panels.  

You will have expertise relating to climate change in general and particularly to climate resilience and land, water, nature and food. You must have strong analytical and communications skills and excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. You should also have experience in engaging and working with public, private and third sector actors and in supporting stakeholder engagement activities. You should be a strong team player but also have the ability to exercise initiative and work independently. Diplomatic and discreet in approach, you will be skilled at managing a broad range of relationships in a balanced and effective way.  

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Andy Gouldson, Professor of Environmental Policy & Co-Director of the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission/Chair, Leeds Climate Commission                       

Email: A.Gouldson@leeds.ac.uk  


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927 p.a. pro rata
Working Time:  80% FTE
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Fixed term until 31 March 2024 - Due to external funding)
Release Date:  Friday 10 June 2022
Closing Date:  Thursday 30 June 2022
Reference:  ENVEE1574
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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