Programme and Policy Lead - Climate Change

  • Location
    London, Greater London
  • Salary
    £ 28.79 - £ 37.77 / Hourly
  • Job type
    Contractor
  • Industry
    Science and Research
  • External Reference
    JN-072022-265853
  • Category
    Public Sector - Policy, Research & Strategy


  • Programme and Policy Lead - Climate Change

  • Public Sector - Local Government

  • Full time - Monday to Friday, 36 hours per week

  • Temporary role - 3 months with possible extension

  • £28.79 per hour PAYE / £37.77 per hour Umbrella

  • Paid Annual Leave entitlement (PAYE route only)

  • Based in the office (Wandsworth, SW18) Mon & Tue, Working From Home Weds, Thurs & Fri


Job Purpose


In July 2019 Richmond Council and Wandsworth Council declared Climate Emergencies, following this Wandsworth Council published its Environment and Sustainability Strategy in July 2019 and Richmond published its Climate Emergency Strategy in January 2020. Although both councils are committed to being net zero organisations by 2030 and to make both boroughs net zero by 2050 the individual strategies reflect the priorities for each borough and therefore contain actions and priorities which are unique to each. Both strategies are underpinned by ambitious action plans that involve services across all Directorates. These action plans cover the operations of both councils, the estates of both councils and the Shared Staffing Service workforce. Alongside these strategies and action plans each council has developed individual engagement and behaviour change programmes which look to involve residents, local groups, local businesses and partners in taking action to improve the environment and reduce carbon emissions. This post is required to ensure the delivery of the two strategies, their supporting action plans and the two engagement programmes.


The postholder will programme manage, alongside the other Policy and Programme Lead (Climate Change and Sustainability), the further development and delivery of the strategies, action plans and engagement strategies. They will identify where actions are at risk of slipping and will work with services to get progress back on track. They will also look to identify where policy can be developed to support both council's ambitious strategies and achieve the 2030 and 2050 targets and to identify projects and funding to deliver the climate action plans.


The post holder will be expected to take a leading role in driving forward all aspects of climate change and sustainability work.


In fulfilling this role the postholder will ensure the successful delivery of these high-profile and ambitious strategies.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities



  1. To programme manage the action plans which underpin the Wandsworth and Richmond strategies. This will involve liaising with senior officers to identify actions taken, critically appraising if actions are on track and working with senior officers to bring actions back on deadline, where required.

  2. To work closely with officers across the SSA to deliver the agreed engagement and behaviour change strategies. This will require liaison with local groups, local businesses, stakeholders, partners, residents and staff.

  3. To lead on supporting the Assistant Chief Executive on delivering the governance structures which have been agreed to deliver both the strategies. This includes the SSA Climate Change Steering Group.

  4. To lead on providing formal reports to Members on the progress of both the action plans and on providing detailed briefings to Members, both written and face to face, as required. This will include the Leaders of both councils and Executive Members/Committee Chairs

  5. To lead on the updating of the annual action climate plans.

  6. To undertake research and detailed policy analysis that helps to determine the implications and opportunities arising from policy and legislation changes in relation to climate change, sustainability and the environment.

  7. To keep up-to-date with policy changes and initiatives in other councils, public sector bodies and developments in other countries and critically assesses the opportunities for learning as they might apply to services in the SSA - presenting options to senior managers and members as required.

  8. To lead the development of cross cutting policy as it relates to climate change, sustainability and the environment

  9. As required to, lead and co-ordinate project teams that deliver high profile cross cutting projects.

  10. To represent both councils at meetings and events with stakeholders, local groups, partners, businesses and residents and build relationships across all these stakeholder groups.

  11. To represent the council at pan-London or national meetings and to establish a peer network across councils in order that ideas can be shared.

  12. To manage graduates, if placements in relation to this area, are supported

  13. To ensure that the services for both councils are dealt with on an equitable basis to deliver the standards required for each, as agreed annually by the Executives of both Councils.

  14. To ensure all actions are delivered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and look to narrow gaps and ensure services are accessible to all residents.












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