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Job Title: Senior Economist             

Job Grade / Classification: Environment Officer Class 9         

Location: Sydney CBD (role may be relocating to Parramatta in 2019)

Employment Status: Ongoing, Full - Time

Salary: $101,221 – 112,760


Agency overview

The Department of Planning & Environment is the lead NSW Government agency in planning for a growing NSW. The Department is going through an exciting period of organisational and operational change.

The Department’s vision – Planning for growing NSW: inspiring strong communities, protecting our environment – provides the benchmark for our partnership and leadership approach to engaging and working collaboratively with key State and Local Government, community and industry stakeholders to deliver better outcomes in the areas of planning, local government and the environment.

The Department’s two related agencies - the Office of Environment & Heritage and the Office of Local Government - support the conservation and protection of the environment and an effective local government sector in NSW. Several other entities associated with the Department include the Environment Protection Authority, statutory trusts responsible for zoos, parks and gardens, independent assessment and planning bodies, and development corporations.

About the Role:

The main duties of the role will be to assess the quality and relevance of economic analyses of program and project evaluations produced by third parties, and drive improvements in the quality of economic analyses needed as part of continuing OEH program and project evaluations.

The role is part of a positive and collaborative team of experienced economists with varying skill sets.  

Primary purpose of the role

Conduct research and analysis into the socio-economic aspects of environmental, natural resource and cultural heritage management to improve the economic and social basis of policy advice and government decision-making.

  • Prepare and produce well-researched technical reports using established economic and other relevant assessment methodologies
  • Prepare and produce economic briefings for non-economists and provide economic input into policy briefs produced by third parties
  • Provide technical advice on economic evaluation, impact techniques and innovative economic instruments
  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships to promote the application of robust and timely economic analysis of environmental management initiatives

Essential requirements:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles and analytical techniques of environmental and natural resource economics and their application in a practical context.
  • Demonstrated experience in the application of economic techniques to environmental issues, particularly through the use of cost-benefit analysis, and development of economic instruments, including quantitative analysis skills.

To be successful in the role, ideally you will have:

  • A postgraduate qualification in Economics or a related economic discipline
  • Experience in a similar role

 Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application:

  • Role description
  • Application Guide
  • Applying for a role in the NSW public Sector

Job Notes:

A Recruitment Pool may be established for future temporary and ongoing roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from DPE and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period.  

 To Apply: 

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  • Provide your personal information as prompted
  • Attach your resume that sets out your education, work history and other facts about yourself that relate to the role (maximum of 4 pages);
  • Attach a cover letter that is relevant to the role (maximum of 1 page).
  • Complete all the questions in the online application. Two of the questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (4000-character limit per question). These questions are shown below. Do not address these in your cover letter

Q1. How have you applied your economic skills and experience to assess the quality and relevance of economic analyses of program/project evaluations produced by third parties, and to drive improvements in the quality of economic analyses needed as part of continuing OEH program/project evaluations.      

Q2. Demonstrate how you have used your project management and organisational skills to help deliver economic evaluations of environmental management policies/programs to the required time, budget and quality requirements    

The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behavioural indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)

Our commitment to diversity:

The Department of Planning and Environment values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and those with a disability.

Applications Close: Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 11:59PM

Should you require further information about the role please contact Mladen Kovac on (02) 9995 6031. If you have any enquiries regarding the recruitment process please contact Dragana Papak on (02) 9585 6817.

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