Joint Analysis Development Panel

Body: Department for Transport
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sector: Transport
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 6-10
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: 5 days per year approx
Closing Date: 04/10/2019

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Vacancy Description

The Joint Analysis Development Panel (JADP) provides strategic advice and challenge on the Department for Transport’s approach to developing its transport modelling, appraisal and evaluation guidance and methods. The panel was established in 2015 and comprises a mix of external experts and senior DfT officials.

The panel meets around five times a year and over the past year has discussed a variety of topics including DfT’s Appraisal and Modelling Strategy, Road Traffic Forecasts 2018, understanding travel behaviour, housing case studies and aligning the economic and strategic cases. Papers are drafted by DfT analysts and circulated in advance of the meetings. Further details of discussions and the panel’s influence can be found in the panel’s annual reports.

Over the past year the panel has played an instrumental role in the development of DfT’s Appraisal and Modelling Strategy, steering the development of five analytical themes introduced in a consultation on the strategy and subsequently shaping the priorities within each theme based on the consultation responses.

Looking ahead, our ambition is that JADP plays a key role in ensuring DfT’s appraisal, modelling and evaluation methods continue to represent international best practice by providing constructive challenge and encouraging fresh, innovative thinking. Over the coming year the panel will be invited to add fresh perspective and challenge on delivery of the strategy and a variety of other topics which are likely to include National Transport Model development, travel demand and uncertainty.

We are seeking panel members who are able to inject the latest academic thinking and practitioner insights to our work and will provide constructive challenge to our analytical strategies. Panel members generously provide their time free of charge to prepare for and attend meetings but travel costs are reimbursed. Meetings are usually held in London and are scheduled to start mid-morning to allow for travel time. In addition, members attend an all day panel workshop once a year which is held outside London.

Panel members are sometimes invited to undertake additional, paid, work to provide greater depth and analysis of certain topics that have been discussed. This is not a condition of being on the panel and any work would be procured under the Department’s standard procurement processes.

Person Specification

We are looking to appoint 6-10 panel members for an initial term of three years with an option to extend. Candidates are expected to be able to demonstrate:

  1. Expertise and professional leadership in one or more of the following: Transport economics; Transport modelling; Business case preparation; Evaluation.
  2. Familiarity with transport policy.
  3. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to articulate complex technical issues clearly and, where necessary, to be able to communicate DfT’s analytical priorities to a wider audience.

Suitable candidates will demonstrate the following personal qualities:

    1. An ability to contribute to the work of DfT analysts through giving advice, challenge, constructive criticism and support;
    2. A commitment to attend meetings and undertake the necessary preparation;
    3. The ability to work under Chatham House Rule.

How to Apply

Applicants should provide a copy of their C.V. together with a covering letter, of no more than two A4 pages, explaining why they are interested in the position and how they meet the criteria outlined in the person specification. We expect to appoint panel members on the basis of written applications but may interview in September. For more information on the role please get in touch with Mark Ledbury, Head of Transport Appraisal and Strategic Modelling Division mark.ledbury@dft.gov.uk or Lewis Pagden, JADP Secretariat lewis.pagden@dft.gov.uk

Applicants should also complete the Conflicts of Interest form and the Monitoring form.  The Monitoring form will be kept separately from your application and Conflicts of Interest form and will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Government Code on Public Appointments.

Applications or should be sent to Liz Jacobs liz.jacobs@dft.gov.uk using “JADP Application” in the subject line.

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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