- Policy Adviser, UK

Policy Adviser
National Infrastructure Commission

The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) role is to provide the government with unbiased advice on the UK’s long term infrastructure needs. The NIC is independently overseen by a panel of Commissioners. It is staffed by a mix of civil servants and secondees and works closely with government, the main regulators, infrastructure providers and the private sector.


The Commission, created in interim form in October 2015, was formally established as an executive agency of the Treasury in January 2017. It has complete discretion to determine independently its work programme, methodologies and recommendations, as well as the content of its reports and public statements.


The Commission’s remit includes preparing a National Infrastructure Assessment once a Parliament, setting out the UK’s infrastructure needs looking up to 30 years ahead, and carrying out more detailed studies on the UK’s most pressing infrastructure challenges. This includes assessing the UK’s infrastructure needs in relation to the following sectors: energy, transport, water, waste, flood risk management and communications.


The Commission has already established a reputation for high-quality, evidence-based work and has published studies focusing on:

• Transforming the connectivity of the Northern cities
• Investing for the long-term in London’s transport infrastructure
• Delivering flexible and future-proof energy infrastructure
• Enabling the UK to be a world leader in 5G mobile technology
• Supporting growth in the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor
• Enhancing infrastructure productivity through new technology

Having just published its first cross-cutting National Infrastructure Assessment (weblink) in July 2018, the key objective for the Commission over the next year is to intensify its engagement with key infrastructure departments and external stakeholders to help embed its first suite of recommendations but also to identify future areas for detailed examination where the NIC can play a decisive role in driving policy forward and influencing long-term investment.

This is a unique opportunity to work for an independent body, helping to shape Government thinking and policies in a high-profile area, and to gain exposure to leading experts and senior figures within the Commission, Government and more widely. You will be involved in managing projects, commissioning original research, engaging stakeholders across a range of infrastructure sectors and regions of the country, running events, preparing reports and supporting the Commissioners in formulating their work programmes and agreeing recommendations.

You will have the opportunity to develop and test ideas outside the constraints of current policy frameworks, with the space to take ownership and think through some of the most complex and high-profile issues facing the UK today. These are challenging roles, with the potential to shape the UK’s infrastructure strategy for a generation.

Key Accountabilities

We are looking for up four policy analysts to join our team and work flexibly across our policy portfolio.

You would be joining a multi-disciplinary team incorporating policy specialists, economists, consultants and industry secondees.

We will give training and support to help you develop as an all-round policy professional. The NIC’s approach is robust and evidence based and working for us you will have access to experience across a broad-range of policy areas and be well positioned to deliver high-quality advice.

The successful candidates will lead on specific pieces of work within the one of the core sectors of economic infrastructure i.e. either energy, transport, waste, water, flood risk management or digital communications. Your work may also involve considering the potential interactions between your sector specialism and housing supply.

The successful candidates will be responsible both for developing policy and recommendations in the areas on which they lead, but also evaluating and tracking progress by government and industry in implementing existing NIC recommendations in those areas, working closely with other policy and analytical colleagues to provide joined-up, high-quality analysis and policy advice to the Commission.

They will also be expected to work with policy specialists and economists in a range of government across departments as well as external stakeholders, within academia, industry and local and regional government, and to develop international links where appropriate. Strong collaboration skills, alongside the willingness to build-up expertise on infrastructure issues, are essential.

There is some scope for the successful candidates to shape the responsibilities of the role based on their experience and preferences, with the opportunity to be involved in other policy and analysis areas where relevant.

Core responsibilities are likely to include:

1. Leading policy development either in one or more infrastructure sectors, either as part of the development of the second National Infrastructure Assessment, or as part of the NIC’s programme of studies into specific infrastructure challenges. This may include, for example, commissioning and managing research programmes, running stakeholder engagement, establishing and running policy boards or expert groups, and managing consultation and call for evidence processes.

2. Leading on the implementation of one or more policy recommendations emerging from the first National Infrastructure Assessment.

3. Drafting high-quality reports and supporting materials, written in plain but engaging English.

4. Developing knowledge and expertise relating to infrastructure.

5. Developing effective relationships with departmental, regulatory, academic and industry stakeholders to provide expert advice to Commissioners and to obtain quality input from stakeholders as needed.

6. Communicating credibly with key stakeholders regarding the work of the Commission, including technical experts, academics, government officials and non-technical audiences.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience:


1. Ability to gather and analyse large amounts of information, identify key pieces of data, and use this to derive sound, evidence-based policy solutions

2. Experience of effective stakeholder engagement and management to gather required information

3. Ability to work independently and manage a busy workload to deliver deadlines and priorities.

4. Strong written and oral communication skills.

5. Experience or interest in one or more relevant infrastructure sectors would be desirable.

The competencies that you will be interviewed against are:

Seeing the big picture
Making effective decisions
Leading and communicating
Collaborating and partnering
Delivering at pace

Interviews will be held on week commencing 10th September 2018.

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Job posted on 27th July 2018
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