Do you want to help inform Defra’s policy making?

We are recruiting for new members to take up five positions on Defra’s Civil Society Advisory Board. This opportunity is open to anybody with a strong understanding of civil society and its interface with government. Applicants will join the Board in a personal capacity.

We are seeking applications from people able to provide authoritative, high-level advice to Defra Ministers and senior officials about the broad range of Defra’s policy interests and the department’s relationship with civil society.

Defra’s Civil Society Advisory Board was established in April 2009 as a non-executive advisory group.

The role of the Board is to:

  • provide advice to Defra’s Ministers, Management Committee and policy officials about the most effective ways of engaging with civil society in England, to contribute to the delivery of Defra’s priorities and related Departmental Programmes;
  • provide support and challenge to the Department on the decentralisation of power and responsibility and the effective promotion of Big Society approaches;
  • provide advice about the civil society implications of Defra’s policies or operations;
  • provide advice about the ways in which Defra can further embed the principles of the Compact into its day to day operations.

The Board has 16 members and meets on a quarterly basis.

As a result of Board members stepping down, there are now five vacancies which we are seeking to fill by the end of March 2012. If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Board, please see the Civil Society Advisory Board – Civil Society Advisory Board – guidance for applicants and the Civil Society Advisory Board Application Form.

The deadline for applications is Friday 9 March 2012.

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