To ensure that all applicants are treated consistently, we require you to complete the table below in support of your application. Please complete the appropriate column against:
Skills, knowledge, and experience
Specialist qualification required for this post
listed in the right column, your answer can either be a practical example from previous projects or work experience demonstrating the skills listed above
for each competency. It must not exceed 200 words and should cover:
i. the circumstances (nature of the problem or objective) and impact (this should not be more than a brief sentence or two)
ii. behavioral evidence, i.e. what you actually did.
Completing the form will help you understand better, attributes required by CPPA. The exercise will also help you decide whether you will be a good fit the
position advertised. Evidence can be from private or work experience. Evidence in excess of 200 words will not be assessed. Before completing this table
you should also read the attached job description. Your CV will not be used to make selection decisions but should be attached
WORKS TO GOALS AND MANAGES OBSTACLES
Understands and works towards goals set by others. Measures progress against targets. Seeks to understand reasons for obstacles and to find ways to overcome. Acknowledges the work and contribution of others.
SEES KEY ISSUES
Looks at data and identifies key issues. Identifies causes and effects, by using ‘if A … then B’ thinking and uses this to prioritise issues.
TESTS ALL ANGLES
ADAPTS EXISTING APPROACH, AND ACTS & LOOKS AHEAD
Identifies and exploits opportunities in the short-term. Applies own knowledge and expertise to developing new approaches to exploiting these.
ANTICIPATES THE FUTURE, AND DEVELOPS NEW PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Able to spot opportunities and problems in the medium- term (3 to12 months), and develops new approaches, research outputs and events based on these. Understands the business case for public policy and socio-economic development. Uses networks to seek fresh ideas.
APPLIES PROCEDURES FLEXIBLY
Applies rules or procedures flexibly, depending on the
individual situation, to accomplish tasks or activities
more effectively. Responds effectively to changing
circumstances. Remains focused when faced with
competing demands. Makes reasonable adjustments to
ensure maximum effectiveness and motivation of self
Identifies a pragmatic approach in order to get the job
done quickly and effectively. Uses an awareness of the
bigger picture along with common sense to interpret
and implement policy. Is comfortable with ambiguity.
KNOWS OWN LIMITATIONS
Knows and acknowledges strengths, limitations and
preferences. Open about how they are feeling at certain
times and in particular situations. Recognises how one’s
value base has been shaped by one’s ideas, belief
systems and opinions. Recognises when one’s own value
systems are offended and how this raises assumptions
Recognises the situations that arouse strong emotions
and personal bias or preference, but resists temptation
to act on them immediately. Accepts feedback from
others without being defensive.
Provides an opinion from his or her own area of
expertise. Makes decisions without deferring
unnecessarily to others and is decisive when the
situation demands it. Has the confidence to admit when
they do not know a fact or cannot commit to an
immediate view without more research.
States confidence in his or her own ability and is
prepared to stand by difficult or unpopular decisions.
Looks for and gets new responsibilities. Praises the work
of others. Does not advance own career by tarnishing
the reputation of others.
Actively includes colleagues in team activities.
Capitalises on diverse skills and ideas. Spends time
helping others think through issues. Speaks positively of
others. Takes the time to learn about and understand
other organisations and cultures.
Takes the initiative in approaching and meeting new
people and actively demonstrates an interest in their
different experiences and backgrounds; seeks out,
recognises and uses creatively what different people
have to offer; uses accurate observation and
understanding of local cultural contexts to improve
overall performance; recognises when they have made a
social ‘mistake’ and takes steps to avoid long term
negative impact; communicates clearly, demonstrating
the ability to minimise misunderstandings or
BUILDS RAPPORT AND TAKES SEVERAL STEPS TO PERSUADE
Builds positive and reciprocal relationships that benefit
CPPA. Takes a number of steps to persuade. Tailors an
approach to appeal to the needs of a particular
audience. Recognises the cultural dimension and
ensures a diverse pool of clientele within target groups.
The Centre for Public Policy Alternatives (CPPA) is an independent, non-partisan public policy think-tank committed to rigorous research through which public policies are examined and best practices disseminated.
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