Climate Change Officer

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow. Job Category Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles) Job Subcategory Public Diplomacy Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities) Main purpose of job: Ensuring an enhanced climate ambition towards achieving Paris Agreement commitments is a key priority of the British Government, including its work in Vietnam and wider ASEAN region. There are two main purposes to the job:
  • Develop and lead the UK in Vietnam’s campaign in support of the UK’s ambitions for a successful Climate Summit (COP26) to be hosted in the UK in December 2020, including encouraging and supporting Vietnam to use its Chair of ASEAN to good effect. This campaign will seek to engage and influence Vietnamese non-government stakeholders to tackle Climate Change, and to raise awareness of the UK’s priorities, credentials and expertise. A key role will be to develop partnerships with like-minded embassies (especially the Italians, who will co-host COP26), business, youth, media, civil society groups, and key Vietnamese provinces. You will organise events and plan inward visits by UK officials and outward visits to the UK by key Vietnamese stakeholders.
  • Develop and oversee a number of government programmes and initiatives in support of our overall climate work: sustainability work (plastics, environment); BEIS’ International Climate Fund spend; Sustainable Infrastructure; the 2050 carbon calculator. You will also be involved in developing and delivering projects funded by the UK in Vietnam’s International Programme that support our COP26 aims.
Additionally, the successful candidate will make a contribution to the Vietnam Network’s corporate agenda, which includes promoting our CORE values (collaboration, opportunity, respect and excellence), and working with other colleagues in the Political and Prosperity teams, the Soft Power team, and the International Trade Section. You will also coordinate with colleagues based in other British Missions in the region, and officials in the FCO and other relevant Departments in London. You will be expected to have a role in the Embassy’s crisis resilience response. The successful candidate will work with the British Embassy’s C4(l) climate change policy and programmes attaché, and report to the Political and Prosperity Counsellor at the British Embassy Hanoi. The Countersigning Officer will be the Head of COP26 regional strategy based at the British High Commission in Singapore. Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve? This exciting and challenging role has key elements:
  • Develop and lead an effective communications campaign to support UK ambitions for a successful COP26 and for working with Vietnam on climate change through its chair of ASEAN. This includes planning and implementing an engagement plan to raise awareness of UK climate change priorities, its credentials and expertise. You will need to develop strong partnerships with key stakeholders, spot opportunities and be alert to risks to UK ambitions. Delivering this through close coordination with the Climate Change and Energy Attaché and the Communications Team. UK in Vietnam representative at regional VTCs on strategic communications plans for COP26.
  • Developing targeted outreach with Vietnamese provinces. This will include building relationships with working level contacts in the government (national and local levels), and also non-government actors including development partners, representatives of businesses, and civil society activists.
  • Advocacy and communications to raise awareness and encourage behavioural changes, including climate change, energy, and plastics.
  • Supporting the planning and delivery of climate change and environment-related events, especially COP 26 and ASEAN-related, through logistical coordination, arranging printed materials, administrative tasks for high level meetings, delegation visits, events and workshops.
  • Strategic planning and delivery of non-Prosperity Fund climate programmes ensuring synergies with policy priorities. This also includes monitoring their progress, representing the UK in programme boards, conferences and fora and other external stakeholder engagement.
The candidate will need to be flexible and resilient to changes in his/her role to respond to changing needs within the Mission, whether to cover particularly acute work periods (such as a humanitarian disaster). Essential qualifications, skills and experience
  • A minimum of 3+ years of experience working for an organisation in a relevant field, for example, working for/with national or regional government, international organizations or agencies, preferably in climate change and environment.
  • Proven capability in high standard communication, business writing and social media.
  • Experience of working with and through networks of representatives from government, the private sector, media and international institutions.
  • Strong interpersonal, representational and communication skills, with the ability to present convincing arguments in a public setting. Good at developing partnerships.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, under pressure and to meet tight deadlines.
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
  • Knowledge or experience of project management and relevant skills.
  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience of managing diverse and senior level relationships.
  • Some events management experience to deliver relevant climate & energy events.
Required competencies Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace Application deadline: 29 December 2019 Grade: B3 (L) Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time Working hours per week: 35 Duration of Post: 24 months Region: Asia Pacific Country/Territory: Vietnam Location (City): Hanoi Type of Post: British Embassy Number of vacancies : 1 Starting monthly salary (VND): 32,406,000 Start Date: 3 February 2020 Other benefits and conditions of employment This position being advertised is for a fixed-term duration of two (2) years. The British Embassy is committed to being a learning and development organisation and encourages all staff to pursue continued learning and development in the workplace. We offer a supportive and friendly working environment where staff work to the values of: integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.  Everyone is encouraged to take responsibility, be innovative and work together. The British Embassy offers a competitive remuneration package including salary, leave entitlement, flexible working patterns, medical package for staff and dependants, and opportunities for learning and development. Employment offers are subject to the successful clearance of pre-employment checks. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy Hanoi is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law. Additional information All applications must be received before 23:55 on the day of the deadline indicated above. Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above. The successful candidate should be able to start as soon as possible subject to successful security clearance.  Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Local Staff roles with the British Government through this official tal.net site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites, however our adverts will always link back to the official tal.net site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it. APPLY   Candidates have to confirm having received the recruitment information through the recruiting channel NGO Recruitment in the application letter for this position

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