Just Energy Transition Partnership Delivery Lead, HEO (British Embassy)


View Vacancy - VNM (Hanoi) - Just Energy Transition Partnership Delivery Lead, HEO

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  • Job Category: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Programme Roles)
  • Job Subcategory: Climate Diplomacy

Overall information: 

  • Application deadline:  5 April 2023
  • Grade: Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
  • Type of Position: Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
  • Working hours per week: 39.5
  • Region: Asia Pacific
  • Country/Territory: Vietnam
  • Location (City): Hanoi
  • Type of Post: British Embassy
  • Number of vacancies: 1
  • Salary Currency: VND
  • Salary: VND 57,137,529
  • Start Date: 29 May 2023

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  

Main purpose of job:

This is a new role in the growing Climate Team at the British Embassy Hanoi working on an exciting and high profile policy issue central to the UK’s bilateral relationship with Viet Nam.

Viet Nam is one of the fastest growing carbon emitters and Viet Nam’s energy demand is predicted to double in the next 10 years and double again the following decade. In order to meet the country’s goal of achieving high income status by 2045 whilst hitting net zero by 2050, Viet Nam will need adopt a more sustainable and less carbon intensive economic development pathway.

At COP26 Viet Nam made a bold change in its climate policy, committing to net zero by 2050 and a transition away from coal. To support the delivery of these objectives, the Government of Viet Nam and the International Partners Group (IPG), led by the UK and EU, in December 2022 agreed a Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP). This is an ambitious undertaking to mobilise a comprehensive package of technical assistance and international capital, worth $15.5 billion over the next three to five years, to deliver a green economic transition for Viet Nam that sustainable, inclusive and leaves no one behind.

Under the direction of the Climate Counsellor, this role will see you leading on the operational delivery of the JETP, including the establishment of a JETP Secretariat (by April 2023) and the design of a Resource Mobilisation Plan (by November 2023), working jointly with JETP technical leads in the UK, IPG partners, private sector and NGO stakeholders, and JETP leads within Government of Viet Nam. Working closely with the Energy Attaché and the rest of the climate team, you will be actively involved in the execution of the JETP project in Viet Nam being responsible for organising and managing UK contributions to the establishment of the JETP Secretariat and the execution of the Resource Mobilisation Plan. You will also help organise and define operational and technical contributions from other development, third sector and private partners.

This role would suit a candidate that is a self-starter and problem-solver, is able to effectively manage their and others’ time and is comfortable working with a range of stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have project management expertise and experience working with public and private sector stakeholders in Viet Nam. Knowledge of policy or project development in either climate, energy, finance and infrastructure sectors is desirable, but not essential.

We are looking for a self-starter, who is able to organise, plan and execute a complex and interrelated programme of work. You will need to be able to work well under pressure and against challenging timelines. You will need excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and be able to exercise judgement and take effective decisions to advance key objectives. Candidates should demonstrate:
  • A university degree, preferably in Business, Finance, Environmental Science, Climate, Public Policy or related course;
  • An understanding of public sector decision making in Vietnam;
  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience, ideally with project/programme management or project finance experience and preferably with international stakeholders;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and relationship skills;
  • Flexible and creative problem-solving skills, and the ability to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems, and coordinate coherent and compelling programmes and projects;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Sound network of contacts in Viet Nam political arena, government, private sector and civil society.
  • Knowledge of project finance, green finance and clean energy issues in Viet Nam.
  • Experience of the political, policy development and governance context in Viet Nam;
  • Candidates with prior work experience in international or multilateral programmes will be considered as a plus;
Required behaviours: Making Effective Decisions, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together

Other benefits and conditions of employment  

This position is being advertised as a full-time, fixed-term role with possibility of renewal in Hanoi. Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed): The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is committed to developing its staff. There will be opportunities for formal training alongside collaborating with a wide range of colleagues delivering on-the-job learning.
  • Working in a diplomatic mission
  • International policy skills course
  • UK Diplomatic Academy foundation learning
  • Regional and London-based formal learning opportunities
  • Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment and security checks. Staff who are locally recruited by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.
No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. Visa sponsorship may be possible for non-Vietnamese nationals if meet local requirements. Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount. Disabled and ethnic minority applicants will be invited to interviews if meeting the minimum requirement of the job.

Working patterns:

This is a full-time post. The Embassy would be willing to discuss flexible working options. For example, these may include:
  • Altered working hours (e.g. starting early or late), provided the post holder was able to make calls with colleagues in the UK when necessary and was able to travel as required.

Additional information

All applications must be received before 23:55 (Local Vietnam Time) on the day of the deadline indicated above.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the online application form completely including the employment and educational details, experience, professional skills and behaviour-based questions. We will be thoroughly reviewing the applications and incomplete form in any respect may not be considered while shortlisting for the  next stage.

Only shortlisted candidates for interview will be contacted. Interviewees will be assessed on the core behaviours/qualifications listed above. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified via the system in due time. Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’.  If during the reserve period of 6 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate”.

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