View Vacancy - CPK - Rule of Law for Business, Head of Programme Delivery, D6

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Economic and Prosperity

We’re looking for a confident, ambitious self starter, capable of driving forward an exciting and complex new multi-year multi-million China Rule of Law for Business programme. 

Promoting a more predictable legal environment is a priority for the Chinese Government. President Xi made ‘Rule of Law’ the focus of the 3rd and 4th plenums and has emphasised the importance of judicial reform in supporting China’s transition to a sustainable and prosperous economy.  In this Golden Era of UK-China relations, our countries are keen to expand our cooperation. Given the strength of the UK’s legal system, the reputation of our judiciary, law enforcement agencies and legal services sector, the UK is well placed to work with China on this high-profile agenda.

As Head of Programme Delivery (Rule of Law for Business), the successful applicant will be taking on an exciting and challenging role at the centre of the newly launched UK Prosperity Programme in China. They will be central to designing and driving forward the envisaged £27.5 million Rule of Law for Business programme aimed at promoting rule of law in China to support China’s sustainable socio-economic  growth while opening up opportunities for the UK economy and business.  Key areas of focus including reducing business risk and cost, improving corporate governance and transparency and enhancing the competitiveness of the Chinese economy.

The successful candidate will manage a small team of two C4(L) programme managers.

Although the focus on the programme is economic, the role requires a significant amount of political engagement and strategic alignment within the Embassy, across our wider China network and Whitehall Departments, and also with key UK and Chinese judicial, legal and commercial stakeholders. As such, you will need to be comfortable meeting with and developing relationships with senior level contacts in both UK and Chinese organisations.  Strong communication skills are essential.

Working in partnership with policy leads and project implementing partners, the successful applicant will work on a wide range of policy issues and points of law. They will build on their existing knowledge of judicial reform and transparency, accountability and anti-corruption and legal and regulatory reform including market access, intellectual property and competition. A legal background or recent experience of work in legal / regulatory reform is therefore desirable.


Design and oversee the strategic development and direction of the Rule of Law for Prosperity programme. This will require close coordination with a range of policy and commercial leads across the Embassy and wider China network as well as a strong working relationship with key Whitehall Departments.

Stakeholder Engagement:

Manage and develop external relationships with the Chinese system as well as relevant international stakeholders to ensure effective design and delivery of the programme.  This will include government departments, research institutes, consultants, other Embassies and international organisations. 

University degree

A minimum of 2 years experience working on relevant policy issues

Demonstrable experience working in a programme delivery environment, designing projects; setting specific outputs, outcomes and indicators; monitoring and evaluating programme expenditure

Experience working with external stakeholders in both commercial sectors and government institutions

Knowledge of the Chinese political system

Strong interpersonal and communication skills to engage with different teams

Legal background (ideally both academic and professional qualifications)

Experience working within legal / regulatory department within a UK or Chinese Ministry, business or within a law services firm

Chinese language skills an advantage

Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
15 February 2018
D6 (L)
Fixed Term, Full-time
Asia Pacific
British Embassy
26 March 2018
31 March 2019

We offer a competitive package, which includes basic salary, good leave entitlement, and insurance plan, etc. The gross salary (before all deductions) is CNY 38,354/ month for Chinese Nationals and an abated monthly salary of CNY 48, 428/ month for British Nationals and spouses/ partners (all nationalities) of diplomats who are ‘W’ (diplomatic) visa holders and meet passport criteria.

We also offer excellent development opportunities and a 22-day annual leave entitlement in pro rata.

Conditioned working hours is 35 hours/ week from Monday to Friday and flexible working can be arranged upon personal needs.

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Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy Beijing is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Chinese employment law.

All applications must be received before 11:55PM (China Standard Time) on 15 February 2018.

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.

To those applicants not short-listed, we extend our appreciation for considering the British Government as a potential employer.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.