View Vacancy - Climate and Energy Policy Analyst

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

Main purpose of job

Working to drive forward the UK Government’s climate and energy priorities in the US

The British Government is seeking a Climate and Energy Policy Analyst based at our embassy in Washington DC. This role will support the broad range of energy, climate and environmental policy issues covered by the team with an immediate focus on delivery of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in November 2021. COP26 is described as the most important climate event since the Paris conference in 2015, and engagement across the full US policy landscape is vital to achieving the UK’s high ambition for the event.

This role will be responsible for setting up and managing an effective system to ensure efficient delivery of the UK’s COP26 objectives across the US, requiring strong organisational and programme management skills. It will provide direct support to the eight person Energy and Environment Policy Team and will also work closely with a large network of consulate offices across the US to support their COP26 engagement, including designing and delivering events, contributing to policy reporting for senior Government officials, leading internal communication on issues pertinent to the policy team’s objectives, and tracking relevant US policy developments to help inform UK thinking on US domestic energy and climate change policy.

S/he will conduct research and provide written analysis and advice to inform and support the team’s engagement on a wide range of energy and climate policy issues. The Policy Analyst will also maintain responsibility for a portfolio of policy issues, which will adapt and respond to the needs and priorities of relevant Government Departments in London.

The successful candidate will coordinate stakeholder outreach across the US network of offices through events (virtual and in-person) and managing senior visits. S/he may also work with external partners to deliver projects, partnerships and/or commissioned analysis.

The successful candidate will need to be a strategic thinker, have strong organisational and effective communication skills, including the ability to work with a large number of remote teams. S/he will be a self-starter, proactively developing ideas and strategies to deliver the UK Government’s energy and climate policy priorities.

The job holder will be part of the eight person Energy & Climate Policy Team, located primarily at the Embassy in DC, with colleagues in San Francisco, Chicago, and Houston. The job holder may need to travel a number of times a year across the US, and potentially to the UK.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Provide analytical support on a range of energy, climate and environmental policy areas in response to broader objectives.
  • Design and maintain a system to manage the UK’s COP26 outreach and delivery across the US, working closely with the Energy & Environment Team and colleagues across the US Network
  • Maintain regular and effective communication with the broader US network to ensure an efficient way of working.
  • Support the broader team in managing events, meetings, and senior visits. This could involve working with external parties and drafting briefings for senior officials and ministers.
  • Monitor and analyse US domestic energy, climate change, and low-carbon policies and initiatives
  • Provide regular high-quality reporting (written and oral) on US developments to inform UK policy and contribute proactively to policy discussions.
  • Design and deliver projects and events to support closer UK-US collaboration on energy and low-carbon developments, particularly in relation to COP26.
  • An ability to think strategically and systematically to support the team in designing effective systems to best deliver on COP26
  • Ability to analyse UK and US policy in order to provide information and make recommendations. Effective communication including building a strong network of contacts
  • Flexibility and an ability to quickly action requests and respond to developments is also a must in this role
  • Minimum of 2 years relevant experience
  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required; advanced degree desirable, with economic, policy, or environmental focus preferred
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to explain complex issues to diverse audiences
  • Must be a proven self-starter with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and adapt to fast-paced and shifting demands
  • Knowledge of US energy and environmental stakeholders
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally

Under US State Department requirements, the UK Government in the US may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Permanent Residents or A visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at our office.  Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at  All selected candidates are subject to background checks and will require a security clearance prior to starting work. 
*A visas are acceptable at the Embassy and Consulates. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas, and British Defense Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas.

  • Experience managing projects
  • An understanding of how to work effectively with remote staff members
  • A background in energy and/or environmental policy
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and delivery
  • Interest in or knowledge of UK policy strengths and priorities
  • Events management experience
Changing and Improving, Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
9 July 2020
B3 (L)
North America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
British Embassy
31 August 2020
The UK Government operating in the US offers a substantial benefits package including generous leave, a choice of medical insurance, 401(k) matching up to 7%, extensive learning opportunities and a great work/life balance. 
Staff recruited locally are subject to terms and conditions of service in accordance with US, state, and/or local employment law.
Individuals who are not a US taxpaying citizen will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.
Internal candidates must inform their supervisor before they apply to a different position.
Only successful candidates will be contacted.  Please no phone calls.  Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.
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