View Vacancy - FJS - Climate Policy Officer, B3(L)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Working to the Head of Commonwealth, Regional Engagement and Climate, this role is at the heart of climate policy within our regional team. The UK is a global leader on tackling climate change, being the largest donor to the Green Climate Fund and the first major economy to legislate on net zero carbon emissions.  This role is working within a highly ambitious and active global climate network.  The United Kingdom has secured the nomination to host COP26 in Glasgow in 2020. This role will be central to ensuring strong collaboration and partnership with Pacific Island States as we seek to raise global ambition and action. Creative thinking in order to promote the UK’s objectives in these spaces, in collaboration with our communications team, would be an asset. 

The job-holder will be responsible for working with key stakeholders to identify regional priorities ahead of COP26.  They will pursue opportunities for the UK to help drive ambitious climate policy and action, and co-ordinate COP26 preparations with other UK missions in the Pacific. They will also provide briefing and reporting to London on regional priorities and initiatives on related topics. They will work closely with the Head of Commonwealth, Regional Engagement and Climate, and with the programme team, on events and will lead on relevant policy when the head of section is travelling. The successful candidate should be willing to be adaptable and will have the opportunity to provide surge capacity to other areas of the mission as required. This provides further opportunities for learning and development in addition to the FCO’s internal online training platform.

This is a great job for a highly motivated and independent individual with the ability to spot opportunities and synergies across the region.  The role will suit someone who can work independently to deliver high quality work and is able to successfully manage a diverse task list.   The regional team is divided into programme and policy, the jobholder will be expected to work closely with other team members to have an overview of all UK activities relating to climate and the environment in the region.

Policy support and regional reporting

    • To engage with internal and external stakeholders on climate policy, aligned with UK priorities, across the Pacific
    • Remain updated on local and regional climate initiatives and policy, providing analysis and reporting to key stakeholders across the UK network
    • Coordinate UK’s COP26 preparations in the Pacific with UK missions across our regional network
    • To support communications activities, helping to promote and raise the profile of the UK across the Pacific
    • Attend local and regional climate related meetings and workshops, providing accurate reporting to UK network as appropriate
    • Maintaining a calendar of regional related events and deadline
    • To support high commission-related events, visits and public diplomacy activities
    • To contribute to senior management through the role of Secretary for BHC Suva’s Executive Board

    Post resilience

    • Provide resilience and surge capacity to other areas of the post as required.
    • Excellent research and analysis skills (including accuracy and strong attention to detail)
    • Be able to use strong forward planning to prioritise work and meet deadlines
    • Ability to think creatively and take a proactive role in supporting team objectives
    • Fluency in English, both written and oral.
    • Knowledge of or working on climate related issues.
    Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
    26 November 2019
    B3 (L)
    Full-time, Permanent
    Asia Pacific
    British High Commission
    6 January 2020

    Open to Fiji citizens, permanent residents, and partners/dependents of UK-based diplomatic staff currently posted in Fiji. Interstate applicants will be required to meet their own travel and relocation expenses. No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

    Staff recruited locally by the High Commission is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Fiji employment law.

    All applications must be received before 11:55PM (Fiji Time) on 26 November 2019.

    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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