View Vacancy - KL - UK PACT Climate Change Officer, C4 (L)

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The International Climate Finance (ICF) team in UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is responsible for £2bn of UK International Climate Finance, which is part of the UK’s commitment to help deliver the aims of the Paris Agreement (UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2016). Within ICF UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) is a £60 million technical assistance programme that has been established to support partner countries accelerate their clean growth transitions and reduce carbon emissions in line with their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).

Malaysia has been identified as a potential key strategic climate partner for UK PACT. The UK is looking to deepen its relationship with Malaysia and is keen to bring to bear its skills and expertise from decades of low carbon leadership to help support the delivery of its NDC. This new position is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of this evolving area of UK – Malaysia collaboration. 

The post holder will be required to develop a vision for how to grow the UK-Malaysia climate relationship, and will provide oversight of the programme of work agreed working closely with the BEIS International Climate Finance team in London. Based at the British High Commission (BHC) in KL, this role will report to a UK-based Team Leader who leads on a portfolio of different foreign policy issues, and work alongside an existing colleague who currently leads on all climate and energy policy work at post. The post holder will also need to have strong links with other colleagues working on global issues across the BHC, including the Prosperity Fund Programme (PF), Science and Innovation Network, Newton Fund and Department of International Trade teams.

Roles and responsibilities:

1. Malaysia - UK PACT Strategy Development (30%)

  • Develop clear understanding of the climate change landscape in Malaysia including previously funded activities by the UK and other donors, political economy and country demands.
  • Leverage on knowledge and network of the Energy and Climate Change Advisor at post and seek his guidance and advice in the induction/probation period.
  • Identify, analyse and timely flag policy, technological and commercial developments and risks that could influence the delivery of UK-Malaysia climate collaboration.
  • Identify key areas of demand where UK expertise can be aligned
  • Identify most effective and collaborative ways of working with the Malaysian government.
  • Lead on briefings, presentations and other reporting to BEIS team in London to inform the development of relevant opportunities.
  • Provide evidence-based recommendations on collaboration opportunities to senior management at the High Commission and in London, and in support of other parallel programmes such as the PF Low Carbon Energy and Future Cities Programmes, as well as the new ICF 2050 Calculator project.
  • Manage small-scale evidence, knowledge and capacity contracts to build momentum of the new Malaysian government, new Minister and Ministry of MESTECC officials in Malaysia coordinating discussions between UK stakeholders (BEIS regional leads, UK programme management team and UK Delivery Partners) and Malaysia partners.
  • Based on the activities above develop PACT strategy

2. UK PACT Stakeholder management (25%)

  • Proactively develop, manage and strengthen the High Commission’s network of UK – Malaysia climate contacts at all levels of seniority and in all sectors, to identify capacity building and policy influencing opportunities for UK PACT.
  • Support the Head of Foreign Policy to scope and develop deeper climate collaboration with Malaysia, at federal, state and local level, fostering relationships across the Government of Malaysia.
  • Prompt strategic, regular communications with key stakeholders in the UK, Malaysia and other target countries in Southeast Asia to facilitate best practice sharing where appropriate.
  • Publicly represent the High Commission and UK government as a credible interlocutor in climate related engagements as necessary.
  • Follow up on agreements and initiatives derived from the development of ICF programmes.
  • Ensure coordination between UK climate programmes and initiatives supported by other donor agencies, identifying opportunities for multilateral cooperation where possible.
  • Proactively seek cross-section collaboration opportunities amongst High Commission teams to continue supporting a mainstreamed approach to climate change in bilateral programmes.

3. UK PACT Programme management and delivery (25%)

  • Organise and manage a call for proposals
  • Manage approval of projects
  • Responsible for ongoing project due diligence, project performance reviews and completion reports
  • Collate all relevant learning and share with colleagues in UK and BHC. Use learning to inform and update future strategy.
  • Provide support on one other ICF programme (i.e. 2050 Calculator) as needed, ensuring UK visibility, coherence and complementarity with other UK government programmes (including, but not limited to Prosperity Fund) 

4. Administration (10%)

  • Lead on the preparation and coordination of high-level BEIS missions to Malaysia, identifying opportunities for relevant dialogues to support the development and delivery of programmes, as well as supporting the planning and delivery of potential skill-sharing missions from Malaysia to the UK.
  • The job holder will be expected to manage his or her own administrative tasks and support the wider team on administrative tasks as and when required.

5. Corporate (10%)

  • Play an active part in the corporate life of the High Commission (including if necessary as a member of any High Commission Committees) to maximise the overall well-being of staff.
  • Graduated from an Environmental Science, Climate, Sustainability, Public Policy, International Development or related course with at least 5 years of experience on a related field/activity to this job description
  • Solid knowledge of Malaysia’s climate change policy, its international commitments and institutional framework
  • Sound network of contacts in political arena, government, private sector and civil societies
  • Be a flexible and creative problem-solver, able to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems, and coordinate coherent and compelling programmes and projects
  • Project/Programme management experience, preferably with international stakeholders
  • Experience providing administrative and logistical support
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Malay
  • Able to demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication, relationship skills and ability to adjust to different audiences
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to work well and have a flexible approach to work whilst under pressure
  • Team player, driven by values
  • Microsoft office literate
  • Relevant post-graduate course
  • Candidates with prior work experience in International or multilateral  programmes will be considered as a plus
  • Knowledge of financial sector
  • Knowledge of low carbon/green sector
  • Knowledge of infrastructure sector
  • Knowledge of UK climate and energy policy, technology and commercial capabilities, and its global leadership in the subject matter
Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
24 May 2019
C4 (L)
Fixed Term
12 months
Asia Pacific
Kuala Lumpur
British High Commission
24 June 2019

The British High Commission offers a competitive remuneration package, benefits, leave entitlement of 20 days per annum (calculated on pro rata basis). The British High Commission works hard to provide L&D opportunities to staff. There are a wide range of options available for personal development including training courses, coaching and mentoring, job-shadowing, presentations and learning sets. Staff have access to a wide variety of online resources through the Diplomatic Academy and Civil Service Learning.  The job-holder will be required to take some specific training courses related to their role – including project management and financial management. All new staff undertake a workplace induction and there are a number of mandatory e-learning courses covering areas such as diversity, health and safety, and information management.

Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. 

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. You must have or be able to obtain local work permit in Malaysia in order to apply.

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

Please note that your application must be submitted before 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

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