View Vacancy - CGZ - Sustainable Urban Environments Programme Manager, C4 (L)

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

Main purpose of job:

In November 2015, the UK Government announced a £1.3bn Prosperity Fund over the next five years to promote the economic reform and development needed for growth in partner countries. Priorities will include improving the business environment, competitiveness and operation of markets, energy and financial sector reform. As well as contributing to a reduction in poverty in recipient countries, we expect these reforms to create opportunities for international business, including UK companies.

The China network is delivering, with Chinese partners and stakeholders, a portfolio of seven programmes in China, including Infrastructure, Energy & Low Carbon, Financial Services, Rule of Law for Business, Health, Skills and Sustainable Urban Environments. It forms the biggest country allocation of the global Prosperity Fund.

We are now looking for a confident, experienced programme manager, capable of helping to deliver an exciting and complex multi-year, multi-million pound China Sustainable Urban Environments programme.

As a programme manager working in the Sustainable Urban Environments team, the successful applicant will be taking on an exciting and challenging role at the centre of a key, innovative thematic area. As part of a small team, they will assist with the design and implementation of the £14.75 million Sustainable Urban Environments prosperity funded programme to support China as it makes its cities smarter and more efficient, inclusive, green and sustainable places for a growing population; while also opening up opportunities for the UK economy and business. Key areas of focus for the programme will include interventions to improve urban mobility, access to clean water/flood management and improvements to urban services.  

The role requires a significant amount of stakeholder engagement, ensuring alignment across our wider China network, UK government departments, key UK and Chinese central and local government, and commercial stakeholders. Strong communication skills are therefore essential. The successful candidate will also have experience of working in a programme environment and have a working knowledge of programme development, budget management, evaluating and reporting.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?

The cross-government Prosperity Fund (PF) was established under the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) with the primary aim of supporting growth in recipient countries and thereby reducing poverty. As such, it represents a key component of the prosperity pillar of the UK Aid Strategy. But the Fund uniquely focuses on promoting growth in ODA-eligible middle income countries, which are home to around 60% of the world’s poor and where the development challenges remain significant, but at the same time are important business partners and drivers of prosperity. By delivering high impact, strategic multi-year programmes, across high opportunity countries, regions and sectors, the Fund will help create opportunities for international business, including UK companies. As the UK leaves the EU, an even more outward-looking global Britain investing and trading with the fastest growing markets will become increasingly important.

Around 25 multi-year programmes have so far been endorsed by the Ministerial Board. These cover trade, anti-corruption, infrastructure, business environment, health, future cities, education, financial services, energy and outward investment. For more information, see the Prosperity Fund Annual Report 2017/18.

We are looking for a pro-active, engaged individual to join the team and help to drive forward the delivery of the China Sustainable Urban Environments Programme. With the support of 1 x B3 LE Chinese, who will be managed by the jobholder, this role will involve the following responsibilities:

Implementation/Delivery (80%)

  • Programme design and delivery - Assist with the design and implementation of the Sustainable Urban Environments 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 strong working relationships with key Whitehall departments. As the programme develops, much of the delivery will be through a broad range of external suppliers – private sector companies, consultancies, NGO’s, think tanks, arm’s length bodies, and potentially multi-laterals.
  • Stakeholder Engagement - Manage and develop external relationships with the Chinese central and local government stakeholders 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. There is also significant buy in from stakeholders in the UK to manage, including city level officials, academia and commercial interests.
  • Policy support - Support the Head of the Programme team to provide policy and strategic advice, direction and input into the design and development of the overall programme, to ensure programme coherence, alignment with key priorities and achievement of substantive outcomes.
  • Reporting and Communications - Provide input into overall reporting and communications on the China Sustainable Urban Environments Programme, ensuring own activities are accurately reflected.

Programme Management (20%)

  • Delivering impact - Ensure the programme meets Prosperity Fund central requirements, including on monitoring, reporting, evaluation and learning; compliance with OECD rules for ODA; and Gender Equality Act compliance and support Prosperity Fund ambitions on women’s economic opportunities, inclusive growth and poverty reduction through your team.

In addition to all of the above, deputise in the absence of the Head of Programme.

  • Due to the security clearance required, this role is only open to UK nationals or expats from across the FIVE EYEs community.
  • Experience of international development programming, including delivering complex programmes and managing delivery partners.
  • Excellent networking and negotiating skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and build credibility with a range of stakeholders, including Chinese policy-makers, business representatives, commercial suppliers, and across the China Network.
  • Ability to communicate confidently and persuasively in a range of situations.
  • Line management experience.
  • A background in sustainability, urban planning, and/or smart cities, either through education, work or general interest.
  • Previous experience of working in an international environment with a proven track record of delivering results across government organisations.
  • Experience/knowledge of UK ODA programmes.
Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Delivering at Pace
13 September 2019
C4 (L)
Fixed Term
5 months
Asia Pacific
British Consulate General
11 November 2019
31 March 2020

Successful candidates will be offered a contract until the end of March 2020, renewable on a yearly basis depending on staff performance and availability of programme funds.

We offer a competitive package, which includes basic salary, good leave entitlement, and insurance plan, etc. The gross salary (before all deductions) is an abated monthly salary of RMB 35,959 / 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 Consulate General Guangzhou is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Chinese employment law.

Appointment of the successful candidates will also be subject to Overseas Security Clearance. Due to the security clearance level required for this position, this vacancy is open only to the following:

  • Nationals from the UK who have spent at least two (2) years out of the last five (5) years in the UK;
  • Nationals from the UK who have Diplomatic status in China ('W' visa holder);
  • Other nationals from the USA, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia providing they have Diplomatic status in China ('W' visa holder).

Necessary security clearance for this position can take at least two months and will require completion of a separate security interview which can take place either in the UK or in China (dates to be notified). Candidates must be available for this security interview to be considered for this role.

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

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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