View Vacancy - Climate Change and Energy Officer COP26 (NOR21.140)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)

Due to COVID-19, you may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign. We are working hard to minimise any disruption. You may find more information in the Additional Information section below.

The British Embassy in Oslo is part of a world-wide network representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking for a Climate Change and Energy Officer to contribute to British Embassy work to combat Climate Change. You will focus on action to support delivery of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in November 2021, which the UK will host in Glasgow in partnership with Italy.  You will help ensure delivery of COP26 outcomes in 2021/22. You will also support longer-term climate change and clean energy objectives.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To support implementation of the Embassy’s COP26 strategy for Norway. This will require you to work closely with our Head of Prosperity, with our Science and Innovation Officer and with economic, political, prosperity, trade and communications colleagues. Your role will include policy and project delivery aligned with COP26 objectives that supports long-term decarbonisation, resilience & adaptation, clean growth, energy transition, nature-based solutions, and green finance.

  • To work with a network of colleagues in the Nordic Baltic countries on regional climate change initiatives related to COP26. This will require identification of shared opportunities, co-ordination of activity and management of resources across the network and reporting on progress to London.

  • To support the communications team in developing and delivering communications on climate and COP26.

  • To build a network of working level contacts in national and local governments across Norway, in business, civil society and youth groups in support of COP26 activity.

  • To support Ministerial and official visits from the UK related to COP26 and climate events in Norway .This could include organising visit agendas and supporting events as required. Ensure UK departments are well prepared to receive inward visits from Norwegian officials and Ministers, including to COP26, as well as to pre-COP events in third countries.

  • To seek opportunities for maximising cooperation between the UK and Norway on climate and energy matters, and help design and lead campaigns and projects that support these areas of co-operation.

  • Fluency in English and Norwegian (both oral and written, minimum of C1 level for English and minimum of B2 level for Norwegian*).

  • A bachelor’s degree.

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working for an organisation in a relevant field, for example, working for/with national or regional government, international organizations or agencies, preferably in climate change.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Proven ability to work in a team.

  • Experience of working in an international environment; public/private sector experience; excellent relationship-building skills; well-developed analytical skills and the ability to clearly communicate them to different audiences.

  • Strong understanding of international climate change policy, with relevant experience including from university or previous professional work experience.

  • Experience of managing diverse and senior level relationships.

  • Knowledge or experience of project management and / or communications work.

Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
13 May 2021
B3 (L)
Full-time, Temporary
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
586,279 Gross
1 June 2021

This is a full-time fixed term contract until 31st March 2022, five working days (currently 35 hours net) per week.

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance.

Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy Oslo are subject to terms and conditions of service in accordance with Norwegian employment law.

All applicants must have the right to live and work in Norway. The Embassy does not sponsor work permits.

The Embassy offers a wide-range of learning and development opportunities, both in the Post, in London and more widely across Europe. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office also has extensive e-learning opportunities. All staff are encouraged to focus on their personal development, and 5 days a year are dedicated to learning and development for each staff member.

Visa/work permit requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Norway and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the British Embassy will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a position.

Information due to COVID-19:

  • You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign and we are working hard to minimise any disruption;

  • Interviews will be done remotely if the existing situation determines this to be the right course of action;

  • Starting date may be delayed depending on circumstances at the time and it will be agreed with the selected candidate.

*Please note for more information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment levels please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your language skill is going to be assessed.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.