View Vacancy - VNM (Hanoi) - Climate Attaché, HEO

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Programme Roles)
Climate change, Environment & Sustainability

Main purpose of job:

Vietnam is one of the fastest growing carbon emitters globally.  With trend GDP growth at 6-7%, deep integration into global trade (200% trade to GDP) and highly attractive to Foreign Direct Investments, Vietnam’s energy demand is predicted to double in the next 10 years and double again the following decade. Vietnam is already twice as energy intensive as China per unit of GDP.  Vietnam is also highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with 50% of the population in coastal areas liable to flooding, highland areas liable to drought, and the Mekong Delta liable to salt water intrusion.

At COP26 Vietnam made a bold change in its climate change policy, committing to 2050 net zero GHG emissions, joining the Adaptation Action Coalition, endorsing the Glasgow Declaration on Forest and Land use and the Leaders Pledge for Nature, signing the Global Methane Pledge and engaging in the Sustainable Agriculture Policy Action Agenda and Global Action Agenda for Innovation in Agriculture.  There is a window of opportunity now for Vietnam to radically shift away from the BAU scenario and deliver on the political commitments on climate mitigation and climate adaptation that they made at COP26.  

The Climate Attaché will take day to day responsibility for the climate diplomacy work in Vietnam, focussing both on climate mitigation and climate adaptation work.  They will shape HMG’s climate change policy objectives in Vietnam through analysis and a deep understanding of local context across the economy carried out through timely reporting to UK stakeholders. They will deliver the UK’s climate and energy policy priorities by building constructive and collaborative working relationships with Vietnamese Government, private industry, and third sector. They will ensure communications tools are properly mobilised across the Mission to secure the fullest political impact of the UK’s COP26 Presidency and foreign policy towards these goals.

The role holder will work closely with the Vietnam Energy Attaché to ensure that climate and energy work is tightly coordinated and integrated. The role holder will also be expected to integrate their work with UK programme activities, working with programme colleagues from across the Embassy, the region and in the UK.

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

  • Oversee and run the broad climate policy agenda with the Government of Vietnam and other stakeholders, with the objective of increased ambition on climate mitigation and climate adaptation
  • Lead on HMG policy in respect of the UN negotiations, Nationally Determined Contributions, Long Term Strategy, climate adaptation, low carbon agriculture, green finance, and nature elements of the Vietnamese climate portfolio, supporting colleagues across the Embassy, including the Ambassador himself, to understand and deliver these policies together to better effect.
  • Provide accurate, well-researched and concise expert analysis and reporting of local views and policies on climate change issues to UK stakeholders, incorporating whole of HMG perspectives from the Mission. Be prepared to regularly articulate technical opinions verbally, in writing, and in presentations (internal and external).
  • Represent, communicate and advance these policies to external audiences in Vietnam, including the Government, collaborating with supporting advocates within the wider diplomatic, private, and third sector community.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with a wide range of Government and non-Government stakeholder across the Vietnamese system.
  • Lead on climate public diplomacy in close collaboration with the Embassy’s Communications Department, including events, workshops, and campaigns, to advance our climate policy objectives and UK visibility
  • Develop proposals, bid, procure, project and budget manage external support to deliver additional impact to the above in a value for money way, consistent with HMG policies and frameworks.
  • Actively seek synergies and collaboration across the Embassy and with potential external allies.
  • Support corporate priorities within the team and the wider Mission where necessary.

The jobholder be line managed initially by the Climate Counsellor, until the recruitment of the Senior Climate Adviser, both of whom will be based in Hanoi.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

Line management responsibilities will be confirmed on appointment.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field, for instance, Public Policy, Public Administration, International Relations, Climate and Environment Science, etc.
  • A minimum of 5 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 understanding of international climate change policy, with relevant experience including from university or previous professional work experience.
  • Experience of analysis and research to bring complex information together into a visually accessible format, improving process and organisational strategy

Language requirements:

  • Language:  Fluent written and spoken English
  • Level of language required:  minimum level required C1 under the CEFRL or equivalent.
  • Experience of working on climate change and nature priorities in Vietnam
  • Knowledge of financial / budget management principles or previous financial management experience.
  • Knowledge or experience of development project / programme management and relevant skills.
Seeing the Big Picture, Delivering at Pace, Leadership, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together
21 August 2022
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Asia Pacific
British Embassy
VND 53,809,569
26 September 2022

This position is being advertised as a 12 months fixed term position in Hanoi, with possibility of renewal.

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is committed to developing its staff, working hard to provide a comprehensive L&D offer. Staff have access to a wide variety of online resources through the Diplomatic Academy and Civil Service Learning. Staff are strongly encouraged to take advantage of all the available opportunities.

The job-holder will be required to take some specific training courses related to their role. 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 and security checks. Staff who are locally recruited by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. Visa sponsorship may be possible for non-Vietnamese nationals if meet local requirements.  

Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.

Disabled and ethnic minority applicants will be invited to interviews if meeting the minimum requirement of the job.

Working patterns:

This role will require office based work at the British Embassy in Hanoi with limited scope for remote or flexible working.

All applications must be received before 23:55 (Local Vietnam Time) on the day of the deadline indicated above.

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

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. Only shortlisted candidates for interview will be contacted. Interviewees will be assessed on the core competencies listed above. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified via the system in due time.

Indicated start date is provisional and subject to successful completion of reference and security checks.

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