View Vacancy - SIN - SE Asia Regional Lead, Green Finance and Carbon Pricing Mechanisms, G7

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

Main purpose of job:

To lead policy, development, and diplomatic work on green finance and carbon pricing mechanisms across the SE Asia region for HMG. Design, and deliver ambitious, coherent cross-Government objectives, policy, and plans for the UK in a diverse region in which these tools are vital to securing a green economic transition in an effective, equitable, and economic manner. 

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

The successful candidate will work as the policy lead on these issues within a small regional hub, alongside policy leads for other thematic issues. They will be responsible for doing so in a way that coordinates with and secures buy-in from other UK Government interests in an important region, involving at least four different Whitehall Departmental equities (FCDO, BEIS, DEFRA, HMT, and DIT), and 10 countries. This will require flexibility, strong leadership, and subject matter expertise to work through others, from a range of backgrounds, professionalisms, and seniority:

  • Work in partnership with relevant UK Government Departments across the ASEAN region (10 countries) to lead development of coherent x-HMG regional strategy on green finance and  carbon pricing mechanisms, guiding country-level efforts and plans, securing buy-in from stakeholders in the region. This will need to be rooted in knowledge and working relationships with regional Governments, business, and other non-state actors.
  • Interpret global policy direction set in London, lead the development and communication of clear, coherent, UK Government regional policy on green finance, carbon pricing and carbon markets issues to deliver on whole of Government priorities, recognising and capturing the range of different national and sub-national interests within that.
  • Provide expert policy analysis, advice, and reporting to senior UK stakeholders on the regional green finance and carbon pricing mechanisms landscape, incorporating whole of UK Govt perspectives, and a well-balanced assessment of the facts and nuances of local context
  • Based on a strategic awareness of the technical challenges, and UK opportunities and risks, raise capability and capacity of UK Government within the region in respect of these issues, through advice and training to UK Missions, development programmes, and officials at all levels, acting as the regional thematic lead on these issues in a pastoral and professional development sense.
  • Work alongside and tailored to country-contexts as well as UK Missions’ capacity and capabilities, provide technical capacity building and advice to host Governments to complement UK development programming and advance policy objectives. This will also involve building and leading our regional relationships in respect of this policy area, such as with multilateral development banks, multi-national corporations, and ASEAN.
  • Through these activities and other policy interventions make some of the most visible UK policy contributions to regional transition to a 1.5c, resilient future economy. This will increase flows of all sources of finance to the most impactful climate mitigation and adaptation investments.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

  • No line management envisaged, but likely to be strong matrix and professional development requirements across different Posts and Whitehall Departments to support effective day-to-day work on this theme.
  • Oversight of project, programme, and administrative budgets of up to around SGD1m/yr (non-ODA)

Essential on arrival:

Candidates must have significant, deep professional experience of:

  • Policy design / analysis or development in a green finance, carbon pricing, and /or carbon markets field
  • Managing and delivering through a team successfully
  • Working with international institutions / multi-national organisations
  • Building and maintaining collaborative stakeholder relationships across public, private, and third sector to design and deliver organisational strategy
  • Developing policy recommendations at an organisational or multi-organisational level based on evidence-based analysis
  • All MS Office applications


The BHC will consider applications from candidates in countries from which travel to Singapore is feasible under prevailing Covid related borders restrictions. Singapore will allow entry for fully vaccinated with vaccine approved under WHO EUL. Applicants should be aware that Singapore has mandated that from 1 January 2022 only employees who are fully vaccinated, or have recovered from COVID-19 within 270 days, can return to the workplace. Singapore will require unvaccinated employees to have a negative Pre-Event Testing (PET) result at their own expense before coming to the office.


  • Over 10 yrs experience in the field of green finance, ideally including carbon pricing, and / or carbon markets
  • Experience working within UK and / or a SE Asian Government
Communicating and Influencing, Leadership, Seeing the Big Picture, Working Together
25 November 2022
Grade 7 (G7)
Full-time, Permanent
Asia Pacific
British High Commission
1 February 2023

We offer a competitive package, which includes basic salary of SGD 10,216 per month and a generous annual wage supplement (as part of total guaranteed remuneration) of an additional 2 months’ salary paid out in December each year, Central Provident Fund (CPF) payment in lieu for non-Permanent Resident foreign nationals, 23-days annual leave entitlement and a health insurance plan. The basic salary is non-negotiable.

We have a generous leave offer including: 23 days annual leave, increasing to 25 after 5 years' service, with the option to carry over up to 10 days into the subsequent leave year; 13 public holidays; generous maternity and paternity leave; and childcare leave. We encourage volunteerism and offer up to 3 days paid volunteer leave.

We offer medical insurance to support staff with the high costs of healthcare in Singapore and periodic reimbursement for the cost of eye tests and replacement eye wear.

Learning and development opportunities:

We offer time and financial support for the successful candidate to take advantage of professional learning and development opportunities inside and outside of the organisation. This will include, over time, the ability to become accredited within UK Government as a climate professional.

The BHC has an active Learning & Development Committee which works hard to provide a comprehensive L&D offer. There is 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 International Academy and Civil Service Learning.

Staff are strongly encouraged to take advantage of all available opportunities. All new hires undertake a workplace induction and there are a number of mandatory e-learning courses that must be completed in order to pass probation.

Working Patterns:

Normal working hours are 37.5 per week: 8:30am to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday. The team operates a ‘core hours’ policy of 10:30am to 2:30pm with individual flexibility around that and we are open to requests to work condensed hours, subject to business need.

BHC Singapore supports and promotes flexible working as a crucial part of our inclusive offering, and is committed to staff maintaining a healthy work-life balance. The role is suitable for some remote working, and members of the team tend to work from home around 2 days a week.

Other information:

In addition to the duties which this job normally entails, you may from time to time be required to undertake additional or other duties as necessary to meet the needs of the High Commission, including playing a part in the corporate life of the mission and supporting any crisis response.

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. You must have or be able to obtain a local work permit which we will sponsor.

Staff recruited locally by the British High Commission are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local Singapore employment law. 

Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. Only short-listed applications will be called for personal interviews.

The British High Commission is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on grounds of ethnic origin, race, religious beliefs, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation. Our values of Collaboration, Opportunity, Respect and Excellence (CORE) are our guiding principles. We aspire to live our values consistently in order to make the British High Commission a great place to work where staff feel valued, supported and inspired to be their best. 

Please note that all successful candidates will be expected to serve a minimum of 6 months in their new role before being eligible to apply for further positions within the British High Commission.

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