View Vacancy - Energy Security Adviser (UKR23.630)

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

The British Embassy in Kyiv is part of a world-wide network representing British political, economic and consular overseas. There is now an exciting opportunity for an individual to join us as an Energy Security Adviser.

This is a role in the Embassy’s Political, Press and Economic Team (PET). Drawing on local contacts and reporting, the job holder will lead on detailed advice for Ukraine, and support the 1st Secretary Energy Policy and 1st Secretary Economic to develop policy recommendations to further UK-Ukraine cooperation on Ukraine’s energy security.  

Roles and responsibilities:

N.B. certain elements of the job may change depending on the trajectory of the war and the business needs of the Embassy.

1. Follow and report on local developments in energy sector. Provide policy recommendations, advice and briefings to the Embassy team (up to and including the Ambassador) and across Whitehall (particularly the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the International Energy Unit, the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and the Department for Business and Trade). Key issues include:

a. Implications and impact of war on key energy assets and systems, including nuclear power
b. Reform of the energy sector, including state-owned enterprises in line with IMF and EU requirements, and energy system regulation;
c. State of ‘winterisation’ and the resilience of the energy system through winter;
d. Energy import/export, diversification and energy integration with Europe;
e. Recovery and reconstruction of energy infrastructure in a more modern and green way. 

2. Develop and maintain a local network – as the key Ukrainian energy focal point in British Embassy Kyiv - of contacts in ministries, government agencies, think-tanks and academic institutions, etc which they can draw on for advice and information;

3.Work across teams, including: the Embassy’s Programme Team to ensure that UK aid is delivering impact in the energy sector; the trade team to support UK businesses vying for commercial deals in the energy sector; the defence team to follow the military situation around key energy assets; and the humanitarian team to support efforts to keep the lights, heat and water running through winter.

•    Proficiency in written and spoken Ukrainian and English  (C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
•    A minimum of 2+ years of experience working for an organisation in a relevant field relating to energy sectors, international organisations, embassies, business or commercial sector;
•    BA degree (preferably in climate and energy / business / economy / policy / international relations);
•    Proven understanding of Ukraine’s energy sector (candidates are expected to demonstrate this over experience and behaviours answers);
•    Ability to engage confidently with stakeholders and colleagues  and to work across multiple teams;
•    Excellent written and spoken communication;
•    Strong organisational skills, including attention to detail;
•    IT literacy, including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
•    Ability to work independently and on own initiative; 

Experience in a similar role- delivering energy policy in Ukraine, either in government, academia, public administration or international organisations;

Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Managing a Quality Service, Working Together
10 December 2023
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Permanent
40 gross
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
3,445.38 gross per month
1 November 2023

This is a full time and permanent position, of 40 working hours per week including 1 hour per day for lunch. 

The start date mentioned in the advert is just an expected start date. The appointment can start earlier or later depending on several factors.

The Embassy is a committed and friendly team, which has stayed strong and united despite the enormous challenges following Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion on 24 February 2022. The staff share a strong feeling that their work really matters. The Russian invasion has strengthened the resolve of the team and the people of Ukraine. 

All applicants should have the right to live and work in Ukraine. The British Embassy does not sponsor work permits.

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

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Ukraine is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Ukrainian employment law.

Learning and development opportunities: Political work is currently expected to take up no more than 20% of the role, but depending on the jobholder’s aptitude and interest, there may be opportunities to expand this.

Working patterns: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00. The embassy operates a hybrid working model, with a mix of in-office and working from home throughout the week.

*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. 

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This opportunity is closed to applications.