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Job Category Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory Climate Diplomacy
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
The British Embassy in Cairo has a vacancy for a
Climate Change Adviser, job grade Higher Executive Officer (HEO).
Main purpose of the job: It is an exciting time to be working on climate and environment in Egypt, and particularly at the British Embassy in Cairo. With the UK having hosted COP26 in November 2021 and in the process of handing over COP27 Presidency to Egypt, the UK-Egypt climate partnership is in full momentum.
The Climate Change Adviser will be instrumental delivery of the UK-Egypt climate partnership. To this end, they will be heavily involved in supporting delivery and follow up of COP27 to be hosted in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt in November 2022, while also ensuring that the legacy of COP26 is maintained.
They will play a key role in development and delivery of the British Embassy Cairo’s portfolio of climate initiatives including policy and programming on environment, energy and water. They will work across the office to ensure that climate and environment issues are mainstreamed across our wider portfolio in Cairo.
The post holder will support the exciting expansion of our climate work across the portfolio. They will draw upon technical best practice, centrally managed programming and HQ expertise to ensure climate and environment to provide technical input and advice into our climate interventions.
Main duties and responsibilities:
Support the delivery of COP27 and follow up on implementation of any any COP26 and COP27 initiatives.
Provide technical input on delivery of the UK-Egypt climate partnership including on decarbonisation, resilience, mitigation & adaptation policy objectives, clean growth, energy transition, nature-based solutions.
Build a network of trusted relationships with Government of Egypt, civil society and implementing climate partners to maximise the impact of the UK’s diplomacy and programming. Advise and support senior UK officials and Ministers on climate issues.
Assess and design credible climate projects, taking into account UK comparative advantage, local context and sensitivities, GoE priorities etc. Oversee implementation and delivery by engaging delivery partners and relevant Government line Ministries.
Provide a coordinating function across all UK government bilateral and multilateral climate interventions (including EBRD programmes, WB programme, CSSF, work with British Council etc).
Link with other UK government entities in Egypt (Department for International Trade, British International investment, British Council) to ensure that initiatives in their space are complementary to embassy activity on adaptation/mitigation/loss and damage.
Support the mainstreaming of climate across the FCDO portfolio and diplomatic workstreams including support for Egypt’s role as a regional convener on climate. Work across teams to ensure coordination.
Support Ministerial and official visits from the UK related to COP26/COP27/COP28 and climate events in Egypt. This could include planning and advising on visit agendas, coordinating with media colleagues, and supporting in events as required.
Hold a corporate responsibility objective.
The above list is not exhaustive and the jobholder will be required to be flexible and take on other ad hoc tasks as required. The job description may be reviewed to meet changes in business needs.
Leadership – Show pride and passion for public service. Create and engage others in delivering a shared vision. Value difference, diversity and inclusion, ensuring fairness and opportunity for all.
Communicating and Influencing – Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others.
Seeing the Big Picture – Understand how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives. Recognise the wider Civil Service priorities and ensure work is in the national interest.
Working Together – Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
Strong technical understanding of climate change, particularly loss & damage and adaptation, as well as international climate change policy, with relevant experience including from university or previous professional work experience.
A minimum of 2+ years of experience working for an organisation in a climate change related role, for example, working for/with national or regional government, international organizations or agencies on climate change policy or programmes.
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in English and Arabic, both written and spoken. Minimum level required C1 under the CEFRL or equivalent. Able to express ideas and messages clearly and concisely, both orally and in written communication.
Strong networking and influencing skills to build trusted relationships across a range of stakeholders in Egypt, regionally and centrally in London.
Experience of managing diverse and senior level relationships.
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
Relevant degree in a climate or environment related subject.
Knowledge or experience of programme management and relevant skills.
Seeing the Big Picture, Leadership, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together
Application deadline 23 October 2022 Grade
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Type of Position Fixed Term, Full-time
Working hours per week 36
Duration of Post 12 months
Region Middle East & North Africa
Country/Territory Egypt Location (City) Cairo
Type of Post British Embassy
Number of vacancies 1
Salary Currency USD Salary 2,277
Start Date 2 January 2023
Other benefits and conditions of employment
Eligibility: Applicants must have the legal right to live and work in Egypt.
The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role, including a non-negotiable gross salary of USD 2,277 per month subject to insurance and tax as per the usual regulations based on a 36 hours per week. However, 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.
We offer a competitive package including medical benefits, performance related bonus, recreational facilities, opportunities for job related training & development, etc. There are no other allowances payable as part of this package. No accommodation and relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.
The role is for a full-time employment, on a fixed term basis for one (1) year, subject to three (3) months’ probationary period.
The British Embassy is committed to helping staff develop in their careers through formal and informal training and coaching. You will have access to the full suite of DIT and FCDO learning and development opportunities including the FCDO’s Diplomatic Academy, training in the UK, and will be encouraged to join DIT’s trade profession. We also provide regular in-house learning opportunities and are committed to supporting further academic opportunities.
You will have to complete the mandatory online training courses including Diversity and Inclusion. Also, courses offered on UK government climate change and energy policy, including accreditation into the FCDO’s climate cadre.
How to apply:
Interested candidates must include 1) an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) 2) a covering letter/ motivation essay stating how you meet the requirements of the role; and 3) examples, in the relevant sections of the online application form, of how you meet the key behaviours and skills required.
Applications that do not include this information will not be considered.
Closing date of receiving applications is before 23:55 (local time) on 23 October 2022.
Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.
The recruitment process, including security clearance, is expected to take around two months.
The start date mentioned in the job advert is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances.
Personal data collected will be treated in strictest confidence under the terms of the UK Data Protection Act and used for recruitment purposes only.
The British Embassy Cairo is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staffs recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of service according to local Egypt employment law.