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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Economic and Prosperity
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
The British Embassy in Berlin is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is currently looking to recruit a Climate Change Policy Advisor.
Main purpose of job:
To contribute to British Embassy Berlin work to combat Climate Change, including diplomatic action to support delivery of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in November 2020.
Roles and responsibilities:
To support implementation of the Embassy‘s COP26 strategy for Germany, working closely with economic, political, prosperity and communications colleagues. This will include policy and project delivery aligned with COP26 objectives that supports long-term decarbonisation, resilience & adaptation, clean growth, energy transition, transport and industrial decarbonisation, nature-based solutions and green finance.
To support Whitehall colleagues on engagement with Germany, advising on local sensitivities and German priorities; including briefing for ministers and senior officials.
To plan and implement Embassy-run events to support COP26 objectives.
To support the senior climate and energy policy advisors to liaise with officials in the German government on policy and operational elements of delivering COP26.
To support engagement with sub-national authorities and non-Government actors. This will include building relationships with representatives of businesses and civil society activists.
To support Ministerial and official visits from the UK related to COP26. This could include organising visit agendas, coordinating with media colleagues.
To contribute to wider Embassy work through corporate responsibilities.
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
Fluent written and spoken English and German (minimum level required C1 under the CEFRL).
Bachelor‘s Degree in a relevant field, for instance, Public Policy, Public Administration, International Relations, Climate and Environment Science, etc.
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 understanding of international climate change policy, with relevant experience including from university or previous professional work experience.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
Knowledge or experience of project management and relevant skills.
Experience of managing diverse and senior level relationships.
Master‘s Degree in a relevant field.
Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
12 January 2020
Type of Position
Fixed Term, Full-time
Working hours per week
Duration of Post
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Type of Post
Number of vacancies
Starting yearly salary (EUR)
€59,304 gross per annum rising to approx €66,616 gross per annum after a qualifying period in addition to performance related pay. (Salary is not negotiable)
1 March 2020
Other benefits and conditions of employment
This is a full-time position of five working days 37.5 hours per week, for a contract period of two years.
The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance.
Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Germany are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local German employment law.
The British Embassy in Berlin has a strong ethos of Learning and Development, including our Learning and Development Week. In addition, there will be many opportunities to attend external seminars and events on relevant issues. This is in addition to the induction programme offered to all Embassy staff.
The successful applicant will be encouraged to be actively involved in the corporate life of the Embassy, contributing to the wider objectives of the British Government‘s Germany network and supporting the Embassy‘s positive working environment.
Visa / Passport requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Germany and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Additional requirements may become necessary pending EU Exit. If requirements change additional eligibility information will be shared during the recruitment process.
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 job.
Please note Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment indicates Level C1 as Mastery or proficiency Level which comprehends that a person can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations. For more information please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your languages skills are going to be assessed.
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