Climate Change Policy Adviser

Canberra, ACT, Australia
Position Type: 
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Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Category  

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory  

Global Issues Team

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  

Main purpose of job

To contribute to British High Commission 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 December 2020.

Roles and responsibilities

  • To support implementation of the High Commission’s COP26 strategy for Australia, working to the senior policy adviser and with economic, political, prosperity and communications colleagues. This will include policy and project delivery aligned with COP26 objectives that supports long-term decarbonisation, and resilience & adaptation objectives in Australia, which may include clean growth, energy transition, transport and industrial decarbonisation, nature-based solutions and green finance;
  • To support the Australia Network Climate Change and Clean Growth Working Group and Whitehall colleagues on engagement with Australia, through reporting on developments in Australia and on Working Group activities;
  • To support the senior policy adviser to liaise with officials in the Australian Department of Environment and Energy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on policy and operational elements of delivering COP26;
  • To assist the Australia Network Climate Change and Clean Growth Working Group engagement with non-Government actors, through stakeholder mapping and building working level contacts in sub-national authorities (cities, states), representatives of businesses, and civil society;
  • To support Ministerial and official visits from the UK related to COP26 and climate events in Australia .This could include organising visit agendas and supporting events as required;
  • To hold a corporate responsibility objective (such as on Learning and Development, Reward & Recognition, Wellbeing or Tech Overhaul) which contributes to the wider corporate agenda of the Australia Network.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience  

Essential on arrival

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field, for instance, Climate and Environment Science, International Relations or Public Policy;
  • Experience working for an organisation in a relevant field, for example, working for/with national or state 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  

  • Experience of managing diverse and senior level relationships;
  • Knowledge or experience of project management and relevant skills.

Salary is at AU$73, 686 per annum (paid out monthly), plus 11% superannuation.

Appointment is subject to an AFP records check and UK security clearance.

Open to Australian citizens, permanent residents, and partners/ dependents of UK-based diplomatic staff currently posted in Australia.

Staff recruited locally by the British High Commission and its Consulates is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Australian employment law. Interstate applicants will be required to meet their own travel and relocation expenses.

The British Government supports flexible working practices. Work outside of core hours may sometimes be required.

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

The Australia network offers a wide range of learning and development opportunities, including job-specific training as necessary and broader learning linked to the FCO Diplomatic Academy.

There are opportunities to job-shadow other staff, and the successful applicant will be encouraged to take part in broader British High Commission activities.

The British High Commission is committed to providing all staff with learning and development (L&D) opportunities and we will work with you to develop your own L&D plan.

Additional information  

Your application must be submitted before 23:55 AEST-Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC/ GMT +10) on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

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

Kindly check your application centre or email regularly for any update on the status of your application.