LAO - Climate Change Policy Officer B3(L)
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
Main purpose of job:
To coordinate UK Government work in Laos 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. This position will focus on engagement in Laos within a regional context, with support from colleagues in other SE Asian countries.
Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?
The UK Government champions diplomatic efforts to prevent global climate change. In 2019 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report concluded that ‘limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050.’
As the Co-Presidency of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), the UK is committed to working with the UN and our Presidency partners, Italy, to prevent catastrophic climate change. We hope that all the parties to the 2015 Paris Agreement will commit to more ambitious greenhouse gas reductions before or at COP26. This is critical to safeguard our future.
The jobholder will work to promote more ambitious commitments on climate change by Laos, in the context of COP26. The role will involve lobbying senior officials in the Lao government and raising broader awareness on the risks of climate change among the public and wider stakeholders.
We are looking for a pro-active, engaged individual with a passion for making a difference, and an understanding of the importance of this issue.
Full responsibilities of the jobholder would be as follows:
This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to play an influential role on what may be the most important issue of our lives. The British Embassy in Vientiane is a small friendly mission committed to diversity and staff development.
Resources managed (staff and expenditure):
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
Application deadline Application deadline - day Application deadline - month Application deadline - year
1 April 2020
Type of Position
Fixed Term, Part-Time
Working hours per week
Duration of Post
Type of Post
Number of vacancies
Starting monthly salary (USD)
Start Date Start Date - day Start Date - month Start Date - year
Mid of May 2020
Monday – Friday 08:30 - 16:30
This is a part time position for 2.5 days per week. The post holder should be prepared to work flexibly e.g. starting early or late with occasional remote working (agreed by line manager). Occasional travel in the region is likely so willingness to travel is also a requirement.
In crisis/emergency situations work as required to support the Embassy response (sometimes on a shift pattern working unsociable hours)
Other benefits and conditions of employment
Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
The British Embassy Vientiane encourages all staff to develop their capabilities, through both formal training (courses) and informal opportunities (job-shadowing, coaching, on-the-job training etc). The majority of our formal learning and development opportunities are drawn from FCO resources. All staff are encouraged to share their skills and experience with colleagues, through informal training or coaching/mentoring.
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