Climate Change Officer

British Embassy Vientiane

Rue Yokkabat Phonexay Village Saysettha District Vientiane Capital


LAO - Climate Change Policy Officer B3(L)

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Job Category  

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

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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:

  • To coordinate implementation of the UK’s COP26 strategy in Laos working closely with political, projects and communications colleagues.
  • To promote more effective action to reduce GHG emissions in Laos, including through effective energy and forestry policies, to encourage Laos to increase its overall resilience through improved adaptation policies, and to support other aspects of a transition to a low carbon economy (e.g. green finance).  
  • To report to the Regional Climate Change Policy Officer in Bangkok on engagement with Laos, advising on local sensitivities and priorities, and providing briefing for UK ministers and senior officials.
  • Raising awareness about the risks of climate change and importance of the COP26 negotiations among the Lao population and key decision-makers.
  • Liaising with senior officials in Laos on policy and operational elements of delivering COP26. This will include advising and supporting engagement between senior officials (including the Heads of Mission) and Ministers with some translation/interpretation if required.
  • Planning and implementing engagement with non-Government actors. This will include building relationships with working level contacts in sub-national authorities (cities, states, provinces), representatives of businesses, and civil society actors
  • Managing visits and climate events. This could include planning and advising on visit agendas, coordinating with media colleagues, and supporting in events as required.
  • Ad hoc administration support for projects team

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):

  • Budget for events and other interventions in support of our COP26 climate strategy – size to be confirmed. 

Essential qualifications, skills and experience  

  • Fluent written and spoken English essential
  • 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.
  • Good understanding of international climate change policy.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience of managing diverse and senior level relationships.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience  

  • Fluent written and spoken Lao preferred
  • Knowledge of financial / budget management principles or previous financial management experience.
  • Knowledge or experience of project management and relevant skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Lao government – in particular the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment or the Ministry of Energy.

Required competencies  

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


B3 (L)

Type of Position  

Fixed Term, Part-Time

Working hours per week  


Duration of Post  

24 months


Asia Pacific



Location (City)  


Type of Post  

British Embassy

Number of vacancies  


Starting monthly salary (USD)  


Start Date   Start Date - day Start Date - month Start Date - year

Mid of May 2020

Working patterns: 

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.

Additional information    

Additional information please follow this link below: 


British Embassy Vientiane

British Embassy Vientiane

Rue Yokkabat Phonexay Village Saysettha District Vientiane Capital

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