Two new posts are being created in the International Climate Finance team, within the International Climate and Energy Directorate. We are looking for candidates to join this exciting and dynamic area of work, who want to lead and shape new and growing teams, in an area where you can make a real world difference.
The two roles are:
- 1594405 Head of International Climate Finance: Policy and Investments; and
- 1594396 Head of International Climate Finance: Partnerships and Capability
The two posts are newly created, recognising the growing scope and complexity of the UK’s international climate finance landscape. The UK has committed to spend at least £5.8bn of climate finance between 2016-2020 and BEIS is responsible for £2bn of this, as well as legacy projects worth £1.3bn. This is also part of the UK’s commitment to help mobilise $100bn of climate finance a year by 2020 through to 2025, and to help deliver the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.
The post holders will be responsible for a wide range of project and policy work, particularly supporting the effective deployment of the UK’s climate finance to enable developing countries to reduce their emissions and raise their ambition, mobilise private finance, whilst drawing on the significant expertise of the UK’s own clean growth capabilities.
The Head of Climate Partnerships will manage two to three G6-led teams, as well as having responsibility for tasking staff in posts overseas (currently in China, Mexico and Colombia). This is a new area of work for the directorate and the department and, as such, the post-holder will need to create a strong vision and implementation strategy for the team in order to create and deliver these new strands of work. Managing and leading the team through these early stages of the Partnerships will be important so that individuals and the team as a whole sees the direction of travel and there is a strong plan in place.
The post-holder would ideally have some understanding of both climate and development/emerging economies, and of how to ensure that maximum impact and learning is achieved. They will need to work closely with others across ICE, including analysts, policy teams, other DD-led teams as well as across Whitehall with DFID, Defra and FCO in particular.
Key responsibilities will include:
The ICF is subject to high levels of ministerial and media scrutiny, and the post holders will need to be able to be across the detail as well as the big picture, to spot opportunities and risks, and to communicate compellingly and articulately with a range of audiences. The post holders will also be a member of the ICE Senior Management Team and will be expected to contribute to corporate activities across the directorate and department.
This role requires an understanding of far more than just the policy aspects of climate change. To be successful you will need to be able to provide strategic oversight, financial awareness, political acumen, strong communications and the ability to inspire and motivate large teams through personal leadership.
The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate the following skills:
Experience of working with governments / partners in other countries together with an understanding of international climate change and/or development would be beneficial, as would experience of managing large budgets and working with analysts. We would also welcome candidates from commercial and private sector backgrounds in the financial sector or Multilateral Development Banks.