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`Deputy Director: Head of International Climate Finance: Partnership and Capability

Contract Type
Public Sector
SCS1 salary range is £65,000 to £117,500
Expiry Date
Two new posts are being created in the International Climate Finance team, within the International Climate and Energy Directorate.

Job Description

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:

  • Creating a vision and plan new Climate Partnerships in 2019 in Mexico and Colombia, and then working with Post, the Mexican government and teams across Whitehall to deliver this.
  • Implementing the new technical assistance programme in priority geographies, working through market engagement, procurement and delivery options.
  • Engaging closely with a wide range of stakeholders in areas where the UK has expertise – including green finance, consultancy, academics, legal, energy sectors, and working with DIT to support new trade missions.
  • Building a team to deliver the new Technical Assistance Programme, which is sufficiently agile to respond to changing priorities in the UK and overseas.
  • Overseeing the existing range of ICF technical assistance programmes, ensuring these are delivered effectively, and helping to develop and support new pipeline development for ICF spend.

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.

Person specification

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:

  • Strength in leadership, as a senior figure in BEIS as well as internationally, to manage, motivate and drive a team to deliver successful projects and policy.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to convey complex information to a range of audiences both domestically and internationally. The post holders should be able to persuade others of their perspective, to communicate in a clear and succinct manner.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills and the ability to build rapport both inside and outside of government, with delivery partners (ranging from the World Bank to Macquarie, Carbon Trust to the Bank of England).
  • Highly developed strategic skills, with the ability to set clear direction and translate strategic priorities into clear outcome focused objectives.
  • Strategic thinker with strong commercial acumen, able to deliver value for money through effective contract management.
  • Demonstrable credibility and gravitas to represent the UK in a highly sensitive, political environment in the UK and with overseas governments and stakeholders.

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.