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International Forests & Climate Managers

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location England (London & Greater) - UK
Town/City Westminster
Salary Additional Information £51,300 - £58,312
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 20/05/2019
Company Name Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
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The International Climate Finance (ICF) Forests & Land Use Team is looking for two highly motivated managers to lead important programme areas that aim to halt and reverse the loss of tropical forests in developing countries.

The postholders will lead development of new ICF programmes that help these countries, private sector partners and local communities strengthen forest governance and grow sustainable food and land use economies.

They will also, directly or by managing staff in the Team, oversee the operational delivery of a number of BEIS' existing ICF programmes, using robust programme assurance approaches to ensure our delivery partners utilise funding effectively.

Postholders will also oversee international policy initiatives and relationships that complement these programmes and support the Team's overall aim: to increase the contribution of nature-based solutions to global climate, biodiversity, resilience and sustianable development goals.

About the Team:

The International Climate Finance (ICF) team in BEIS is a multidisciplinary team of over 80 people, which plays a central role in the UK’s international efforts to combat climate change. The team oversees a growing portfolio of over 30 international projects, to which the UK has committed £2bn to date. The UK aims to dedicate approximately 20% of this finance to forests and land use programmes.

Natural climate solutions could deliver up to 1/3rd of global greenhouse gas mitigation required in 2030, cost effectively, with significant resilience benefits for vulnerable rural communities. The ICF's Forest & Land Use Team comprises 12 London and overseas-based staff responsible for a growing portfolio of programmes that work in key developing countries, with public, private and civil society partners, to unlock this potential.

The ICF team has grown significantly in the last 18 months, which provides significant development opportunities for new joiners. The people in the team are passionate about what they do and aim to provide a supportive, inclusive environment to develop careers in the civil service, international climate change and sustainable development.

ICF programmes are delivered with Development Finance Institutions, the UK's embassies (for the Forests & Land Use Team Colombia and Brazil are a major focus) and other international delivery partners, which you will need to work closely with. Within BEIS the postholders will work closely with colleagues from a range of ICF sector and expert teams, and the International Climate Negotiations team. The post holders will also join our close collaboration with DFID, Defra and other government departments; as well as our coordination under the Germany, Norway and UK forests partnership.

Key Responsibilities:

The post holders will each lead a key pillar of the Forests and Land Use Team's approach: owning the strategy and work plan in that area; developing new finance and policy partnerships; and for operational programmes, directly or by managing staff, assuring effective delivery and overseeing the performance of BEIS' delivery partners.

One role will lead the Sustainable Supply Chains sub team. This team works from the bottom up, to incubate and help create the enabling environment for innovative and 'bankable' sustainable farming and forestry businesses, primarily in the Amazon region, e.g. through BEIS £19m contribution to the Partnerships for Forests programme. As well as from the top down, partnering with the Consumer Goods Forum companies worth over £2 trillion in annual sales that have committed to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains.

There may be scope to expand or replicate BEIS' ICF programmes in this area. BEIS is also ramping up related policy work e.g. through the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya and the Global Resource Initiative. And the postholder will also oversee, directly or by managing staff in the Team, one or more operational programmes from BEIS' existing ICF portfolio.

The second role will take forward another high-priority programme area for the Team, creating the strategy and work plan, and designing and initiating new finance and policy partnerships. Current programme areas include: bilateral partnerships with developing country governments, building on successful models from BEIS' work in Brazil and Colombia; REDD+ programming though the World Bank, KfW and other multilateral partners; blended finance approaches to increase the availability of private capital to innovative new sustainable land use impact funds; and support to build monitoring systems for detecting and responding to deforestation. The postholder will also oversee, directly or by managing staff in the Team, one or more operational programmes from BEIS’ existing ICF portfolio.

All Forest and Land Use Team members have a range of policy, finance and corporate responsibilities and work flexibly, at times, to help colleagues progress priority work. On potential requirement of this kind is several members of the Team will support the UK's role leading international efforts on climate resilience for the UN Secretary General's Climate in September.

In addition to appointing successful candidates to the two roles described here, a reserve list of candidates that met the minimum requirements for these roles will be maintained, and potentially used in future to make additional appointments.

Post holders may find that some, at times frequent, international travel is useful to help advance their work, but this is on a voluntary basis rather than a mandatory requirement of the role.

Person Specification:

Grade 7s in the Team lead work areas and sub teams with a significant degree of autonomy. They join up their own programmes with the wider ICF portfolio, efforts across government and internationally. Postholders are expected to apply judgement and creativity to identify the best approach to complex issues.

These roles require strong communication and influencing skills, and the ability to engage with senior internal and external stakeholders. Including investment committees, programme management boards, international delivery agents, fellow shareholders including other donor governments, embassy teams, private sector companies and the communities that the programmes support on the ground. You will need to have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build positive relationships. The postholder will communicate credibly and confidently, and represent the UK in international discussions.

Postholders must see the big picture, building a strong vision and set of connections from their programme area. This will maximise the long-term contribution their work will make to advance Forests and Land Use Team, ICF, BEIS, UK and international objectives.

The roles require strong programme management skills and experience to deliver at pace, and ensure that BEIS has effective oversight of programmes. This requires an ability to extract learning, especially where things did not go to plan, and apply this to improve future programme delivery. And a robust approach to risk management in a challenging and dynamic international delivery context.

The postholders will need to source and interpret a range of different forms of evidence, and work closely with experts, to build convincing recommendations and make effective decisions, even in the face of evidence gaps, uncertainty and risks. They will need to rigorously explore different options and carefully consider their deliverability, costs and benefits in a developing-country context.

Addressing global deforestation is a significant challenge, requiring several different mutually-reinforcing efforts over several decades. Post holders will be motivated to make a lasting contribution to addressing this critical challenge, even if faced with difficulties and potential setbacks along the way.

Experience or qualifications in one or more of the following is desirable, but not an essential: environmental sustainability or climate change; forestry or agriculture; work with consumer goods companies or the financial industries; earth observation technologies and other monitoring systems; delivering programmes – particularly ODA initiatives or forests and land use sector programmes; project finance; international relations and diplomacy; and foreign languages (including Spanish and Portuguese).

About BEIS:

BEIS is a department at the heart of the Government’s agenda, with a vision of an economy that works for everyone. We are responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the Government’s relationship with business; we work to tackle climate change and ensure that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean. Our role is vital to lead the Government’s vision in a context of momentous change, responding to both the short-term domestic impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and working to define the next stage.

We feel the department has an exciting remit, and we hope you agree.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions





Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Things you need to know



Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.


Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.


Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Please use your personal statement to (in no more than 500 words) state why you are suited to these roles.

Candidates will be sifted on behavioural statements and personal statement.

In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the lead behaviour (Communicating & Influencing) and personal statement.

Candidates will be required to deliver a short presentation at the beginning of the interview. Further information will be provided prior to the interview.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.


Apply and further information


Contact point for applicants

Name: Sean Frisby
Email: sean.frisby@beis.gov.uk

Alternative contacts

Name: Mandar Trivedi
Email: mandar.trivedi@beis.gov.uk

Name: Dani Gent
Email: danielle.gent@beis.gov.uk


Sift/interview dates and location

Week of Sift - 29/04/2019
Week of Interviews - 13/05/2019
interview location to be confirmed.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.


Further information

A reserve list may be held for up to 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Please note – harmonised terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

Any move to BEIS mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via beisrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you have a hearing impairment, a Language Service Professional


Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. You have the right to complain if you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles. In the first instance, you should raise the matter directly with the department concerned. If you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages:




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