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Regional Climate and Natural Resource Adviser (West Africa)

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 21/10/2019
Company Name Department for International Development
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The regional climate and natural resource advisors will (for 80% of their time):
Set and lead the strategy and direction across UK Government for climate and natural resources priorities in West Africa.
Provide policy and technical advice and coordination, and develop strong partnerships with external stakeholders to deliver the climate and natural resources shift.
Lead on the development and implementation of regional strategies - ensuring that UK bilateral, centrally managed programmes and the UK’s multilateral investments are sufficiently coherent and aligned and to make the UK an effective leader on climate and natural resources.
Work closely with the UK cross Government climate diplomacy leads, climate environment advisors and prosperity leads within the region.

In addition, 20% of this role will support the Nigeria Mission to:

Set the strategic direction of DFID Nigeria’s climate and environment work, working with programme funded advisers (one on renewable energy and one on climate smart agriculture and resilience) to help shape our future approach and programming. They will also help drive forward work on the BEIS International Climate Finance projects, particularly around green finance and emissions reduction. Ultimately, delivering the ambition set-out in HMG’s strategic approach.

This post is shared between DFID and BEIS and is intended to facilitate increased collaboration across UK Government on our strategic interests in Sub-Saharan Africa. All positions will be 2 year loans to DFID, objectives will be jointly agreed between DFID and BEIS, with line management responsibility also shared.

Job description

Please see attached candidate pack for further details of the job vacancy


Strategic leadership – ability to set a strategy and drive implementation to deliver HMG’s Climate and Natural Resources priorities in West Africa. This will involve bringing together cross-UK Government policy and programming including and beyond climate and natural resources to deliver a coherent and ambitious package to drive real change.

Strong collaborative working and influencing skills. Ability to build excellent cross-UK Government and external relationships, including with other donors, multilaterals and country governments and use these to secure support for and drive implementation of the Climate and Natural Resources priorities.

A strong understanding and/or experience of working in the field of climate change impacts, adaptation and resilience.

A strong understanding and/or experience of low carbon development and climate change mitigation.

Understanding and/or experience of environmental economics, climate and environmental finance.

Candidates are not required to be accredited to a DFID Advisory cadre. If not accredited, candidates should seek to accredit within the first year of the posting. Candidates must demonstrate sufficient technical competency in areas 3-5 above.



At DFID we can offer an excellent benefits package please see link for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development/about/recruitment#great-reasons-to-work-with-us

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

How To Apply

Include your skills, employment history and qualification details. All Civil Service recruitment is anonymised so please ensure you remove any information that may identify you.

Personal Statement
With reference to the Role Profile briefly outline your skills, experience and suitability for the role, using no more than 1250 words.

Your application contains the criteria by which the selection panel will decide whether to progress your application. Any other criteria detailed in the job profile may be tested during the interview and / or assessment process. Remember the STAR technique, situation, task, action and result when you are preparing your response.

If you have any technical problems, contact HR Direct on 01355 84 3333.

DFID is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a flexible, motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised. We believe that diversity plays an important role in the success of our organisation and we are committed to creating an inclusive work environment which respects, values, celebrates and makes the most of people’s individual differences - we are not only multinational but multicultural too, and actively encourage applications from LGBT+, BAME and disabled applicants. We value the positive impact that difference has on our organisation.

The default security clearance level for overseas posting is now Security Check (SC) as a minimum. Please note, this will be difficult to obtain without 5 year’s residency in the UK.

Anyone may complain to the Civil Service Commission if they feel that any aspect of the Civil Service Recruitment Principles has not been complied with. Such complaints must, in the first instance be raised with CivilServiceJobs@DFID.gov.uk. If after investigation the complainant remains dissatisfied, they may bring their complaint to the Commission.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :   Sara Rusling
Email :   s-rusling@dfid.gov.uk
Recruitment team :
Email :   EDIResource@dfid.gov.uk


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