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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Economic and Prosperity
The UK Delegation OECD in Paris is part of the France Network, with offices at the British Embassy in Paris and with a satellite office in the OECD Secretariat buildings near Porte de la Muette, Paris. UK Del is a small team with an informal working atmosphere, an openness to new ideas, and a commitment to supporting and developing staff. A typical working pattern in a year will see peak and troughs in activity with particularly intense periods around the biannual International Energy Agency (IEA) Ministerial Meeting and the annual OECD Ministerial Council Meeting when all UKDEL members will be expected to lend support.
The UK Delegation OECD is currently hiring a Policy Adviser, Environment and Energy. The main purpose of the job is to promote Britain’s interests at the OECD while harnessing evidence from OECD work to underpin UK policy making with a particular focus on environment and energy issues, working with the Departments for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as well as with other departments as necessary. The job holder will also lead on cross-delegation coordination for cross-cutting topics such as green growth, and support Deputy Permanent Representative and Head of Team on OECD External Relations.
Roles and Responsibilities
Identifying ways in which the OECD can support key UK policy initiatives working on a project basis with colleagues across teams in the UK Delegation as well as the bilateral embassy where appropriate. Issues likely to be covered span the areas of environment, climate change, agriculture, fisheries, green growth, chemicals, water management. Providing up-to-date information to UK government departments, discussing priority areas for involvement, influencing committee work plans and linking the work of different OECD committees. Maintaining flexibility to pick up new or evolving Whitehall priorities.
Supporting the UK Energy Adviser to the IEA on energy policy including the IEA Ministerial. Representing UK on IEA’s Committee on Budget and Expenditure and leading on energy security, energy efficiency issues and IEA publications notably the World Energy Outlook. Leading on UKDEL’s engagement with the Nuclear Energy Agency. Building relationships and networks with key influencers in the Secretariat and other delegations in order to be informed on important developments and undertake lobbying where required.
Supporting Deputy Permanent Representative and Head of Team on OECD External Relations Committee work including accession, regional programmes and relationship with key country partners.
Assisting the Prosperity Fund manager in identifying potential new projects to be funded in the areas of energy and environment, developing ideas as well as monitoring progress achieved of projects selected.
The successful applicant will be a self starter with strong communication and interpersonal skills, able to show evidence of collaborating and working well with others. An ability to deliver at pace and to make effective decisions while delivering a quality service is essential, as are strong skills in analysis and the use of evidence.
Experience of working on environment, energy and climate issues is an advantage. Knowledge of the work of a UK government department and/or the OECD would be useful as would an understanding of the bilateral and multilateral policy making process.Experience of working on environment, energy and climate issues is an advantage. Knowledge of the work of a UK government department and/or the OECD would be useful as would an understanding of the bilateral and multilateral policy making process.
Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Engaging Internationally
25 September 2016
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
7 November 2016
This is a full-time position, for a permanent contract.
The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance.
The successful candidate must have pre-existing work authorization for France in order to apply.
Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Paris are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local French employment law.
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