U.K. nationals: Climate Science Secondee to ICPAC

Nairobi, Kenya
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Overseas: Nairobi, Kenya

About the job

Job description

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals, and tackle global challenges in line with the government’s UK Aid Strategy. Our aid budget is spent on tackling the great global challenges – from the root causes of mass migration and disease, to the threat of terrorism and global climate change – all of which also directly threaten British interests. We are ending the need for aid by building peaceful and stable societies, creating jobs and strong economies, fighting corruption, unlocking the potential of girls and women, tackling climate change and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit. We are doing this because it is both the right thing to do and firmly in Britain’s national interest.

DFID works in partnership across Whitehall and with governments, civil society, the private sector and multilateral institutions, including the World Bank, United Nations agencies, and the European Commission.

With young populations, five of the world’s fastest growing economies and a thirst for innovation, Africa is a continent alive with opportunity – but progress has not been uniform, and for too many people everyday improvements to education, healthcare and security still feel distant

We want to support the development of strong, prosperous and peaceful African nations, and we are listening when African leaders tell us they want modern partnerships that deliver mutual benefit. Therefore, the UK is making a new and distinctive offer to work alongside, invest in, and partner with African nations. By supporting African-led ambitions with British expertise, we can deliver more opportunities, more jobs and greater stability – both at home and for our African partners – from the Sahel to South Africa.

In Cape Town this summer the Prime Minister committed to radically expand the UK government’s presence in Africa. This role is part of this uplift – the most significant and long-term increase in HMG staff across the continent in a generation – and offers applicants the opportunity to help shape this new, long-term UK partnership for prosperity and stability with Africa.

This role is essential to increase the ability of ICPAC to support NMHSs to downscale regional forecasts to national and sub-national scales of high resolution and improved weather and climate products. The placement of a qualified researcher and operational weather/climate forecaster with solid computational skills and experience working with the WRF model will strengthen ICPAC’s climate diagnostic, modelling and prediction team. The work will involve statistical forecasting and dynamical downscaling of sub-seasonal to seasonal predictions and longer-term projection using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model.
The Climate Scientist will:
- Strengthen expertise and capacity related to climate modelling and prediction within ICPAC
- Contribute to the assessment of the state of climate change adaptation in African countries
- Enhance the scientific capability of ICPAC and provision of downscaled climate information to Member State National Meteorological and Hydrological Services
- Link back to DFID through the WISER programme and the East Africa Research Hub

For information on the key functions of this role please see the attached Candidate Pack.

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 Candidate Pack briefly outline your skills, experience and suitability for the role, using no more than 1200 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.


A PhD or equivalent research experience in climate science, meteorology or closely related fields, with strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


At DFID we can offer an excellent benefits package please see link for more information:


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.

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

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

If you wish to discuss the job, please contact Dr Rosalind West at .

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

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift – 22nd March onwards
Interview – w/c 8th April. Video interviews will be acceptable for candidates applying from outside the UK.

Further information

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

DFID welcomes applications from eligible candidates. In our experience the Government of Kenya will not provide applicants who do not hold a British passport the relevant paperwork to live and work in Kenya or Somalia. If you do not hold a British passport and would like to apply, please check with Rosalind West, for further details and what alternative options exist.

Fixed Term Contracts
This vacancy is advertised as a fixed term contract for 2 years. This contract may be extended or lead to a permanent position.

Teams work together closely and lead on several rapidly emerging priorities for DFID. Agendas move fast and workload fluctuates significantly through the year, driven by the corporate cycle and external events. You will be expected to be flexible to moving and working across the departments in your role, if necessary. This will provide you with broad exposure to interesting, varied and high profile portfolios, in a collaborative environment.

At times we have more successful candidates than we have live vacancies, in this situation we may hold suitable applicants as pipeline (reserve) for up to 12 months. If you are identified as a pipeline applicant, you will be notified and asked for your consent to join the pipeline list. Pipeline candidates can be offered vacancies based in our offices in the UK – East Kilbride and London, as well as our overseas offices, some of which operate from the world’s most fragile states. We will retain your details in a secure location within our HR team and if any future vacancies arise within this timeframe that require the same skills and experience, we may share your details with relevant hiring managers within the Department. You may be contacted by a DFID hiring manager to discuss a potential job opportunity without a new competition. Where appropriate, we may share our pipeline with other Government Departments and candidates will be notified in advance.

DFID is an equal opportunities employer and will not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race and/or ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio economic background, mobility, nationality, family, marital and/or partnership status and religion.

DFID actively promotes and encourages diversity and inclusion, and will hold to account those employees who do not follow our values or role model our diversity and inclusion principles and behaviours.

DFID welcomes job shares and flexible working arrangements and you should take the opportunity to discuss this with the recruiting manager during the recruitment process.

DFID Appointments are made on the advertised salary which are either a spot rate or a range as specified above. If you are above the spot rate or maxima of the range you will be appointed on either the spot rate or the maxima of the range dependent on grade. If you are applying from another Civil Service department all additional allowances will cease on your move to DFID unless the allowances are specified on the job advert.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant whose details are found to be held on the IFD will be refused employment.

All communication regarding the status of your application will be sent to you through your civil service jobs account. You should make a note of the e-mail address you have registered against your account and regularly check CS Jobs and your associated e-mail address for updates.


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