U.K. nationals: Natural Resource Economist

East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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East Kilbride, Scotland

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 will require broad political buy-in to ensure national governments and international stakeholders prioritise and increase focus on sustainable natural resources use and use natural assets effectively and efficiently, and move to low carbon economies.
This role will put you at the heart of HMG’s new strategic approach to supporting Sub-Saharan African nations’ development and poverty reduction objectives. It will provide a link between key policy areas on sustainable natural resource use and climate change with poverty reduction measures and new approaches to prosperity.
The natural resource economist will develop new policy, approaches, tools, evidence and partnerships to make the case for integrating climate and natural resources into growth strategies and plans. They will work with the shift-leads in both prosperity and climate and natural resources to identify coherence across the whole of the approach. The role will involve working with teams across the organisation, as well as independently, to formulate evidence-based insights and translate them into credible, clear and compelling advice in relation to the role of sustainable natural resource management in delivering prosperity.

The natural resource economist will:
- Support the delivery of the climate and natural resource shift of the new strategic approach to Africa
- Ensure the integration of natural resource economics into the prosperity shift and making the case for natural resources and climate resilience in delivering economic growth within country programmes and policy
- Designing interventions and informing programme design to make sure they captured natural resource elements

For more information on the key functions of this role please see the attached job profile.

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.

Evidence of Behaviours
Provide evidence of the required behaviours in no more than 250 words per behaviours (see behaviours below).

Evidence of Technical Skills
Provide evidence of the required technical skills in no more than 250 words per Skill (see technical skills below).

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 a large number of applications are received, we may sift on the lead behaviour and technical criteria.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • International Economics
  • Communicating Economics Effectively



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 pass basic security checks.


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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

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 Richard Erlebach at .

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

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift – from 22 March 2019
Interview – from 8 April 2019

Further information

Whilst this is predominately a UK office based role, we are able to support flexible working. This means it may be possible for you to work sometime each week from home.

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.

We may choose to offer this on a loan basis to candidates from other government departments, on the understanding that the successful candidate returns to their home department at the end of the loan period.

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.

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 . If after investigation the complainant remains dissatisfied they may bring their complaint to the Commission.


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