U.K. nationals: Regional Climate Change Policy and Programme Manager

Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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About the job


The Asia Regional Team is looking for an experienced development professional to lead and develop key areas of our regional climate and environment agenda. You will manage programmes and lead new policy areas on critical regional issues including climate resilience, transboundary water and air pollution. You will have the opportunity to work across a number of Asian countries (with a major focus on South Asia but potentially including activity in Central and Southeast Asia), engaging with partners including Government, multilaterals, NGOs, DFID country offices and other HMG departments.

The post reports directly to the head of ART’s climate pillar: one of the 3 pillars of ART’s work. Key responsibilities of this role are:

Policy Development: With support from the ART Senior Climate & Environment Adviser the post holder will contribute to policy development in areas including: resilience to natural disasters and long-term climate change, cooperation on shared water resources and rivers, climate finance and pollution. S/he will play a central role in the design and implementation of a major new multi-country programme on climate resilience and environmental sustainability.

Senior Responsible Officer (SRO): The post holder will be directly responsible for the delivery of ART’s Asia – Regional Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARRCC) programme. This is a partnership with the World Bank and the UK Met Office to build resilience to climate change through innovative use of climate science and weather forecasting tools.

Regional Advisory role: Provide technical input on climate and environment issues to other ART programme and policy areas, policy advice to the Director (Asia, Caribbean & Overseas Territories), and support to DFID country offices as required.

Represent DFID and ART in the region at external forums and across the UK government, particularly with other government departments within the British High Commission in India

Job description

Please refer to the attached Role Profile for further information on the detail of this role.


A relevant Masters degree (e.g. in Environmental Policy/Management, International Development, Environmental Economics etc) and/or at least 7 years professional experience of managing or advising on policies or programmes on climate change or environmental issues.
A strong understanding and experience of working on climate change impacts, adaptation and resilience in developing country contexts.
Experience of developing policy, use of research and evidence.
Technical competences: a good understanding of, and demonstrated professional experience in at least 2 of, the following areas: 
- Climate change impacts, adaptation and resilience
- Environmental stewardship – Natural Resource Management (NRM), resource scarcity, ecosystem services
- Climate change mitigation and low carbon development
- Environmental economics

Successful track record of designing, appraising and implementing international development programmes in developing countries.
- Experience in Asia across a wide range of climate change and economic development policy areas.
- Successful track record of strategic engagement with governments and international financial institutions on climate and environment issues.
- Knowledge of institutional development, and of working in a regional context.
The successful candidate, if not already accredited to the DFID Climate & Environment Advisory cadre, is expected to demonstrate their willingness to develop their skills and knowledge in these areas and will be encouraged and supported to seek accreditation to the cadre while in the post.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Climate change impacts, adaptation and resilience
  • Environmental Stewardship – Natural Resource Management



At DFID we can offer an excellent benefits package please see link for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international...

Things you need to know


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Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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Candidate Pack A2 (Grade 7) Regional Climate Change Policy and Programme Manager Opens in new window (pdf, 624kB)

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