U.K. nationals: Climate & Environment (C&E) Advisory Cadre A1

U.K. Department for International Development (DFID)

Various, , GB


This advert is for accreditation to the C&E Cadre only. Roles within DFID, as they become available, could be based in our East Kilbride/London offices or Overseas.

About the job


The Accreditation process is the first step to becoming a DFID Adviser. Once you are accredited you then become eligible to apply for DFID advisory positions within the relevant cadre for a period of 24 months.

DFID C&E Advisory positions are regularly advertised and only individuals who have met the required professional standards through accreditation at the appropriate grade are eligible to apply.

Each of DFID’s advisory cadres have a technical competency framework (TCF) that sets out the technical knowledge and experience required of advisers, in addition to their core Civil Service (CS) behaviours.

Advisory accreditation is the assessment of technical competencies and CS behaviours to verify that a member of staff meets established professional standards as they will be responsible for providing high quality technical knowledge and expertise to the content and delivery of strategy, policy and programmes worldwide in DFID and other government departments spending Official Development Assistance (ODA).

The required skills and experience vary between cadres, please see the relevant TCF for more information on the specific technical competencies that you need to demonstrate. The assessment process will recognise your current and past skills and expertise.

For more information please see the Accreditation FAQ document attached to the advert.

Job description

The Climate and Environment professional cadre leads DFID’s work on low carbon development, reducing poor people’s vulnerability to climate change and reducing environmental degradation of land, water and air. Our work has poverty alleviation and pro-poor development at its heart. The sustainable and responsible use of natural resources and fossil fuel reserves is one of the key challenges for economic development: Our aim is to unlock the potential of green growth and create truly sustainable development for future generations to improve the wellbeing and opportunities of millions trapped by poverty.

The climate and environment cadre delivers DFID’s commitment to do no harm and safeguarding the environment and to create opportunities for innovative environmental policies that combine the needs and wishes of developing countries within the challenge of climate change. To mitigate the risk of harmful climate change and adapt to its effects we aim to build the best possible evidence base to enable effective decision-making.

The cadre supports DFID’s core work in building resilience to natural disasters and responding to humanitarian emergencies by providing key technical advice on climate change science and impacts, environmental governance, and natural resource management. Our objective is to improve the resilience of communities in vulnerable areas through responsive project design and the translation of scientific knowledge across DFID.

There are approximately 65 accredited climate and environment advisers in DFID.


As this is for Accreditation to DFID’s C&E Cadre only there is no post specific information.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • Climate change impacts, adaptation and resilience
  • Low carbon development and climate change mitigation
  • Environmental Stewardship, including Natural Resource Management (NRM), resource scarcity, ecosystem services and pollution
  • Climate and Environment Science
  • Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
  • Climate and environmental governance, nationally and internationally

We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

  • Climate change impacts, adaptation and resilience
  • Low carbon development and climate change mitigation
  • Environmental Stewardship, including Natural Resource Management (NRM), resource scarcity, ecosystem services and pollution


This advert is for accreditation to DFID’s C&E Cadre only. Therefore Terms and Conditions are not relevant at this time.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

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

We are inviting accreditation applications to the C&E Cadre for the following grades;

A1, A2, A2L

Please see the C&E Technical Competency Framework which will provide more details on the technical requirements for each grade.

Please assess yourself against the outlined criteria and apply for the grade you are best suited to.

Please note you should apply separately for all grades you wish to be considered for. If you only submit one application we will only consider your application for that grade. Following the assessment centre we may consider offering you accreditation at a different grade to the one you have been assessed at.

To apply for accreditation, please complete the online application process via the civil service jobs portal.

This includes a CV setting our your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

Provide evidence of the following 3 C&E Technical Competencies (up to 250 words per competency):

C&E Technical Competencies:

  • Competency 1:  Climate change impacts, adaptation and resilience
  • Competency 2: Low carbon development and climate change mitigation
  • Competency 3:  Environmental Stewardship, including Natural Resource Management (NRM), resource scarcity, ecosystem services and pollution

Your application contains the evidence by which the selection panel will decide whether to progress your application. Additional Technical Competencies detailed in the C&E Technical Competency Framework will be tested during the interview and / or assessment process.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

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Recruitment team :


  • C&E Accreditation Candidate Pack May 2020 final Opens in new window(pdf, 1086kB)
  • Climate and Environment TCF May 2020 Opens in new window(pdf, 370kB)
  • ACCREDITATION FAQSFINAL Opens in new window(pdf, 145kB)




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