About the job
The Treasury is the United Kingdom’s economics and finance ministry. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the government’s financial and economic policy. Its aim is to raise the rate of sustainable growth, and achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life with economic and employment opportunities for all.
The International Group (IG) is responsible for promoting and protecting the UK’s economic and fiscal interests overseas. We support the Chancellor and senior officials in building relations with key international partners and representing the UK in a wider variety of international organisations such as the EU, G7, G20 and IMF (International Monetary Fund). We also analyse macroeconomic developments at a country, regional and global level; and take forward the Treasury’s interests in specific issues from counter illicit finance and asset freezing to trade and our relations with the EU, climate change and energy.
International Group recognises the value a diverse workforce brings to our work, and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Although an important part of some roles, not all roles in IG require international travel. We actively encourage flexible working practices, including part time working and job-sharing so please feel free to discuss different working patterns with the recruiting line manager or relevant deputy director.
About the Team
Trade Policy Team
The HMT team supports the government’s work on its future trade strategy, working with the Department for International Trade and others.
The work is varied and high-profile. It includes: shaping and legislating on the UK’s future tariff regime; supporting trade negotiations with the EU and other FTA partners; monitoring global trade tensions and advising on the international issues around the impact of Covid-19 on trade, supply chain resilience and economic security; shaping government thinking on the international economic and trade aspects of both agriculture and climate change; and supporting reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
While the international climate change branch sits within the Trade Policy team, it is also responsible for non-trade related aspects of our international policy and engagement. The branch is the hub of climate and energy expertise in the Group, and we work closely with other teams across the department to deliver the Treasury’s international climate and energy climate policy objectives.
Trade Policy is a large team and we pride ourselves on maintaining and continuously improving a culture that is friendly, welcoming and inclusive; supportive of each other and our development; and flexible in our approach and responsibilities.
This is an exciting time to be working on international climate change policy! Would you like to join a team at the heart of decision-making in one of the government’s top priority areas?
We are hiring up to two Policy Advisers and are looking for motivated individuals to work in a high-profile and fast-paced area.
Accountabilities across the two roles will include:
1. Leading on economic policy development on international energy, climate change and environment issues. You will provide high-quality, evidence-based advice and briefing for senior officials and Ministers.
2. Delivering international engagement on issues of energy, climate and environment, working closely with the branch head. You will need the ability to build good working relationships with diverse sets of stakeholders and be a credible representative for HM Treasury and the UK. You will have a strong ability to manage upwards, steering and supporting senior colleagues in their engagement.
3. Building and maintaining an in-depth knowledge of policy areas covered within the branch. You must be able to effectively communicate complex ideas, translate theory into concrete policy proposals, and make evidence-based judgements about how best to achieve our objectives.
4. Working closely with other HM Treasury teams to deliver policy and engagement objectives. The team is the hub of expertise within the International Group on matters of energy, climate and environment. You will need to develop collaborative relationships with teams leading on policy in the MDBs and the IMF, the G20 and G7 and other country leads.
5. Helping to deliver the UK’s international climate change agenda, including a successful COP26. You will work closely with the team supporting Mark Carney’s role as COP26 Finance Adviser, and with other government departments including Cabinet Office, BEIS, Defra and DFID.
6. Contribute to policy development on the links between trade, climate change and environmental issues. You will shape our work to ensure our policy objectives in these areas are mutually reinforcing.
We operate flexibly across the team as new priorities emerge, so responsibilities may change over time. In line with our mission statement, the team works hard to promote an inclusive and supportive atmosphere, so active participation in team and group corporate activity is strongly encouraged.
Prior knowledge of climate change policy would be useful but is not required. A proven ability to understand economic principles, evaluate evidence, and work with complex issues to make decisions will be important though.
Candidates – Please note, you will be asked to give evidence in your application of how you meet these criteria.
Required Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills:
1. Ability to see the big picture, particularly by identifying trade-offs and inter-linkages between different policy areas and using this information to support effective decision-making. (Seeing the big picture)
2. Ability to influence people who have different roles and perspectives. You will be able to establish effective working relationships with diverse sets of stakeholders. (Working together)
3. Ability to work autonomously and pro-actively. You will be able to manage a range of priorities and deliver against competing deadlines. (Delivering at pace)
The lead criteria is: Ability to see the big picture, particularly by identifying trade-offs and inter-linkages between different policy areas and using this information to support effective decision making.
If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed against this criteria alone first. They will then be assessed against the other criteria if they have met the minimum score on the lead criteria.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Making Effective Decisions
- Working Together
- Delivering at Pace
HM Treasury views flexible working as essential in enabling us to recruit and retain talented people, ensuring that they are able to enjoy a long-lasting career with us. All employees have the right to apply for flexible working and there are a range of options available including; working from home, compressed hours and job sharing. Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month, providing you work enough hours to meet business need.
We also offer a generous maternity/ paternity and adoption leave package.
At HM Treasury we have an incredibly broad remit; our work touches every citizen of the country. So, it’s important our employees come from the widest possible range of backgrounds, bringing us the widest possible range of perspectives and ways of thinking. We are committed to ensuring that all staff are able to realise their potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.
•25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the Queen’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant)
•Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
•Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions. Find out more about Civil Service pensions
•Onsite restaurant and coffee bar. The London office also offers a gym, showers and prayer room
•Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, season ticket advances and payroll giving
•Access to a retail discounts and cashback site
•A Rental Deposit Advance Scheme to help meet the total costs of deposits for privately rented homes
•A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity (e.g. women in the Treasury, ethnic minority network, LGBT* network, faith and belief network)
Things you need to know
Selection process details
As part of our pre-employment security checks, if you are invited to interview and are not a current HM Treasury member of staff, you will need to bring:
• Proof of identity, e.g. your passport or driver’s license. Documents must be in date and valid.
• Proof of address, e.g. a utility bill or bank statement issued within the past 3 months
• Proof of your National Insurance (NI) number, e.g. letter from DWP confirming your NI number, or P60
• If you do not bring a UK or EU passport, you will need to bring other documentation of your right to work in the UK, e.g. your visa, biometric residence permit or birth certificate.
Further details regarding acceptable documents will be provided in the invitation to interview.
Please let us know if your contact details change at any time during the selection process.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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