Senior Consultant for Climate Change

London, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Arup is an independent global professional services consultancy whose mission is to shape a better world. The International Development team aims to reduce vulnerability in emerging economies and fragile contexts, contributing to safer, more inclusive and resilient communities and urban settlements. Our work includes improving critical infrastructure systems and services such as education, health and water; and building resilient and inclusive urban systems, such as through resilience measurement and urban regeneration. Core themes of sustainability, social inclusion, disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation are imbued throughout our work.

The team works with like-minded partners including bilateral and multilateral agencies, foundations, civil society organisations and research institutions, to deliver projects in Southern and Eastern Africa, South and South-East Asia, Latin America, and in Small Island Developing States in the Pacific and Caribbean.

Purpose of this role

The purpose of this role is to contribute to the growth of our climate change work, delivering high quality  research, analysis and reporting on a variety of projects, while also assisting in the development of high quality bids for new work. You will also be expected to take a project management role in smaller projects.

The main focus of this role will be on climate resilience, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction applied to the built environment, while linking climate resilience with sustainability.

Major Responsibilities

Business development

Working with other members of the group you will be expected to contribute to winning new work in the area of climate change. This will include:

  • Researching potential clients to assess potential for establishing relationships
  • Monitoring tender announcements to identify opportunities that are a good fit for Arup
  • Preparing sections of proposals to describe key services that Arup can provide, or key approaches to address challenges
  • Compiling inputs from other individuals and groups to contribute to proposals.

Project Implementation

Working as a member of project teams, you will be expected to contribute to delivery of high quality outputs. This will include:

  • Undertaking desk-based research regarding specific project needs
  • Conducting primary data collection, either through virtual means or through travel, to collect first-hand information regarding key project needs
  • Analysing primary and secondary data, to highlight trends or patterns and to draw conclusions
  • Preparing drafts of reports, presentation or other outputs as needed for project delivery.
  • Ensuring that all work is completed in alignment with industry best practices.

Project Management

For smaller projects the individual will take on a project management role, while for larger projects this will be a contributing role:

  • Planning project work, assigning tasks and responsibilities to team members in alignment with skills and budget.
  • Ensuring Arup’s management and quality assurance systems are adhered to in all processes.
  • Monitoring spending against budget and ensuring commercial success of projects.
  • Monitoring own time to ensure this is in line with project expectations.

Technical Expertise

  • Participate in internal and external skills networks to maintain own skills and to build networks
  • Capture best practice guidance from own projects and from skills networks, and disseminate this both internally and externally, including representing Arup and external meetings.

Person Specification

The following knowledge, skills and abilities may be acquired through a combination of formal schooling, self-education and prior experience.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s degree in climate change, environmental science or planning, sustainable development or similar subjects. Academic qualifications in the build environment (e.g. planning, architecture, engineering) will be considered if this is matched with experience in climate resilience and sustainability
  • Knowledge of practices that link climate resilience with sustainability, such as nature-based solutions, climate change mitigation and low-carbon assignments.
  • Experience in the field of climate change with a particular focus on climate resilience applied to the built environment, and knowledge of mitigation and sustainability issues.
  • Experience of working in the development sector, working with in-country partners including national and local governments, and NGOs.


  • Well-developed research and analysis skills, including both secondary and primary research.
  • Strong writing skills, with the ability to develop persuasive arguments for both proposals and reports
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to translate complex concepts into more simple ideas, particularly in cross-cultural environments.
  • Skills in developing and delivering training and capacity-building approaches which can lead to learning among clients and partners
  • Project management skills, including developing and monitoring work plans and budgets, and organising team members according to these plans.


  • A strong customer focus, recognising that the success of our work is dependent on meeting the needs of our clients
  • Fluency in English; other languages are an asset.
  • Strong team working skills, working in creative and collaborative teams, and ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams with team members from varying backgrounds.
  • Ability to take on multiple tasks from multiple projects simultaneously, and balance competing needs
  • A keen desire to learn, taking on new projects with an open mind, recognising where there are knowledge gaps, and looking for ways to fill these.

Work Environment

  • This position is based in the London office but will involve travel to project locations up to 30% of the time.

Shape your time with us

Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a great place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.


At Arup, you’ll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people.  You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent,  a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle -  we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so  if you're interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.

Join us in shaping a better world.

Reward and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary at all levels and one of the best benefits package in our sector. Core benefits include Private Medical Insurance, Life Assurance, Accident Assurance and Income Protection cover. You will also have access to a grade-related Flexible Benefit Fund which you can choose to take as extra cash or spend on a wide range of Choice benefits to help you with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share Scheme where employees could receive two Profit Share payments per year.

Arup is a place where creativity, innovation and exciting technical challenges are always possible; we are part of a team that enjoys what they do, embracing a unique culture. As a global firm we can develop careers in the UK or abroad through international assignments, and our commitment to training and development is fundamental to ensure we continue to develop our staff and look to the future requirements of our clients.

If you share our passion, why not talk to us about a rewarding career with Arup?

Closing date is 8th December 2020