International Climate Change Policy and Negotiations Modelling

London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Job description

Organisation Details

BEIS is a new department at the heart of the Government’s agenda, with a vision of an economy that works for everyone. We are responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the Government’s relationship with business; we work to tackle climate change and ensure that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean. Our role is vital to lead the Government’s vision in a context of momentous change, responding to both the short-term domestic impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and working to define the next stage.

We feel the department has an exciting remit, and we hope you agree.

Job description

Would you like to play a central role in shaping the discussion on international climate action and global carbon markets?

Would you like to work in the heart of government, advising ministers and senior decision-makers on how best to achieve global climate goals?

Can you use your analytical skills to ensure this happens in a robust and evidence-based manner?

About the role:

This is an exciting analytical post working for the UK Government (HMG) on one of the critical issues of our time: climate change.

The post sits with the International Climate and Energy (ICE) directorate in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The post is responsible for the Global Carbon Finance (GLOCAF) model, BEIS’s VBA-based global model of emissions projections, the costs of abatement and of international carbon markets. The post-holder is responsible for using GLOCAF and other tools to provide the evidence base to ICE and HMG for the opportunities at global and country level to close the gap to the Paris Agreement’s well below 2°C goal. It also supports the UK’s engagement with other countries, international climate policy development, and helps guide where BEIS’s aid money for climate change can be best spent. This requires close working with other BEIS teams on related issues, for example with the EU Emissions Trading Scheme team and domestic climate team. The post also provides cross-cutting modelling and analysis for the other analysts in the International Climate team, for example working closely with both the Grade 6 head of team and Grade 7 economist responsible for UN climate change issues, and International Climate Finance analysts.

The role may involve occasional international travel, for example to conferences or international meetings on modelling and/or climate issues.

About the team:

This post is within the International Climate Change Analysts branch of Strategic
and International Analysis, and is co-located with the International Climate
& Energy (ICE) directorate. The International Climate Change Analysis team is
a multidisciplinary team of 11 which leads advice and analysis on BEIS’
objective to promote clean growth and tackle climate change in partnership with
the international community. Co-located with the ICE policy directorate, the
team works closely with the UK’s climate negotiators, international engagement,
International Climate Finance and International Climate Strategy teams within

Key Responsibilities:

Leading the team’s annual “Global Scenarios” modelling, which bring together an assessment of global progress and commitments by major economies to analyse the gap to well below 2°C, and identifying key country, sector and technology opportunities to close this gap.

Developing and maintaining the GLOCAF model, working with policy and analyst colleagues to identify and implement areas for improvement, and managing GLOCAF’s annual data update contract.

Managing and developing relationships with external expert and academic organisations, such as the World Bank’s carbon markets team and the Grantham Institute at Imperial College.

Bespoke modelling and analysis of global ambition, assessing likely delivery of commitments and emissions from major emitters, and global progress towards the well below 2°C goal, working with the Grade 7 economist in the team – especially ahead of the global meeting in 2018 to review progress towards Paris goals.

Leading international carbon market modelling with several stakeholders including the global carbon markets negotiators, and the domestic climate team.

Working with the International Climate Fund team to support UK funding of developing country projects.

There will also likely be opportunities to get involved with projects across the directorate.

Person Specification:

The post offers the chance to lead a challenging and rewarding work stream covering a range of international climate issues, within a collaborative and friendly team. It is ideally suited to a proactive post-holder, capable of leading projects independently and interested in working with policy colleagues as well as modelling. The post offers excellent opportunities to demonstrate and develop project management, stakeholder and communications skills.

The role is open to economists and operational researchers. However, the role itself can only be badged as operational research as BEIS does not have an SEO economist grade.

Applicants who are not currently civil servants will need to demonstrate the skills necessary to join the Government Operational Research Service (GORS), details of which can be found here:

Economists (whether already members of the Government Economic Service (GES) or from outside government) are encouraged to apply but would be required to badge as a government operational researcher for the role.

Essential skills include Excel and VBA knowledge and experience.

Basic understanding of economic principles such as supply and demand is preferable.

Experience working on, or a keen interest in climate change and/or energy modelling would be beneficial.

The role holder will be strongly supported to develop their own skills and knowledge, both analytical and broader.

The post does not currently include line management responsibilities, but does involve project management, procurement from contractors and upward management opportunities (working closely with both G6s and G7s).

Previous post-holders have left on promotion.


GORS membership (non-member applications will sit an additional badging exercise as part of the interview).


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

  • Leading and Communicating

    Please see competency framework
  • Collaborating and Partnering

    Please see competency framework
  • Seeing the Big Picture

    Please see competency framework
  • Managing a Quality Service

    Please see competency framework
  • Professional competency

    GORS competency: Knowledge and application of OR skills and techniques

    Please see competency framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

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Selection process details

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

Name: Sam Karslake

Email: [email protected]

Closing date – 25/02/2018 at 23:55pm

Sift/interview dates and location

interviews week commencing: 5th March 2018

Further information

To apply please click on the link below


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