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Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Up to 120k
  • Job type:
  • Job reference: 14784
  • Sector: Public Sector
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Job description Date posted: 17/05/2013

Preventing dangerous climate change is one of the most important challenges of our time. As global emissions rise and the window for effective action narrows, it becomes ever more urgent that countries shift to low-carbon growth paths and make binding international commitments to reduce their emissions. The Foreign Secretary wants the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to continue to play a full part in achieving the political conditions needed for this and has decided therefore to appoint a new Special Representative for Climate Change.


As a senior government official you will speak on behalf of the Foreign Secretary at home, but particularly abroad, focussing on building political and economic support for action based on a shared understanding of the threat climate change poses to economic growth and security. This will involve highlighting the many positive actions already being taken and building on these to create a credible vision for further action. You will be alive to the opportunities afforded by green growth and responsive to emerging concerns about extreme weather trends and the impacts of climate change on food and water security. 


You are already an eminent person in your sector, able to master a complex brief, with experience of leading high profile campaigns or negotiations and the ability to speak with great credibility on climate change and related issues.  An acknowledged leader, you must also be able to take a collegiate approach, displaying the highest levels of diplomacy. Experience of, and confidence in, dealing with the media is essential.


You have outstanding communication skills, experience of engaging with stakeholders across a range of sectors at the highest levels, and the ability to operate sensitively and effectively in an international and often highly political environment.


For further information and details of how to apply, please download the information pack below. For an informal and confidential discussion, please call Cathryn Evans on 020 7932 4330 or James Greengrass on 020 7932 4286. Closing date for applications is June 11th 2013 at 5pm.