UK PACT Climate Change Officer – Abuja

Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our world, and Nigeria is both vulnerable as an emerging economy, and a significant contributor to global greenhouse emissions, ranking within the top three emitters in Africa for both fossil fuel emissions and emission from land use change.

As part of the British Government’s global response to climate challenge and its commitment to help deliver the aims of the Paris Agreement (UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2016), the International Climate Finance (ICF) team in UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is responsible for £2bn of UK International Climate Finance. Within ICF, UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) is a £60 million technical assistance programme that has been established to support partner countries accelerate their clean growth transitions and reduce carbon emissions in line with their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

Nigeria has been identified as a potential key strategic climate partner for UK PACT.  UK PACT could potentially play a transformative role in Nigeria increasing the capacity and capability of Nigerian institutions to deliver climate smart solutions in a range of areas.

This new position will help shape a UK PACT intervention in Nigeria and will form part of the Climate and Energy Team at the British High Commission (BHC).  It is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of this evolving area of UK – Nigeria collaboration. 

The post holder will contribute to the development of a vision for how to grow the UK-Nigeria climate relationship and will provide direct oversight of the programme of work agreed working closely with the BEIS International Climate Finance team in London. This role will report to the Head of Climate Change & Energy at the BHC and will expected to develop strong links with other colleagues working on global issues across the BHC, including the Science and Innovation Network, and Department of International Trade (DIT) teams.


Essential qualifications, skills and experience  

We are looking for a proactive self-starter, able to work well and have a flexible approach to work whilst under pressure and excellent interpersonal and communications skills to build strong relations within the BHC and with a wide range of stakeholders in Nigeria with the following:

  • University degree, preferably in Environmental Science, Climate, Public Policy or related course;
  • Minimum 5 years of work experience, ideally with Project/Programme management experience, preferably with international stakeholders
  • The ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication and relationship skills;
  • Be a flexible and creative problem-solver, able to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems, and coordinate coherent and compelling programmes and projects;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Experience providing administrative and logistical support;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and ability to adjust to different audiences;
  • Excellent presentation skills;
  • Team player, driven by values.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience  

  • Relevant post-graduate course
  • Solid knowledge of Nigeria’s climate change policy, its international commitments and institutional framework
  • Sound network of contacts in political arena, government, private sector and civil societies
  • Candidates with prior work experience in International or multilateral  programmes will be considered as a plus
  • Knowledge of financial sector
  • Knowledge of low carbon / green sector
  • Knowledge of infrastructure sector
  • Knowledge of UK climate and energy policy, technology and commercial capabilities, and its global leadership in the subject matter

Required competencies 

 Seeing the Big Picture,

Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering,

Delivering at PaceApplication deadline  6 October 2020Grade  C4 (L)Type of Position  Fixed term, with possibility of renewalWorking hours per week  36Region  Africa

Country/Territory:  Nigeria

Location (City):  Abuja

Type of Post:  British High Commission

Number of vacancies:  1

Starting monthly salary:  NGN 827,892.98

Start Date:  28 October 2020

End Date:  28 October 2021

Additional information  

  • Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening. Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • The British High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Abuja are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
  • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;

            Obtain the relevant permit

            Pay fees for the permit

            Make arrangements to relocate

            Meet the costs to relocation

  • The British High Commission does not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.
  • Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
  • Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-competency-framework Please note: AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.

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