Embassy Jobs – Sector Specialist: Green Economy – Department for International Trade at British High Commission (BHC)

Organization: British
High Commission (BHC)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Salary: UGX
13,792,022/=  monthly
Office Notice No.: 11/20 KPL
About US:
The British High
Commission is the diplomatic liaison office that aims to develop and maintain
close bilateral relations with Uganda, in accordance with British government
policies. The British High Commission is responsible for the political
relationship between the UK and Uganda, and we provide advice and guidance on
political and governance issues. BHC provides assistance and documentary
services to British nationals in Uganda. The UK Trade and Investment Section
provides assistance to both British and Ugandan businesses.
Job Summary:  The Sector Specialist: Green Economy –
Department for International Trade will join a dynamic network of committed
trade officers working to support Africa’s exciting economic growth and
position at the heart of the future world economy. This is an exciting time to
join DIT Africa, as we continue to expand our resources to deliver on the ambition
of our current Government to be Africa’s trade and investment partner of
choice.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·       
The
Department for International Trade in Africa wants to mainstream a ‘Green
Economy’ approach into all its work across Africa. This means supporting in all
our priority sectors of activity the commercial, regulatory and investment
solutions for Africa that help to reduce the contribution of carbon in their
economies.
·       
You will
support our Green Economy Sector Director in Ghana with the development of a
plan to guide the DIT network across the continent. That support will
contribute your expert understanding of how low carbon interventions can be
made in each economic sector and how they might be applied in an African
context.
·       
You will
also closely vet DIT’s other sector plans and work with the Sector Directors to
ensure that planned activity in Africa is contributing the most it can to low
carbon transition and green growth. You will advise on technologies, on
regulatory frameworks, and on financing structures (like Green Finance) to
support change and improvement.
·       
At the
core of your role you will develop close understanding for African needs and
the viability of different approaches to carbon reduction. You will bring a
commercial perspective to this work trying to find the areas where commercial,
investment or regulatory intervention could help. This will be in complement to
other actors for the British Government, with whom you will forge close working
relationships, whose primary interests in e.g. climate resilience and/or
emissions reductions will align. You will work to understand the contribution
of International Climate Finance, DFID and other programmes, so that DIT can
support while also adding value in its commercial and trade policy sphere.
·       
You will
forge close relationships with African regulators, developers and companies
such that you can interpret their needs and develop solutions with and for
them. You will then be able to translate those to officials less familiar with
the sector and possibly to UK and international companies too. You will look
for all opportunities to encourage transition to low carbon technologies, and
will seek to help Africa find the regulatory and tariff structures to
incentivise that change. You will seek, first and foremost, to progress their
plans and assist in their capability, but you will have a good knowledge of
international best practice to contribute.
·       
Your aim
will be to help African energy decision makers understand where a commercial
green economy application could deliver on or raise their ambition. You will
not be so concerned with aligning African plans to UK solutions, but it would
help to understand UK capabilities, public and private, especially in the area
of research and innovation. For this you would make connections to the UK’s
innovation centres and support work that could have mutual benefit in bringing
ground-breaking techniques to Africa.
·       
Your
role will be advisory, but you would be expected to show a clear contribution
to relationship development with African developers, to a ‘greening’ of our
plans in every sector, and to the upskilling of our network as they better
understand how to target solutions for African needs.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The
applicant for the British High Commission (BHC) Sector Specialist: Green
Economy – Department for International Trade job must hold a Postgraduate
degree or undergraduate degree and other relevant professional qualification or
experience.
·       
At least
six years’ experience working in the renewable energy, green economy or related
fields
·       
Experience
of working in or with government departments, NGOs, and similar institutions
·       
Proven
track record of cross-team collaboration
·       
A
positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see way
through challenges.
·       
Knowledge
of, and a keen interest in the green economy and its applicability to Africa
·       
Knowledge
of African markets and/or African sustainable development.
·       
Language:
Fluent English.
·       
Competencies:
Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial
Outcomes, Engaging Internationally
Desirable
qualifications, skills and experience 
·       
Understanding
of UK Export Finance and Development Finance, although training will be
provided.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the British High
Commission in the aforementioned capacity should apply by clicking on the link
below.
Deadline: 19th August 2020
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