Economics and Climate Change Officer

The Political and Economic Section of the British Embassy, Hanoi, is looking for a highly motivated and energetic individual to fill a forthcoming vacancy as Economics and Climate Change Officer.

Promoting a low carbon, high growth global economy is one of the key policy goals of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and its missions overseas.  The FCO has a regional network of staff promoting this agenda in South East Asia.

The jobholder will be responsible for:
- Accurate, timely and concise reporting on economic developments in Vietnam;
- Engaging with the Vietnamese Government on key economic issues;
- Working with media, civil society, business and Government bodies to promote low carbon economic development in Vietnam;
- Collecting information and reporting on climate change and energy policy in Vietnam;
- Promoting dialogue between Vietnamese and UK counterparts on the international climate change negotiations;
- Identifying targeted project opportunities to promote a low carbon, high growth economy in Vietnam and the region, and implementing this activity;
- Organising some visits (both to Vietnam and the UK).

This will be an exciting and challenging role in the British Embassy. The jobholder will work closely with colleagues in the Press and Public Affairs section, the Commercial Section, the British Council and the local DfID office.  The successful candidate will also work with colleagues in other British Embassies in South East Asia, and report to Team Leaders based in Singapore.

Experience and Qualifications
They are looking for applicants of graduate calibre and a minimum of two years recent experience working in an international business, diplomatic, legal or economic policy institution.

The successful candidate will have:

- Excellent command of written and spoken English and Vietnamese.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills, and be able to present convincing arguments in a public setting
- Ability to think creatively about achieving objectives in the local environment
- Proven resource management and leadership skills.
- Ability to work well both in a team and independently, under pressure and to meet tight deadlines
- Ability to build up a network of essential contacts across both government and business
- Experience of working on economic policy issues

- An understanding of climate change and energy policy is desirable
- Ability to work efficiently without close supervision, including managing projects

What's In It For You?
This job positions you to meet, get to know, and influence the highest-level decision makers in Vietnam's government, business, and society. Working for the British Embassy provides you with access to people, activities, and opportunities available to a lucky few.  This enables you a privileged insights into Vietnam's society and governance, and equips you with excellent skills and contacts in your future career.  You will similarly gain an appreciation of and understanding of the UK, the world's sixth largest economy.

The British Embassy offers a competitive remuneration package, including salary, benefits, a leave entitlement and training package. The starting salary for the position is USD 15,606 gross per annum rising after six months to USD 18,360 gross per annum dependant on performance. Specific training and mentoring for the role will be provided for the successful candidate.  This may include training in London and the region. The successful candidate is expected to commence employment as soon as possible. Further details of benefits are available on request.

How to apply
Applications (by letter or email), with details of qualifications, experience and references and with an indication of current salary (where applicable) should be sent to:

Ms. Do Thu Trang
Human Resources Administrator
British Embassy
31 Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
[email protected]

by Thursday 5 August 2010. Only short-listed candidates will receive an invitation to attend an interview. Unsuccessful applications will not be acknowledged.

The British Embassy is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Political and Economic Section of the British Embassy
Ha Noi
Application Deadline: 
Thu, 2010-08-05