View Vacancy – JPN – Climate Change and Energy Policy Officer B3(L)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)

Economic and Prosperity

Main purpose of job:

To share UK policy experience with Japanese stakeholders and engage on climate, clean energy and related policy more widely encouraging positive change in line with UK government objectives. To follow and report on climate and energy policy developments in Japan to colleagues in the UK. To build a network of contacts working on climate change and energy within the Japanese Government, academia, civil society and more widely.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?

Policy engagement and reporting (70%)

  • Develop expertise in climate and energy policy and build a strong network of contacts. Use this to engage with stakeholders and to prepare analysis, information and advice.
  • Follow Japanese government policy updates and report to colleagues in the Japan network (embassy and consulate general) and in the UK including preparing analysis related to UK objectives.
  • To showcase UK policy expertise and experience with the Japanese government and wider stakeholders and encourage positive developments from Japan in the areas of low carbon energy, decarbonisation and coal amongst others.
  • Attend meetings with senior staff supporting them in meetings and reporting back on the discussion to UK colleagues.
  • Ahead of COP26 (26th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC; UN Climate Change Conference to be held in the UK in November 2021) lead on engagement on COP26 campaigns activity (on Energy Transitions, and Zero Emission Vehicles) encouraging senior attendance and strong, positive buy-in from Japan, and advising UK colleagues on Japanese position.
  • Respond to requests for information and advice on policy areas leading on.

Visits and Events (10%)

  • Devise, deliver and lead on visit programmes, seminars and other events that move forward UK objectives and promote UK policy.

Management (10%)

  • Manage one member of staff and act as countersigning officer for one other.

Wider Team Support (5%)

  • Support Head of Team and Climate and Energy Promotion Officer providing cover, advice and additional resource as needed.

Corporate (5%):

  • Take on a corporate task that delivers wider embassy objectives, proactively working with members of other teams.
  • Take on and prepare for a crisis role.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

  • To line manage one member of staff (A1L) and countersign for one (A1L).

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of 3+ years of experience working for an organisation in a relevant field, for example, working in within government, for a research organisation or for an NGO preferably in climate change or energy or other area of social or environmental policy.
  • Good understanding of international climate change and energy policy.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Including written English-language reporting skills.
  • Excellent networking skills.

Language requirement:

  • Language:  Fluent level Japanese with strong, business level English
  • Level of language required:  English TOEIC/TOEFL 900; Japanese JLPT1 

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field.
  • Strong knowledge or background of Japanese and/or UK climate change and energy policy.

Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Delivering at Pace

8 August 2021

B3 (L)

Full-time, Permanent


Asia Pacific



British Embassy


462,344 JPY per month (6,472,816 JPY per year on a pro rata basis including guaranteed bonus equivalents in June and December)

27 September 2021

  • 1 month salary bonus equivalents payable in June and December
  • (Note: Salary may be reduced due to tax status)
  • Commuting allowance of up to JPY35,000 per month (paid on an actual cost basis)
  • 25 days paid annual leave (calculated pro rata)
  • Health Insurance and Employee pension (kenko hoken/kosei nenkin)
  • Employment Insurance (koyou hoken)
  • The British Embassy offers comprehensive learning and development opportunities that will be fully available to the jobholder. We regularly run both work area specific training, as well as more general skills development in project management, finance, and leadership. Each year the job holder will be encouraged to use 5 development days to pursue job related and personal development goals. All staff are required to take a role in the embassy’s crisis preparation and response. Full training will be provided for this and regular opportunities will be available to test and develop your skills.

The applicant must have work authorisation for Japan however if a foreign national, the British Embassy/Consulate General will support a visa application if required.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

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