Southeast Asia Climate and COP 26 Partnerships and Communications Manager

9 January 2020 by

Southeast Asia Climate and COP 26 Partnerships and Communications Manager

Contract, Full time
Posted 2 years ago

To develop partnerships and comms across SE Asia to help delivery of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in December 2020, and UK COP 26 Presidency objectives throughout 2021. To develop and lead particular regional events in support of COP 26 objectives, such as the Green Growth and Business Forum in July 2020. To be regional COP 26 thematic lead on shipping, aviation, oil and gas. The job is based in Singapore but will require some travel across the region, and occasionally to the UK.

The UK has bid to host the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2020, and will retain the Presidency until December 2021. Tackling Climate Change is a governmental priority and is now one of the FCO’s Priority Outcomes.

COP26 is commonly referred to as the ‘ambition COP’, representing a key moment to galvanise international action to keep global warming increases less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Key themes are likely to be clean growth, energy transition, transport and industrial decarbonisation, nature-based solutions and green finance. Motivating and facilitating South East Asian countries to raise their ambition is a critical challenge and one where the success of COP 26 – and the fight against uncontrollable climate change – is likely to be won or lost.

Our overseas network is key to making this event successful and your role as Climate and COP26 Partnerships and Comms Manager will help in delivering the outcomes required. COP26 would be the largest political event hosted by the UK (around 40,000 participants) and the single biggest diplomatic event outside of UNGA, presenting a significant opportunity to demonstrate Global Britain, champion a leading example of multilateral cooperation in a rules-based system and deliver the UK’s clean growth objectives. In hosting COP26, we would aim to deliver against three main objectives: HMG’s Global Britain agenda; promoting UK prosperity; and enhancing global climate ambition.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Support Posts across the region on comms – e.g. campaigns, speeches, Op Eds, briefing. Comms support for smaller Posts with limited resource will be particularly important. The jobholder will work closely with the Head of Communications (Singapore and South East Asia) and the COP 26 Unit in London to develop regional comms products and services for COP 26.
  • Develop regional NGO partnerships based in Singapore to support COP 26 (e.g. with International Energy Agency; C40; World Business Council for Sustainable Development; WWF, Forum for the Future, ASEAN CSR Network; Green Freight Asia; Food Industry Asia; Carbon Trust). This may include running and/or participating in events.
  • Work with Singapore’s National Climate Change Secretariat and key Posts in ASEAN to develop and run the Green Growth and Business Forum in July 2020. This will include working closely with DIT and CCE network colleagues in the region and finding and managing funding for this event.
  • Develop and support cross-regional COP 26 activities and events, working with Posts and key stakeholders including our engagement with Italian colleagues. This may involve support for events outside Singapore, working with the CCE network in the wider region.
  • Act as the regional expert on COP 26 thinking and activity relating to key carbon-emitting industries: shipping, aviation; oil and gas – this might involve reporting, lobbying and events.
  • The jobholder will work closely with Singapore Climate and Energy attache who will lead on COP 26 policy and lobbying. Between them they will manage Ministerial and official visits from the UK related to COP26 and climate events in Singapore. This could include planning and advising on visit agendas, coordinating with media colleagues, and supporting in events as required. Some flexibility between the roles may be required depending on workload and developing requirements from London.
  • To hold a corporate responsibility in support of BHC Singapore wider objectives.
  • The jobholder will work closely with and be managed by the SE Asia COP 26 Head of Regional Strategy and Sustainable Finance, also based in Singapore.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience      

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field, for instance, Public Policy, Public Administration, International Relations, Climate and Environment Science, etc.
  • A minimum of 2+ years of experience working for an organisation in a relevant field, for example, working for/with national or regional government, international organizations or agencies, preferably in climate change.
  • Strong understanding of international climate change policy, with relevant experience including from university or previous professional work experience.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and professional experience that demonstrates a range of communications disciplines (PR, marketing, events, digital etc)
  • Strong events management aptitude and experience
  • Fluent written and spoken English 

Deadline of applications is on 13 January 2020 at 23:55pm (Singapore Standard Time). Only applications submitted through the recruitment system will be considered.

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Job Features

Job CategoryCoordination
Closing date for applications13th January 2020

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