Policy Advisor, International Climate and Environment, HM Treasury – Darlington

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HMT’s international climate and environment objectives are to ensure that all finance ministries embed climate and environment into their financial, economic and fiscal policy decisions, to drive a global economy-wide system change that crowds sustainable finance into low-carbon and climate-resilient growth. We are hiring one Policy Adviser and are looking for a motivated individual to work in this high-profile and fast-paced area.

Reference number: 153418

Salary: £29,320 – £35,000

If the successful candidate is a current Civil Servant joining on level transfer, HM Treasury will honour their current substantive salary if higher. This is a Range D post. Successful HEO and SEO applicants will be transferred across on level basis


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Contract type: Permanent

Business area: HMT – International

Type of role: Policy

Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts: 1


The post will be based in Darlington (our interim office is Bishopsgate House until the temporary office in central Darlington is established in 2022). All staff follow government guidance about working from home during the pandemic. Once Covid-19 restrictions ease, most Treasury employees will be working a hybrid pattern, spending 2-3 days a week (pro rata) in an office, on average.

About the job


About HM Treasury:

If you’re interested in making a difference to people’s lives across the country, the Treasury is the department for you! We sit at the heart of Government and have provided advice on economic policy and decisions that affect the public finances throughout the country’s history. A Treasury career continues to offer an exciting opportunity to be part of the decision making that affects the whole of the UK.

Working at the heart of government, we collaborate with other departments to ensure public money is spent well and to drive strong and sustainable economic growth. Our work ranges from protecting customers through to the regulation of the financial sector, helping to reduce carbon emissions and creating a greener economy, supporting people across the country through the COVID 19 furlough scheme and Plan for Jobs as well as helping first time buyers buy their first home.

The Darlington Economic Campus is a pioneering new cross-government hub which will bring people together across departments and public organisations to play an active role in the most important issues of the day.

HM Treasury in Darlington will join the Department for International Trade, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Office for National Statistics, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Education.

Job description

International Group

The International Group (IG) is responsible for promoting and protecting the UK’s economic and fiscal interests overseas. We support the Chancellor and senior officials in building relations with key international partners and representing the UK in a wider variety of international organisations such as the EU, G7, G20 and IMF (International Monetary Fund). We also analyse macroeconomic developments at a country, regional and global level; and take forward the Treasury’s interests in specific issues from counter illicit finance and asset freezing to trade and our relations with the EU, climate change and energy.

International Group recognises the value a diverse workforce brings to our work, and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Although an important part of some roles, not all roles in IG require international travel. We actively encourage flexible working practices, including part time working and job-sharing so please feel free to discuss different working patterns with the recruiting line manager or relevant deputy director.

Global Issues Team

Global Policy Issues is a friendly and diverse team of 10 people working on some of the most pressing issues at the top of the Government’s international priorities. The team is comprised of two branches covering Global Health and International Climate and Environment and works closely with other teams in international Group including International Institutions and Policy and relevant spending teams.

The international climate change branch is the hub of climate and energy expertise in the International Group, and we work closely with other teams across the department to deliver the Treasury’s international climate and energy climate policy objectives.

Key accountabilities

This is an exciting time to be working on international climate change policy. Climate change is one of the government’s top priorities, and a material issue for HMT. The UK has ambitious domestic carbon emissions reduction targets and has decarbonised its economy faster than any other G7 country. However, today the UK emits around 1% of the world’s emissions which means we need to work with others to reach out global climate and environment goals.

HMT’s international climate and environment objectives are to ensure that all finance ministries embed climate and environment into their financial, economic and fiscal policy decisions, to drive a global economy-wide system change that crowds sustainable finance into low-carbon and climate-resilient growth.

We are hiring one Policy Adviser and are looking for a motivated individual to work in this high-profile and fast-paced area.

Accountabilities will include:
1. Developing the HMT and UK position on international policy issues related to international climate change and the environment, informed by our domestic position and interests. You will provide high-quality, evidence-based advice and briefing for senior officials and Ministers.

2. Delivering international engagement on issues of energy, climate and environment. You will need the ability to build good working relationships with diverse sets of stakeholders and be a credible representative for HM Treasury and the UK. You will have a strong ability to manage upwards, steering and supporting senior colleagues in their engagement.

3. Building and maintaining an in-depth knowledge of policy areas covered within the branch. You must be able to effectively communicate complex ideas, translate theory into concrete policy proposals, and make evidence-based judgements about how best to achieve our objectives.

4. Working closely with other HM Treasury teams to deliver policy and engagement objectives. The team is the hub of expertise within the International Group on matters of energy, climate and environment. You will need to develop collaborative relationships with teams leading on policy in the MDBs and the IMF, the G20 and G7 and other country leads.

5. Helping to deliver the UK’s international climate change agenda, especially following COP26, and with other government departments including Cabinet Office, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

We operate flexibly across the team as new priorities emerge, so responsibilities may change over time. The team works hard to promote an inclusive and supportive atmosphere, so active participation in team and group corporate activity is strongly encouraged.

Recruitment Candidate Guidance Sessions

An overview of Success Profiles and the STAR approach; top tips for the application and interview process and an opportunity to ask questions.

Wednesday 13th October 2021: 5-6pm

Policy Adviser International Climate and Environment Drop In Sessions: An opportunity to learn more about the role available; to speak with the Hiring Manager and to ask any questions that you may have about working at HM Treasury.
Monday 11th October 2021: 1-2pm

Or join us on 7th October 2021 in Darlington College to learn more about the new Darlington Economic Campus, meet some of the Senior Civil Servants who will be leading he Campus, learn about upcoming job opportunities and get a flavour of what it is like to work in a range of Government departments.



Candidates – Please note, you will be asked to give evidence in your application of how you meet these criteria.

Required Skills, Experience and Behaviours:

If we receive large volumes of applications, we will conduct an initial sift on the first criterion, which will be a behaviour.

The first criterion is: Ability to see the big picture, particularly by identifying trade-offs and inter-linkages between different policy areas and using this information to support effective decision making. (Seeing the big picture)


1. Ability to analyse and use a range of relevant, credible information and evaluate evidence to confidently make decisions and produce evidence-based recommendations in a timely manner (Making effective decisions)

2. Ability to establish effective working relationships and influence people who have different roles and perspectives. (Working together)

3. Evidence of knowledge of and interest in climate change issues


– Please refer to the candidate FAQ document which is a link on the job advert – this will provide you with guidance on completing the application form. Please contact hrrecruitment@hmtreasury.gov.uk if you have any issue accessing this document

– At HM Treasury, to maximise diversity and inclusion within our workforce, we operate a fair, open and anonymous recruitment process. This means that the sift panel will only be able to assess you on the written evidence supplied in your application answers. They will not have access to personal information or CV.
– You will be assessed on your skills, experience and behaviours through the online application form (Personal Statement section). When completing your application form, please outline how you meet the requirements as detailed in the ‘candidate assessment of skills and experience ‘section of this job description. This will give you the best chance to provide the evidence that the panel wants to assess. More guidance can be found here – completing your personal statement.
– If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed initially against the first criterion alone (Behaviours section of the application form). You will then be assessed against the other criteria if you have met the minimum score on the first criterion.
– Find out more about how the Civil Service assesses candidates and uses Success Profiles (opens in a new window) to test skills, experience and behaviours in applications and interviews.
– Applications are not reviewed until the closing date has passed. You will be notified of the outcome of your application as soon as the recruitment panel has reviewed all the applications.
– Please use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach when writing your application answers.

Situation – Describe the situation you found yourself in and what happened.
Task – The Hiring Manager will want to understand what you tried to achieve from the situation that you found yourself in.
Action – What actions did you take and how did you do it. Make sure to use “I”, not “we” to explain how your actions lead to a result.
Result – Use facts and statistics to demonstrate the results that your actions produced. Explain whether it was a successful outcome, and if not, what you learned from the experience.

Recruitment Timeline:
Closing: 24th October 2021
Sift: w/c 25th October 2021
Interviews: w/c 4/5th November 2021


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Seeing the Big Picture


Flexible working arrangements:

HM Treasury views flexible working as essential in enabling us to recruit and retain talented people, ensuring that they are able to enjoy a long-lasting career with us. All employees have the right to apply for flexible working and there are a range of options available including; working from home, compressed hours and job sharing. Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month, providing you work enough hours to meet business need.

We also offer a generous maternity/ paternity and adoption leave package.

At HM Treasury we have an incredibly broad remit; our work touches every citizen of the country. So, it’s important our employees come from the widest possible range of backgrounds, bringing us the widest possible range of perspectives and ways of thinking. We are committed to ensuring that all staff are able to realise their potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.


• 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the Queen’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant)
• Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
• Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions.
• Onsite restaurant and coffee bar. The London office also offers a gym, showers and prayer room
• Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, season ticket advances and payroll giving
• Access to a retail discounts and cashback site
• A Rental Deposit Advance Scheme to help meet the total costs of deposits for privately rented homes
• A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity (e.g. women in the Treasury, ethnic minority network, LGBT* network, faith and belief network)

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
As part of our pre-employment security checks, if you are invited to interview and are not a current HM Treasury member of staff, you will need to bring:
• Proof of identity, e.g. your passport or driver’s license. Documents must be in date and valid.
• Proof of address, e.g. a utility bill or bank statement issued within the past 3 months
• Proof of your National Insurance (NI) number, e.g. letter from DWP confirming your NI number, or P60
• If you do not bring a UK or EU passport, you will need to bring other documentation of your right to work in the UK, e.g. your visa, biometric residence permit or birth certificate.

Further details regarding acceptable documents will be provided in the invitation to interview.

Please let us know if your contact details change at any time during the selection process.

Eligibility Statement
Individuals appointed to the Treasury Group will be subject to National Security Vetting. To allow for meaningful checks to be carried out applicants will normally need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 out of the past 5 years. A lack of UK residency in itself is not always a bar to security clearance but the Department will need to consider eligibility on a case by case basis using all information that can be obtained following a successful application.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Lucy Feibusch
Email : lucy.feibusch@hmtreasury.gov.uk
Recruitment team :
Email : hrrecruitment@hmtreasury.gov.uk

Further information

Complaints Process: Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment based on fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact HMT by email at: hrrecruitment@hmtreasury.gov.uk. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.