Working for British Embassy Tunis

General information

Working at the British Embassy offers unique and rewarding opportunity to grow professionally while collaborating with a talented group of individuals. We often have employment opportunities that may appeal to qualified candidates with experience and an interest in our work.

Civil Services competences and the selection process

Selection is based on the overall suitability of the candidate against the skills, qualifications and competences required in the position, as may be demonstrated by applicants through the application form and the interview. The specific requirements for each position can be found in the job description.

We recommend all applicants understand the Civil Service competences before applying for any role and in preparation for interviews.

Due to the large volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview, which may also consist of a written test relevant to the role. Details will be provided at the time of short-listing. All interviews are conducted in English by a panel, usually made up of three members of staff.

All interviewed candidates will be contacted approximately two weeks after interview to inform them whether or not they have been successful. More detailed feedback can be obtained from our Recruitment Team upon request.

Current work opportunities

If you are interested in a job opportunity at the British Embassy in Tunis or one of the other UK delegations, UKTI offices, other government departments or consulates in Tunisia, please visit the FCO Local Staff vacancies website.

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The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Staff recruited locally are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.

Climate Change Policy Adviser Grade – B3 (L)

The British Embassy in Tunis currently have vacancies for a Climate Change Policy Adviser Grade – B3 (L) to start as soon as possible.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To coordinate implementation of the Embassy’s COP26 strategy for Tunisia, working closely with economic, political, DIT/prosperity, programmes and communications colleagues. This will include ensuring that delivery of COP26 objectives supports long-term decarbonisation and resilience & adaptation objectives in Tunisia, including clean growth, energy transition, transport and industrial decarbonisation, nature-based solutions and green finance.
  • To coordinate with Whitehall colleagues on engagement with Tunisia, advising on local sensitivities and Tunisian priorities; including briefing for ministers and senior officials.
  • To liaise with officials in the Tunisian government (including Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry for Foreign Affairs) on policy and operational elements of delivering COP26. This will include advising and supporting engagement between senior officials (including Heads of Mission) and Ministers.
  • To plan and implement engagement with non-Government actors. This will include building relationships with working level contacts in sub-national authorities (cities, states, provinces), businesses and representatives of businesses and civil society activists.
  • To manage Ministerial and official visits from the UK related to COP26 and climate events in Tunisia. This could include planning and advising on visit agendas, supporting visa arrangements, coordinating with and providing input to media colleagues e.g. for communications planning, speeches and social media output, and supporting and helping design and deliver events as required.
  • To hold a corporate responsibility objective and if required an internal crisis management objective. Other responsibilities to be confirmed as the role develops.

Key competencies required

  • Collaborating and Partnering - People skilled in this area create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service to help get business done.
  • Leading and Communicating - Effectiveness in this area is about leading from the front and communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. It is about supporting principles of fairness of opportunity for all and a dedication to a diverse range of citizens.
  • Seeing the Big Picture - Is about having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs.
  • Delivering at Pace - Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes. It’s about working to agreed goals and activities and dealing with challenges in a responsive and constructive way.

Essential qualifications, skills, and experience

  • Fluency in English, French and Arabic both written and spoken (minimum level required C1 (operational) under the CEFRL or equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field, for instance, Climate and Environment Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, International Relations, 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.
  • Experience of managing diverse and senior level relationships.

Application deadline

18 March 2020

Start date

30 April 2020

Working hours and remuneration

The British Embassy in Tunisia offers an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role. Initial salary will be TND 3,822 per month while on probation. Salary after probation is TND 4,731. This is for a full-time employment, on a fixed term basis until December 2020.

Conditioned working hours are 40 hours gross per week. Standard working hours are from 08:00-16:30 from Monday to Thursday and 08:00-13:00 on Fridays. A flexible working pattern may be possible by agreement with the line manager but it would be dependent on business requirements and in line with current terms and conditions of service.

The successful candidate may be required to accompany other diplomats on travel to different parts of Tunisia, which can involve early starts, late finishes or weekend travel. Likewise, there will be instances of some evening or weekend work where you may need to attend events. Where you need to do this you will be offered time off in lieu.

The successful candidate will be subject to a 6-weeks probationary period.

The appointment will also be subject to satisfactory local and UK security clearances.