British Embassy Kathmandu Vacancy 2024 for Infrastructure Advisor

British Embassy Kathmandu Vacancy 2023 for Private Sector Development Advisor and Governance Adviser

The British Embassy in Kathmandu has invited a vacancy announcement notification for the Position of Infrastructure Advisor on a contractual basis of Fixed Term, Full-time. The duration of the job opportunity is 36 months. Candidates who are interested in the vacancies can apply by 28 February 2024.

Candidates are informed, Kindly request to read the full notification while filling out the application form

Vacancy in British Embassy Kathmandu in Nepal 2023 Details

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Job Category: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Programme Roles)
Job Subcategory: Development and Humanitarian
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities) 

Note: All applicants are required to mandatorily fill out the complete online application form including the employment and educational details, experience-based segment and the behaviours and technical/ professional skills-based questions. We will be thoroughly reviewing the application forms only for all the required details. Forms that are incomplete in any respect will not be considered while shortlisting for the next stage.

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About FCDO:

How we approach our work is important. The How We Work Statement (below) sets out the ambition we share across the FCDO for how we lead and behave towards each other, how we make decisions, and how we get the job done. Some aspects may be particularly relevant to this role.

  • We put respect and kindness first. We are inclusive, we get to know each other, and value our diversity and the contribution we each bring. We are fair, act with integrity, and tackle inequality and unacceptable behaviour. We work together and take responsibility to solve problems.
  • We draw on the expertise, insight, and diverse perspectives of people across the FCDO, HMG, and beyond. We use the best available data and evidence. We are open to challenge and take a sustainable, long-term approach. We are transparent about the rationale for decisions and smart about taking and managing risks.
  • We are agile and alert to emerging opportunities. We encourage learning, innovation, and use of data and digital. We are all clear on what we are expected to deliver and support each other in doing so. We look to reduce duplication and unnecessary process. We are committed to transforming both the FCDO and the way HMG delivers international policy.

Description of the Embassy and Team:

The British Embassy Kathmandu (BEK) leads the UK’s relationship with Nepal including diplomatic engagement, defence co-operation, development support, and trade.
The BEK Country Plan has five campaign goals for 2023-2025:

  • The UK will support a more open and democratic society in Nepal resulting in more representative, inclusive and effective governance at all three levels of government.
  • Our recruitment of Gurkhas to the British Army will strengthen UK security, and our support to capable security and rule of law institutions that protect the rights of all people will strengthen Nepal’s stability.
  • The UK’s partnership will support Nepal’s transition to sustainable lower-middle income country (LMIC) status through facilitating inclusive and greener growth, increased investment and more open trade that provides opportunities for UK firms.
  • Through UK influence and support, Nepal will implement the ambitious climate targets adopted at COP26 that will reduce emissions, build resilience, and put Nepal on a path to a green recovery.
  • The UK promotes girls’ education and the rights of women and girls in Nepal.

Work in these five areas is underpinned by cross-cutting outcomes on federalism, inclusion, and data and strategic learning. Nepal is a key country in the Indo-Pacific Tilt, and BEK’s work is being prioritised as part of this agenda. You will become part of a collegial Embassy team, and be responsible for a rewarding, engaging and transformational portfolio of work.

The Green Growth Group – within which this post-holder will sit – includes our economics and private sector ODA portfolio, the UK-Nepal British trade, investment and prosperity work and the UK’s engagement on climate and resilience. The Governance Adviser will be line managed by the Group Head.

The Adviser will further coordinate and work closely with the Governance Team that is part of the Governance and Social Development Group, the Evidence and Knowledge Team and the Politics and Partnerships Team. This position will establish and maintain relationships for technical guidance and support with the FCDO governance cadre, and relevant teams and staff from FCDO’s UK headquarters.

Main Purpose of Job:

This is an excellent job for an experienced infrastructure advisor looking to work on high profile issues that can have national scale impact in the long term. The post-holder will lead BEK’s national infrastructure work and manage BEK’s relationship with the Investment Board.

  • Leading the infrastructure work in the Green Growth Nepal (GGN) Programme. This £38m programme will facilitate investment in high quality infrastructure. This role will be instrumental in managing the relationships between BEK, the Investment Board Nepal and other parts of government. (70%)
  • Leading our BIP strategy and building partnerships with BIP institutions. (10%)
  • Support cross embassy work on infrastructure as required, for example, provide expert advice to guide BEK urban infrastructure work, energy etc (10%)
  • Corporate objectives including learning and development (10%)

He/she will lead BEK’s engagement and support to the Office of the Investment Board of Nepal which involves managing a large technical advisory team with expertise in foreign investment facilitation, with a focus on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). They will work closely with the economic policy function of the programme to bring together the programme’s work on easing constraints for international investors and improving the investment climate.

The post-holder will work to establish BIP engagement in Nepal particularly with the Investment Board, to leverage UK expertise and advance national scale projects. The post-holder will work closely with governance and other colleagues on local infrastructure provision and the links between climate resilient infrastructure development in rural and urban municipalities.

He/she will need to build networks with provincial and local governments, and donor leads as needed, to ensure the BEK portfolio is operating effectively. As energy is a vital sector in Nepal, experience and knowledge of the energy sector is very important for the role.

We reserve the right to review, revise or amend the roles and responsibilities from time to time reflecting the changing needs of business.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

In this role you will be responsible for:

  • Leading BEK’s engagement and support to the Office of the Investment Board of Nepal (the Board is chaired by the Prime Minister), which involves managing a large technical advisory team. This requires a good understanding of foreign investment into infrastructure projects, as well as how PPPs are structured, implemented, monitored, and reported on. This includes support to the Senior Responsible Officer of the programme to manage the contract with the Supplier.
  • Supporting BEK’s energy work: including via the Investment Board, energy trade work and our renewable energy programme. This will include oversight of energy work that is done by the embassy in Nepal.
  • Leading FCDO’s British Investment Partnership (BIP) strategy, workplan and engagement at post relating to infrastructure.
  • Supporting BEK’s work on urban development, working with provincial and local governments. This includes providing advice to our urban advisor working on the GGN programme.
  • Providing thought leadership on infrastructure development in Nepal, within BEK and externally, incorporating global and national research, evidence, and learning.
  • Coherence between the Green Growth Nepal programme team and the infrastructure work of the rest of the BEK portfolio.

Language Requirements:
This role will require fluency in Nepali and a strong command of written and spoken English.

  • Language: Nepali and English
  • Level of language required: Fluent

Learning & Development Opportunities:
A comprehensive L+D offer is available to all FCDO staff and in this role, will include specific opportunities for technical training through the FCDO Governance Cadre.

Working Patterns:
This is a full-time role.

Other Information:
This role is open on promotion.
Please review the Infrastructure and Urban: Technical Competency Framework – GOV.UK ( for answering the Behavioural, Technical/Professional Questions.
All applicants are advised to use the STAR method to describe your example (for guidance see amongst others here: A brief guide to competencies – GOV.UK (

Essential qualifications, skills and experience 

Essential on Arrival:

Demonstration of expertise and working experience on infrastructure policy and projects. A strong demonstration of the application of the Infrastructure Cadre technical competencies at expert level, including:

  • Infrastructure, governance, policy, financing, and project development
  • Urban development, spatial planning, integrated services
  • Energy and infrastructure for low-carbon development, climate change and resilience.

About You:

We are looking for someone with:

  • Over 7 years’ experience of working on infrastructure programmes in a developing country, including energy and urban development and climate and disaster resilience.
  • High level education relevant to the role (e.g. master’s degree or equivalent level relating to infrastructure development in developing countries).
  • Experience of working with government institutions and private sector partners to deliver infrastructure projects and relevant investment climate reforms.
  • Experience of the infrastructure project cycle – especially project selection, design, approval, and monitoring – and knowledge to provide technical advice to government counterparts.
  • Knowledge of different options for infrastructure finance, and the challenges & opportunities each brings.
  • A very good understanding and appreciation of the political economy and regional nature of the relevant sectors and interventions.
  • Strong organisational, communication and management skills.
  • Enthusiasm, good teamwork, and flexibility.

Required behaviours: Seeing the Big Picture, Managing a Quality Service, Leadership, Communicating and Influencing

Application deadline28 February 2024
GradeGrade 7 (G7)
Term of PositionFixed Term, Full-time
Working hours per week36
Duration of Post36 months
RegionSouth Asia & Afghanistan
Location (City)Kathmandu
Type of PostBritish Embassy
Number of vacancies1
Salary CurrencyNPR
SalaryNPR 365,677 per month
Start Date1 June 2024

Other benefits and conditions of employment 

For British Embassy candidates, the Country Based Staff BHC Terms & Conditions will apply.

Basic Salary will be NPR 365,677 per month plus 10% provident fund Contribution.

The successful candidate will be provided with annual leaves, maternity/paternity and membership in the Embassy medical benefits scheme as per the Terms & Conditions of Services. The British Embassy in Kathmandu is part of a world-wide network of 240 Posts, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas.

This is a good opportunity to be part of a strong, diverse team, working in the biggest network that FCO has anywhere across the globe. We are aiming to make it the best. The British Embassy is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on grounds of ethnic origin, race, religious beliefs, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

Please note – BHC does not deduct tax at source and employees are required to ensure that any requirements of local income-tax law are complied with in full. Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary, e.g. Some non-local national staff and some spouses or partners of UK diplomatic staff will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.

Additional information 

Note: All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the complete online application form including the employment and educational details, motivational segment and the behaviour-based questions. We will be thoroughly reviewing the application forms only for all the required details. Forms that are incomplete in any respect will not be considered while shortlisting for the next stage.

To Apply:

Please note applications without (a) and (b) will not be considered. Point (c) to be adhere strictly.

  • Complete the Online Application Form.
  • Complete the Experience, Behaviours, Technical/Professional skills-based segment in the Online Application Form.
  • Applicants need to answer the questions based on their professional experience. Kindly refrain from use of AI based tools to avoid application from getting rejected/disqualified.

To ensure a successful application it is important that you explain how you demonstrate these behaviours and technical/ professional skills, basis your experience. You are strongly advised to read the Success Profiles Civil Service Behaviours Framework which provides a detailed guidance on how these behaviours are defined for each position.

Please go through the technical competency framework before completing the technical questions: FCDO technical competency frameworks – GOV.UK ( for the Governance Cadre of FCDO.

Applicants are encouraged to use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) technique to prepare specific examples of when and how you have demonstrated these behaviours in your application, by evidencing a structured response, including your skills and experiences. You briefly describe the situation in which you demonstrated the behaviour, and then explain your task in addressing the situation, what action you took and the result of this.

We will accept only online applications by 28th February 2024 – 23:55 (Kathmandu Time Zone)

Internal candidates applying for this position need to inform their current line managers, else the applications will not be considered.

Please note that all the applicants will be required to strictly adhere to the security guidelines for British Embassy

  • Applicants who do not have the required qualification & experience should kindly abstain from applying, as their applications will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and no telephone enquires will be dealt with. Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’. If during the reserve period of 6 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.
  • The appointment will be subject to Police Verification and other checks including references, educational and professional.

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.

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