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E3G: Senior Policy Advisor, Energy Diplomacy, 10.1.

E3G is looking for a Senior Policy Advisor to join its growing Clean Economy team. A recognised global leader in the political economy of the energy transition, E3G is looking for a strategic thinker to develop the energy angle of E3G’s work on EU Green Deal diplomacy, international financial institutions and geopolitics. The role will be based in E3G’s Berlin office.

Overview of role

E3G is a European think tank working globally to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. We build the broad-based coalitions necessary to deliver a safe climate. We pride ourselves on bringing independence to an extremely polarised discussion and holding policy makers to account on their promises. E3G is consistently ranked as one of the top-ten most influential environmental think tank’s in the world by the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index.

E3G values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

A transformation to a global low carbon economy must happen by mid-century if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. The Clean Economy Programme undertakes analysis, builds strategies and facilitates interventions to facilitate a transition to a climate neutral world. It looks at how societies, relationships and economy will change and seeks to put institutions and instruments in place to facilitate this. E3G has been a thought leader on energy systems transition, the potential of efficiency politics and the role of gas in the transition. As clean energy systems are becoming the new mainstream in some of the world, this transforms diplomatic relationships between countries, rebalances power and financial and trade flows.

This new Senior Policy Advisor role will build up E3G’s work on energy diplomacy. This person will develop a strategy working with our finance and diplomacy teams.  It will initially focus on engaging public finance institutions in their shift away from fossil fuel financing and then work towards building up E3G’s geopolitical analysis on the energy transition.  This requires deep understanding of the connections between the energy transition and other global agendas in foreign, security and economic policy. This role is offered on a 1-year fixed-term basis with the possibility of further extension.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop an advocacy strategy towards public finance institutions in their shift away from fossil fuels, and developing evidence around alternative solutions in collaboration with the wider Clean Economy team.
  • Tracking developments in German and EU external relationships and the role of energy.
  • Develop E3G thought leadership on the interaction of climate, energy and German and EU external relations working with the programme leaders on energy systems, place based transitions and the Senior Policy Advisor on a climate neutral EU.
  • Develop E3G’s position as a voice in conversations on energy diplomacy, develop propositions and advocacy and strengthen E3G’s networks in the EU and in particular in Germany.
  • Organising and participating in stakeholder discussions and workshops; managing relationships with stakeholders;
  • Producing internal and external communications materials and undertaking short pieces of wider analysis;
  • Inspire and facilitate action by the broader energy, finance and diplomacy teams on our diplomacy offer; with the prospect of building up a small team;
  • Manage grant funding and support fundraising efforts;
  • Travel will be required, but we are open to discussing this if this would otherwise become a barrier to your application.

Person Description

You are intellectually curious and enthusiastic about developing solutions in the transition towards climate neutral and resilient economies. You are committed to high quality outputs even when under pressure and use collaboration to get to better outcomes. You are a creative thinker, able to learn fast and show positivity in finding solutions. You are able to reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses and work in a team of diverse personalities.

You are comfortable with complex research projects and confident in running analytical processes. You will be able to identify and engage with a range of external stakeholders to understand and engage with their perspectives and communicate your ideas and findings to a varied audience.

Experience and skills

The successful candidate will bring relevant professional experience with progressive levels of responsibilities and a track record of achievements in the following areas:

  • Have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (required) and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline (desirable).
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in working on technical energy questions, foreign policy/security and international public finance. You bring in-depth experience and established networks in at least one of those areas.
  • Have experience in developing and implementing outcome focused strategies.
  • Have a track record of problem solving and research, constantly developing and refining your arguments and analysis through conversations with experts, assessing legislation or policy statements, and other data sources.
  • Demonstrate a track-record of building, leading and managing stakeholder relationships and partnerships (required), these could be from public finance, foreign policy or climate and energy sectors (desirable), you are able to connect to audiences and understand interests of stakeholders outside the ‘climate bubble’
  • Be a strong team player, committed to achieving E3G’s objectives and capable of inspiring and facilitating action by others. You work effectively to support shared team outcomes.
  • Have very strong written communication skills and impeccable English and German. Knowledge of other languages such as Russian, Arabic or Turkish are a plus but not required.
  • Be confident operating in an international context with a high degree of cultural sensitivity.
  • Have experience influencing senior decision-makers from government, business, finance and civil society.
  • Some experience managing and supporting the development of staff.

Expect a salary competitive in the non-profit sector based on qualifications and experience. E3G is open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

How to apply

Please email your application in English to jobs@e3g.org. Please write ‘Senior Policy Advisor Energy Diplomacy’ as well as your first name and surname in the subject line.

Please include:

  • A CV of maximum two pages;
  • A cover letter of no more than one page outlining your motivation for the job.
  • Please indicate a salary and a possible starting date.

You must have the right to work in the EU.

The deadline for applications is January 10th. A first round of interviews will be conducted the week after. E3G is advertising for multiple roles. If you want to apply for more than one, please indicate which ones and ensure your cover letter covers the requirements of all roles.

We will not be able to reply to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, we will not be shortlisting you on this occasion.

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