A Climate Policy Officer is recruited by GGGI, Budapest Office to provide substantive inputs to two interlinked workstreams: the National Clean Development Strategy (Long-Term Strategy of Hungary, or LTS) and the European Green Deal, a Project executed under the supervision of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Government of Hungary.
The Policy Officer reports to the Country Lead and work closely with the National Coordinator to support quality and timely delivery of outputs under the LTS and the EGD. These two interlinked workstreams fall under the supervision of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Government of Hungary.
In line with Article 4, paragraph 19 of the Paris Agreement inviting countries to communicate their long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies and the requirement of the European Union’s (EU) Governance Regulation (regulation no. 2018/1999), the Government of Hungary (GoH) has developed its National Clean Development Strategy (LTS) covering the main sectors for reduction of emissions. Comprehensive sectoral work, modelling and consultation at national level will be conducted to further develop the LTS.
The European Green Deal (EGD) aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. GGGI will provide policy support to the Government of Hungary under the EGD, focusing on the climate and energy components of the EDG Roadmap (European Green Deal COM (2019) 640 final).
- Produce substantive inputs in the form of policy briefs or papers to support decision-making under the LTS and the EGD;
- Consolidate and prepare supporting material to facilitate engagement and information sharing with the relevant stakeholders;
- Under the LTS, contribute to the development of sectoral policy analysis, the drafting of the LTS and the sectoral plans as required;
- Under the EGD, review proposals, conduct analysis, collect policy inputs where relevant and develop policy recommendations. The focus of the work is on the Climate and Energy components of the European Green Deal (The European Green Deal COM (2019) 640 final). The Policy Officer is also expected to contribute indirectly to other policy areas.
- Remain abreast of policy development at European level concerning the EGD, and climate relevant development in Hungary and at international level.
- Collaborate with the Government of Hungary, participate at relevant meetings and events as needed to support the LTS and EGD workstreams.
- Identify relevant funding opportunities for the activities and participate in resource mobilization efforts for the Hungary Program.
- Collaborate as needed with GGGI’s Hungary Program with a view to propose new activities, opportunities and create partnerships to drive green growth in Hungary and the region.
- Collaborate with other units and divisions of GGGI on identified joint activity opportunities to ensure integrated delivery as “One GGGI”.
- Seek opportunities to present lessons learned from the programs in the portfolio with external partners and engage in policy dialogue.
- Promote green growth and the GGGI methodologies in Hungary and the region.
- Deliver evidence and data driven substantive inputs and analyses to support two interlinked workstreams: the National Clean Development Strategy (Long-Term Strategy of Hungary, or LTS) and the European Green Deal (EGD)
- Deliver quality and timely policy inputs, with messages adapted to the different audiences and targeted groups as required.
- Facilitate communications on LTS and EGD as needed.
- Assess and anticipate proposals from the European Commission under the EGD.
- Support the development of low-carbon scenarios, sectoral and stakeholders’ consultations, and the preparation of the LTS document to be submitted to UNFCCC.
- Advanced academic degree in the field of environmental sciences, social sciences, finance or economics and/or another relevant discipline;
- At least eight years of relevant experience in policy, planning, techno-economic analysis, policy development;
- In depth knowledge of climate policy and related developments in Hungary;
- Experience in day-to-day engagement with Government ministries and agencies. Excellent knowledge of the Hungarian public administration;
- Experience in assisting in policy development and strategic planning, evidence-based decision-making, research and analysis and project design is an advantage;
- Experience in European policy context and affairs. In-depth knowledge of the European climate policy developments is an advantage;
- Experience in all aspects of project cycle management, including using online systems and software for project management and reporting;
- Overall understanding of the concept of green growth;
- Experience applying participatory, consensus-based approaches is an advantage;
- Experience in organizing policy consultations, validation meetings, workshops and capacity building events at national level is an advantage; and
- Fluency in Hungarian and English and excellent report writing skills are essential.
- Leadership, teamwork and creative problem-solving abilities;
- Ability to work independently while following agreed work plans and instructions;
- Excellent multi-cultural literacy and interest in being a part of an international team working in an evolving and entrepreneurial environment;
- Excellent communication (both written and oral) and facilitation skills;
- Problem solver, able to find and implement solutions;
- Innovative thinker, able to see opportunities across different sectors/disciplines;
- Anticipate and provide necessary technical and content-based support; and
- Attention to detail.
- Understand and actively supports GGGI’s mission, vision and values;
- Promote the best use of public resources;
- Manage emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily;
- Promote creativity and innovation among staff;
- Be able to lead where needed and support the Country Lead to make sound decisions.
This position is open to Hungarian nationals only. The successful applicant would ideally take up the position in March 2020. Contract is dependent on availability of funding.