Programme Leader (Climate Diplomacy, Risk and Security) via Idealist

E3G: Third Generation Environmentalism

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

Programme Leader: Climate Diplomacy, Risk and Security.

E3G is looking for an experienced practitioner to lead the rapid growth of its climate diplomacy, risk and security programme.

As a recognised global leader in climate diplomacy and security, E3G is increasing its capacity to tackle the challenge of deepening global climate cooperation at a time of increasing international tension and fragmentation.

The position can be based in any of E3G’s offices in London, Brussels, Berlin or Washington DC.


E3G is a European think tank working globally to accelerate the transition to a clean, resilient economy. E3G was ranked 5th most influential environmental think tank by the UPenn Index in 2016.

Deepening action on climate change, increased climate impacts and volatile global politics are all driving the need for new forms of international cooperation. Without innovation in how countries and other actors work together, the pace of the climate transition will not be fast enough to deliver the Paris commitment to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees.

E3G’s Climate Diplomacy, Risk and Security Programme undertakes analysis, builds strategies, and facilitates interventions aimed at increasing ambition in global climate action. E3G builds new forms of political and practical cooperation, as well as working to shape countries’ views on the impacts of climate change on their prosperity and security.

E3G’s diplomatic work extends across the whole climate regime, including the UN negotiations and cooperation on the energy transition, financial reform and increasing resilience. E3G particularly focuses on understanding and influencing the connections between climate politics and global agendas in foreign, security and economic policy.

E3G’s work on climate diplomacy, risk and security is expanding rapidly. We are looking to recruit an experienced practitioner in international relations to take a leadership role across E3G in the delivery and development of this Programme area.

A competitive remuneration package will be offered.

E3G is unfortunately unable to provide any relocation assistance.

Profile & requirements

You will be committed to achieving E3G’s objectives, and to working in an innovative and entrepreneurial manner.

You will have strong strategic and political understanding, will prioritise achieving outcomes over running activities, and be capable of inspiring and facilitating action by others.

You will have 10-15 years experience of working on foreign policy and international issues in both analytical and influencing roles. Experience of climate-related issues is an advantage but not a requirement.

You will have a significant track record of achievements, including experience of building consensus across countries and stakeholder groups around sensitive issues; creating and facilitating dialogue and agreement.

You will have a track record of thought leadership and problem solving, including authorship of significant reports and comment pieces.

You will have been involved in major complex projects. You will have built and managed small teams, delivered collective outputs and managed budgets.

You will be used to operating internationally, with a high degree of cultural sensitivity. Strong personal networks at international level would be an advantage.

You will be able to operate confidently at high and “expert” level, in the worlds of government, business, the media and civil society.

You will have strong written and spoken English. Good knowledge of at least one other language would be an advantage.

Application information

Please email your application in English to [email protected]

Please write ‘Climate Diplomacy Programme Lead 2017’ as well as your 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 and when you would be able to start.

The deadline for applications is 31st March 2017.

Interviews will be arranged in the week 3rd April 2017.

E3G’s Climate Diplomacy, Risk and Security Programme

The core activities under this programme in 2017 are:

Climate Diplomacy

Developing and communicating strategic analysis of the international and national politics of delivering a safe climate.

Influencing EU climate and energy diplomacy at EU & Member State level.

Influencing bilateral and international climate diplomacy at the UNFCCC, G7, G20 etc.

Providing diplomatic support to E3G’s work on coal and oil transitions (G7, AIIB etc), financial reform (G20/G7/MDBs) and UN climate reform.

Supporting E3G’s engagement with our strategic partner institutions.

Climate Risk

Developing a programme assessing the adequacy of climate resilience governance systems at national and regional level.

Promoting the “climate proofing” of EU insurance markets and infrastructure governance.

Promoting reforms of the UN system to better integrate climate risk management.

Helping mobilise “climate taker” industries, investors and political actors at European level to support greater climate action.

Climate and Resource Security

Strengthening international cooperation on the management of climate and resource security issues.

Hosting dialogue on a pro-active European strategy for stabilisation and transition in North Africa and the Middle East which integrates climate, resource and energy issues.

The core 2017 Programme budget is around £600K with 6 FTEs working directly on these areas.