Senior Policy Advisor

Brussels, , BE

E3G is looking for an experienced practitioner to contribute to the work of its climate diplomacy, risk and security programme in Brussels.

Context and role

  • E3G is a European think tank working globally to accelerate the transition to a clean, resilient economy.
  • 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 coalitions, 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 work on climate diplomacy, risk and security is expanding rapidly. We are looking to recruit an experienced practitioner to lead on shaping and delivering the EU-level strand of the programme, from Brussels, in collaboration with colleagues in London, Berlin, Rome and Washington, DC.

Key responsibilities

The candidate’s main focus will be on building greater EU climate ambition, and leveraging EU action internationally. The candidate will notably engage with the EU 2050 Roadmap and Future of Europe processes, strengthen the understanding and management of Europe’s climate-related risks, and shape the EU’s climate-related diplomacy efforts globally. This will include:

  • Producing high-quality analysis and communication materials, on political and policy issues such as EU climate ambition, international climate negotiations, the the EU’s Adaptation Strategy and Civil Protection Mechanism.
  • Developing political strategy to support enhanced European ambition and strategies to better manage climate risks.
  • Advocacy towards and coalition-building with EU governments, EU institutions and governmental and non-governmental international stakeholders to accelerate action and raise global ambition. This will include building stakeholder networks and supporting NGOs, businesses, cities and investor groups to engage with and input into various policy and political processes.
  • Developing successful projects and supporting their delivery through the full project cycle, from fundraising to execution.
  • Playing an active role in developing the E3G Climate Diplomacy, Risk and Security Programme, and

Profile & requirements

  • You have very strong written communication skills, impeccable English and the ability to adapt your style (written and verbal) to any audience from technical experts, politicians or the wider public.
  • You have demonstrable influencing skills and strong strategic and political understanding. You prioritise achieving outcomes over running activities. You are able to operate confidently at high and “expert” level, in the worlds of government, business, the media and civil society.
  • You demonstrate a high level of initiative. You are positive, organised, and stress-resilient. You can adapt to uncertainty and deliver high quality work on time.
  • You are able to quickly familiarise yourself with a new topic through self-led research including conversations with experts, assessing (sometimes dry) legislation or policy statements, and other data sources.
  • You have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (required) and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline (desirable).
  • You have a decent grasp of EU politics and at least five years of relevant professional experience in climate policy, foreign policy, finance or a related field. Strong personal networks at European level would be an advantage, as would experience working in or with EU institutions.
  • You are used to operating internationally, with a high degree of cultural sensitivity. You have the skills and resilience required to work internationally across multiple offices and time zones. A good working knowledge of at least one European Union language besides English would be an advantage.

A competitive remuneration package will be offered based on qualifications and experience. This position is programmed for a year, on a renewable contract, starting as soon as possible.

Application information

Please email your application in English to [email protected]. Please write ‘Senior Policy Advisor 2018′ 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;
  • A writing sample (up to four pages), preferably on a topic linked to a European energy, climate, financial, or foreign policy issue.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 18 February 2018.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we will only be able to respond to candidates who are shortlisted for an interview.