Policy Advisor, Energy & Green Deal



E3G is looking for a 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 E3G’s work on the German energy transition and the European Green Deal, in relation to infrastructure choices, the future of gas and building an active coalition of clean economy actors. 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 for 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. Germany will be at the core of the European energy transition and the transition away from fossil gas as it is Europe’s largest consumer of gas, an infrastructure hub and shaping key diplomatic relationships.

This new Policy Advisor role will be shaping E3G’s engagement on the energy transition in Germany and in the European Green Deal more broadly, working together with a researcher in the Berlin office. This person will develop a strategy for working on the energy/gas transition in Germany, linking it closely to our EU and global work. The role will be developing a clean energy coalition in Germany, working with civil society and business stakeholders to keep momentum behind the transition and navigate complex energy choices. The candidate will also help shape and deliver our broader European Green Deal work, picking up, in particular, on the non-gas elements of energy system transition. This requires understanding of the energy transition and the willingness to quickly learn about complex technicalities; and it also requires the ability to make sense of the broader political choices behind the energy transition. This role is offered on a 1-year fixed-term basis with the possibility of further extension.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop E3G’s German energy and gas transition strategy based on evidence and in collaboration with the wider Clean Economy and Europe team.
  • Track developments in German energy politics and work with the researcher in the team to develop E3G thought leadership pieces on German infrastructure and energy policy, in particular in relation to gas and hydrogen.
  • Develop E3G’s position as a voice in German conversations on energy transition and infrastructure.
  • Build E3G networks on energy and infrastructure in Germany;
  • Support the Senior Policy Advisor on Energy Diplomacy with research;
  • Support the Brussels team and the Energy Systems Programme Lead with keeping track of the broader politics around energy and the Green Deal;
  • Produce internal and external communications materials and undertake short pieces of wider analysis;
  • Some, but limited travel will be required, but we are open to discussing feasibility if this would otherwise become a barrier to apply for this role.

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 and able to learn fast. 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 have relevant professional experience covering:

  • 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, and German and EU policy and politics. Hold experience in at least one of these areas.
  • Have a track record of problem solving and research. You are able to familiarise yourself with a new topic and come to evidence-based judgements.
  • Demonstrate a track-record of building new stakeholder relationships and partnerships (required);
  • Be a strong team player, pay attention to detail and work effectively to support shared team outcomes.
  • Have very strong written communication skills and impeccable English and German.
  • Be confident influencing decision-makers from government, business, finance and civil society.
  • Used to operating within diverse teams, with a high degree of cultural sensitivity.

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 ‘Policy Advisor Energy & Green Deal’ 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 and when you would be able to start.
  • Please indicate a salary and a possible starting date.

You must have the right to work in the EU.

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

The deadline for applications is January 17th. A first round of interviews will be conducted the weeks 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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