Policy Advisor, Climate Politics & Governance (UK), London

This post is based in E3G’s London headquarters and will contribute to creating the political and governance conditions and bringing together the actors and coalitions, that will enable rapid and transformational change in the UK towards a fair, resilient and low carbon future.


E3G is an independent European climate change think tank with a global outlook. We are world-leading strategists on the political economy of climate change, dedicated to achieving a safe climate for all.

We work on the frontier of the climate landscape tackling the barriers and advancing the solutions to a safe climate. Our goal is to translate climate politics, economics and policies into action.

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.

Political economy and governance sit at the heart of E3G’s work and thinking. As part of our Political Economy and Governance programme, you’ll work across E3G’s programmes and with partners to make sure economic, political, and institutional conditions point in the direction of sustained, effective and just climate action. You’ll also work as part of a cross-cutting team accelerating the UK’s action on climate change and the transition to a fair, resilient and low carbon future.

E3G offers a dynamic and fast-paced working environment that will value your insight, initiative and collaboration wherever you are in the organisation.

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

As E3G transforms to meet the challenges ahead, we are growing and looking for brilliant people to join our dedicated and dynamic team of experts. Come and be part of making the necessary possible. 

The role

This is a new role sitting at the heart of E3G’s work and thinking on political economy and governance, working with sustainable finance, clean economy, place-based transitions and energy teams. This role will have a particular focus on priorities for UK politics and governance as the UK moves towards making the changes necessary to support and enable deep decarbonisation. This in turn provides a laboratory for developing thinking and practice on governance for transformational change in the context of climate change and sustainability.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities for the post include:

  • Research and analysis to produce high quality research and communications work on UK climate politics, policy, institutional structures and governance
  • Develop proposals for practical political strategies, concepts and propositions to support enhanced and innovative governance and politics to manage the UK’s transition and delivery against climate goals, targets and budgets
  • Identify and map key actors, thinkers, experts policy makers and civil society in the broadest sense and beyond traditional environmental and climate coalitions and contribute to developing and extending relationships and collaboration with key actors
  • Advocacy including participating in meetings with external stakeholders and representing E3G in some forums
  • Monitor and track progress, developments and wider context for politics and governance and make assessments of implications and opportunities for UK climate politics and governance
  • Contribute to developing E3G robust knowledge on, and develop thought leadership and expertise in, climate change and energy transition issues in the political economy and governance space, and act as a focal point and resource within E3G for general and UK   related matters of climate governance  

Person specification

You will be intellectually curious and committed to working collaboratively to develop practical solutions to climate change. You will enjoy learning and working in a fast-paced environment, embracing the complex challenges associated with the governance of the transitions required by climate change but also finding strategic, practical and creative to build action and change. You will bring self-awareness and the capacity to work well with others crossing organisational, sectoral and intellectual boundaries.

The successful candidate will bring a range of qualifications, competencies and experience to this role including:

  • A high quality degree and ideally a post graduate degree in a relevant discipline/s
  • At least 3-5 years’ relevant professional experience and track record in a relevant setting eg political, policy or research in government or international institution, civil society, think tank or research institute
  • Excellent analytical and strategic thinking with an aptitude for learning new areas and applying knowledge and ideas across boundaries
  • Track record of problem solving and research as well as the ability to get up to speed on a new topic and come to evidence-based judgements. 
  • Robust knowledge in one or more of these areas: climate change and general politics and policy, political economy, democracy, rule of law, governance
  • Strong team player who pays attention to detail and works effectively to support shared team outcomes and operates skillfully within diverse teams
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Credible, cooperative and diplomatic approach to relationship and network building and agility to work with diverse stakeholders at all levels and across boundaries.  

Full details are provided in the job description and will be explored during the interview process.

Please email your application in English to jobs@e3g.org.

Please include:

  • A CV of maximum two pages
  • A cover letter of no more than one page outlining why you are applying for this role and when you would be able to start

You will need to demonstrate you have the right to work in the UK.

The deadline for applications is 6 August 2021.  

We regret 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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