Policy Advisor, Fossil Fuel Transition – Berlin

E3G is looking for an experienced and outcome-focused team player to shape energy and climate politics in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the EU to accelerate the EU’s transition to climate neutrality. This position is programmed for one year in the context of a maternity cover and will be based in E3G’s Berlin office.


E3G is a European think tank working globally to accelerate the transition to a climate-safe world. We build the broad-based coalitions needed to deliver change. We pride ourselves on bringing independence to an often-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 tanks 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 climate neutral European economy must happen by mid-century if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. Success of the European Green Deal will depend on creating the political conditions in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries to agree and implement the necessary reforms for a deep, whole-economy transformation. To create social acceptance, ensuring a Just Transition in regions and sectors will be crucial.

The successful candidate will support E3G’s work in Germany, the EU and Central and Eastern Europe with a focus on the energy transition. The candidate will provide political analysis, manage progressive stakeholder networks, and enhance their cooperation across countries. The role will also feed new perspectives from CEE into political decision-making processes in Brussels and EU member states, such as Germany.

The role is part of E3G’s Fossil Fuel Transition team but works across various E3G teams. The position is programmed for one year from January to December 2022 in the context of a maternity cover.

Key Responsibilities

  • Co-leading E3G’s day-to-day research, stakeholder engagement, advocacy and communications work on accelerating the decarbonisation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in close coordination with E3G’s Senior Associate based in Sofia, Bulgaria, the E3G offices in Berlin and Brussels and with E3G’s Fossil Transition Programme.
  • Develop and provide political analysis and thought leadership on climate and energy politics in Germany, CEE and the EU as well as Just Transition in the EU (e.g. in the context of the Fit for 55 package) and act as a focal point and resource within E3G for these issues.
  • Monitor developments and wider context of climate and energy politics in Germany, CEE and the EU as well as Just Transition in the EU and identify opportunities to develop effective influencing strategies with E3G’s teams and external coalitions, such as Europe Beyond Coal.
  • Contribute to developing and extending relationships and collaboration to accelerate the decarbonisation of key sectors in CEE and the strengthening of Just Transition in EU climate and energy legislation. Convene and manage non-state actor networks and coalitions from CEE, such as the Visegrad+ for Renewable Energy Platform.
  • Advocacy including participating in meetings with external stakeholders such as MEPs, the European Commission, national governments, trade unions and civil society organisations, and representing E3G in fora and at events. 
  • Help identify and support fundraising opportunities.
  • European travel may be required if conditions allow.

Experience and skills

  • You have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline.
  • You have relevant experience and in-depth knowledge of Just Transition in the EU, climate and energy politics in Germany, the EU and CEE. A deep understanding of the political system of CEE countries would be an advantage.
  • You demonstrate a track record of building and managing stakeholder relationships and coalitions and you are confident engaging stakeholders in government, business, and civil society.
  • You have a track record of problem solving and research. You are able to develop new arguments and strategies through self-led research and evidence-based analysis. You can draw out a clear and compelling story on complex issues.
  • You demonstrate a high level of initiative and you are intellectually curious, outcome-focused, a supportive team player and able to deliver high quality work on time. You are used to operating within diverse teams, with a high degree of cultural sensitivity.
  • You must have the right to work in Germany.

How to apply

Please email your application in English to jobs@e3g.org. Please write ‘PA Fossil Fuel Transition’ 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 why you are applying for this role and when you would be able to start
  • Work certificates if available.

The deadline for applications is 8th December 2021.

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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