Researcher, Climate Diplomacy, Brussels

E3G is looking for a researcher to join its Climate Diplomacy and Geopolitics team. The role is based in E3G’s Brussels office.


E3G is looking for a researcher to join its growing climate diplomacy team. We are increasing our capacity to respond to the challenge of deepening global climate cooperation at a time of increasing international tension and fragmentation.

E3G is an independent European climate change think tank with a global outlook 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. 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.

To do this we build cross-sectoral coalitions to achieve carefully defined outcomes, chosen for their capacity to leverage change. We work closely with like-minded partners in government, politics, business, civil society, science, the media, public interest foundations and elsewhere. And we operate around the world with offices in Berlin, Brussels, London and Washington D.C.

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.

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will support E3G’s efforts in shaping European diplomacy and global efforts on climate risk and resilience, adaptation, loss and damage, and climate finance issues.

The candidate will work with the ‘Climate Diplomacy and Geopolitics’, the ‘Risk and Resilience’, and Brussels teams to develop research on these important topics, produce briefings and communication materials, and work with coalitions in Brussels, Europe and beyond on advocacy activities. Together these teams provide key political insights on international climate policy to critical decision makers and climate advocates. The candidate will particularly support E3G’s research into climate change resilience, European adaptation diplomacy, as well as European and UK engagement with Africa and climate vulnerable country coalitions.

The candidate will report to the Programme Lead in the Climate Diplomacy and Geopolitics team. This role is offered on a 1-year fixed-term basis with the possibility of further extension.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Prepare clear, accessible research and analysis to inform policy briefings, reports and presentations regarding international climate politics, particularly on the opportunities for bilateral climate cooperation between EU, UK, US and climate vulnerable lower- and middle-income countries, particularly in Africa.
  • Lead E3G engagement with civil society groups in Brussels to share strategic thinking gathered from across E3G teams.
  • Support preparations and running of workshops and meetings internally and with external partners from the civil society, private sector and government
  • Provide administrative and organisational support, including note-taking
  • International travel may be required from time to time.

Person specification

We’re looking for a candidate who can demonstrate a range of qualifications, competencies and experience to fit the role, including:

  • A strong academic track record and degree, ideally at postgraduate level, in a relevant area (e.g. climate change, international relations, economics, politics, development, international trade, geography).
  • Research experience in a professional or academic setting on international climate policy, foreign policy, trade, geopolitics, energy or a related field.
  • Strong research, analytical and thinking skills with intellectual curiosity and creativity and proficiency working with complex information.
  • Supportive, collaborative and open colleague and team player. Strong cultural sensitivity and experience working in international environments strongly preferred.
  • Well organised and focused on delivering desired outputs, results and outcomes.
  • Adept at presenting clear, accessible analysis in written form and presenting ideas clearly and credibly with colleagues.
  • Keen interest in geopolitics, and commitment to the fight against climate change.
  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative and be positive, organised, stress-resilient and able to deliver high-quality work on time.
  • Have very strong written communication skills and impeccable English. Fluency in another European language is highly desirable.

The candidate must have the right to work in Belgium.

E3G offers a competitive NGO salary reflective of qualifications and experience, and is open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

More detail about the role and the person specification will be explored during the interview process.

How to apply

Please email your application in English to Please write ‘Brussels Climate Diplomacy Researcher’ as well as your first name and surname in the subject line.

Please include, in one attachment:

  • A CV of maximum two pages (without photo)
  • 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

The deadline for applications is 13 June 2021. Interviews will start by the end of June.

We will not be able to reply to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, we will not be shortlisting you on this occasion.

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