Senior Associate, Central and Eastern Europe

E3G is looking for a Senior Associate to lead its political engagement in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). A recognised global leader in the political economy of the transition to climate neutrality, E3G is looking for a strategic thinker to develop E3G’s work on accelerating the deep decarbonisation in CEE. The role will be based in Central or Eastern Europe, ideally in one of the Visegrad countries or Bulgaria or Romania.

Overview of Role

E3G is a European think tank working globally to accelerate the transition to a climate safe world. We build the broad-based coalitions necessary 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 economy must happen by mid-century if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. E3G has worked in Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia (V4), Bulgaria, and Romania (V4+2) for over five years to support the fair transition from coal to clean energy but change needs to happen in all economic sectors and finance. The work builds on the strengthening of progressive national networks by convening stakeholders, providing them with political analysis and enhancing cooperation across countries to lift the debate from national to regional level and feed new perspectives from CEE into political decision-making processes in Brussels and EU member states.

The Senior Associate will lead and expand E3G’s work on the transition to climate neutrality in Central and Eastern Europe. The successful candidate will work closely with E3G’s Offices in Berlin and Brussels, and E3G Programmes, in particular Fossil Transition, Clean Economy, and Sustainable Finance, to define E3G’s strategy, policy agenda and priority interventions. The role will keep track of political developments in and relevant for CEE countries and manage and expand strategic relationships at Member State and local level. This full-time role is offered on a 1-year fixed-term basis with the possibility of further extension. Senior Associates are not employed as E3G staff but on the basis of a contractor agreement.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the day-to-day research, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and communications work on accelerating the decarbonisation in CEE in close coordination with other E3G Programmes, and E3G’s Offices in Berlin and Brussels.
  • Co-develop a strategy and agenda for E3G’s engagement and partnerships in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular regarding the energy transition, energy efficiency, and sustainable finance, and explore options for further organisational development in the region.
  • Work with E3G Programmes on Just Transition, energy systems change, place-based transitions, and sustainable finance to develop politically viable delivery models for climate neutrality in CEE and to better link CEE and EU agendas.
  • Build and manage existing and new strategic partnerships and networks with political decision-makers, businesses, public and private finance, and civil society, and represent E3G publicly in stakeholder discussions and workshops.
  • Track developments in and relevant to CEE climate and energy politics, especially those with relevance for EU politics and policy.
  • Produce internal and external communications materials, occasionally support projects in other areas of E3G’s work and contribute to the wider organisational development of E3G.
  • Help identify and support fundraising opportunities where appropriate.
  • Travel will be required in Central and Eastern Europe and to Berlin and Brussels.

Person Description

You are an intellectually curious and highly motivated self-starter, focused on outcomes and committed to developing solutions for accelerating the transition towards climate-neutral and resilient economies. You are committed to high quality outputs even when under pressure and use collaboration to secure better outcomes. You are a creative, systems thinker and able to learn and adapt quickly, and always think about politics alongside policy. 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 and engagement projects and confident in running analytical processes. You will be able to identify and engage with a range of external stakeholders with diverging points of view 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 (required).
  • Have a keen interest in working on climate, governance, energy transition, Just Transition, energy efficiency, sustainable finance, and EU policy and politics. Bringing in-depth knowledge, experience, and established networks in at least one of those areas would be an advantage.
  • Have a deep understanding of the political system and climate and energy politics in at least one of the V4+2 countries (required).
  • Have substantial work experience in the above-mentioned areas.
  • Demonstrate a track record of building and managing stakeholder relationships and partnerships in CEE and have an established network (required), these could be from EU member state policy and/or from across topic areas relating to the transition to climate neutrality in CEE (desirable).
  • Have experience in developing and implementing outcome focused strategies.
  • 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.
  • Be a team player and leader with experience in working across multiple teams, committed to achieving E3G’s objectives and capable of inspiring and facilitating action by others. You pay attention to detail and work effectively to support shared team outcomes.
  • Have very strong written communication skills and impeccable English. Fluency in at least one Central and Eastern European languages is required.
  • Be confident operating in a European context and engaging and influencing senior decisionmakers from government, business, finance and civil society, including from outside the ‘climate bubble’.
  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative and be positive, well organised, stress-resilient and able to deliver high quality work on time.
  • Used to operating within diverse teams, with a high degree of cultural sensitivity.

Expect an Associate day-rate 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 ‘Senior Associate Central and Eastern Europe’ 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.
  • Please indicate a consultancy-rate (or equivalent salary expectation) and a possible starting date.

You must have the right to work in the EU.

The deadline for applications is 14 March 2021. A first round of interviews will be conducted in the weeks after.

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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