Job Opportunity: Policy Advisor, Europe – China Climate Diplomacy

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E3G is looking for an enthusiastic practitioner to lead our work on Europe-China climate diplomacy and cooperation. The candidate will analyse and interpret Chinese climate-related policy and activities as well as facilitate engagement between E3G’s Chinese partners and European climate policy actors. The role will be based in E3G’s London office.


E3G is an independent think tank working to accelerate the global transition to climate-safe economies and societies. E3G builds 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. In 2018, for the third year running, E3G was ranked the fifth most globally influential environmental think tank. E3G operates around the world with offices in Berlin, Brussels, London and Washington. D.C.

E3G’s mission is to deliver outcomes in the real world, not just reports. E3G undertakes analysis, builds strategies and coalitions, and facilitates interventions aimed at increasing global climate action. E3G builds new forms of political and practical cooperation, as well as works to shape countries' views on the impacts of climate change on their prosperity and security.

E3G is a long-standing diplomatic and political advisor to major governments and global organisations. Much of what we do is behind the scenes in the nuts and bolts of shaping change and engaging in specific processes. E3G also believes that shaping public and political debates is a critical part of success.

E3G has worked on Europe-China diplomacy and cooperation since its foundation in 2004. E3G works directly with Chinese partners as well as with the EU institutions and bilaterally with Member States. In 2020 EU-China relations will be critical to shaping global climate ambition over the next decade. Whatever the outcome of Brexit, the UK will play a critical role in facilitating and shaping these dynamics given its unique relationship with China in areas like green finance.

This new role is a major investment in E3G’s capacity to engage in shaping Europe-China relations and will be strongly linked to E3G’s work preparing for the UK-Italy Joint Presidency of COP 26 in 2020 as well as the G7 and G20 in 2021.

This role is offered on a 24-month fixed-term basis with the possibility of further extension, starting as soon as possible.

Key responsibilities

The candidate’s main focus will be shaping Europe-China climate diplomacy and cooperation, analysing and interpreting Chinese climate-related policy and activities, and facilitating engagement between E3G’s Chinese partners and European climate policy actors. The candidate will work closely with E3G’s internal COP26 hub, working with E3G teams covering UNFCCC and real economy diplomacy (including diplomacy around coal, cooling, sustainable finance, resilience and just transition).

This will include:

  • Working with E3G’s UK and Europe teams, governments and broader expert networks to map and understand the interaction of Chinese and European energy, climate, economic and foreign policy. Monitoring and analysing China’s position on climate-related policy issues.
  • Working with E3G’s core COP26 team to offer strategic support to the UK government, the European Commission and European Member States on developing the China-related elements of political strategy, strategic communications, and non-state actor alignment for COP26 and the G7 and G20 in 2021.
  • Advocacy towards, and coalition-building with, UK and European governments and non-governmental stakeholders to build cooperation with China on E3G’s real economy diplomacy priority areas ahead of COP26; including coal financing, green finance, cooling and climate risk.
  • Liaising with, and providing regular updates for, E3G’s Chinese partner organisations on relevant developments in UK and European climate-related policy and politics. Designing and facilitating cooperative activities and dialogue between Europe and China.
  • Playing an active role in developing the E3G Climate Diplomacy, Risk and Security Programme, and contributing to the wider development of E3G as an organisation. Developing successful projects and supporting their delivery through the full project cycle, from fundraising to execution.
  • International travel will be required.

Profile and requirement

  • You have demonstrable influencing skills and strong strategic and political analysis and understanding. You prioritise achieving outcomes over running activities. You are able to operate confidently at "expert" level, in an international context and influence senior decision-makers from government, business, finance and civil society.
  • You have very strong written communication skills, impeccable English and the ability to adapt your style (written and verbal) to any audience from technical experts, politicians or the wider public. Past experience with diplomatic writing is preferred.
  • You will have strong spoken and written Mandarin and Cantonese language skills.
  • You have a good understanding of Chinese policy and politics and an interest in broader geopolitics. You will have at least six years of relevant professional experience and a track record of activity in international climate policy, broader foreign policy, or a related field.
  • Strong personal networks into China and Europe and expert and/or governmental level experience would be an advantage. Experience within government or the UNFCCC process is preferred but not required.
  • You are positive, organised, stress-resilient and a team player able to work flexibly with a range of people across levels of seniority. You can adapt to uncertainty and deliver high-quality outputs to challenging deadlines.
  • You will have experience of working in stakeholder partnerships, processes, as well as help managing larger projects.
  • You are able to quickly familiarise yourself with a new topic through self-led research including conversations with experts, assessing legislation or policy statements, and other data sources.
  • You have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (required)  with a post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline being desirable.
  • You are used to operating internationally, with a high degree of cultural sensitivity. You have the skills and resilience required to work internationally across multiple offices and time zones.

£45,000 - £55,000 plus benefits/allowances subject to experience, qualifications and circumstances

Please email your application in English to [email protected]. Please write ‘Policy Advisor Europe China’ as well as your first 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;
  • At least two referees, one of which must be your current employer. [These will not be contacted unless you are shortlisted and only then with your prior permission.]

Posting date: 25 March 2020

Closing Date: 24 April 2020 at 17:00 GMT