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Job Opportunity: Policy Advisor, Sustainable Finance

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This post based in E3G’s London headquarters will help to ensure that the UK takes strong domestic action to integrate climate change into finance policy and public finance and will build stakeholder relationships to ensure that the UK Presidency of COP26 results in strong finance outcomes.

Background

E3G is a European think tank working to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. We build the broad-based coalitions necessary to deliver a safe climate. We pride ourselves on bringing independence to an extremely polarised discussion and holding policy makers to account on their promises. E3G was ranked the fifth most influential environmental think tank in the world by the University of Pennsylvania’s “Go To Thinktank” Index in 2016 and 2017.

A transformation to a global low carbon economy must happen by mid-century if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. This will require regulatory, market, economic and institutional reforms to ensure that financial markets actively deliver sustainable development outcomes. E3G’s Sustainable Finance program works towards green finance reforms and redirection of financial flows.

This role brings together E3G work on UK financial policy both at domestic level and internationally, looking at finance in the round (including private and public finance, fiscal and macroeconomic management, and the role of central banks and financial regulators, as well as financial issues under negotiation by UNFCCC). The post-holder will proactively work to shape through analysis and advocacy the financing frameworks required to support delivery of resilient low-carbon economies. There will be a particular focus on promoting cross-fertilisation of ideas and best practice between the different countries/regions in which the E3G team has networks.

This role is offered on a 2-year fixed-term basis with the possibility of further extension.

Key Responsibilities

  • Influencing and shaping strategy for UK finance work: co-creating and implementing a focused plan of work for achieving key influence goals in UK green finance in the context of the UK’s Presidency of COP26.
  • Generating solutions: Identifying and communicating how public and private finance can be deployed to catalyse transformational change and accelerate understanding and support for mechanisms and institutional responses that achieve this.
  • Mapping and helping to manage relationships with a wide network of UK relationships: helping E3G to navigate the large and complex landscape of UK financial actors and to build positive relationships with key actors.
  • Helping lead, work with and manage multi-stakeholder coalitions in the UK: building and maintaining E3G relationships and networks with key political, investor, business and civil society coalitions working on climate change and finance. This will include convening and cultivating a network of key actors, and running meetings and events.
  • Collaborative working with a range of E3G programs and project teams including colleagues working on UK, EU, COP26, finance and real economy issues - some of whom are based in locations outside the UK - and contributing to E3G internal discussions and strategic thinking.
  • International travel may be required from time to time.

Person Description

You are an intellectually curious and highly motivated self-starter with a strong interest in the opportunities and challenges around using the financial system to develop low-carbon and resilient economies. You are a creative thinker, able to learn fast and to work flexibly with a range of people. You are prepared to go the extra mile to deliver high quality outputs to challenging deadlines. You are comfortable with complex research projects and have excellent numeracy skills.

You have experience of working on green finance, e.g. in a financial institution, in government, or in an NGO or think tank and you have an interest in the macroeconomics of climate change as well as the detail of financial policy. You will probably not have worked across all of the areas of finance that are mentioned under Experience and Skills, but you are interested to learn about them and your previous experience enables you to demonstrate the ability to pick up complex information quickly and grasp new concepts.

You will be able to identify and engage with a range of external stakeholders to effectively communicate your ideas and findings to a varied audience. You will have some experience of running events and/or of public speaking, and of dealing with different types of stakeholders.

Experience and Skills

The successful candidate will:

  • Have 5 years+ of relevant professional experience with progressive levels of responsibilities and a track record of significant achievements.
  • Have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (required) and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline (desirable).
  • Have a good and demonstrable working knowledge of finance and investment in relation to climate change in the UK context (including one or more of private finance, public finance, fiscal and/or macroeconomic policy including the role of central banks and financial regulators, financial issues under negotiation by UNFCCC).
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of project management, strategic prioritisation and implementation of project plans.
  • Demonstrate a track-record of leading and managing stakeholder partnerships or networks, ideally on climate finance or a low-carbon investment agenda.
  • Be confident influencing senior decision-makers from government, business, finance and civil society, and ideally have an existing network of contacts.
  • Be a strong team player, committed to achieving E3G’s objectives and capable of inspiring and facilitating action by others, and demonstrate strong strategic and political understanding of the challenges of sustainable development.
  • Have previous experience of work relating to UNFCCC negotiations (this is an advantage but is not a requirement).
  • Have strong written and spoken English.

A salary in the range of £34,40 to £40,000 based on qualifications and experience is offered.

Please email your application in English to [email protected]. Please write ‘Policy Advisor February 2020' 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 and when you would be able to start.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 24th February 2019. Interviews will be held in early March.