Senior Policy Advisor, Clean Economy

Third Generation Environmentalism (E3G)
  • Location
    London, Dublin, Berlin or Brussels , Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Aug 27

Position description

This role is based in Europe. The post-holder will lead work developing the institutions needed to deliver a clean, carbon-neutral economy.


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

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 global carbon neutral economy must happen by mid-century if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. Europe will be a major venue for making progress in the coming years.

The foundations of the clean economy need to be laid now. This includes addressing the workings of those institutions that govern how economies trade, regulate competition and monopolies, and govern all other workings of an economy. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, those foundations will have to be laid against a background of economic recovery plans that economies of the world need.

E3G’s Clean Economy programme works to make this transformation a reality. We aim to accelerate the energy transition, including the growth of electricity and the demise of gas; ensure that heating, cooling and energy efficiency support the road to net zero, making it possible for the wider economy to adapt to a zero carbon world; and increasingly we aim to ensure that the macro-economic conditions are in place for decarbonisation.

We aim to do this against the background of all the underlying trends that affect the global economy, including digitalisation, demographic change, the growth of inequality and the loss of trust in globalisation.

Senior Policy Adviser, Clean Economy – Role purpose

Senior Policy Advisers (SPA) in E3G play a central role in delivering outcomes. They do this through thought leadership, managing major grants, and acting as a hub for networks of strategic importance in driving forward the clean economy.

Our existing policy advisor roles in Clean economy lead our work on the macro-economy and debt relief; on energy system transition; and on decarbonising cooling globally.

This new SPA Policy Advisor role will sit alongside these SPAs, leading the workstream that aims to ensure that the European Green Deal and EU economic recovery help achieve carbon neutrality.

Key Responsibilities

The postholder will work closely with the Clean Economy programme Director to ensure that the programme delivers its outcomes, develops its work for the future, and to help grow the team as a whole to reach their full potential.

They will support the Clean Economy Director to:

  • extend our influence in a diverse range of EU-level and MS economic debates and analyses;
  • plan and organise our resources to deliver effectively;
  • develop E3G’s economic capacity.

They will lead on projects and grants directly related to the EU economy, including developing relationships with funders.

They will be a thought leader on the politics and economics of bringing the EU economy to carbon neutrality, paying particular attention to the political and institutional economics of that challenge, e.g.:

  • understanding the issues, and motivations of key actors and institutions;
  • analysing the economic and political realities;
  • building a shared understanding of those issues and the analysis;
  • identifying, prioritising and winning support for solutions;
  • influencing the debate at a high level through persuasive engagement, presentations, writing, social media, as appropriate.

They will identify and generate the coalitions needed to achieve this change, at EU level and in MS, among policy makers and influencers, academics and other thought leaders.

They will direct or manage one or more members of the Clean Economy team, including members who are not co-located with them, inspiring and motivating them.

They will work across E3G: Offering support on project work within the wider E3G team and contributing to the wider development of E3G. They will work to promote learning, and to promote cross-fertilisation of ideas and best practice around E3G, and between the different countries/regions in which the E3G team has networks.


The focus of this specific SPA role will be workings of the economy and the political context that makes economic transformation possible. Against this background, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate, with examples:

  • relevant professional experience and responsibilities in dealing with economic policy and institutions, with a track record of significant achievements, such that you can formulate strategic solutions to change how those systems or institutions work;
  • a good undergraduate degree in economics or a related discipline (you may also have a post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline);
  • the capability to lead a team, and to inspire and facilitate action by others;
  • strong strategic and political understanding of the political and economic challenges of climate change and sustainable development;
  • a track-record of leading and managing senior level stakeholder partnerships in climate or a similarly complex or related area;
  • confidence in an international context, influencing senior decision-makers from government, business, and civil society;
  • strong written and spoken English (with knowledge of other languages highly desirable);
  • excellent communication skills across a range of media, including traditional approaches such as writing, presentation, with skills in social media and alternative forms of engaging and persuasive communication highly desirable;
  • the ability to plan and organize your own work and that of others;
  • SPA – Clean Economy - Elements for the job advert (other than those noted in the JD above).

Person Description

You are an intellectually curious and highly motivated self-starter with a strong interest in the opportunities and challenges around developing 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 a confident analyst, able to hold your own with others where it is needed, while always able to listen and to learn from them.

You will be comfortable with complexity and ambiguity; confident identifying and engaging with a wide range of external stakeholders, and able to effectively communicate your ideas and findings to varied audiences.

You are prepared to go the extra mile to deliver high quality outputs to challenging deadlines. You are organised and a good planner.

You can motivate and lead.

You will be able to show us your experience dealing with different communities, nationalities and contexts; with engaging remotely, including by web and/or video conference; and you will be ready for the international travel that will come with this role.

What we offer you

We offer a competitive remuneration package for a non-profit organisation based on qualifications and experience. E3G will require candidates to demonstrate that they have the right to live and work in the jurisdiction in which E3G employs them.


Within Europe, E3G has offices in London, Dublin, Brussels, and Berlin. Some members of our team work remotely. We will happily discuss your location preferences, taking account of your personal experience and circumstances.

Application instructions

Please email your application in English to [email protected]. Please write ‘Senior Policy Advisor Clean Economy Sep 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 Wednesday 9 September.

Interviews will be held (remotely) in the second half of September.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.


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