Senior Associate European Green Deal, Brussels-based (f/m/d)
In the 2020-2030 decade, Europe will lead the way towards climate-neutrality. In December 2019, all EU institutions – the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council – jointly subscribed to the “European Green Deal”: Europe’s first comprehensive economic development, modernisation and innovation strategy that puts reducing greenhouse gas emissions and resource use centre-stage to achieve climate-neutrality continent-wide by 2050 at the latest.
Climate-neutrality in maximum 30 years requires fast and in part radical reforms in all sectors of the economy. How will Europe’s energy system look like in 2030 and 2050? Which aspects of the transition are particularly important? Some of these questions can be answered with certainty, others require in-depth analysis, thinking ahead and pragmatic solutions to enable decision-makers and stakeholders take informed choices.
Agora Energiewende develops evidence-based strategies for ensuring the success of Europe’s clean energy transition. As independent and non-partisan think tank and policy laboratory, we analyse upcoming challenges, share knowledge with decision-makers and stakeholders and enable a productive exchange of ideas. We work directly in Brussels and Berlin and - together with our network of partner think tanks - also in other European capitals and overseas.
In autumn 2020, we will formally open a Brussels office and are now seeking to recruit high-caliber candidates to work on key topics on the Green Deal, in close cooperation with Agora experts based in Berlin.
To strengthen our team we are looking for a
Senior Associate / Project Lead (based in Brussels)
To work, in collaboration with colleagues from a range of different backgrounds, on (one or more of) the following topics:
- Update of the EU climate and energy policy architecture, including the EU Emissions Trading System, the EU Effort-Sharing Regulation and related legislative files linked to increasing EU 2030 climate ambition;
- Accelerated scaling of renewable energy sources, particularly in the power sector, based on a deep understanding of implementation challenges related to the Clean Energy for All Europeans package and opportunities arising from a further update of the EU’s legal and financing framework pertaining to renewable energies;
- The role of (green) hydrogen as critical enabler of deep decarbonisation in hard-to-abate sectors such as industry, related technology developments and infrastructure challenges and;
- The role of public and private finance in enabling accelerated climate action, in particular opportunities arising from the future EU budget, the EU’s Sustainable Finance Agenda or the EIB’s transition to Europe’s climate bank.
In the role as Senior Associate / Project Lead, your responsibilities will include
- strategic development of Agora Energiewende’s activities in your respective field(s) of work;
- conceptualising and leading complex research projects in close collaboration with Agora colleagues based in Berlin and Brussels;
- taking full responsibility for managing specific research projects, including budget, monitoring, reporting, and stakeholder management;
- pro-actively contributing to building partnerships and working closely with network partners in Brussels and throughout Europe;
- representing Agora Energiewende at meetings and public events; frequent contributions to panel discussions and conferences; working with media;
- contributing to internal strategy development and discussions;
- coaching of less experienced colleagues and supporting their professional development;
- fundraising in close collaboration with Agora’s senior management and the Agora finance team.
- an opportunity to work in a mission-driven, highly motivated, and professional team;
- a comfortable office space in a central Brussels location;
- diverse experiences including professional relationships with colleagues and experts from a variety of countries around the globe, and working with important policy processes at national, European, and international level;
- opportunities for professional growth and advancement;
- full-time or part-time roles with initially two-years employment duration.
We are looking for
- a highly motivated individual with at least eight years of relevant work experience in areas relating to the European Green Deal obtained in an international consulting role or in government, in think tanks, energy business, or civil society organisations;
- a proven track record in successfully designing and steering complex analytical research projects within given budgetary and time constraints;
- in-depth understanding about European energy policy and energy system, and its main institutions and stakeholders;
- strong networking skills and the ability to navigate in a complex environment of European institutions, professional associations, stakeholders, and media;
- capability to represent Agora Energiewende at senior level in meetings with Commission, Parliament, national governments, and stakeholders;
- experience in contributing to conferences and workshops as speaker or facilitator, and interacting with journalists;
- strong leadership and management skills;
- a confident, calm, practical and entrepreneurial outlook, with openness to working on diverse challenges and topics;
- full command of the English language in reading and writing; active knowledge of German and other European languages is a plus.
Please upload your application in one single file following the given cloudlink. The deadline for applications is August, 30th 2020.
As file name please use „application_Senior_Associate_EU_Green_Deal_surname_name”. Please include a letter of motivation, your particular expertise on the topics mentioned above (if any) and your CV. Also indicate your salary expectations as well as your earliest possible starting date. For reasons of objectivity we would like to ask you not to include an application photo.
Should you have any questions, please contact: Ms. Bettina Groß (firstname.lastname@example.org, +49 30 700 1435 –138).