Head of Climate Policy (f/m/d)

Temporary, Full-time · Berlin HQ

Your responsibilities

About Climate Analytics

Climate Analytics is a global climate science and policy institute engaged around the world in driving and supporting climate action aligned to the 1.5°C warming limit. We connect science and policy to empower countries on the frontlines of the climate crisis in international climate negotiations and inform national planning with targeted research, analysis and support.

Our international team of 130 experts and support staff work from our headquarters in Berlin and our regional offices in Africa, Australia and the Pacific, the Caribbean, North America and South Asia.

Job Description 

We are currently seeking a new Head of our Climate Policy Team (CPT), who will be responsible for leading the entire team. 

The Climate Policy Team, composed of about 25 analysts based in Berlin and abroad, is engaged with a large and exciting variety of projects, among them our flagship project “Climate Action Tracker”, and continuously develops new research and applied policy projects. In its work, the team has a major interest in 1.5°C compatible economies; energy-system transformation towards renewables and fossil-fuel phase-out strategies at international, national, 

sub-national and sectoral levels; and tracking and assessing climate action across these levels. The team’s analysis draws on qualitative and quantitative scientific and policy expertise, approaches, data and models. 

The team works collaboratively with partners across different projects and globally, and supports Climate Analytics’ regional offices in climate policy analysis, development and modelling. Examples of current and past projects are 

the Climate Action Tracker, 1.5°C National Pathway Explorer, and coal and gas phase-out and renewable scale-up studies at global and regional/country levels. New projects build on these and earlier successful projects and are designed to respond to recent international developments and contribute to narrative setting on key topics. 

As the Head of the Climate Policy Team, you will play a pivotal role in shaping and supporting the organizations mission and culture. Your leadership and expertise in Climate Policy will be instrumental in developing Climate Analytics policy work globally. With our expanding regional presence through the above-mentioned offices, there are ample opportunities for you to work across various regions, collaborating to support impactful climate action in different countries and sectors. We offer a positive and inspiring working atmosphere in an international team, participation in a great network of partner institutes and stakeholders, as well as insights into the international climate change negotiations and our support work for stakeholders globally, including emerging economies and developed countries.
Key Responsibilities:
  1. Strategy and Leadership:
  • Lead the implementation of CPT projects which contribute to and are aligned with Climate Analytics’ 5-year strategy as well as with our mission and vision
  • Provide content leadership and guidance to CPT members
  • Actively contribute to the Management and Executive Teams, providing strategic input and guidance for decision-making at the executive level
  • Collaborate and identify synergies with the other Climate Analytics Content teams (Science, Diplomacy, Implementation Strategies)
  • Ensure scientific integrity and overall quality control of CPT work
  • Increase the scientific profile of the organisation in climate policy analysis
  • Guide the development of existing and new methods and modelling tools
2. Representation and Stakeholder Engagement 
  • Represent the CPT and CPT-led projects at high-level events
  • Represent Climate Analytics at conferences and release of publications/reports
  • Establish and maintain solid working relationships with key stakeholders
  • Oversee stakeholder engagement and communication, ensuring effective timing and interdependent management of communications
3. Project Development, Fundraising and Management
  • Identify opportunities with new and existing partners about climate policy
  • Lead processes to develop new ideas, programmes and projects
  • Advise project leads and managers on both content and project management / administrative managers e.g. resourcing
4. Team Management
  • Lead and manage the CPT, including direct line management responsibilities including allocation and prioritisation of tasks and workload management 
  • Ensure that performance reviews are conducted fairly, accurately and promptly
  • Select, recruit and train team as required and take into account gender parity and diversity objectives
  • Create, foster and role model a culture of respect and zero tolerance for discrimination, abuse of authority, harassment, sexual harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse 
  • Ensure accountability for actions and perform duties by protection mechanisms and action plans, as expected by Climate Analytics policies, standards and commitments
Your profile
  • Excellent leadership and management skills with the ability to build and motivate high-performing teams. Previous experience with team leadership is a strong advantage
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with stakeholders at all levels
  • Strategic mindset with the ability to align teamwork with organizational goals
  • Proven track record of inter-disciplinary work and a profound interest in understanding and addressing challenges to climate change policy across geographic scales and development contexts
  • Graduate degree in climate-related studies, such as economics, energy studies, political sciences, social sciences, climate science or a related field
  • Extensive experience (10+ years) in a leadership role in the field and proven climate policy analysis and thought leadership skills
  • Solid understanding of quantitative and qualitative energy and climate policy analyses
  • Extensive experience in international climate negotiations and global networks are added advantage
  • Experience working in a nonprofit or project-based environment is a plus
  • Excellent English written and verbal skills. Additional languages are an asset
  • Willingness to travel
Our offer

Application Deadline: Open until position is filled 

Starting date: As soon as possible 

Location: Berlin, Germany 

Terms: We are looking for a long-term collaboration. Currently, we can offer a fixed-term contract, with the perspective of extension based on performance and funding

Please apply with your CV, cover letter and a list of three references in PDF format exclusively using the application form. Please indicate in your cover letter your earliest start date and your salary expectations. 

Applications by email or by post can unfortunately not be processed.

About us
We are a global climate science and policy institute established in 2008 to bring cutting-edge analysis to bear on the most pressing issue of our time – climate change. Our vibrant, international team is composed of more than 120 staff - half are based at our headquarters in Berlin, Germany, and the remainder work out of our five regional offices in Africa, Australia & Pacific, the Caribbean, South Asia and North America. Click here to find out more.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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