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Head of Climate Policy (f/m/d)


Climate Analytics gGMBH


Climate Policy Team

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Job Location

Berlin , Germany    

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Until Filled

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 organization’s 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

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 organization 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 prioritization 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 (Required)
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

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