We are continuing to build out a team of experienced carbon removal policy professionals and are looking for individuals with a track record of successfully influencing policy development on carbon removal or adjacent policy areas and a relevant network within the Brussels policy ecosystem, to help make our vision of safe, effective and socially responsible carbon removal a reality. If you have the ambition to match our mission and are seeking a platform to scale your personal impact in a high empowerment and high accountability environment, we want to talk to you.
As a member of the Carbon Gap policy leadership team, you will have accountability for a themed portfolio of carbon removal policy requirements, mapped to existing and/or proposed policy.
You will lead the development and execution of policy advocacy strategies, working collaboratively with Carbon Gap colleagues and carbon removal ecosystem partners, based on established carbon removal system development requirements and policy positions that you will contribute to. You will lead engagement with policymakers and influencers and developing your own expertise and profile in climate and carbon removal policy.
You will have personal accountability for a themed portfolio of carbon removal policy within a team of peers, under the direction of a Policy Director.
- Working directly on performing policy analysis:
- Reading, reviewing, and synthesising scientific and policy research related to carbon removal, and creating a network of experts that you can rely on, as well as developing relationships with our existing network of experts.
- Conducting high-level, quick, and in-depth analysis of policy, politics, and industry trends.
- Producing research insights and written products related to carbon removal policy, regulatory, and innovation activities across Europe, and working with the communications team to share these insights.
- Contribute to developing an internal database of relevant carbon removal policy developments, upcoming decisions, and key decision makers.
- Support developing and executing advocacy plans, including:
- Developing specific policy recommendations for government decision makers.
- Identifying opportunities to centre equity and justice and the production of environmental and social co-benefits in carbon removal policymaking.
- Developing, expanding, and cultivating relationships with EU policymakers, relevant government agencies, and interest groups in order to advance the policy agenda for carbon removal.
- Developing advocacy strategies for identified policy recommendations.
- Support in strategy and position development:
- Actively engage with your colleagues and Policy Directors to bring an expert level knowledge to input into our policy positions.
- Equally be able to listen, assess and further contribute to discussions.
- Have an open mind and be willing to learn, develop and change your own positions based upon your learnings, discussions and research.
- Contribute directly to our Carbon Removal Policy Tracker, an innovative, European-wide policy platform:
- Monitoring, tracking and updating policy proposals, legislation and frameworks across the entire continent of Europe.
- Write short explanations analysing policy developments across the continent, and how that aligns with our policy positions.
- Use infographic design tools to ensure that positions, proposals and legislation are easily understood without any prior knowledge of these areas.
- Contribute to the roadmap of the platform, make suggestions for improvements and be able to input strategically based upon your interactions with policy makers and other stakeholders.
- Build a meaningful network with industry, labour, activist groups, ENGOs, and other stakeholders to deeply understand policy needs and galvanise support for carbon removal policy.
- You are committed to climate action. You don’t need to be an expert in carbon removal, but the idea that we can take carbon from the atmosphere, stop climate change, and begin repairing the damage we’ve done to the planet excites you.
- You’re comfortable with new material. Diving into a new field, learning new acronyms and concepts, and digesting scientific papers doesn’t scare you. You want to become a master of new ideas and concepts.
- You make complicated things simple. You have a knack for understanding big, complex issues and distilling them into what your audience needs to know, especially through writing.
- You obsess about the bigger picture. You’re not satisfied unless your work leads to tangible results, and always want to know how what you’re doing now serves the long-term goal.
- You’re a relationship-builder at heart. You proactively make and maintain genuine connections, always looking for ways to help, and work well with diverse groups of people.
In your working life, you:
- Demonstrate an effective working knowledge of the European Union including their institutions, process, how to influence these areas and how public policy is generally influenced.
- Have written position papers, and helped devise strategy for at least the last two years, and you’ll be able to show us some of your published work.
- Are able to show and describe how your interventions have helped to shape policy, and you will have an effective way of describing how you measure the impact of your work.
- Are able to easily and effectively describe how you approach policy analysis, your research methods, and show us how you approach summarising complex topics into easily understandable information for our stakeholders.
- Built an effective network of policy makers and are able to demonstrate how you built that network even if it’s not directly related to Carbon Dioxide Removal.
- Read and write English to a high standard, and if English is a second language, be able to demonstrate you are able to achieve at least a C1 level.
- Hold a degree in a relevant field to our area of work.
As well as at least four to five years of experience in the above areas, if you also have some of the experiences below, let us know in your cover letter, and we will guarantee you an interview:
- If you have any STEM background with a scientific understanding of climate change.
- Demonstrable experience of successfully shaping policy or managing high-level policy/political campaigns.
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