Senior Associate, UK Programme

European Climate Foundation London United Kingdom Programme Management

Company Description

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was established in 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to help Europe foster the development of a low-carbon society and play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change. The foundation works through several sectoral, cross-cutting and regional initiatives and collaborates with a wide network of partners to advance progress towards this shared goal.

The ECF team is a highly dynamic group of individuals, combining ambition and passion with a rigorous, results-oriented and analytic approach to the work. The ECF’s culture is one of intensity, enthusiasm and mutual support.

Position

Context of the role

The ECF UK Programme works with a wide range of partners in civil society, think tanks, politics, business and academia to support positive action on climate and energy in Britain. We work to build political will for more ambitious action on climate change; and to develop solutions to the policy and practical challenges to decarbonisation of the entire economy.

Key responsibilities

This job offers an excellent opportunity to engage with and support a major ECF programme at an important stage in the development of the climate and energy debate in the UK and Europe. 

The post holder will play a key role in providing strategic advice, dealing with grant management, and monitoring and evaluating the progress of different work streams. There will be direct engagement with other ECF programmes, partners and funders in designing and aligning strategies.

The Senior Associate will be responsible for:

  • Strategy development: supporting the Director in setting the programme’s strategy, priorities and budgets; co-developing and implementing strategies with our network of grantees and partners; monitoring and evaluating progress and impact of initiatives and grants; and acting as a liaison to report regular progress to donors.
  • Grant-making: developing the scope of work for different ECF projects; soliciting and validating proposals from potential UK partners and commissioning studies from consultants; drafting recommendations for the consideration of the ECF board and our donors.
  • Project management: supporting the Director to manage and monitor ECF’s UK budget and the delivery of key work stream deliverables through frequent communication with partners, colleagues and funders, ensuring accountability.
  • Research activities & prospecting: supporting the director in scoping the landscape around local and national climate politics and advocacy, as well as identifying potential new projects & grantees
  • Internal coordination and communication: liaising with ECF’s other programmes active in the UK, as well as other ECF country programmes and the organisation’s operations and communications teams to ensure proper and timely dissemination of information, and consistency and complementarity of different projects and work streams.
  • Networking: building partnerships with key individuals across the policymaking, business and civil society communities in the UK and Europe; convening meetings; representing the UK programme at meetings and organising follow-up.

She/he will report to the Director of the UK programme.

Requirements

We are looking for a candidate who has 5-8 years of experience of delivering impact in influencing an area of policy, with a preference for those who have successfully made a strong positive impact on climate change policy. 

The following attributes are sought by applicants:

  • Very strong verbal, written and presentational skills;
  • 5-8 years’ experience in either a public authority, a civil society organization, or a company working in the climate and energy field;
  • Excellent knowledge of the UK’s policy-making processes.
  • Deep understanding of climate change & energy policies as well as the political challenges to making progress with deeper emission reductions;
  • Strong network in the climate change community in the UK;
  • Genuine interest in the mission and values of the organization;
  • Excellent command of the English language (both spoken and written); additional European languages a bonus
  • Structured, driven and able to manage many processes simultaneously;
  • A university degree in a related subject
  • Proven track record of working in an environment that demands professionalism, discretion and confidentiality;
  • An independent self-starter able to work on his/her own as well as part of a team;
  • Enthusiastic personality, with a positive, can-do attitude;
  • Strong networking skills that enable effective collaboration with a diverse group of partners;
  • Agile leader, with the ability to follow through with smart and adaptive implementation of plans;
  • Excellent collaboration and influencing skills.

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What we offer

  • The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international group of individuals who combine their passion to make a difference with a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work;
  • A flexible work environment and a space to develop and challenge yourself; 
  • A 2-year full time contract (with possibility to be extended). 

Location 

London, UK. 

 

All applications will be treated confidentially. We will store your information in our internal database unless you specifically request otherwise. 

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