Analyst

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) is a non-profit think-tank aiming to support informed debate on energy and climate change issues in the UK. It is funded by philanthropic foundations and works with an Advisory Board that includes expert academics, MPs and Peers from a range of parties and backgrounds, and civil society in the broadest sense.

We are looking to recruit a new Analyst to help drive forward our analytical work as we move into a crucial period for decarbonisation in the UK. During 2020 the UK will begin to devise and implement policies needed to reach net zero emissions by 2050, flesh out detail on the sixth carbon budget, and host the UN climate talks, COP26, in Glasgow.

The analyst will be tasked with producing clear and well-reasoned pieces of work, using data from multiple sources to generate high quality results that help to support an evidence-based discussion on energy and climate policy. The majority of work will focus on policies relating to the power sector, and to heat and housing, but there will also be scope for work on all areas of UK energy and climate policy.

Reporting to the Head of Analysis, you will be responsible for analysing complex data sources, producing clear, concise and easy to understand results that chime with current narratives on energy and climate change, and communicating them clearly and effectively to the ECIU team and to external stakeholders, including news media. You will have excellent attention to detail and a considered approach to problem solving. Detailed knowledge of MS Excel and a background – either in education or employment – in a numerate field is highly desirable.

You will have a keen interest in politics and policy, especially where they touch on issues relating to energy and climate change. You will be able to operate in line with ECIU’s position as a politically neutral, evidence-based organisation, working proactively and professionally with stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds.

The ability to explain complicated concepts to non-specialists is essential, as is excellent command of the English language. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

In a small team such as ECIU’s, staff need to be flexible, to respond quickly and confidently when events demand, to cover each other’s functions when needed, and to take initiative without waiting for direction. The successful candidate will be a proven self-starter and team player.

Key responsibilities

  • Analyse and assess developments in UK energy and climate policy
  • Research and interpret data on new and existing energy and climate policies
  • Present results in clear, accessible and easy to understand format
  • Write clear and incisive briefings, articles for publication, blogs and reports
  • Build up good relationships with key external stakeholders

Experience and Competencies

Essential:

  • A genuine interest in the mission and values of ECIU
  • 1-3 years of experience in energy and climate policy, in an analytical or communications-based role
  • Good numeracy and problem-solving skills, competence with Microsoft Excel
  • Very strong communication skills, written and verbal. Excellent command of the English language
  • Proven diplomatic and interpersonal skills, good team player
  • Independent highly-motivated self-starter, ability to work alone as well as part of a small, flexible team
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple topics at once

Desirable:

  • Experience in a fast-paced and wide-ranging work environment
  • Knowledge of UK electricity, heat, energy efficiency and housing policy
  • An understanding of the British media and how it works
  • Professional experience with digital and social media outlets

Terms and Conditions

This full-time position is initially offered on a one-year period, contingent on a review after three months. It is likely that the post will continue beyond one year.

Salary is £33,000-36,000 per year, depending on experience.

We envisage that the post-holder will work full-time in ECIU’s central London office, but will consider other working arrangements for the right candidate. Some degree of flexibility is necessary, with occasional out-of-hours work needed and setting ‘getting the job done’ as a priority – but this flexibility works both ways.

Travel within the UK and abroad may be necessary from time to time. Holiday entitlement is 30 days per year, plus statutory holidays. ECIU also provides an auto-enrolment pension scheme with Aviva.

How to apply

Please send a CV and one-page cover letter to admin@eciu.net before midnight on November 24th 2019. Interviews will be held in the week commencing December 2nd, with the aim of the successful applicant starting in the new year.

Please also include a copy of an article published in print or online on any topic, or write a short (c. 600 words) blog on an aspect of UK climate and energy policy of your choosing.