Head of UK Energy and Policy Analysis

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 for a new Head of UK Energy and Policy Analysis to direct and deliver ECIU’s analysis work on the UK’s transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions, with a primary focus on power, heat, and buildings sectors, and branching out as necessary into transport and industry sectors.

This is a senior role within the organisation, reporting directly to the Director. The job holder will oversee all aspects of ECIU’s domestic work, including analysis of the key parts of the UK’s net zero transition and the effective communication of that analysis to a broad range of stakeholders including journalists, parliamentarians, business and civil society organisations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic oversight and day-to-day management of ECIU’s UK work programme;
  • Analysis and report writing using quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Writing blogs, articles, briefing notes and commentary on all aspects of the UK’s net zero transition;
  • Being a trusted and objective source to explain developments and analysis on UK decarbonisation to the media;
  • Maintaining a regular programme of oral and written media briefings on topical issues;
  • Keeping abreast of and responding appropriately to developments in the UK’s decarbonisation agenda;
  • Management of analysts, contractors and consultants;
  • Developing and maintaining an extensive network of stakeholders, including in government and in the media, and close collaboration with other actors in the net zero landscape including business groups, academics and NGOs;
  • Acting as one of ECIU’s primary spokespeople, including writing articles, blogs and speaking with media and parliamentarians.

Required Skills and Experience

Essential

Knowledge and Context

  • A comprehensive understanding of the key challenges and opportunities associated with the UK’s transition to net zero;
  • An excellent appreciation of the wider political and economic context within which net zero sits;
  • Significant experience working in UK energy and climate policy and political landscape;

Analysis

  • An analytical background, with an appreciation of analytical rigour and high standards in work;
  • High levels of familiarity with government and other data sets;
  • Numerically minded, able to quickly analyse data and summarise in an accessible way; an ability to use data to tell a story;
  • Experience conducting quantitative economic and policy analysis in the relevant sectors and communicating the findings to a range of stakeholders.

Programme & Team Management

  • Experience leading programmes and teams, while having the ability to work independently at an advanced level;
  • Experience devising and delivering strategies and workplans, setting clear direction for a team, motivating and line managing team members, proactively developing and project managing the work of a team;
  • Be a team player.

Communication and Networks

  • Strong communication skills – written and oral. Excellent command of the English language;
  • Ability to develop and maintain networks, and to pick up and run engagement with media figures, including reporters, commentators and producers;
  • An understanding of the workings – and experience of working with – the British media;
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced environment with multiple partners and shifting contexts.

Desirable

  • An established reputation in the UK media;
  • Experience of writing to deadline or in quick-turnaround situations;
  • Experience chairing events and briefing senior stakeholders.

Terms and Conditions

This full-time position is offered as a permanent contract with 3-month probationary period.

Salary is £55 - 60k per year, depending on experience.

This is advertised as a full-time position. We are open to considering flexible working arrangements. The ECIU team have been mainly working from home over the past few months and we envisage that may continue for some time to come. Notionally, the post-holder work from ECIU’s central London office. 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 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.

How to apply

Please send a CV and a one-page cover letter, together with an article or other piece of work you have written on a relevant topic to admin@eciu.netbefore midnight on Monday 17th May 2021. Interviews will be held in the weeks commencing 24th and 31st May 2021, with the aim of the successful applicant starting as soon as possible.

For a request to discuss the role as part of your application please email admin@eciu.net.

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

Please note only short-listed candidates will be contacted.