Transport Decarbonisation Analyst

We are looking for an Analyst to lead our new workstream on decarbonising transport.

Job description

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 an Analyst to lead our new workstream on decarbonising transport.

The post holder will lead on scoping a brand new programme of work on transport addressing the UK’s transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. This programme will cover all modes of transport, but will focus primarily on road transport. They will deliver the programme from early 2022, conducting analysis and communicating the findings to a broad range of stakeholders including journalists, parliamentarians, business and civil society organisations.

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

  • Conducting analysis using quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Writing reports, insights (blogs), articles, briefing notes and commentary on transport issues;
  • Keeping abreast of developments in the UK’s transport decarbonisation agenda;
  • Developing and maintaining an extensive network of stakeholders, including in the media, and close collaboration with other actors in the net zero landscape including business groups, academics and NGOs;
  • Being a trusted and objective source to explain developments and analysis to the media;
  • Acting as one of ECIU’s spokespeople in the press, on broadcast and at events.

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, particularly for road transport;
    • An excellent appreciation of the wider political and economic context within which net zero sits, and the objectives of key actors in the public sector, private sector and NGOs;
    • At least five years’ experience of working in working in the transport policy, climate policy and/or communications space.
  • Analysis
    • An analytical background, with very high standards of work and an appreciation of applying analytical rigour in a policy context;
    • Experience of conducting quantitative economic and policy analysis in the transport sector and communicating the findings to a range of stakeholders;
    • Familiarity with Government data sets and other key sources;
    • Numerically-minded, able to quickly analyse data and summarise in an accessible way;
    • An ability to use data to tell a story.
  • Programme Management
    • Experience of scoping and leading programmes, including working with contractors;
    • Ability to work independently at an advanced level;
    • Being a team player.
  • Communication and Networks
    • Strong communication skills (written and oral), and 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 of the British media;
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple partners and shifting contexts.

Desirable

  • Experience of working with the UK media, including providing briefing and being interviewed;
  • Experience of writing to deadlines or in quick turnaround situations;
  • Experience of briefing senior stakeholders.

Terms and Conditions

This full-time position is offered as a one-year contract with a view to extending this beyond the first year.

Salary is £40k-£50k 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 recently, and this might continue for a little longer. 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 with Aviva.

How to apply

Please send a CV and a one-page cover letter, together with an article, short report or other piece of work you have written on a relevant topic to admin@eciu.net , before midnight on Friday 7th January 2022. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The first round of interviews (including a short online exercise) will be held in the New Year, and successful interviewees would be invited for a second interview thereafter. The aim is that the successful applicant will start as soon as possible.

If you would like to discuss the role before applying, please contact admin@eciu.net.

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