Programme lead, Asia clean energy transition

Ember is an international independent energy and climate think tank, using data to drive down carbon emissions from electricity generation and to phase-out coal. Ember gathers, curates and analyses data on the global power system and uses the findings to shift the conversation towards high impact energy and climate policies and to empower other advocates to do the same.

Ember is a founding member of Subak, the world’s first non-profit accelerator that scales climate impact through data, policy, and behaviour change. The successful candidate will be joining at a period of rapid growth and be part of an innovative team that’s having a global impact in tackling climate change.

Ember’s work is aligned with the objectives of the Paris Agreement limiting global warming to well below 2C, preferably to 1.5C and the goal to reach global peaking of emissions as soon as possible achieving a climate neutral world by mid-century.

Benefits and culture

  • Mission-driven friendly and supportive team
  • Competitive package and flexible, remote working conditions
  • Focus on professional development and wellbeing

The role

The world needs to rapidly phase down coal power, and since Asia is home to 80% of the world’s coal power, this role is a unique opportunity to influence one of the most important policy areas of this decade. You will lead key research areas including India’s coal phasedown, widening China’s focus on electricity transition, and increase the solar uptake across ASEAN countries.

Responsibilities will include;

  • Leadership, development, and expansion of Asia electricity analyst team
  • Coordination of research and advocacy, maximising the team’s impact
  • Development of the Asia strategy ensuring alignment and collaboration across the policy, data, communication, and operation teams
  • Further develop and implement the theory of change across multiple teams ensuring a clear vision and aligned activities across China, India and Southeast Asia
  • Providing inputs into the international overarching strategy

Skills required

You are an experienced programme leader and strategist with a career ideally developed in a like-minded think tank, NGO, foundation, or other relevant organisation. You have considerable experience in initiating political change, influencing the clean energy narrative in Asia and using research and data to impact policy across multiple countries.

Your skills include;

  • Building, developing, and managing related Asia regional teams
  • Demonstrated success developing and leading regional programme strategy
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal, experienced in outreach
  • Deep socio-political understanding of the South and Southeast Asia regions
  • Effective networking with your established network in energy and climate

Ideally, you also offer;

  • Thought leadership in Asia’s electricity transition and ideally energy expertise
  • Extensive experience of media engagement and outreach across diverse platforms
  • Data and data visualisation experience, to complement strong Data and Dataviz teams

If you share Ember’s mission to transition from coal to clean electricity worldwide by 2040, and you can demonstrate the skills and experience required, please apply by forwarding your resume and cover letter responding to the skills required above quoting #1015814 or call Lois Freeke of NGO Recruitment in Melbourne on 03 8080 8978.

Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

NGO Recruitment values equitable recruitment practices and is committed to representing candidates reflective of the diverse organisations and communities we work with. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds, ages, and identities, and are happy to adjust our recruitment process to support accessibility needs. If you are interested in this position and have most of the skills or experience we are looking for, please go ahead and apply.

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