The Climate Programme

IDDRI’s Climate Programme focuses on climate governance and policies at three levels: international (UNFCCC among others), European, and national, looking at both mitigation and adaptation. On average, it comprises about 10 researchers, focusing for instance on the transformation of key sectors (e.g. energy) or working with partners to demonstrate how countries can transform their economies by 2050 to achieve global net-zero emissions and national development priorities. The programme is now looking to expand its capacity on international climate governance and complement the work of the team.

Job description

Under the supervision of the Climate Director, and in close collaboration with the other members of the team, the Senior Policy Officer will perform the following functions for the unit:

  • Lead the elaboration of impact objectives, as well as multi-year strategies to achieve them, by gathering intelligence and exploring emerging political or scientific issues both within and outside UNFCCC;
  • Lead on crafting and delivering a workplan (e.g. defining what publications and events to produce when and where, and for what purpose in connection with the unit’s broader impact strategy) and the associated influence strategy;
  • Plan stakeholder engagement and advocacy on international climate governance, and co-execute it with the rest of the team;
  • Support the Climate Director on fundraising activities (e.g. lead on writing grant proposals and reporting to funding partners, in collaboration with the rest of the team;
  • Represent IDDRI at seminars and workshops as well as high-level events as needed, or through media interventions.

More generally, she or he will:

  • Join a dynamic team of researchers;
  • Be responsible for project coordination and management;
  • Develop and maintain relevant networks and partnerships with researchers and other stakeholders internationally;
  • Contribute to any other activities required by the unit or the organisation.

Required qualifications

The successful candidate should:

  • Have 5-8 years of professional experience, with a qualification in economics or political science, law and other relevant studies;
  • Have significant experience of policy or intellectual influence, in advocacy, public affairs or think tank organisations, demonstrating agility across different topics;
  • Have a command of a wide range of issues related to international climate governance (such as mitigation, adaptation and finance);
  • Have a track of record of producing quality policy research papers and policymaker workshops;
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to synthesize and present complex analyses for a non-technical audience. In the absence of a published document under the applicant’s name, a writing sample may be requested;
  • Be fluent in English and French;
  • Have the capacity to work independently as well as in team, in an international, multicultural environment;
  • Have the willingness to travel internationally.

Contract details

  • A fixed term contract up to 36 months (CDD-OD in French) with a possibility of extension
  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, determined in accordance with IDDRI’s established salary scale and policy (+/- 45k€).
  • Position based in Paris with homeworking flexibility
  • IDDRI is an equal opportunity employer

How to apply

Please send by August 26:
- a resume (3 pages max), cover letter and name of three referees
- with the heading “Iddri Climate Gov. PO” 
- to and

Recruitment opened until position is filled.

Expected start date: As soon as possible