The Climate Programme

The Climate Programme is one of IDDRI’s core pillars. It focuses on three governance levels: international climate governance (UNFCC among others), European and national levels focusing on the climate and energy policies, taking a specific look at the transformation of key sectors. In terms of themes, the Program works across the IDDRI’s strategic priorities. The Programme focuses (i) on the conditions for the adoption of robust public policies, including through international governance, the political economy of policymaking, and the evaluation and selection of policy instruments; (ii) on the development of long-term transformation trajectories (for example, deep decarbonisation pathways), as a tool to support policymaking, public debate and a common understanding of the required changes. The Deep Decarbonization Pathways (DDP) is an IDDRI initiative developed within the Climate program and dedicated to support specifically the work of countries and non-state actors on “long-term low emission development strategies” bringing perspective to the revision of countries' official commitments (Nationally Determined Contributions), which occurs every five years. The DDP initiative is a collaboration of leading research teams currently covering 36 countries.

Objectives and Mission

The Paris Agreement adopted at COP21 defines the global objective to stabilize the global temperature increase to “well below” 2C compared to pre-industrial levels and defines the collective climate ambition of reaching net zero emission in the second half of this century. In this framework, each country is responsible for defining its own emission targets and the implementation measures adopted to reach them. To support this process, the Article 4.19 invites Parties to elaborate “long-term low emission development strategies [… ] in the light of different national circumstances” as an instrument to investigate the challenges, opportunities and enabling conditions for achieving simultaneously key socio-economic priorities as defined by each country and deep emission reductions.
To support this process, country-driven analyses of long-term low-emission development strategies (LT-LEDS) must be made available and structured conversation with a various set of stakeholders must be conducted. The objective is to ensure policy relevance of the visions emerging form the analysis given country circumstances and domestic ownership of the main conclusions.

The objective of this position is twofold. On the one hand, it will support the organization and conduct of dialogue processes on transport, both at the international level and at the French national level, to mobilize the DDP in the context of stakeholder engagement. On the other hand, it aims to support the management of international multi-partner DDP projects coordinated by Iddri and, notably, to contribute to the technical support provided to the country teams in the design of their sectoral scenarios, with a focus on transport.

Job description

Under the supervision of the coordinator of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways initiative, and in close collaboration with Iddri’s lead researcher on transport, the researcher will, inter alia :

  • Lead the organization of “prospective dialogues” on transport in France gathering producers of long-term analyses and users of these analyses for decision making or advocacy, through the practical organization of dialogue sessions, participation to regular exchanges with participants to maintain a continuous link and substantial inputs to background notes and summary outcomes.
  • Assist the management of an international community gathering business actors of the transport sector, through the practical organization of dialogue sessions and inputs to background notes and summary outcomes.
  • Contribute to the implementation of Iddri’s impact activities around the French strategy for the development of rail freight, through support to technical analysis of policy measures and stakeholder mapping.
  • Assist with Iddri’s coordination with foreign scientific partners, in particular helping with scenario design and organizational support

More generally, she or he will;

  • Join a dynamic team of researchers
  • Participate in the organization of events
  • Conduct technical analyses in the context of collaboration with international partners
  • Publish policy-relevant and scientific publications and disseminate them towards relevant partners;
  • Maintain relevant networks and partnerships of researchers and with other stakeholders;

Required Qualifications and Contract

Required qualifications

The successful candidate should:

  • Hold a master’s level qualification in the economics of climate change and/or energy and/or development, with understanding of the methods for analysis of climate policies and scenarios.;
  • Have at least 2 years of professional experience in academia, private sector, or government/policy institution with strong personal understanding and knowledge of sustainable development, energy and climate change issues;
  • Have experience of domestic climate policy processes, with a preference for an understanding of policy making in different national contexts.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to synthesize and present technical analysis for a non-technical audience;
  • Be fluent in English and French;
  • Have the capacity to work independently as well as in team, in an international, multicultural environment.

Skills:    

  • Project management and organizational skills  
  • Capacity for autonomy and initiative
  • Intellectual curiosity and academic rigor
  • Technical capacities with data and spreadsheets
  • Political mindset
  • Good knowledge of international climate policy processes
  • Capacity to understand different domestic climate policy processes
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, both in French and English

Contract details:

A 12 month fixed term contract (CDD in French);
Remuneration according to qualification and experience, based on IDDRI’s salary policy;
Position based in Paris.
IDDRI is an equal opportunities employer.

How to apply

Applications (CV, covering letter and details of three referees) must be sent before 20 January 2021 to: henri.waisman@iddri.org, yann.briand@iddri.org and lisa.dacosta@iddri.org

The interviews will be scheduled for the week of 25 January for an effective start on 1st February 2021.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.