Director – International Policy, IETA


This post is at the heart of IETA’s policy work aimed at achieving IETA’s long-term objective of a single worldwide carbon market and carbon price.  Reporting direct to the CEO, the postholder currently has primary responsibility for national and regional systems where IETA does not have full local offices, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, China, India and other emerging markets.  This involves convening and acting as secretary to working groups consisting of IETA member company representatives as well as collecting, analysing, and briefing members on market and political intelligence. 

The postholder also takes responsibility for a variety of special worldwide subjects needing temporary or sustained  attention in IETA, such as Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), MRV (Monitoring, reporting and Verification), legal documentation, financial accounting.   

The change in personnel offers the opportunity for a regrouping of IETA policy responsibilities, which are split between IETA offices, according to the experience and competences of the new team member.  So the mix for the post going forward could include Kyoto mechanisms (especially the Clean Development Mechanism), and the interface between renewables policy and carbon pricing, and could exclude some combination of India, China, CCS and MRV.

Like other IETA Secretariat members, the postholder also has and will continue to have responsibilities around many of IETA’s conferences and international events, particularly in the area of speaker selection, liaison, and moderating/compering duties  (acting under the direction of IETA’s Conference Director), as well as for the commissioning, editing and production of occasional IETA documents and research reports.

The successful candidate will have a sound knowledge of some or all of: financial and commodity trading, the current Kyoto Protocol and EU-ETS markets, climate policy and communications, renewable energy and other clean technology, investment analysis, Government regulation, as well as a sound background in international relations and economics.  He or she will also have deep commitment to achieving the global benefits of carbon pricing, and boundless energy and enthusiasm for market solutions to climate problems even in politically difficult times.

IETA is looking for a team player oriented to the needs of our Member companies; someone who is autonomous and rigorous, pro-active and dynamic.  The successful candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal-relationship skills.  He or she will be willing to work under pressure in a small-office environment where collective priorities are sometimes superimposed on individual responsibilities, and a willingness to tolerate frequent international travel.  He or she will also play a part in managing the work of interns.

Excellent advocacy and networking skills will be needed.  Speaking (English language), public presentations and moderating of public discussions, involving the ability to articulate and adapt messages to different audiences, are important parts of the job. Very good writing skills are also required.

IETA’s official language is English; but competence in other languages (especially French, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, Hindi, Korean) would be an advantage.

The position becomes vacant at the end of February 2011.  A competitive salary will be paid, appropriate for a graduate perhaps with a relevant second degree and a few years of relevant work experience in the carbon market and/or trade associations, or research institutes.

Deadline for responses: Friday 14 January 2011

Please email your application, cover letter and resume to us at, mentioning “Director International Policy Application” in the subject.  Please also note that IETA will only respond to candidates selected for the interview process.