Energy Efficiency/Clean Energy Specialist, China Program, Environmental Defense Fund

China Program
China has experienced unprecedented economic growth over the past 30 years – but with rapid economic growth has come huge environmental problems. China is now the world’s leading greenhouse gas emitter. In 1996, EDF launched projects designed to cut sulfur dioxide pollution from power plants in several of China’s cities and provinces using economic incentives. Since that time, EDF’s program has grown and the office is expanding. EDF’s current goals are to help China bend the upward trajectory of its greenhouse gas emissions while addressing major health issues and lifting large numbers of rural Chinese out of poverty. To this end, in collaboration with the Chinese government, industries and individuals, our work focuses on three major initiatives: establish an effective system for managing greenhouse gas emissions that includes a rigorous cap on carbon emissions implemented through emissions trading systems, potentially combined with taxes, subsidies, command-and-control policies; accelerate renewables and other cleaner alternatives to coal; and slow the growth of energy demand, which can be achieved by finding ways to green the supply chain and promote energy efficiency, demand-side management and low-carbon urban development.
Overall Function
Under the direction and supervision of the Deputy Director based in New York,  the Energy Efficiency/Clean Energy Specialist supports the China Program in the design, development, implementation and expansion of a climate corps initiative in China. The initiative aims to reduce the environmental and climate impacts of products and services through corporate partnerships, generate business benefits for corporate partners, and create new industry-wide best practices in the adoption and utilization of innovative energy efficiency and clean technologies. He/she will also be responsible for assisting the Vice President and other non-mandarin speakers in the team to effectively communicate with Chinese contacts when necessary. 
Key Responsibilities

  • Together with the China Program team and in collaboration with EDF’s U.S. climate corps team, design, develop, implement and expand a climate corps initiative in China.
  • Localize, develop and oversee administration of toolkits for climate corps initiative in China referencing U.S. model.
  • Help identify, recruit and train climate corps fellow candiates and develop relationships with universities and research institutes.
  • Coordinate and execute training programs for climate corps fellows.
  • Help identify and develop relationships with companies with the aim of gathering information, developing project ideas, and recruiting partners.
  • Manage and support corporate partnerships by developing workplans, negotiating project agreements and scopes of work, ensuring timely and high-quality deliverables.
  • In collaboration with the team, deliver high quality fellowship experiences for hosts and fellows.
  • Develop appropriate indicators for evaluating project success.
  • Support cross-pollination with other China Program’s initaitives including greening supply chain, public procurement and carbon emissions trading.
  • Communicate project goals, progress and achievements to internal and external constituenties through reports, presentations, public outreach and other methods.
  • Support fundraising and prepration of grant propoals.
  • Translate research reports, speeches, and presentations between English and Chinese as needed.
  • Provide general and technical interpretation to facilitate communications between U.S. and Chinese partners as needed.

  • Master’s degree in environment management, environmental policy, economics, or business administration. Knowledge of China’s environmental and energy policies a strong plus.
  • Solid understanding of energy and environmental issues in business operation and supply chain management. Prior experience working on energy/environmental issues in a business context strongly preferred.
  • Experience in project management; well organized and detail- oriented.
  • Working knowledge of the current theory and practice of corporate sustainability.
  • Broad understanding in climate, environmental and energy issues.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and statistical software applications.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Mandarin.
Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume and salary requirements to  Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.
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