International Policy Director, IETA


IETA is looking for an International Policy Director to fill a role at the heart of IETA’s mission to advance the use of market-based solutions to address climate change and other environmental challenges.

IETA currently has two International Policy Director positions, supporting IETA’s Country Offices providing thought leadership on trading policy matters from a business perspective, and providing direct services to members. The International emissions trading policy work is split between them according to demand and activity in different fields, and the experience and competences of the

The IP Director position currently being advertised will have primary responsibility for the management of IETA’s policy and advocacy work related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Among other major work areas that could form part of the responsibilities of the current role, depending on the experience of the chosen candidate, are
detailed coverage of the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation, the increasingly important work on Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV), and Forestry and Land-Use Carbon Policy.

The post-holder will act as the IETA secretary of member company working groups related to these issues and will be responsible for related research, analysis and commentary, including developing innovative policy proposals, writing meeting reports and contributing to internal and external studies. The post-holder will also be expected to support the work carried out in IETA country
offices (US, Canada, EU), as needed. He or she may also have responsibility for following tradingrelated developments in specific countries where IETA does not have offices. And as all IETA staffs, support program development and some logistics for IETA’s carbon market conferences and ad-hoc meetings and workshops. He or she will play a part in managing the work of interns. The position will involve frequent international travel (perhaps away from the office 20-30% of the time).


The successful candidate will have a commitment to the establishment of emissions trading globally and few years of relevant work experience, for example, in the carbon market, a trade association, or research institute. The successful candidate would be expected to have a Masters degree in environmental studies, international relations, or similar relevant field. Other qualifications include the following:

· Must have a sound knowledge of the UNFCCC negotiation process, and preferably the detailed operation of the CDM and other Kyoto flexible mechanisms;
· Good knowledge of verification, MRV policy, carbon accounting issues, and ideally knowledge of financial accounting as it relates to carbon as well.
· Good knowledge of international deforestation, agriculture and other land use policy (e.g. an understanding of issues around the establishment of a REDD+ crediting mechanism) would be an advantage;
· Must have excellent English writing skills and be able to clearly and concisely summarize reports, studies, and other information in English for IETA members;
· Must be a team player and comfortable working in a small office environment where the priorities of the organization often override individual responsibilities;
· Must be comfortable finding compromise and building consensus among IETA member companies and advocating for the interests of our member companies, even when they differ from personal views;
· Must be pro-active, autonomous and comfortable managing a heavy workload of many disparate elements
· Must have excellent advocacy and networking skills and be comfortable giving public presentations and moderating discussions in English.

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

The position is vacant as of mid-July 2011. The post will preferably be located at IETA’s HQ in Geneva, but co-location with IETA’s Brussels office would also be a possibility.

Competitive salary and benefits offered.

Deadline for responses: Friday July 8, 2011

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