Programme Associate

Climate Strategies

Programme Associate (Entry-level position, Full-time, 1 year fixed-term contract)

Who we are looking for:

Are you curious, enthusiastic, hardworking, organised and self-motivated? Do
you have a strategic mindset that will allow you to succeed in a small,
ambitious team working across a diverse range of roles? Our latest job opening might be for
you: We are looking for a Programme Associate who can help us successfully
deliver our broad portfolio of research projects. The role offers an opportunity to gain
experience across multiple areas of project work. The ideal candidate will be an open-minded,
authentic communicator, who is proactive, committed, flexible and a quick learner.

The position can be based either in the Netherlands (co-working space in
Utrecht) or London (near Liverpool Street). A legal
right to work in the Netherlands or the UK valid for the next 18 months or more is
. Please note that we are unable to sponsor work visas for this position.

Ideally, you:

  • Are a master’s-level graduate in a relevant degree (climate, environment, sustainability,
    international policy, development studies, etc.) with at least 1 year of relevant work
  • Are interested in how bridging the research-policy interface can drive climate action.
  • Can engage and communicate effectively with external stakeholders, virtually and in-person.
  • Have a good understanding of approaches to project management, fundraising and experience
    working in a project environment.
  • Possess outstanding organisation and time management skills, with the ability to prioritise
  • Are a self-starter who can oversee projects from start to finish.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and are fluent in English. Fluency
    in a second language is desirable, although not essential to the role.
  • Have advanced IT skills, including Microsoft, internet-based tools, and social media.

What you will be doing:

  • Contributing to impactful projects at the cutting edge of climate policy research
  • Organising events virtually and around the world
  • Facilitating two-way dialogues with external stakeholders to identify their needs and
    engage in project activities
  • Translating cutting-edge research into accessible formats (for example visual factsheets or
    real-life stories powered by cutting-edge research)
  • Contributing to fundraising proposals and scoping new areas of work
  • Applying and furthering your knowledge of climate change and international policy

Climate Science and narrative-based communication:

Climate forecasts are critical instruments for decision-makers developing effective strategies
for climate change mitigation and adaptation. However, policymakers often lack access to clear,
context-specific and evidence-based recommendations. To make climate forecasts indispensable
tools for decision-makers, pre-existing, long-run data series need to be complemented with
short-term data focused on present or very recent climate events that are relevant to
practitioners. It is vital to communicate how climate change impacts health, agriculture, and
food production systems in such a way that messages spur action without debilitating key

At Climate Strategies, we focus on translating cutting-edge research into accessible formats
and disseminating it to key stakeholders through dynamic forms of climate communications.
Furthermore, we facilitate knowledge-sharing between different groups and identify ways through
which scientific contributions are most effective in triggering and supporting climate action.
This role will provide support to the work under our new groundbreaking project Augures!, while also creating opportunities for
shared learning with other related initiatives. This is an entry-level, full-time position with
1 year fixed-term contract and a possibility of extension depending on available funding.
Whilst climate science and narrative-based communication will be a major focus of this role,
the ideal candidate would be interested and willing to work on the full breadth of topics in
Climate Strategies’ project portfolio.

Successful applicant(s) will primarily work on the following projects:

  • Support coordination, stakeholder engagement and dissemination activities for our new
    project Augures!, which aims to amplify cutting-edge research on climate science, mega-trends
    and tipping points using narrative-based communication strategies informed by psychological

Who we are

Climate Strategies works at the science-policy interface, advancing climate policy through
meaningful interactions between decision-makers and researchers across Europe and
internationally. We are an international, not-for-profit research network with an expansive
network of world-leading researchers as members.

Our Vision

We strive for a just and sustainable future, where climate policy is driven by well-informed
and evidence-based decision making.

Our Mission

Climate Strategies enables its members and other researchers to place impact at the heart of
their research work in order to catalyse climate action through the provision of robust
evidence into decision making.

Find out more about us at:

What we do

  • Inspire: We incubate cutting-edge ideas and develop innovative climate policy research
  • Engage: We are experts in facilitating productive dialogue among researchers, climate
    policy makers and other stakeholders.
  • Convene: We initiate, plan and organise a variety of multi-disciplinary events, bringing
    people together to contribute to and disseminate research.
  • Translate: We publish climate policy research in a breadth of accessible formats, to ensure
    research is inclusive, has the largest reach and can influence positive change on all levels.

What you can expect at Climate Strategies

  • Room for new ideas, personal growth and development.
  • An operating model of trust and flexibility to provide a genuine work-life balance.
  • A supportive, international and diverse team.
  • A work laptop and access to our co-working spaces in London and Utrecht (depending on your
  • A continuing focus on individual and team wellbeing with meeting-free times, 121s, and
    wellbeing check-ins.

Salary and start date

The annual salary is FTE London Living Wage for the UK-based post and the age-dependent minimum
wage for the Netherlands-based post. Expected start date ASAP.

How to apply

Please complete this form (this will require
that you submit a short CV (max 2 pages) along with a cover letter (max 1 page) explaining how
you meet the above requirements). Your CV and cover letter should be saved as a PDF and have
your full name included in the file name.

Please confirm your right to work in the Netherlands/United Kingdom in your application.

If you do not have a Google account, you will not be able to complete this form. Please send
your CV and cover letter to [email protected] instead.

Deadline for applications is 20th November 2023, 23:00 GMT.

Good luck!

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